Things can’t get any worse than being snatched by a dragon, until Anna is dropped into a bloodthirsty battle for the Draconic crown.
On what’s supposed to be a fun trip to New Zealand to recover from a painful breakup, Anna is kidnapped and flown away by a mythical beast bent on making her his queen. Anna’s rare blood type makes her the only viable mate in the islands, and with scores of dragons looking for her, escape isn’t likely.
Joe is the youngest and smallest dragon in the competition to become king. Now that he’s found Anna, all he needs to overthrow their tyrannical monarch is to bring her back to Dragon Mount before anyone can challenge his claim. But Joe is injured and unable to fly, and each passing second increases the risk of discovery.
Challenging the king means certain death, but Anna is Joe’s to lose. If the king finds her, he will bathe Dragon Mount in her blood, condemning Joe’s people to seventeen more years of brutal subjugation. The fate of the Draconi rests in the talons of their smallest dragon, and the clock is ticking.
Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her.
While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)
During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.
Jennifer M. Eaton's Dragon Mount is a story about two sisters, Anna and Sybil, who stumble upon a society on Earth they didn't know existed. Their adventure begins when they are literally swept up by a couple of dragons who risked their own lives to save those of the women they'd only just met. I really enjoyed the story and found it easy to connect with the multi-dimensional characters. I recommend this book to not only fantasy readers, but also to anyone who likes a well written adventure with a few twists.
This is the story of Anna, a college student from the US who has just broken up with her fiance after she found out he cheated on her. And so, she brings her sister on the honeymoon trip that was already booked, to New Zealand. While she is there, she meets a very interesting guy named Joe and his very interesting friend Connor. Joe and Connor are actually dragons, and it just so happens that Anna and her sister are visiting during the once-every-seventeen-years-mating-season, where the dragons choose a mate, and then choose a king, a position that Joe, while smaller than most of the others, would be perfect for because his clan of dragons are really quite kind and levelheaded, compared to the current rulers which are… well, giant raging assholes, really.
Dragon females are fairly rare, and fertile ones usually only have male children. And so, once every seventeen years, the most virile male dragons go flying off into pretty much urban New Zealand to try and find a compatible human female, and whoever does is the new dragon king, more or less. Compatible human females are very, very rare though.
So of course Anna is one. Duh. It’s a romance novel guys, what did you think was going to happen here? >.>
So Joe and Anna meet each other in a bar that her sister has dragged her to hoping to meet some local guys. Joe realizes that Anna is special when she cuts her finger in a bit of a kerfuffle. . And so, when other, bigger, assholier dragons come down and also figure out that Anna is totally mommy material, shenanigans ensue. Anna gets kidnapped by a dragon, dropped, then caught, then dropped, and then caught by Joe, who gets himself quite hurt flying her to the safety of a family of Maori who happens to sort of worship his particular clan. They’ll protect him and Anna until he can heal up a bit. This turns into a week or so of hiding from the asshole dragons until Joe is healed up enough to take his place as king. Meanwhile, Anna is falling for him, but also definitely not down with randomly staying in New Zealand as the dragon queen, so is flip flopping between accepting her feelings for Joe, and leaving him and going home.
This one got quite a bit tropey at times, but I did root for Joe and Anna to live happily ever after, though I found that I never really ended up liking Anna as much as I was probably meant to. Joe is pretty endearing as a character though, so I at least wanted him to live happily ever after. Some events did make my eyes roll from time to time, because Joe and Anna both make some colossally stupid decisions, and like many (but certainly not all) romance novels, it can get rather silly at times, but it also reads rather easily, has a few interesting characters, and does bring some interesting ideas to the table, so it wasn’t too hard to make time to read it.
The setting for one, was interesting for a para-romance. You don’t see many of them set in New Zealand, in my experience, and it does include a pretty diverse cast of characters. The beautiful mountains were the perfect place for a Dragon Mount to exist, so it worked as a setting. I mean, if Smaug can live there, why not all the dragons?
