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Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,265 Ratings  ·  986 Reviews
It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Zebra (first published 2004)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Impromptu buddy read/reread with my MacHalo Freaks starting Nov. 5, 2015.

And the moral of this reread is: yes, dragons still do it better. And no, nothing beats bloodthirsty, batshit crazy warrior princesses. Nothing. Well Kate Daniels probably does, but she doesn't count. It wouldn't be fair on her fellow fictional characters. Anyway, I've decided that if I can't be Kate Daniels or Shanti when I grow up, I'll be Annwyl the Bloody. Why? Because this:
“Do you not listen to our daily meetings abo
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Dija
Mar 10, 2012 Dija rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a pet dragon to ride - literally and figuratively. ;D
It's so embarrassingly delightful when a book I've mentally marked as nothing but porn manages to completely stun and amaze me.

Make no mistake, Dragon Actually is mostly fictional porn. But it's also a sweet, funny, and lovable story about a grumpy alpha dragon and his vicious yet vulnerable mate. And since it's been ages since I've made a list-review, allow me to make one now.

Dragon Actually managed to catch me off-guard by:

1. Making me laugh-out-loud (for real) after every other scene, whic
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
This series, this series...

I love Annwyl!!! Just LOVE her. She is so crazy, stubborn, snarky and fearless. She has no brain-to-mouth filter, something that I find very attractie to my heroines. She is such a badass and she keeps getting crazier as the books progress.

Fearghus is good as well. All hot and powerful but Annwyl steals the show IMO.

Found this pic somewhere...



This book is awesome, at least I believe it is. Full of funny moments and action, without any angst and turmoil and all that bor
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Navessa
Oct 21, 2015 Navessa rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal

3.25 stars

As cringe-worthy as that cover is, it does a good job of depicting what this book contains. Chesticles. Male chesticles. Male DRAGON chesticles. All up in this mofo. Because dragons are allergic to clothing.

I somehow missed that this book contains two totally different story lines. The first 60% focuses on one couple, and then BOOM, a second couple is introduced. Whereas the first couple have an actual story arc (which is filled with hilarity as well as hawt schmex), the second couple
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
GA Aiken is a big name in paranormal romances, both under this cognomen and also as Shelly Laurenston. This was my first time reading her, and I had a positive experience.

What I liked right away about this story was the nice flow of the narrative. I was in a big reading slump where it seemed like it was harder to read books and get sucked in, and I liked how easy it was to fall into the world of this book. Aiken has some very good humor, and not afraid to make it involve some physical interactio
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Sh3lly
3.5 stars, but rounded up.

Review also found at:

https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres...

So, reading and writing this review has given me another an opportunity to Google Jason Momoa pictures, since he reminds me of the male lead character, Fearghus (who is a SEXY dragon shifter).





On one hand, this was a pretty typical fantasy romance, but it also had some high points that put it above your average, tropey love story. Annwyl is a 21 year old virgin, but she grew up with an abusive father and brothe
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Clearly I am a fool for waiting so long to start this series. The first book in the series is actually two stories in one. So here are my thoughts on each:

DRAGON ACTUALLY – 5 stars

Annwyl the Bloody is a warrior chick who simply does as she pleases. Though a mere human, she is a force, igniting passion and determination in her battalion as she leads them into possible death. Her greatest enemy is her own brother, Lorcan. A sadistic brother who gets off on suffering, Annwyl must do everything in h
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
This rating and review is based solely on the first story in the book, Dragon Actually and will be updated when I read the second story, Chains & Flames.

Dragon Actually, the first book in the Dragon Kin series, is my first G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston read and so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this author. To be honest, I thought the first half of the story was OK. There was a lot of humor, but not much depth to the plot or characters at all and, truth be told, I don’t think th
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Wendy
Jan 25, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, pnr, kindle
If I were to write a review in Annwyl's words, it would be this: Oi! This book is bloody brilliant!

Wow this book is a definite fave! Love Fearghus and Annwyll and their magical world of dragons and fierce battles. Not to mention the secondary characters are great too and I look forward to getting to know them better in the following books.

I haven't had a good laugh in a while and this book, had me giggling like an idiot! Superb!
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 27, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
Ohhh eeee! Grab a glass of water and sit down with "Dragon Actually" by GA Aiken (AKA Shelly Laurenston) and you'll laugh out loud when you're not fanning yourself. This book actually contains two related stories. I'm tagging this as erotica because of the frank descriptions and plethora of sex in the book. And boy is it good!

