Eoin Grant hasn’t encountered a female of his race in decades, and this crazy person’s scent declares her unmated. Fate set her in his path, and he won’t let this opportunity slip through his claws. No matter how wary she is of him. After all, how many chances does a dragon have at finding love? But fate can be a crueler mistress than his perfect mate. Of all things, she thinks she’s human.
Business is taking off for Angie Weldon. She put her freakishly sharp nails to good use when she opened her back-scratching spa in downtown New Porter City. The local shifter community pounced on her skills and she’s knee-deep in shed fur. By the end of the year, if lucky, she could afford to move out of her crappy apartment.
Dollar signs flash before Angie’s eyes when a dark, brooding stranger books her solid for a week but she notices the possessive fury in his glare. She’s been around enough shifters to know the look, and she won’t go down that road again. Angie is literally swept off her feet by the intense shifter and he wants more from her than she’s willing to give. She figures it’s best to avoid eye contact and back away slowly. Until he changes her life by insisting she’s a dragon.
(Full length novel. No cliffhangers. Here be dragons.)
Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.
Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.
I was really excited to read this based on the blurb and the adorable cover, but the world/character building seemed to unravel and it was hard to maintain that initial excitement throughout
"she took off like a lone gazelle at a lion convention" - this made me bust out a laugh and I was feeling really good about this story
"an app that would beep when he clapped" - fabulous idea! how has someone not made this already????
"Nice tat. What does it say?" "Rash." "What? Why?" - Hyena-Level LOL
but then ... I didn't understand how he managed to follow her smelly trail, after he'd been pepper-sprayed, down two blocks, after a stop at the gallery, and she'd disappeared into her store that was hosting a waiting room full of shifters, but he couldn't smell her in her own apartment building - that little scene where he was knocking on every door was cute, but the world building crumbled. not to mention, it sounded like she'd been in the town for a while and the gallery he frequents is rather close to her store, but he hadn't noticed her before? how was he a "forward scout for the clan military" if he can't detect a possible threat within the same city? bad scout and bad for self-preservation!
Ryota, the ex, just seemed to pop up for the occasional conflict and did he, or did he not, love her? for all his trying to mate her? didn't understand why that was introduced, just to emphasize that Angie's desirable to everyone?
Eoin and his art ... I don't understand, he's got expensive cars and lots of jewels, but he's a poor artist? "Dragon art sold well and paid the bills" - what bills? why does he need his art to sell? I'm so confused ... then he talks about how he wants people to sense "Anything besides terror" from his art, but then that's what his sculptures end up doing (at least that's what his agent and gallery manager say) then the character motivation seems to change from monetary gain to wanting to make art that people like ... "He had enough wealth to provide for her every need." then why the need to make sure his art is in galleries and sells? wouldn't it be enough that he produces the art? couldn't he open up his own gallery to show his art and call it a day?
"She wanted to belong, yet every time she started to fit in, something drove her away. It was stupid." - this was never really explained ... was it because she was a trapped dragon? sounded like she had pretty loving parents ... speaking of, where the heck did she come from??? that whole background story was left unresolved, she's from some old dragon lineage that's coveted and, yet, she doesn't want to know? she ended up attracting an old and a young dragon from thousands of miles away, but her dragon clan didn't show up? I think this story would have been better for some of those loose ends being resolved or excluded
"I won't let you fall." "The ground is telling me something different." "Don't look at it. The earth lies." - ha!
"It's okay to like me. I won't be offended." "I heard the older races usually stagnate in decrepit old castles." - oh, but lines like this make me think that there's so much potential here
but then, practically on the same page, it talks about how dragons don't rush because they lived so long and a day didn't mean as much to them as it did to humans, only to end with, "He had so much to do and so little time to do it." that's another head scratcher ... like, he's trying too hard to be human and not enough dragon-don't-care
he's concerned about her, especially after he finds cedric, the other dragon, but leaves her to her own devices so that cedric has a chance to approach her
didn't understand the whole losing-his-flame either ... stress was suggested, but that only made me think, "if little things cause you stress, however did you manage to live so long?"
