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Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  15,418 ratings  ·  918 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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Mar 10, 2012 Dija rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This is a silly book about horny dragons, homicidal damsels in little distress, broad-chested horny hunks and batshit crazy with horny tendencies dragonesses.

They have sex share lovely moments, they have sex live in dens, they have sex fight each other, they have sex battle other dragons to reclaim their kingdoms, they have sex walk around naked a lot, they have sex argue and they sometimes have sex fall in love.

The chicks kick ass. The guys are as male as it gets. Pure, mindless dragon fun. Th
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
 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
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:


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
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
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
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)
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
Laura the Highland Hussy
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
Lady Heather

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
Merve  Özcan

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
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
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
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
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
Beanbag Love
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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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.
Mar 05, 2010 Vered rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
Originally posted at: http://downandirtylustyandflirty.word...

So after reading Dragon Bound a couple of months ago, I felt a bit lost. It had been ages since I had read a book as good as Dragon Bound and I felt that I had read most of the good established series that were out there. I decided to stick with dragons and I stumbled across Dragon Actually (the first in the Dragon Kin series) on Amazon and thought I would give it a go despite the tacky cover (you guys in the US really do get some tru
Suzanne the Mighty (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
~E~ Riverina Romantics
4.5 stars

Dragon shape-shifters you say??? Not really my thing you think??? I was of the same opinion. You can't really cuddle up to a gigantic, scaly dragon, but I was completely surprised by how much I LOVED this story.

I am a big fan of G.A Aiken (aka Shelly Laurenston)'s writing style, seriously funny sarcastic humour, straight to the point and no time wasted on coma inducing descriptive garbage. The whole story is based on the characters and although you get the scope of what the scenery and
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.


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
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 :)
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Birinci Kitap / Annwyl - Feraghus
Kalbi bir ejderhaya, şehvetiyse kibirli bir şövalyeye aitti.
Bir gün bunların bir araya geleceğini kim hayal edebilirdi ki? (ben:))

İşte arka kapak yazımızın can alıcı cümleleri.Ejderhaya aşık ve şövalyeye karşı bir çekim hisseder Annwyl.
Ama ejderhayla iyi anlaşıp, gülüp eğlenirkeni şövalyeden nefret etmektedir, ki aslında ikiside aynı kişidir.
Çiftimizin -F&A- oldukça şenşakrak,eğlenceli,her açıdan "ATEŞLİ",vahşi ve daha bi sürü şeydir.
Okurken oldukç
A very good read.

Fearghus the Destroyer is a grumpy, dominant, yet loveable dragon. Although his relationship with Annwyl can't be qualified as easy, he tricks her into falling for him and that was my favourite part. I wasn't so mad on the whole "everybody wants to kill his own family" but I guess it fits with the story. I'll be reading Book 2.

Re-read for Dragon Actually and Chains&Flames. Will add review for A Tale of Two Dragons

Not so crazy like Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. But still good nonetheless. I think for the first,this book is set on medieval era or maybe our era. But turn that its fantasy romance. With dragon. And bloodthirsty heroine! Wooohooo,a wet dream for fantasy geek like me!! (har, har!)

Dragon Actually is the first book of Dragon Kin series by G.A.Aiken, another pen name of Shelly Laurenston, my crack when
As a recent fan of Shelly Laurenston, I felt compelled to pick up the first of the Dragon Kin series written by G.A. Aiken, aka Laurenston. I'm so glad I did! Dragon Actually is the story of Annwyl the Bloody (but she hates when they call her that) and Fearghus the Destroyer (he's actually sort of fond of that). Annwyl's on a quest to kill the tyrannical leader of her people. He just happens to be her half-brother. And she's really good at fighting...just not quite good enough. Fearghus the drag ...more
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A.K.A. Shelly Laurenston

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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Other Books in the Series

Dragon Kin (9 books)
  • Dragon on Top (Dragon Kin, #7.5)
  • About a Dragon (Dragon Kin, #2)
  • 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)
  • Feel the Burn (Dragon Kin, #8)
What a Dragon Should Know (Dragon Kin, #3) About a Dragon (Dragon Kin, #2) The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5) Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, #4) How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (Dragon Kin, #6)

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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.” 168 likes
“Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you kill our family.” 95 likes
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