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Blood Bonds (City of Dragons #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  376 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Living with Humans is never easy. They don’t do scent exchange, they don’t lick palms, and they have this thing called “personal space”.

As the first and only Kin Agent for the Center of Folk and Kin Relations, Haley Night’s job is to help keep the public safe by helping keep the peace. But after an interview with serial man-eater Niles Fury goes terribly wrong, Haley finds
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Published November 2010 by Liquid Silver Books
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Ronda  Tutt
May 06, 2011 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing

What an amazing draconian world Adrienne Wilder has created. The overpowering action scenes will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat with intense excitement.

This story is not your average dragon tale full of fun filling fantasy; No however, it’s a tale between the dragons and the humans force of survival of the viciousness and cruel inhumane side that these two dangerous species create towards each other as they struggle to coexist in today’s w
May 05, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
Violent... cruel... heartless... shocking... inhuman... that's how I can describe the dragons in this world... and that's why I love all of them so much

In my view, 5 motives to give my full vote to this book

1)The plot is amazing

In a world were humans and dragons coexist nothing can be easy... and isn't.
Kin are feral creatures. They don't follow human (aka Chetrah in their slang) laws, they are dragons. Proud of their heritage and wild nature no Kin, aka a full blood dragon, can be be bent...
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I finally finished this book this morning. I realized I was so close to the end that it would only take me an hour to finish. If you read any of my updates (I know, you all just sit around eagerly waiting my updates..NOT), you know I stopped and started this book over and over again. This would seem to be a bad thing. However, it wasn't. I just was in a book funk this past week and books with intense world building, didn't hold my interest.

And this book has very intense world building. It has a
I love dragons. I love reading about them, watching movies, the works. Obviously, I have a preconceived notion and expectations of what a dragon story will contain. Having just finished another story by this very author, loving every minute of it might I add, I see there is a dragon series in the author’s library. Of course, I just had to read it. And....all my preconceived notions have been tossed out the window because Blood Bonds is unlike any other dragon story I have read before.

Consider m
I had a hard time giving this only 4 stars! This book was far better than I expected it to be.

The things I loved:

1- World building was excellent in my opinion. Wilder doesn't give you infodump after infodump and you just learn things along the way and this is the way I prefer it.
2- Her Dragons are different- interesting- horrific, sexual and man eating.
3- In this universe the Female Dragons..or Kin are the dominant. That in itself is unusual to run across unless you're looking at specific ero
Dec 22, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was ok
There's a review on GR somewhere that said this book felt more like it's about aliens than dragons, and that's exactly how I felt. There's a lot of violence and gore: flesh eating hatchling dragons, gang rape of M/M, rough/bleeding type of sex....and here I thought I was reading a stock standard PNR!

The world building is quite heavy, it's set in an alternate world where dragons mix with the human race although they take human form. Their behaviour is very reptilian, alien like (not that I know h
Fantastic book. Many original concepts, I love the world building. The characters are complex and fascinating. I really loved this book. And the second one was even better!!!

The way the dragons are written is unlike any other book I've read, which was a big draw for me as far as tis author goes.
Nov 15, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic book!
I rewarded myself 25 pages each time I finished a chore. It made me want to get the housework done.

YES it is THAT good.

Can’t wait to read more from this author.
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 01, 2011 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, 2011, shifter
This book both shocked and amazed me. I LOVE the world that Wilder created for her Kin (dragons.) This book is so different and so unique in everything that you are left craving more of this complex world and all of its characters. This book will suck any reader in from page 1 and leave you wanting more at the words “the end.” This book has some very graphic feeding scenes, erotically hot sex, mild male on male sexual moments and dragon tearing apart another dragon in some intense fighting. The ...more
May 14, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Blood Bonds focuses on Kin, or dragons. Kin take a human form and must be "fed" regularly, in both a literal and metaphysical way. Food and sex have blurry lines in this world. Haley Night is a Kin that has been raised by humans and had "impressed" many human traits. She doesn't feel 100 percent comfortable around Kin, yet she's not human, either. She works for a government agency and is an agent who questions non-human subjects. Farley is another Kin that works with her as an informant
Nov 10, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is Adrienne Wilder's first novel, and it will knock you out of your chair. It's dark urban fantasy - heavy on the dark - with a generous serving of erotic on the side. She makes it completely believable that there's a hidden part of Atlanta where dragons (or Kin) walk around in human form but without the personal and social boundaries of your average human. The main character, Haley Night, is one of those Kin, and as an agent in the Center for Kin and Folk Relations she has her work cut out ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing
The author of this book has a true gift for taking you into the world she's created and drawing you into it. While it can be a frightening and unpredictable world at times, you won't want to leave it!

This world is just like the one we live in with one catch. Major cities across the United States (and hopefully across the world in the books to come!) have areas in them that have 'dens' which house a dragon queen and her hatchery located in the seedy underbelly of the dens.