"Can't I be a ground dragon?" LOL, seriously! more of this, less of the flip-flap confusion, please!
anyway, I really wanted to like it, which made the disappointment that much disappointer (totally a word!) ... I may pick up another Nicholas story later because she's certainly got dialogue-flair, but, unfortunately, it comes with a few distracting rough spots
Not His Dragon is book one in the Not This series by Annie Nicholas.
It’s fun, cute, and silly. I enjoyed the town with it’s shifters. I liked that the shifters live opening amongst the humans. I liked how our hero and heroine first meet and I had fun with their romance.
Eoin is yummy. I do so love dragon shifters. I had fun with his relationship with Angie and how it grew. I also liked Angie, her business, and how she interacted with Eoin.
I did feel that their where things that could have been flushed out more. The world and character development was lacking a little. Their was a lot of bits and pieces of information randomly given out without enough to make much sense. As for Angie’s best friend, Beth, she felt more like a work acquaintance then a BFF. I also would have liked more on the wolves that are always hanging around Angie and her shop.
We do meet a lot of appealing secondary characters and hopeful we will see more of them in other books in this series.
I had fun reading Not His Dragon. It’s an easy quick read that took me on a fun adventure.
How do I even begin to rate this book? I have so many mixed feelings. The first and second half felt like two completely different books. The first half was somewhat dry but the second half was actually pretty fun and there were even some pretty romantic scenes. The writing style was pretty good to. Although, I felt like some elaborations, were unnecessary.
Angie was cool for a heroine - she's feisty and knows her worth. I couldn't get over her weird backscratching business though. . Eion was a pretty cool hero too. I liked his possessiveness but I didn't find his art career... believable, or worth caring about.
The romance between Angie and Eion was very sweet; they made a pretty cute couple! Sadly, I skimmed at least 60% of this book. So the 2 stars I've decided to rate this book are for Eion and the romance.
Rating: 2/5 Book Cover Rating: 1/5 (sorry, I couldn't help myself)
So so much potential but not fleshed out enough for me.
I wish there'd been more about her shop, and all the bad luck she had, And more about the wolves... she tells us that the alpha wolf is into her but we don't see it. The omega wolf we're told is her bestie, but IMO they come off as work acquaintances at best. The H and h's relationship went from almost 0 to the ILY's in the blink of an eye. The bits about the vampire seemed almost random because it's like we get bits and pieces of info but we're missing too much for any of it to actually make sense. Same goes for all the cool dragony stuff ...it all seemed to get glossed over....
I think I had more issues but I didn't make notes so can't be sure. It wasn't a bad book, I just needed/wanted more. Despite the HEA, I feel like I only got a part of the story. And I didn't think this was a serial, so it's a little confusing/frustrating.
This book sounded fun - something light. And for the most part, it was okay. I had a hard time getting used to the narrator - the voices and accents all seemed...off to me, but I grew used to them. What I liked the most was the world - current day but with shifters as part of the mix, including dragons. The fact that Angie had a business called "Scratch your itch" was another fun element. The plot was also okay but it left a few things unresolved.
I don't read shifter romances as much as I used to, so this was a nice treat. Eoin is absolutely yummy, and I loved watching his relationship with Angie grow. I also loved learning about how this society works, with shifters living openly amongst humans, and thought the idea of Angie having a back scratching business for shifters was pretty clever. Hope there are more stories set in this world of dragons and shifters and vampires for me to read! I'd love to learn more about Victor and Ryota. :)
This was a pretty good urban fantasy, with a dash of humor and some interesting ideas.
Angie is just trying to keep her head above water and her back-scratching service is quite smart in a shifter populated area. She's not looking for the grouchy dragon's attention but she gets it anyways.
I'm going to keep going with this series to see how this world develops.
I found this to be a sweet little starter book. I loved the characters and the story definitely held my interest. I am curious as to what type of dragon that she is. I will be looking forward to reading book 2.
copy received for honest review 3.5 stars This story was different in a good way. I was hesitant to read a "dragon romance". This story makes you stretch your imagination. there are a few holes but the story is still easy to follow. I liked the characters and some of the scenes made me laugh.I liked how Eoin was fierce and then shy at times. Angie was fierce but had the worst luck at times. Not bad for a first book in the series. I liked the mystery of who Angie was and enjoyed their road to HEA.