The antagonists were easy to hate. The protagonists were mostly easy to like, barring that same poor decision making I was talking about. The romance, at least the falling-in-love part of it, was rather speedy (because these romance dragons, much like many romance werewolves, seem to pick their mates mostly by instinct). There were some serious feels felt at each other within the span of a week, but it was still well past the halfway point of the book before anything really romancey happened. Joe was sort of stuck in his dragon form for most of the first half, and he had limited communication, so while he was certainly feeling the feels for Anna, he couldn’t really say so without some help from a friend (and without the use of some powerful dragon eye-smoulder – and, oh yes, the smoulder is very strong with this book, and not only because dragoooooons lololokay I’ll stop >.>). I found that the pacing of the romance didn’t bother me overmuch, but I suppose this one does fall under instalove so probably avoid it if that’s a dealbreaker for you. I’ve seen people proclaim relationships I considered rather slow-burning instalove and damn a book for it, so this is entirely subjective to begin with, but there it is. I personally don’t necessarily hate a fast moving relationship if I like the characters involved and find the book engaging.
There was also a rather unexpected (in my opinion) POV character in this book, named Nikau. He is the grandson of the Maori couple who sort of lead this whole clan. He lost his parents in an accident when he was young, and so his grandparents raised him, and he thought they were crazy for believing in dragons right up until he was letting a dragon bite him so that its venom would give him a mental bond, making it possible for him and the dragon to communicate telepathically.
I’ll be honest, in paranormal romance novels, the telepathic bond thing usually happens between the lovers. This was an interesting spin on that idea by adding this random, snarky AF dude who can sometimes feel what the dragon he’s bonded to is feeling (though I will admit that this toed pretty close to the creepy line a couple of times regarding Anna). But, Nik and Joe become friends, and come to trust each other, even despite their relationship’s somewhat rocky beginning, and while Nik can get a little ridiculous at times (especially when there are pretty lady dragons around), and his POV has a few flashback sequences that seemed largely unnecessary in the larger plot, I thought his presence really gave the story a bit of something different.
This one is also different than many romance novels in that Joe isn’t the biggest or the strongest guy around, nor is he typically handsome. He’s the smallest, and the youngest, and while he is beautiful, it is more of a fair-featured elfin beauty than a romance novel cover model handsomeness with rippling muscles and so on and so forth. Joe is the underdog in this overall competition to choose a new king. Anna considers him rather scrawny the first time she meets him… though, she does later retract that statement… but not for the reason you might assume… ^_^
I say that because this is a romance novel with no sex in it. Yep, I’m going there. The inclusion or exclusion of sex in a romance novel can attract readers or repel them, depending on the reader, so if you’re looking for a romance novel for the sexy times, you can safely skip this one. I pretty obviously tend to prefer romance novels that do have at least an implied physical relationship between the main characters, but I’ll definitely put forth that some don’t need sex to still remain a satisfying love story. So, for me it’s not a dealbreaker that characters don’t rub their bits together in the end, but how disappointed I am with it missing depends on the book. In this case, I’m still (nearly a month later still) trying to decide if I would have been less disappointed in this book if there was one, or if there having been one would have made the biggest problem I had with it even more infuriating. Which brings me to my next, and last point.
The biggest issue I had with this book was the ending. Now, I can’t explain what exactly about it was so maddening without spoiling a good chunk of the plot, but to sort of vaguely sum it up, the way the last 3 chapters or so unfolded pretty much made much of the first 30 chapters and most of the romantic elements of this entire novel completely irrelevant. It felt like a bizarre attempt to pump the brakes on a relationship that developed really quickly, but then bafflingly made the relationship even more instantaneous than it had been, based on events that were irrelevant at the time.
