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Dragon Heart

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family’s political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or categorically claim her life and sensual nature as hers to rule.

She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man – a dragon shifter who’
ebook, 306 pages
Published November 10th 2014 by Crimson Romance
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Turns out, sex with a Dragon is as HOT as you think...
The question was simple. Was his love for her greater than his pride?
It's a shame the blurb doesn't really do justice to all the things happening in this book.

Unofficial Breakdown:
25% Romance
25% Action
20% Sexytimes
15% General Badassadry
10% Shifter politics
5% Fun Humor

This story was told in a dual point-of-view format between our main characters, and the flip POV really helped to clarify motives and emotions between two people wh
Diane Lynch
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dragon Heart by Susan Arden Leopardess Shay Barclay rebels against her arranged marriage to ancient leopard, Dimitri Necrodemas, by spending the night with Ex-Navy SEAL and dragon shifter Drake O’Connor. But will one night be enough?
Shay is an intriguing heroine. She is stubborn and determined. She starts out a bit naïve and grows a lot throughout the novel.
Drake is a sexy alpha male. I like that he is not one to conform and will fight for what is his. He is smart and strong willed. I apprecia
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dragon Heart is a romantic story filled with too-hot-to-handle sexiness, suspense, and an engaging storyline that had me reading the novel in no time. Shay, a leopardess shifter, wasn’t shy one bit, and I loved her spunk in telling Drake what she planed to do to him. And seeing Drake struggle with his internal conflict about protecting Shay over what he wanted from her was beautifully handled. Arden introduces us to a wonderful cast of characters I’d love to read more about. Hope Arden expands t ...more
Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )
' I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review '

Shay is a leopardess shifter and her family is trying to marry her off for political reasons. However she flat out refuses to be a pawn and the old guy who wants to marry her expects a virgin. So she decides who better to make that not be an issue anymore then the dragon shifter that is her guard. She has always wanted him even though he stays away from her. She's not asking him for forever. Just one night. The old
Jane Hunt
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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'Dragon Heart' sizzles with fast-building heat, as sexy dragon shifter Drake, sheds his gentlemanly aura and gives Shay what she craves on a sultry summer evening. Leopardess shifter, Shay, is happy, her plan to lose her innocence to her dragon crush has worked but she is ill-prepared for the fatalistic consequences. Their first meeting is all about the physical and the eroticism of these s
Kristin  Reads
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC for my honest review...
I'm giving this book 4.5 Dragon Fire Stars

First I would like to say how spectacular Susan Arden's writing is. This was my first Exotic/paranormal Romance, and I am so glad I went out of my box and read this book.

Shay and Drake have one hot, off the charts sexy romance. Their chemistry is WOW! Drake is this hot Alpha-Dragon.. girls he is going to make you sweat.. swoon.. Where can I get one. Shay, yes she is stubborn, but the sexual tension betwee
Heather andrews
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shay is a very vocal girl when it comes to her wants, "I'm going to climb and ride you like I'm a cowgirl, breaking and bucking bronco. And you, dragon boy, are going to like it." She ended up jabbing him in the chest while panting heavily." I loved when Shay's cat came out to play, "she purred, rubbing her cheek against his chin. He chuckled, tipping her face and brushing his mouth over hers. "Is that a hint you're ready for more?" Drake he's a protective man and he protects what's his, "baby, ...more
Dakota Storm
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Shay and Drake are excellent characters. Shay is fighting tooth and nail not to be forced into a loveless arranged marriage and Drake is a sexy as hell, I mean a sexy sexy Dragon shifter who is on Shay's security detail. Love Shays seduction scene and how Drake gets so hot he starts to shift. These two together keep you on your toes and the plot itself is intriguing, action packed. I love the writing, the author drags you in from page one and doesn't let go until the end. I enjoyed every mi ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dragon Heart by Susan Arden 4 Stars!!!!

Shay Barclay is a shifter and because of that being forced to marry an old Geezer because of Shifter Politics. She loves her family but she wants her independence more. Leopard law doesnt give.

Drake is a hot ex-Navy Seal and an even Hotter Dragon. He made a promis to an old military buddy to protect his daughter and we watch as he goes through the pros and cons of which to chose.

Oh the fire and heat that erupts is amazing and had me turning the fan on as I
Ethel the Read It
Given a neutral rating as dnf, just could not bring myself to care about the heroine and what happened one way or the other.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was giving this book in exchange for an honest review. I want to start out stating that I love how Susan writes and I have most of her books, but I think this book moved to the top of my favorite list. The way that Susan paints the scenes in her books is like I am living it. That is the best kind of author in my opinion.

This story is about the coming together of a leopard (Shey) and dragon(Drake) shifter. Things seem impossible for the two and they fight there growing attraction until Shey’s p
Lynn Worton
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new series by this author. I really enjoyed it!

Shay Barclay is a character that I really didn't take to at first, because she came across as a spoilt brat rather than a desperate leopardess. However, as the story unfolded, I softened towards her, because she lost her attitude and became a bit more humble.

Drake O'Connor is a character full of charisma and machismo, with a huge e
Nov 13, 2014 rated it did not like it

Susan Arden offered Dragon Heart to readers in exchange for honest reviews and I jumped at the chance because I'm a big PNR fan.

I just wasn't able to get into Drake and Shay's story. I didn't feel much chemistry between them and Shay's habit of running away knowing she's in danger makes her TSTL. I also found the text to be a bit murky, it's hard for me to describe what I was feeling, action would seem to start then stop and go in another direction. There also seemed to be inconsistencies or
Jen Cothran
I totally loved this book!! EVERYTHING about it! From it tying into the Collared for a Night but being a prequel to it.