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**
I don't read paranormal books as often as i used too, however this was a really nice refreshing dip into the waters again, which has tempted me to read them again more often. Why did i put them down in the first place?!
The book is full of wit and sarcasm that just had me smiling and Eion's determination to get Angie once he had seen her was certainly strong. However he portrayed that alpha male, i must look after my woman thing well and was always making sure that she felt wanted and looked after.
Angie has always thought she was human with a little shifter blood from her dead relatives, so Eion's declaration that she is actually a she-dragon is quite a life changing thing for her in many ways.
Elon is patient and caring and understanding of Angie and does his best to get the best out of Angie and she opens up to him even though she has vowed not to date another shifter again.
I really enjoyed this book and have put the rest of the series in my to read pile.
Dnf %60.... it wasn’t bad, but only more of the same shifter possessive tropes where the female states “you can’t own me”... and then ends up being a little bit owned? Or that at the same time she is shouting her need for independence she is secretly lusting for this male possessive beast who is the one threatening her independence in the first place? Like, maybe the problem is not being owned, but by whom?... TOO MUCH OF A MF CLICHE. It started funny, but later the story only centered around the love story that was too much “mating impulses and no real connection” for me. I don’t like the mating-fever where it seems that the MCs have no opinion in the matter; “fate” or similar things are a romance killer to me. Love should be all about free will! Oh, and having recently read Alexis Hall’s Ice Planet Barbarians Review, I couldn’t stop thinking how this book also has that horrible thing where everyone is straight bc “biology wants us all mated and producing babies, so MF is divine law” 🙈🙈🙈
It felt like there were a lot of plot threads left dangling at the end. It was like there were a lot of potential plots planned but then they were discarded during the writing process...but then never cleaned up.
Things like the lost dragon clan (where are they at end of book and why didn’t they show up too), the charms/hexes (does she really forgive her idiot friend for turning good luck charms into goddamn hexes that cause her innumerable problems and drain her savings account? I wanted this more fleshed out, and honestly was expecting some elaborate betrayal by Beth to drive Angie back to Ryota via financial problems or something, but it was just...nothing. Loathed the “poor spineless omega wolf schtick” especially with the “ you have to forgive me” mine because no she does not), how Eoin never noticed her before in town, or how he could smell her post pepper spray but not in her apartment building, etc. they were distracting in their incompleteness.
Ryota was a strange sort of false tension generator. He wasn’t around enough to truly make you wonder or put pressure on the dragons, but just enough to prompt a response from Eoin...?
The humor itself could definitely land with many, but to me it fell a little flat. It was “blow air through your nose” humor, like when you type “lol” as a response to something amusing but you didn’t actually react.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Not his Dragon by Annie Nicholas Not my first book by this writer which I really enjoy before. Only thing that worried me was the number of pages. Sometimes a book with this many pages ends up dragging and I got bored through parts. Eoin is a isolated dragon and has been away from his clan for many years. Angie own her own business and has always been a little different but doesn't smell like shifter so everyone believes she's human. That's is until she meets Eoin and he tells her she smells like a she-dragon. Really enjoyed the whole book especially Eoin coming out of his cave and socialising and Angie finding herself and new shifter abilities. Great ending and HEA.
Angie Weldon and Eoin Grant incidentally meet on a morning when Angie is running late to work. He smells a she-dragon and wonders why she has invaded his territory. His aggressiveness causes Angie to spray Eoin with pepper spray, which enables her to escape him. He later traces her down at her business and confronts her there. When he leaves to his castle, his agent shows up the next day exclaiming over the new sculpture. Eoin sees only the melted and molded metal he tossed out in anger frustration.