So, I’ll be honest, I was enjoying it pretty well right up until the last few chapters. This one ended on a really nose crinklingly sour note for me, and while it wouldn’t exactly be fair to say that the ending ruined the whole book for me, it certainly didn’t win my heart. There were interesting ideas presented here, and I enjoyed most of the adventure that our characters went on, but it just… flopped right at the end. I didn’t love it and didn’t hate it… the ending prevented me from loving it, and a whole chunk of the middle prevented me from hating it, so I’ll call this one a 50/50. 5/10 stars (2.5/5)
Going on vacation to New Zealand to get over a horrible breakup, Anna and her sister end up in a local pub. And so began the start of a startling life event. Anna is hit on by a quiet young surfer guy when a very creepy and forward guy puts his hands on her. Out of nowhere the heavy lighting structure plummets straight toward her until Joe (cute surfer guy) swoops in with no effort and stops it from crushing her. Her heart still racing as she has a very rare blood type....if she'd been harmed it would've been near impossible to match her blood type. Anna and her sister are relieved, but thst lasts mere moments. Anna is kidnapped and suddenly airborne within seconds of creepy guy trying to fight Joe for her. Her sister is also taken....next thing she knows shes in the air in the talons of a.....DRAGON?!?!?! What the heck is going on??? Is she losing her mind? So begins a crazy day where it seems dragons exist and it's up to her to help save them??? Her sister is missing, Anna is alone and terrified among strangers who all seem to believe in these dragons. Will she believe these tales they tell, and will she end up helping? Lots of dragon.politics, Maori.legends, generational stories and truths, mortal.men.become heroes and one woman must find her courage. A fun read!
In this one the main male character is not the strongest or biggest. I liked that as a change of pace. The background of the dragons is also a bit different in a good way. Enjoyed reading about how the Maori helped the dragons. The use of a Kothahi (one who can communicate with the dragons) was a plus because Nik was just a guy who was basically a little lost in life. Anna was a bit too set in her desire to get back home. Seemed that she was the only one not giving it her all to save dragons and humans. It ended well. I received an ebook at no charge for which I voluntarily provided an honest review.
I bought this because a lot of authors I follow recommended it. It wasn't bad but it was not what I was expecting. The book is told from two view points...but not Anna and Joe's. For some reason they brought in another guy to be the second perspective. It was a weird non love triangle.
Overall I give this four stars for originality but the plot was kind of flat and the synopsis did not really say what was actually happening in the book.
For those who want a different kind of dragon shifter book. *Note: there are themes that cover some things people may not like.
Anna and her sister Sybil are on the trip of Anna's dreams. From New Jersey to New Zealand. But, it is Seventeen Year, when dragons hunt for four a message to be King. And Joesephetus finds Anna, who doesn't know dragon lore or believe it. She's kidnapped, hurt, and hunted by the current king, but saved, healed and hidden by Maori with Joe, who's also been hurt. Joe is a juvenile crystal dragon and if he could get Anna back to Dragon Mount would be King. But she wants none of it. Between hiding, healing, fighting and the battle with the current King, it's an interesting ride.
Liked the hero and the story, but the heroine was terrible
I liked the story about the dragons and the different people and the different factions etc. there is a good potential to have a lot of interesting stories from this world.
However Anna the heroine is one of the most useless, selfish, and just plain boring people I have ever read about. She did nothing and contributed nothing to the entire story other than she was the catalyst for joe to stop the evil dragons rule.
Dragons in New Zealand? So cool. Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton is a fantastic book. We follow Anna’s journey of meeting two strangers in a bar and thrown into a world where dragons are real. It’s a great book and I will try not to spoil too much. Dragon Mount comes out today June 21st. So buy a copy today. It’s a great book and I hope everything goes well for Anna and Joe.
What I liked about the book: • The plot is what really sucked me in. The plot seemed really interesting and I never read about dragons before. Yes, my guest reviewer has but I have not. Okay, and it might have also been in the cover as well. The cover was also really interesting and made me wonder. I so love cool covers. • The fact that each dragon can do something else and that they really are just trying to find a place in this world. It’s also very interesting with how the writer adapted dragons into the modern world as well. That right there is very interesting. • The characters are all pretty much realistic in my opinion. Especially the fact that Joe really does care for Anna. • The fact that Joe actually wants to learn more about Anna than the other dragons makes me very happy for those two.
What I disliked about the book: Okay, this is hard part about any book reviews to do. Or at least it is in my opinion. The first thing that I disliked is that all the other dragons picked on poor Joe just because he is smaller than them all. That was just plain hurtful granted that’s how every bully is but it still sucks. Another thing that I disliked is my last like actually about Joe. This time though it’s about how almost all the other dragons are after Anna because of her rare blood type and that they don’t care that Joe likes her. Another thing that I disliked is how people can trust the dragons that they know hurt another dragon that they worshipped. I know that one is extremely vague but I can’t exactly say. You just have to read the book to figure that out.