Annwyl the Bloody isn't really sure she likes her nickname. All she really wants to do is kill her brother the wacko, blood-thirsty king and get back to living without look
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 09, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-n-f
I am soo disappointed with this book. It really is 2 short stories, or 1 almost-novel length story, and 1 short story.

I read the first, and refused to read anymore, so it's on the DNF shelf.

A warrior named Annwyl has spent the past 2 years trying to defeat her cruel evil brother, gaining her the nickname Annwyl the Bloody. She is almost killed in front of a dragon's lair...Fearghus the Destroyer, but he is fascinated by her, and as she heals, she falls for him. By day, a knight comes to her to
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Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
This one surprised the hell out of me. It was pushed on me by Abby because she likes to torture me is the greatest friend ever.

I would have never read this book. The cover is ridiculous and I was told it was dragon porn. Sorry, not my cuppa. But then the some of the other MacHalo ladies got in on the conversation and if you don't already know, they like their stories a little smutty sometimes. Just for the record, this is more of a shifter PNR, not at all monster porn as I was led to believe, an
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Lady Heather
Jan 24, 2012 Lady Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance/erotica/historical


OK.. now I'm kicking myself for not reading this series earlier!

I really enjoy Shelley Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken's writing. This book did not disappoint.
I loved the 'time' or 'era' that this story takes place in. I like that Annwyl (The Bloody) is very 'crass' and has no etiquette whatsoever. She has been raised by men, had to fight like a man to survive, and has to kill her only brother in order to restore justice to her kingdom.
Fearghus (the Dragon) The Destroyer is also just as crass, and st
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Anne
4.5 stars

I see from the other reviews that this seems to be a Love It or Hate It kind of book. I'm firmly in the Love It camp. I guess it depends on what you were expecting from the novel? I was personally hoping for nothing more than brain candy, and I certainly wasn't the least bit disappointed in that regard. I thought Dragon Actually was humorous and entertaining, and the bonus story Chains and Flames a wonderful add-on to the overall experience.
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Gerçekten harika bir kitaptı. Çok eğlenceli, komik, aşk dolu, biraz vahşi...

Kitap bir arkadaşımın tavsiyesi, onun okuması ile listeme girdi. Tabii türkiyede de çevrilmesinin büyük etkisis oldu. Her ne kadar içinde bir kadın ve erkeğin aşkını beklesemde bu kadar komik olacağını ummamıştım. İçindeki kardeş kavgalarını okuması gerçekten çok zevkli.

Vahşi derken Ejderhaların insanları kızartıp yemesi ve Kanlı Annwyl'ın adını haketmesi gibi olaylrdan bahsediyord
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Catherine
I saw this book in the bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I am so glad that I did. This book was hilarious! As I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get into it. Annwyl's personality kind of rubbed me the wrong way at first. She grew on me eventually though.

I thought Fearghus was pretty adorable. He tried so hard to be cranky and antisocial but couldn't get past the urge to hang out with Annwyl. I thought it was funny when he ended up being jealous of himself. He end
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Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Nov 04, 2014 Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dragon Actually technically is two stories in one book, you have the first story which revolves around Annwyl and Fearghus, while the second half of the book revolves around Rhiannon and Bercelak. I absolutely loved both stories.

Annwyl is a tough warrior princess trying to lead the rebellion against her sadistic brother. Annwyl has had a seriously rough life that includes abuse and poverty, however that hasn't tainted who she is. She's extremely loyal and caring, she only wants to help people a
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Dragon Actually: 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading about Annwyl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer. She's a slightly insane warrior chick (think a beheading hardcore Xena) who has only her fellow soldiers as sort of friends. They're all mainly terrified of her, and no love in her life. Fearghus is a cranky hermit dragon who likes no one, barely one or two of his siblings. Annwyl ends up at F's cave, he nurses her back to health & thus their friendship begins. It's lovely to see these two "t
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Beth (^v^)/
So far, this has been my favorite book of 2014. It's still January, but still. It was that good.



I've never heard of this author before, and had no idea what to expect. I really really really enjoyed it.

At first I was all



And then I was all



And finally I was all




Very briefly: Our heroine is a woman who has a dilemma. Her brother - the current ruler of the land, has been trying to kill her for a while now. He's pretty evil, and her main goal in life is to save the world from his wrath.



