3.5 stars= pretty good. I've been curious about Grant's Dragon Kings series for a long time - since each book is released as a four part serial it see3.5 stars= pretty good. I've been curious about Grant's Dragon Kings series for a long time - since each book is released as a four part serial it seems like there is always a new book coming out, which is somewhat appealing. So, coming into this series for the first time I knew that I was many books behind but I didn't really clue into how many. This is book seven and it is clear that there is a lot of history that a fan of the series would have brought with them. Author Grant does throw in bits and pieces to establish her world for new readers, but really there were multiple threads which look to span multiple books and tons of cameos for what seem to be past pairs so I never actually felt 'caught up'.
The main paring of Dragon Shifter Darius - who works to rid the world of dark fae who prey on human woman - and Lex - who has lost a friend to the fae and puts herself in danger while seeking revenge - feels very familiar to a long time paranormal romance reader. I started reading this with only part one in hand and I wasn't actually 'grabbed' enough by them to be inspired to continue on to part 2. But then the secondary thread at the end of that part kicked in with Ulrik - another dragon shifter who is apparently on the outs with the main group. His piece of the story was short but his piece is what made me want to read on to find out what happens next and to go back to earlier books to find the rest of his backstory. Continuing on with all the rest of the parts in a single book, I still found the main pair far less interesting than all the bits and pieces of the continuing plot and I am especially intrigued by the parts of the story where Rhi appears, she's powerful, a catalyst for much of the action and has a tormented past and walks the edge of darkness - I really want to know more of what happens to her.
As a series newbie, I found all the previous pairs appearances confusing, there were so many that I never did get a sense of who's who, but fans will likely by happy to get another glimpse of their favorites - especially near the end.
So all in all, discounting the parts that didn't click for me simply because I chose to jump in at book seven, I thought this was pretty good. The romance was by the numbers, but all the other threads meant to draw the reader into the next books did their job.
ARC via NetGalley courtesy of St Martin's. ...more
I love dragon shifters, so I had high hopes for Ivy's Dragons of Eternity series starter... Unfortunately, the setup had me nervous from the start.
OuI love dragon shifters, so I had high hopes for Ivy's Dragons of Eternity series starter... Unfortunately, the setup had me nervous from the start.
Our heroine is an Imp who has lived on the run for decades, she finally took a chance, settled down, bought a house and became a business owner and was finally happy... until he finds her.
I really didn't care for the kidnapping/slave/master thing that brings the leads together, there's such an imbalanced of power and he >will< have her, she is his. Initially, this skirted the line and I was worried that we might stray into questionable consent territory -nope, his overwhelming sexual mojo makes her forget all her qualms. Still, I wasn't happy that a HEA for them means she has to give up everything she's built. My other issue was that there wasn't much else going on storywise in the background, so at the heart this is just sexy times in a thin story wrapper.
Review in progress... I am a sucker for dragons and I really liked the Otherworld crossover prequel short , Fly By Night - so, despite the fact that IReview in progress... I am a sucker for dragons and I really liked the Otherworld crossover prequel short , Fly By Night - so, despite the fact that I am not a fan of that series - I was really looking forward to Flight from Death.
I enjoyed this. I liked the leading lady Shimmer, who is a water dragon shifter exhiled to Earth working for the Fly By Night detective agency, her boss is a sexy Aussie vampire....more
3.5 stars - At last, we finally find out why Mei has been denying her bond to her mate Darius -and her secret is a doozey. The tension between these t3.5 stars - At last, we finally find out why Mei has been denying her bond to her mate Darius -and her secret is a doozey. The tension between these two has been simmering beneath the surface in the last two books and finally comes to a boil here and when Mei's past comes a calling there are even more stumbling blocks to their HEA then the clash between their two strong personalities. All of that added up to make this the best of the bunch yet series-wise....more
Langlais has a fun fast style, loved the Caribou shifter hero and the little girl who wrapped him around her little finger" "Mandy Roth's Hunted HolidaLanglais has a fun fast style, loved the Caribou shifter hero and the little girl who wrapped him around her little finger" "Mandy Roth's Hunted Holiday - Cute Holiday start, sexy finish." "A Ghostly Gift - quick little prequel to Angie Fox's upcoming Southern Ghost hunters series..." "Chloe cole - a quick little shifter reconnect romance - it was fine, but my shifter fangirlness is wearing pretty thin- I have read so many that the bloom is off the rose for my original love for the mate connection . This isn't really specific to this story but a comment in general with respect to the genre." "I liked Everlasting by Michelle pillow it was odd and surreal with an unusual ever after."...more
I am a big fan of the series (I actually started with the original short story that was reworked into the first book), so I was really looking forwardI am a big fan of the series (I actually started with the original short story that was reworked into the first book), so I was really looking forward to Mind Magic.
I liked it but with nits. The beginning is slow to roll, a new character Demi has the spotlight and a new group of bad guys are causing trouble, and there isn't enough Lily and Rule time initially. But the story gets good and things really start to gel when the Demi finally meets up with one of the old characters. The rest of the story is great as secrets are revealed and Lily and Rule get a chance to act and not just react. My favorite parts of these books are always when Lily pulls tbe clues together to get to the core of what's really going on - I love smart characters.
