I read this long ago as an ebook and couldn't resist also getting it in print. For those who haven't read it, it also comes with a short, Chains and F...moreI read this long ago as an ebook and couldn't resist also getting it in print. For those who haven't read it, it also comes with a short, Chains and Flames which is the story of Fearghus the Destroyers' parent's romance. You can choose which one you want to read first, as Shelly said she wrote Dragon Actually first. The print copy also comes with a new story A Tale of Two Dragons, which is Fearghus's Uncle's romance, which is set before Chains and Flames.
Annwyl the Bloody, is human and leading the rebellion against her brother Lorcan and ends up fighting and losing in front of Fearghus's cave. He doesn't like the noise and comes to investigate. Fearghus becomes intrigued by Annwyl when she isn't afraid of him and he decides to heal her after polishing off the annoying soldiers who are fleeing in terror.
Thus the stage is set for much sword-worthy action. We see the rest of Fearghus's family and a right bunch of nutcases they all are. Dragon males love a mean female, of any species, and Shelly delivers mean in a good way.
Chains and Flames
Princess Rhiannon and Low Born Bercelak Cadwaladr, the Battle Dragon are thrown together by Queen Addiena in an attempt to mate/kill Rhiannon. The Queen is afraid of her daughter and has hated her for the past 125 years. Both of them are White Dragons, so are full of magic, but sadly Rhiannon doesn't seem to have the ability. The Queen forces Rhiannon to be human by magic in an attempt to weaken her so that she is easily killed. Meanwhile Bercelak has wanted the mean, very mean, Rhiannon for 55 years, so he's not letting her escape him.
A Tale of Two Dragons
More insanity of the Cadwaladr kind. Bercelak's older brother Addolgar the Cheerful and Lady Braith of the Darkness are sent on a quest to return Lady Katharina to her father, Lord Berg by Queen Addiena. Unbeknownst by everyone Braith's father, Lord Emyr, has betrayed the Queen, Braith & Katharina. The Queen, looking for a quick scapegoat intends to execute Braith and ignore the real culprit.
The Cadwaladr clan don't like that idea, so much scheming and planning goes into the rescue of Braith.
Love all the humour in these books and the characters. Also love that Eibbhear the Blue makes an appearance in the last story. (less)
Liked the Katie MacAlister story Shades of Gray, found the Molly Harper story, Undead Sublet, so-so and enjoyed the Jessica Sims story, Out with a Fan...moreLiked the Katie MacAlister story Shades of Gray, found the Molly Harper story, Undead Sublet, so-so and enjoyed the Jessica Sims story, Out with a Fang.(less)
Just read Shelly's Like a Wolf With a Bone may come back and read Cynthia's story later.
This is the story of Dee-Ann Smith's parents, Eggie Ray Smith...moreJust read Shelly's Like a Wolf With a Bone may come back and read Cynthia's story later.
This is the story of Dee-Ann Smith's parents, Eggie Ray Smith & Darla Mae Lewis. We've seen a bit of Eggie over previous books and he is still the scariest Smith wolf ever born. He is a stone cold killer, even if it is for the military.
Even his family, except his mother, is afraid of him. Until Darla. Darla is about to be attacked by humans in a shifter community when Eggie takes a hand, and a throat and various other body parts. Darla is injured by accident and Eggie, who is sick of hearing his brothers and her sisters arguing decides to leave and take Darla with him so he can get her medical assistance. Doesn't hurt that he thinks she is gorgeous.
Darla is the youngest Lewis girl and everyone is too protective, she is a wolf after all. The Lewis girls are known for their baking and their love of driving fast cars, which both play a part in the story.