Earlier that same day Eoin discovered he had scale rot. Not a member of a dragon clan any longer, he has no one to tend to his scales. He thinks of Angie and her back scratching business. Eoin shows up at her business bright and early with coffee and asks her to tend to his scales and the scale rot. He offers her triple her fee to do it. Angie is persuaded and agrees to meet him at his castle that night. Little do both know where this strange courtship will lead, or if it is a courtship. Angie believes she is a human with some shifter DNA in her genetics. Eoin is sure she is a dragon. She tells him she cannot shift. Eoin is determined to figure out why and to help Angie. Can they solve this puzzle together?
I found this novel cute. It is an easy-to-read Paranormal Romance. The protagonists are sweet and their chemistry is a delight. The plot is straight romance. The strains of the subplots were tied together, except for one: the vampire in the dungeon. Last we know the vampire is chained to Eoin's dungeon wall. What became of him? Is he starving in the dungeon? Forgotten by Eoin? The description is good. The dialogue fits the characters. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook narrated by Diane Lehman. She differentiated the character voices very well and left the listener with a sweet feeling of a good romance.
A good start to a series. I liked the characters and the concept, could have been more detailed. Parts of it were rushed and it left me feeling like I missed something.
This is set in a world where shifters are known to the general public, there's all kinds of kinds (Dragons, werewolves, big cats, vampires, etc). Angie runs a back scratch clinic (think along the lines of a massage therapist) and Eoin is the local dragon. She was raised human but there's obviously something more to her. After one meeting, he's bound and determined to find out what that something more to her is all about and help her fulfill the potential in her. Their relationship escalates fast. I think the whole book spans a week.
A few irksome things: They're both slobs when it comes to house keeping (it shouldn't be an issue for me but since it's mentioned so much it became an issue). What happened to the vampire in the basement? Will we ever find out? Will we ever find out about her past/clan?
*WARNING* contains adult situations Eoin is a century old dragon shifter who left his clan. Eoin is an artist who isn't doing so well at the moment, but people sre to afraid of him to tell him what they don't like. Angie is baring keeping her scratching business in the black. The werewolf alpha think Angie should be his. Everything in Angie's business keeps breaking. Then on top of everything else this dragon man comes in and scares all her customers away! The female lead is spunky and strong. The male lead is protective and supportive. I really like imaginative image of Angie's dragon. It's a cute story worth reading.
Im calling this a 2.5 down the middle.... The male MC Eoin was likable enough if not a little bland the Heroine Angie was very one dimensional without much personality or character...
The story Plodded Along, a few minor obstacles but most were overcome in a matter of pages...
The book did contradict itself a bit....
"Angie turned a slow circle in the middle of the room surrounded by his cars. “Some of these are antiques.” She ran her hands over the Aston Martin with reverence"
So a lot of valuable antique cars in a dragon sized Castle who offers her priceless gems.... Yet for their first real date when she think Eoin is in Limo she she just assumed Eoin struggled financially like she did.
I quite enjoyed the verbal sparring that happened between virtually every character. I liked seeing the different supernatural creatures working together (albeit not always).
Eoin is a weird mix of stodgy old fogey with a modern vocabulary, but it mostly works. Angie is adorably feisty, and comes across as the most believable character; she gets the most background out of everyone.
I would have liked to have seen more about the shop, the bad luck, and more resolution to that part of the story, especially the witch and Angie's money. That's kind of just messily boxed up at the end with an "it's all better hurray!"
This is a delightful book! The author has created a unique shifter universe with this amusing story., I didn't want to put it down. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Enjoyed getting to know these characters and found them amusing, feisty, and strong. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.
I nearly dnf'd this very early on - some of the words used seemed clunky and just not right - (tits - as thought by a woman) but I decided it might be a cultural thing and skimmed past the rather 'ugly' writing there.
It took a while to get into the story but I read to the end and enjoyed it a(as the first in a series) A mix of serious stuff and froth. I liked the characters and it was very refreshing not to have the usual 'billionaire' shapeshifter ;)
I liked this book. I loved the relationship between Angie and Eoin. I truly loathed two things though. 1. A certain punk rock band that used a very vulgar word for a part of a woman’s anatomy. 2. The hero smoked.
Pretty sure neither of those were necessary for character development.