There was a thread left hanging, so new bad guys to carry forward and I am looking forward to the next book....more
4.5 stars = I really liked this. There was a great balance between story and romance and the leading pair actual develops a relationship before things4.5 stars = I really liked this. There was a great balance between story and romance and the leading pair actual develops a relationship before things turn steamy. There has been some good growth in the leading man Christian since we've seen him last and he is swoon worthy now for more than his good looks - plus I liked that for the more part there is a good humor about him. I still like the Norse myth foundation for the series and I am sooooooo looking forward to Kamis' story - and maybe one for the crow shifter witch Elin.
I won this ARC in a contest on the author's website, woo hoo! November 10 release.
There's a nice little holiday snippet with Christian and Fen that falls after this on That's What I'm Talking About blog here....more
3.5 stars= I liked it. Art thief Savannah is casing the home of her Dragonlord 'mark' in preparation for stealing a painting she's been hired to retr 3.5 stars= I liked it. Art thief Savannah is casing the home of her Dragonlord 'mark' in preparation for stealing a painting she's been hired to retrieve, when she's mistaken for a wedding consultant's assistant and find herself with a new job. Upside is she's got access to the Dragon's house, but now she's wrapped up in wrangling wedding details while trying to figure out how to get her commission out of the house without being caught by Dragon's sexy chief of security Cameron. And this time even her secret weapon - she can shift to Dragon form - is not going to help her.
I enjoyed 'til Dragons Do Us Part even though I skipped the second book. It might have helped a bit that I did read the Dealing With Dragons since the preparations for that book's couple's wedding is significant part of the story. This is a lightweight story with a closed door romance in a world with dragons and humans and a couple of characters that have both forms.
3.5 stars - I actually ended up liking Fury of Obsession a lot, even though it was about 50% in before everything really got rolling. That's because t3.5 stars - I actually ended up liking Fury of Obsession a lot, even though it was about 50% in before everything really got rolling. That's because this book had alot going on, and in addition to the romance for dragon Venom, there is major page time for Gage, one of the two dragons who are captured and tortured while on a scouting mission, and a bit of time with bad guy Ivar as he tries to put one of his science projects into play. So this is pretty much an ensemble piece.
Even though I'd forgotten how much the series is the love child between Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Adrian's Breeds (with Cooke's Dragonfire acting as a surrogate), I still really enjoyed this. That is largely due to Venom and his lady. He is a totally bad @$$ warrior who goes all mushy and vulnerable for his mate, and she's good too in that she pushes him toward their HEA. Since there are so many other threads in the mix, their relationship moves pretty fast and in some ways it's a short story within the story, but I did so like seeing Venom's joy at finding the one made for him, a woman who not only could survive his toxic touch but who craved him and the closeness he never thought he'd have.
There was plenty to like in the other parts of the story and interesting characters in Gage, his new 'son', Bastian's brother and the illusionist Nian. I am looking forward to more dragons from Callahan.
4.5 stars = I really liked it. Valkyrie Tyra has existed solely for her purpose of harvesting the souls of fallen heroes for Odin Allfather's army, wi4.5 stars = I really liked it. Valkyrie Tyra has existed solely for her purpose of harvesting the souls of fallen heroes for Odin Allfather's army, with only the barest of emotions - to keep from interfering with her duties - until on the day that she catches the interest of Dragon Bron. When they meet again Bron, has her questioning her role on the sidelines of the fight against the demons, instead of being actually part of the battle and stirs feeling she's not supposed to have.
I really liked this, I love myth inspired stories and I love dragon shifters. There is a nice balance of story and steam here, a good conflict in the forbidden romance and a nice HEA for Tyra and a new future for her sisters. Valkyrie's Conquest is a follow on story to Lord Dragon's Conquest - I need to dig that one back off the pile to see how Bron won his freedom from the Dragon Queen....more
3.5 stars (once it got rolling) I had set this aside because it wasn't clicking for me, but I finally finished Light My Fire (Dragon Kin series Book 73.5 stars (once it got rolling) I had set this aside because it wasn't clicking for me, but I finally finished Light My Fire (Dragon Kin series Book 7). I had a hard time getting into this - until Gwenvale and Dagmar's spawn made the scene...but then again theirs was my favorite book. After that point the book was pretty good. The romance for Celwyn and 'she of the ridiculously long name' was thin, but, I liked him. I am not overly thrilled with Anwyn anymore or the 'abominations', but the rest of the 'family' stuff was good....more
3.5 stars - I liked this second Las Vegas dragons book much better than the first. There is a good attraction between the starring pair and then enou 3.5 stars - I liked this second Las Vegas dragons book much better than the first. There is a good attraction between the starring pair and then enough hurdles to a HEA that the mate bond doesn't do all the work. I also liked that the big reveal of the hero's Dragon-ness is initially a deal breaker for the heroine -which is a far more normal reaction than is normally seen in PNR. So good and more fleshed out second effort, and I am off to pull the book three off the pile (I am a sucker for Entangled's 99 cent Monday deals.)...more
2.5 stars = ok+ This was pretty quick and light with a too good to be true gazillionaire dragon shifting leading man. I liked it more in spite of the2.5 stars = ok+ This was pretty quick and light with a too good to be true gazillionaire dragon shifting leading man. I liked it more in spite of the heroine than because of her, not fond of her dysfunctional relationship with her brother. Since this is novella length, the story doesn't have time to develop much depth in the romance, but I liked the dragon bits enough to let that slide. I picked up all three books in the series as Monday cheapies, so on to the next- these are coming off my tbr pile:)...more
Alex's curse - in her vicinity men slavishly desire to be her knight in shinning armor - has left her distressed to the point that her des3.5 stars -
Alex's curse - in her vicinity men slavishly desire to be her knight in shinning armor - has left her distressed to the point that her desperation not only has her considering the possible existence of her Fairy Godmother but actually seeking out her FG in a most unusual place. Following her FG's advice Alex finds herself with new companions, the 'Warrior' Sam and the 'Hero' Conric, on a quest to find the ingredients for a spell to give Alex a chance at a normal life.