What I am curious about: (Spoilers) I am very curious to know, do Anna and Joe make it work? Does Joe even find a new mate on the next Seventeen Years or does he stay with Anna? Does he step down for the next king? All very important questions that might not get answered since I liked the way that this book ended in a way that we can decide on all of that in our minds.
Five Stars I am giving Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton a five-star review. It was everything I thought it would be and even more. It’s such a fabulous book that even though I still do have questions in my mind that I don’t want a sequel to find out. I like that I get to think about it. I also recommend this book to anyone that likes dragons or haven’t even read a book about dragons like me. I am glad that I got the chance to read Dragon Mount.
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Anna had a bad breakup when she walked in on her fiancé who was with someone else, so a trip to New Zealand might be the best way to get over it! This was supposed to be her honeymoon destination, but not anymore. Now everything just made her think of him. Her crazy sister, Sybil, decided they needed a drink and she determined that Anna was going to have fun or else!
They sat at the bar and the news came on about disemboweled bodies and a curfew to keep women out of the killer’s path. Anna shivered when an old man in the corner said they wouldn’t find the killer unless they looked to the skies! They were in a “Seventeen Year” and the dragons were looking for mates! A blond man with crystal blue eyes offered to buy Anna a drink. She refused, but he came to sit beside her and introduce himself as Joe. She again refused the drink and he returned to his seat. Then a chill came from the doorway as a tall man with dark hair entered. He came straight over to Sybil and kissed her hand. He said she could call him Connor. Anna was not comfortable around him – something wasn’t quite right.
Suddenly the fixture holding the wine glasses tipped and would have fallen on Anna, but in the blink of an eye, Joe had held her from harm with one hand while the other supported the tipping fixture. Connor helped him lower it to the floor. With her rare blood type, if Anna were injured by the fixture, it could have been very serious! With that realization, Joe said she was bleeding and his reaction was very strange. She got blood on his cheek as she pushed his face away. Connor went to wipe the blood off – they knew each other and he saw Joe acting strangely – then he too sniffed at her bleeding finger!
Four men entered the bar, and Joe and Conner realized they could not get Anna out in time. Joe whispered for her to run if she got an opportunity. She didn’t understand the argument among the men. Gale, one of the four men, pushed her outside. Joe again tried to intervene and suddenly Anna saw two dragons about to battle right in front of her! Connor grabbed the two women and tried to get them away from the others. He told them to run. But Anna felt something sharp close onto her shoulder as she was lifted from the ground! What had her in its grip? Was she going to die? What was happening?
This was such a great story! Right from the start, the reader can feel that something isn’t right in the bar where Anna and Sybil go for their drink. The tension quickly mounts as the strangers in long coats enter later and argue with Joe and Connor. When Gale grabs Anna, and Joe refuses to let her be taken, the reader know there is big trouble brewing! Get the book and find out what happens to Anna and Sybil as the danger escalates out of control!
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC copy of this book from the author for an honest review consideration. This will not affect my review at all.
I was a bit hesitant to start Dragon Mount–I was not a big fan of paranormal/urban fantasy romances featuring dragons, werewolves, vampires, and the like. But because I love Jennifer M. Eaton and her novels, especially her Fire in the Woods series, I decided to give this a shot! Surprisingly, I finished the entire story in less than two days and a few sittings. Dragon Mount made feel like I was flying in the air at times! Readers will find themselves swooning at the slow-burning romance and feeling a rush of adrenaline from the action. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and it left me wanting more from the world of Dragon Mount.
By combining Maori culture with an imaginative mythology-based kingdom, Eaton creates a world where dragons fight for power by searching for a bride who can produce offspring. The world of Dragon Mount with all its prophecies and history was very fascinating from the beginning, and the premise of shapeshifting dragons had me from page one. I became so consumed by all the action and adventure that it felt as if the battles played before my eyes. The tension and the urgency filled the story’s atmosphere, making my heart pound and my bottom at the edge of my seat. There is never a dull moment in this entire story!
The characters in Dragon Mount are very unique and very relatable, and their POVs are both fun and intriguing to read. Anna is torn between her old life at home and a new life as a queen while Joe is selfless yet reluctant to be crowned king. Nik’s snarky charm and utter disbelief at first can make him both lovable and dislikable at the same time. Regardless, all three of them certainly tugged at my heartstrings at one point, and I enjoyed watching all three of them grow throughout their story arc.