In Dragon Heart we follow Shannon Barclay as she is pushed by an unseen force into almost marrying Dimitri who wants nothing more than her as a 'Trophy Wife', a tool to use in his scheme of things. He only wants her because she is pure. However, one night with a Dragon would change everything!

Shannon aka Shay, is a stubborn, yet beautifully, smart woman who will do what it take
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This story started off really well but it seemed to slow in the middle. The overall plot was good but my main issue was that I didn't particularly like Shay through most of the book and nearly all of her decisions baffled me.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
**Author gifted the ebook in exchange for an honest review

The cover doesn’t fit my idea of Drake because the model doesn’t look tough enough. I love the dragon though :)

I really love this series and every book I’ve read so far :) This is the best of the series so far because it had tons of action and intrigue. It does have a ton of very steamy sex scenes, so this is a very adult book. Shay is really head strong, and I hate to say it but makes many
Lori Meehan
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is the first book by Susan Arden that I've read and I really enjoyed it. At first I thought the book might be part of a series but it very soon started to flow and I was swept away by the story of Shay Barclay leopard shifter and Drake O'Connor ex-Navy Seal and dragon shifter who is her and her families security head. Shays parents are pushing her to marry an old powerful man Dimitri and Shay has no intentions of doing so. Shay has been hot for Drake for years but now she needs to lose
Liv Rancourt
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a whole lot of steamy hot fun. Shay is a leopard shifter with a problem. Her parents are using her as a political pawn, forcing her to marry an evil old man. But not if she loses her virginity first. She targets Drake, the guy who runs security for her family. He's the kind of alpha who'd burn right through most womens' resistance, and he's dead on when he tells Shay she doesn't know what she's getting into by messing with a dragon shifter.

They shouldn't work together. She's smart a
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Going against most opinions, I found this book a disappointment

Why this did not work for me:
To start with, I found the writing style too abrupt and not easy to read.
The hero was just OK, even tough I could not understand what him being an ex-Navy SEAL have to do with the story line - he is already a fire-breathing dragon for Heaven's sake.
The heroine made too many TSTL, irresponsible decisions based on "If you can, so can I" mentality (sure, you are off doing some dragon stuff, so I'll do someth
3.5 Stars

No cliffhanger. A HFN between the featured couple. Lots of secondary hot alpha males introduced. An all-shifter town just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana that even has gator shifters! I enjoyed the book and might read the second book as I'm interested in what comes next for all the characters I met in this one. I counted off a 1/2 star for editing and flow. There was just something about the way the author wrote dialogue that got on my nerves. It seemed drug out and overdone imo. The
Colleen Everly
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the best book from this author that I've read so far and she's had quite a few 5 stars from me, if I could give more I would, the plot was awesome with him being a dragon shifter, a navy seal, and an alpha Oh My! She being a leopard shifter which meant they shouldn't have been able to be together but they were so right for each other. She's a bit spoiled at first but she comes around and learns to take care of herself and she needs to with bad guys after her. I loved it can't wait to ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have found another new to me favorite author. I enjoyed this book very much. So much spunk from Shay and so much love and protectiveness from Drake. He had so much patience for her and all the trouble she was always causing him, it was great. Just cannot express how much I really liked this book. And then toward the end has a surprise that was thrown in and that just made it that much better too. Sure did not see that coming. I am sure looking forward to reading the next book and read Shawn an ...more
Katie Kenyhercz
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am all about paranormal romance, and this book hit all of my favorite things about the genre. Shay, the heroine, is strong in every respect, and she challenges Drake like no one else could. He's a handful for her too in more ways that one ;-) From the beginning it's fast-paced and ultra steamy. The love scenes like the characters are extraordinary and supernaturally hot! Your pulse will be pounding until the very end.
Cheryl Z
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, botb-2014
I really loved this book. I loved both Shay and Drake. Shay is one of those fierce independent woman who wants to stand on her feet to get what she wants. Where as Drake was the typical alpha male who tries to let her be who she is because he wants her to be with him of her own free will. I loved the plot very much. I would definitely read more of her books. I have quite a few of her books and she didn't disappoint with this one.

ARC copy provided for an honest review.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. It started out with promise and kind of went down hill for me...Shay was super annoying. She continuously made terrible decisions in the act of being "independent". There is independent and then there is callous and stupid. She was the latter. Giving it 2.5 stars because it kept me interested enough to finish.
Sherry Vitaniemi
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There is nothing like finally giving your heart to your mate. And when her lion finds her dragon wants her. She starts the hunt. In the end it was all worth the lonely time apart.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Like: I liked the secondary characters enough that I'm hoping there is more books coming. The heroine is impulsive. Dmitri got what he deserved as did his associates. I'm interested in finding more about Jinni.

Jeanne Kotsios
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book sweet sad kept me on my seat great book great writing can't wait to read next one sweet
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

This was a typical shifter romance with lots of sex and lots of danger but it keeps the reader engrossed
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Bestselling romance author, Susan Arden began writing Westerns and suspense romance in college. In 2012, she won a fiction pitch contest and a publishing contract followed for Tempted By Trouble. She's married, a mom, and lives south of Nashville in a spot that's more country than city.

Susan writes in partnership with her husband under several pen names. To recharge, they enjoy traveling and hikin

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