I liked The Dragon King and I, which was free when I clicked (it's still free for Amazon Prime members.) It goes to some very odd and dark places on the journey to Alex's happily ever after, but it does so in an interesting way. Plus really liked Alex and I really liked the collection of characters from Alex's unconventional FG, her scary mother and her companion Sam - I really liked him alot.
The book did have some editing issues. I am not a technical reader so I normally don't speak to these but a couple were odd enough to have me rereading to figure out what I'd missed continuity-wise or unfortunately, during a nicely steamy love scene, trying to figure out the body part involved when "his pips pumped" (hips, duh, I was thinking some rude slang thing I hadn't run across before.)
But despite the flaws, this was still a decent modern fairy tale of the 'Grimm'er variety so - "blood and tears" (from a great quote by Luna Lindsey cited at the start of one of the chapters) instead of sparkling pixie dust. The ending sets up for a another story and I will definitely be on the look out for the solution to the Frog "prince's" dilemma....more
3 stars = I liked it. Citrine Dragon shifter Lyra is searching for her missing father and her only clues - a feather and an expensive sports car - poi3 stars = I liked it. Citrine Dragon shifter Lyra is searching for her missing father and her only clues - a feather and an expensive sports car - point her towards a missing Caido (fallen angel) who is Archer Grant's brother. Archer intends to use his contacts to look for his brother but Lyra insists on being in on the hunt and finds herself attracted to the angelically beautiful but untouchable Archer.
Since it's short, the world building in Dragon Rising was a bit ambitious (even though it's not entirely new to me since it is the second short prequel to the series that I've read.) So far in the series we've been introduce to Dragons, Dueces(mages) and Caidos (fallen angels) which make up the 'Crescents' - the Hidden supernatural races which trace their origins to an isle in the Bermuda Triangle (sorry but eye roll to that and I found a fair number of terms in the 'world' to be sort of cheesy). But once I got past that beginning bit setting up the world and the conflict, I did like the story which has a mystery (which was also mentioned in the first short.) And though it was a bit on the quick side, I did like the romance between the firey dragon and the icy angel - complete with HEA - so Dragaon Rising ended up being pretty good and I will certainly consider giving the actual first book of the series a try when it hits the shelves (early next year, I think.)
eARC - Forever Yours via NetGalley - (this is an unpaid review) - release date 10/1...more
3.5 stars - Even though the promised cowboy aspect of the story was pretty incidental, overall I liked Wildfire - since I did like the dragon-shifter3.5 stars - Even though the promised cowboy aspect of the story was pretty incidental, overall I liked Wildfire - since I did like the dragon-shifter freelance journalist leading lady Lynn and the investigation into the arson fires occurring in a small Texas community.
The story is mainly focused on the mystery, so there isn't exactly a romance but there are lots of little hormonal dragon moments. Lynn senses that there is another dragon-shifter nearby and thinks it may be one of the two guys interested in her, volunteer firemen/farmer/rancher Jack whose wealthy ancestors took advantage of neighbors' misfortune to amass wealth and property - and Jack has grown up with the resentment of the descendants of those families - and the developer Henry - who is trying to acquire property to put in a development catering to wealthy would be ranchers. Lynn finds both of the guys attractive, but I never had any question as to who I wanted Lynn to end up with - and really Lynn isn't all that ambivalent about her choice.
I do have to admit that I was happier near the end of Wildfire when the bad guy finally revealed himself to the Lynn and there were no longer chapters trying to lead us into believing that one or another of the men was really the baddie. Although that is probably due to the fact that all of the little bits and pieces of the story begin to come together then and Khan had doled out those pieces in such a manner that I was even able to figure out things along with Lynn.
So bottom line on this one is that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting - since Khan has also written some Nocturne Cravings, I was expecting some spicy romance to go with the mystery, dragons, and 'cowboys'. Even though the story is more about Lynn's attraction to the guys and the romantic payoff was limited to a couple intimate touches and some kisses since I did like Lynn, and the people surrounding her, I enjoyed Wildfire despite my expectations....more