So the story
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Beanbag Love
Nov 07, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it liked it
This is actually two stories. The first is about Fearghus and Annwyl. I had read the back-of-book summary and it sounded like a good story. Well, it could have been better.

Fearghus is a shape-shifting dragon who likes his solitude. Annwyl is an insane warrior chick who leads an army against her evil brother. They meet when the dragon saves the amazon from a group of her brother's soldiers. Normally he would eat her, but she'd shown herself to be very brave and he was intrigued.

I can't really sa
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Samantha
Sep 19, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Well that was a fun and refreshing treat!

Was this a perfect book? No.

But did I care? No.

It drew me in from the very start and once I started reading I didn't want to stop. I loved the relationship that developed between Annwyn and Fearghus. It was funny and sweet and at times incredibly frustrating. There were parts I just wanted to slap some sense into both of them. Of course, Annwyn would probably literally take my head off for that as she is prone to do every now and then. They do call for
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Jess ✮ J-Rex The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ Nynaeve ♥
This was wonderful.

Dragon luuuurve is now up there with alien luuuurve as some of favorite types of luuuuurve.

There was a lot wrong with this, too many characters, lots of point of view jumping and the stupid “I’m staying away from you for your own good” thrown in there, but you know what? It was just so bloody entertaining that I didn’t care.

Annwyl the Bloody is hilariously fearsome. Fearghus is a stubborn idiot but softened up as he lost his heart to his little psycho killer. I especially lik
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Sarah
Buddy read with Aly

You know how you sometimes need a palate cleanser? Something that is just going to be light hearted, funny and if we're completely honest a little on the ridiculous side? Well that's exactly what you're going to get if you pick up a copy of Dragon Actually, the first book in G.A. Aiken (AKA Shelly Laurenston) 's Dragon Kin series. It's full of sexy (and incredibly horny) dragons and kick ass warrior women who aren't afraid to take what they want. There are no blushing virgins
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Hanife
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This book is actually two stories, the first about Annwyl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer and the second about Fearghus' parent, Rhiannon the Queen, and Bercelak the Great. Both books are set in a different world, where dragons are alive and well, and are able to shift into humans.

Dragon Actually - 4 Stars (May contain small spoliers)

The first tale, and the one that takes the majority of the book, is about Annwyl the Bloody, a human woman who is leading the rebellion against her half br
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Vered
Mar 05, 2010 Vered rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you feel like a fun pnr fair amount of sex, book
Shelves: pnr
At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. The first few chapters felt like an assignment in a writing group but after I managed to work those out I enjoyed the rest of it.
But still I couldn’t put my finger on what was bothering me so. Only at the end of the first story (yes there are two. Read the description) I’ve realized what it is; I’m reading a romance! Now I know it sounds obvious, not an earth shuddering realization, but it was a shock to me.
I kept expecting the book to be what
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Rachel❤ dreaming with open eyes
Very, very meh book, no two ways about it. I kept reading for some reason; the love between Fearghus and Annwyl was a little cute but nothing to write home about :(. The story of Rhionnan and Bercelak's romance truly sucked -.- he was in love with her because she acted horribly and mean to him whenever she saw him. That's just weird. I think I will read the next book in the series, but not right now I don't think.
Sally906
May 03, 2015 Sally906 rated it it was ok
What can I say - I chose the book for its cover!

Look I like romances, I like rumpy pumpy in my stories and I like shift changers. So this book ticked even more boxes for me.

BUT

It just didn't work for me. There was humour but not enough to hide the fact that there was actually very little depth to the plot and the characters just didn't come alive for me at all! Which was a shame. It did rally at the end - when a lot of background information was finally given - but it was too late I had not con
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Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: January 2012
It was a very amusing book. I know I'll read the others too :D

2nd read: March 2015
Buddy read with Sarah
I liked it so much more this 2nd time :)
Susanne
May 05, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it
4.5 Highly Enjoyable Dragon Stars!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken lives on the West Coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesn’t love everyone into a coma. When she’s not writing about sexy dragons, she’s writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston. Find out more about this New York
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  • What a Dragon Should Know (Dragon Kin, #3)
  • Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4)
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5)
  • How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (Dragon Kin, #6)
  • Light My Fire (Dragon Kin, #7)
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“Now. Now, Annwyl. No need to curtsy. A simple nod of your head and absolute worship will be more than enough.” 180 likes
“Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you kill our family.” 101 likes
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