The star of the show i
May 07, 2011 Rochelle rated it it was ok
I heard so many awesome reviews about this book and how different/interesting it was, and it was different and interesting. Yet... I didnt really enjoy it, there was something missing for me, but I cant for the life of me say what it is. I dont think I really identified with the main character much, she annoyed me, she was so naive and I kept waiting for her to do something epic and stop being a victim... and the switching perspectives annoyed me too. I dont think I actually liked any of the cha ...more
This book was surprisingly good. I was a little sketchy about it, but I am super glad I read it. Haley is a dragon, and it's one of those 'I'm going to be super powerful and everyone fears me.' book, kinda. Haley is soo outrageously normal. She cries, she makes bad decisions, the whole bunch. Now one thing to consider is that the dragons are relatively free with their bodies, this isn't a romance book, touch is extraordinarily important to them, you do the math. I was really glad I read it, and ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Meg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult sci/fi erotic readers
This book never disappointed me. It held me and kept me wanting more. Kin are introduced and the action begins. This author, Adrienne Wilder, has more tricks up her sleeve than I've seen in a long time, and thank goodness she has only just begun her career in this genre, though it seems she is a seasoned veteran. I can't wait for more books from her and will anxiously wait for what her nimble mind brings us.
Jun 21, 2017 Yblees rated it it was ok
Amazing world-building, but the characters and story just didn't grab me like the author's other books have. I still plan to read book 2 in the series.
Danielle Thomas
Mar 17, 2017 Danielle Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: adrienne-wilder
Really good book. Fantasy. Great plot, characters, emotion. Hot sex. Excellent read.
May 14, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2012
This is a whole new take on Dragons and I thought it was perfect. Most of the dragonkin books I've read the dragons seem domesticated but short tempered. Adrienne Wilder takes a whole different spin on them though that was extremely interesting. The dragons don't act, look or behave like humans. Their way of greeting is by licking palms. Since there are very few Females every Male that Haley comes across waits for permission to touch her and when it is granted they lick her palm and always try t ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
This book was mildly entertaining but I just didn't find it realistic enough. There was too much woo-woo magic crap used to explain everything. Don't get me wrong, I like woo-woo magic crap but only if it has boundaries, limitations and consequences. In this book, the boundaries seemed to bounce all over the place and the reasons behind personal power/dominance was a little wishy-washy. What made one Male stronger than another? I have no idea. I know age played a factor but not always. For examp ...more
Renee Rearden
Dragons have always fallen into the fantasy realm for me, and I don't usually read straight fantasy books (the whole sorcerers, wizards and magic rules are too restrictive for me). So, I rarely choose a book with dragons.

I am soooo glad I picked up Blood bonds. I fell in love with Ms. Wilder's voice (I will read every paranormal book she writes!) and the characters she creates.

Haley is a strong heroine. Though she is a dragon, she was raised by a human woman. By imprinting (bonding) with a human
Tess Singh
Jun 12, 2015 Tess Singh rated it liked it
I liked it enough to get the second book in the series ....

Set in a world where dragons have lived among humans for centuries, the world building and dragon (or Kin as they are called in the book) lore and hierarchy are very well developed. It is violent (usually dragon on dragon and a fair amount of that being m/m), so if they puts you off, give it a miss. But I enjoyed the details, the sheer "alien-ness" of Kin culture.

The main character, Haley Knight is a bit of a dark horse (although she is
Aug 03, 2011 NList rated it liked it
I am not completely sure how to rate this book. I am torn. I should start by saying this book is a little out of the norm for me, but I do like trying new things. I will also say that the plot was well thought out and VERY interesting. The characters were also fleshed out (yes, a pun) very well. They struggled...both Human and Kin. No one was really all good or bad...except the villain.

I guess I had a hard time being sympathetic towards the Kin...most are brutal/violent/sociopathic. Also, their
Jul 17, 2012 Jai rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons
I liked the role reversal in this one. The male love interest was as far from an alpha male as he could get, but the romance was a good one, and it gave the heroine room to be the strong one and save the dragon-y day.

I'm about to dive into the sequel. There were layout errors in the e-copy on my Kindle, so I'm hoping those aren't so prevalent in this book.
I liked the story. It was well-written and interesting with good characters, though there was only tiny bit of romance. On the whole, it was too gory and bloody for my tastes; limbs getting torn off everywhere, people being eaten left, right and center...

It is also a good thing there was a glossary at the beginning. Keeping track of what all the special words meant was a bit difficult.
Oct 05, 2012 Colette rated it really liked it
3.5 - I liked this book - I already bought the next book in the series. I like the highly original take on Dragons here - these are definitely not warm fuzzy creatures, they are alien, different from humans and scary, very scary.
Feb 16, 2013 Fraser rated it liked it
In most books the sex is rather gratuitous. here at least the author makes an attempt to make the sex not gratuitous, and it's an interesting take on dragons in modern times. Good characters, although they can be a little stereotypical.
Apr 16, 2012 Lovelee rated it really liked it
3.5* Interesting read. Female dominant Dragons. MC is not a Mary-sue, has her moments but overall not whiney. I liked that it seemed to be several stories tied into one?
*typos and missing words - needs some editing
Sep 13, 2012 Bari rated it did not like it
I found this book to be to technical and felt like I was reading a medical book or the equivalent. This is a Kindle book that I got for free on Amazon. I managed to get through 25% of it before giving up. City of Dragons just wasn't for me.
Jul 21, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite gritty and the take on dragons is definitely quite different to anything else I have read. The book has a lot of steamy sex scenes in it but it's definitely not a romance, so if you are looking for a happily ever after then this probably isn't for you.
Oct 27, 2012 Deoro rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with the story. A lot of the writing dealt with the dragon sex but focused on the physiology which was more alien than animal. Anyway it wasn't interesting for me.
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