Dragon Mount is perfect for readers who love fantasy and mythical creatures! Jennifer M. Eaton does not disappoint in her latest novel, and it was very interesting to try out one of her fantasy novels (since I’ve read her sci-fi series). It will sweep readers off their feet as they become transported to a world secluded from humans in the mountains of New Zealand.
Please note that this is based off an early review copy, so edits and revision could have taken place before publication.
Dragonmount is a breath-taking, action-packed paranormal story that will blow your mind. There are a lot of dragon-shifter stories and novels out there but none are quite like this.
Our two main characters, Anna and Joe, are characters that we learn to love throughout the story. Anna is an innocent girl trying to find herself in a new place when we meet her. We see her go from this girl who has been broken by something in her past and desperately wants to reinvent herself, to someone who is strong-willed and independent. When we meet Joe, it's obvious he is a scared man running away from something. We see tremendous character growth from him, in particular, as he realizes what he needs to do.
The setting and plot of this novel are so interesting. Jennifer Eaton creates a fantastic world for us to fall into, one where Dragons are real and great and terrifying. This novel has a lot of history and backbone and there are a lot of political themes here, too. These political themes parallel with some of things going on in our world.
The only thing I regret about this book is that it wasn't longer. I would have absolutely loved to have more time with the characters in the beginning, to really get to know them more, and to see the story unfold more.
After I picked up this novel, I was hooked and I didn't want it to end. The small cliffhanger at the end left me strongly desiring more but not feeling unsatisfied with the ending, which I think is a testament to the writing.
I strongly recommend this novel to anyone who likes science fiction or paranormal or who just wants to escape into a new world for a bit.
Dragon Mount is a good fantasy story, just not what I expected.
There are three main characters: Anna, Joe, and Nik. Anna I liked in the beginning but not some much for a good part of the story. A bit too whiny despite her feels for Joe, but I get why she feels that way – it’s understandable. Joe is automatically cool because he’s a dragon. But he’s also a “Debby Downer” with his indecision about kingship and his self-deprecating thoughts.
Nik is the most interesting character of the story. He lives in a little village with his grandparents. The older folk of the village have cultural ties to the dragons, which was really cool. Nik’s role may seem small but he’s battling his own inner demons and coming to terms with his past. He also gets chapters in his own POV alongside Anna, a very nice alternating perspectives that made the book the most enjoyable for me.
The ending was unsatisfying and I feel things could have been solved a much different, better way. It’s cool learning about the dragons’ history and their link to humanity. So, the book’s good overall. I just expected more.
A great story and take on Dragons based in New Zealand. I loved the twists and the dragons. It all started out with Anna and her sister stopping to get a drink from a bar off the beaten tourist track and got crazy from there. I loved the twists and all the action. The fight scenes were great. I especially liked the ending, as it made me laugh out loud. Just a great story I read in one sitting it was so good. And do not forget about those dragons.
I’m not generally a fan of dragon shifters, but this is done SO well, I loved it. The way the (fictional) Maori culture weaved through this tale made it so believable. I was ready to head to New Zealand to meet Joe and the other “nice” dragons. Although not specifically a YA title, it would be acceptable for older teenagers (15+) who aren’t going to blush over the “lust dragon’s” carnal nature. I couldn’t put it down. Perfect for fantasy and paranormal romance addicts.
I received this book for free and voluntarily reviewed. This book was interesting. What a way to spend your holiday. Anna was fun to read as was Joe. The interactions between characters was intriguing and entertaining, especially between Joe and Nic. The storyline was fun to read. Hope more is to come.
I read Starlight 1st and enjoyed it, but this one was even better. I love dragons & shifters are even better, but they are almost always so graphic & straight to sex. This one is sweet romance in the midst of dragon battles for possession of the girl & right to rule. This was slow burn & Sweet. Enjoyable read.
This is my honest and unbias opinion of the story. I love this story it has a different take on dragons. I fell in love with the characters and the story as it unfolded. I can't wait to see what happens next.
This was so much fun to read! The different take on dragons was unique, and I loved the mix of New Zealand lore into it. I was hoping for a little more steam, but I'm not mad about how this turned out at all.