Cracked Open (The Dragon Born Academy)

Dragons, bonded mates, and irreversible decisions.


After a car accident left my only parent – my father in the hospital, I was swept away to the Dragon Born Academy by my estranged grandmother.


If I had to be there, I’d be an observer of this place with its rituals and superstitions… After all, everyone’s made it clear I don’t belong.


But then it happened…and Ashe Carrick – my impossibly irresistible bond-mate happened.


Being Cracked Open changed everything… Who I thought I was, WHAT I thought I was…




The words alone bring to mind monsters and princesses in castles.


I am the princess and the monster they locked away. However, my story has no damsels in distress, waiting to be rescued.


It’s self-rescue time, and I’m done playing nice.


***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***

Copyright © 2020 T.L. Christianson

Something moved along my skin and I pulled off my ritual garment. Wrapped around my left upper arm was the dark spiked tail of my dragon. 

My dragon.

The tattoo shimmered as she moved, the sensation like that of silk sliding along my skin.

Aaraeth? I asked.

I am here… came her reply in my head. 

She was separate but part of me at the same time.

Ashe cleared his throat but didn’t look away from my naked body.


Logical thought told me that I should cover myself or turn away, but after the mental bond that we’d shared before – the gesture felt wrong. Ashe was connected to me now, I felt it deep within my bones.

Closing the space between us, he reached out and touched my skin where my dragon, Aareath moved across my body. 

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