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Dragon Heat

(Dragon #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,888 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Lisa Singleton has an unusual roommate-a fifty-foot dragon named Caleb who has glittering scales and a bad attitude. Little does she know that Caleb is actually a powerful warrior sent to protect her from those out to steal her magic and destroy the world. Or that Caleb can take the human form of a sexy hunk. Now, if he doesn't stop distracting her with those gorgeous bedr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Berkley (first published 2006)
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You know when you're reading smut and it takes forever for the smut to get on with it?

Like the college roommates' pillow fight is interrupted by the cute pizza guy and they invite him in to "give him a tip" and then they get into a conversation about Nietzsche and you're all "What the hell?" Stupid philosophy students!

Yeah, that's not a problem in this book. We barely learn the name of the first couple before they are getting it on on a desk.

Then, we have three dragon-shifter brothers who are d
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

Allyson James just isn't for me. I really do believe this would have been better if it were fluff, shorter and possibly written in a different style... could just be me *shrugs*
2.25 stars and a promise never to read an Allyson James again.
Laura the Highland Hussy
The only thing that saved this from a 1 star rating was that the last 80 pages or so were pretty good. I was soo disappointed in Allyson James. I have read her before, as Allyson James, and as Jennifer Ashley- who wrote one of my favorite books--Pride Mates-- and the Immortals series. Well, if you like dragons, and Chinatown, San'll love this. I now know more about dim sum and Chinatown, than I ever cared to. I also didn't like the halting way Allyson James wrote this book. It had to ...more
I bought this while giggling, mostly as a joke. Then I tried to read it. Ironically. NO REALLY. (ok, no really, I have a thing for dragons) I couldn't make it past the first chapter.

That was about 5 years ago. Since then, I started a book club with five other women. We get together once a month for mimosas and smutty books, as well as, of course, all of the latest gossip about our lives. It's been a transformative experience. Sometimes we revel in awful books, but invariably, someone finds a sil
A whole lot of mehhhhhhhh...with some squicky and memorable (in an awful way) food sex tossed into the mix. The insipid and rather TSTL heroine creates an ice cream sundae (yeah, you read that right) on the gigantic manly man hero's turgid and tumescent manly parts, complete with cherry "right on the tip of his hardness." Not sexay. Not anywhere near it, really.

Combine squicky food sex with rather repetitive and info-dump writing, plus questionable Chinese cultural aspects (uh, I'm Chinese and
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Corrine by: MelissaB
This was a quick read with an interesting concept and world. It's not very often that Chinese culture, San Francisco or dragons are featured in romance novels.

Everyone has their eye on Lisa Singleton because she has untapped immennse power, only she doesn't know it. The only thing she knows is that there's a golden dragon living in her apartment. His name is Caleb and he's there to protect her from the black dragon. The two have struck up an unlikely friendship, although the puzzling human emot
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Lisa Singleton's world is like no others. She lives with a real, live golden dragon whom she inherited along with her grandmother's property.

The snarky Caleb is a surprisingly good companion for the lonely young gal trying to make her way in a new city, but when a black dragon in the form of a human sets his eyes on Lisa, Caleb decides it's time to become more than just an impotent watcher from dragonspace.

When Lisa finds herself in the middle of a attack by one bent on capturing her for the bla
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Caleb, a golden dragon (warrior-dragon) has been sent to Lisa to protect her from Malcolm, a black dragon wanting to use Lisa's powers, she hasn't any knowledge of yet. To be able to protect her more effectively Caleb is turned into human form by one of the witches that sent him to Lisa.
Caleb is strong , witty and smart for a golden dragon, who are supposed to just fight, eat and mate. Adjusting to his human form takes a little work but he blends into it perfectly.
Lisa is brave, caring and inno
May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was awful, but earnest. I might have given it two stars if not for the extensive rapey qualities of the story. Details below.

After reading the Stormwalker series I went to check out the author's back list, and WOO BOY there is a huge difference in quality. The prose is overwrought and repetitive, especially in the first 100 pages where the author seems to have added buildup but not reread for flow. The plot is poorly constructed, too: the heroine powers up too much and too fast with ev
Cherry Dragoon
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another retrospective review. I've read the Dragon series by Allyson James sometime ago and I'm going to review these books together since they have similar traits. The main thing I like about these books is the author's "voice". Allyson James is a very good story teller. She is one of those rare ones who can weave a story around a reader's head and make a reader forget reality. Completely whisk you away to another world. She creates a world with such convincing authentic flare th
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I've read so few book about dragons and I was so excited to read this. I was disappointed in the least bit. I really loved Caleb. He's a dragon who had to learn and adapt to human ways in other to be able to protect Lisa and he was so charming. The story was very engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also loved Malcolm. I felt sorry for him being a dragon trapped on earth and not able to go home. I loved Saba too. She was a very strong witch and a very lovable charact ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm conflicted about this book. I like the different take on dragons... but the story was flowery and ridiculous.

The 'twists' could be seen a mile away. The characters were likeable enough, but nothing spectacular.

I like paranormal romance, but I don't like the sugary sweet, gag-me, romance of this book.

I understand that there's gonna be books I don't like much, this was one of them. Reading it became a battle of wills, I hate to not finish a book...

I guess this is the first book in a series, a
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
I liked my first book in this series. Dragon Caleb who is a Golden dragon is the protecter of Lisa. He has been put in charge of being her protecter but an evil witch. Lisa's grandmother has passed on and knew of the golden dragon and the spell that kept him from truly coming into this world. A door in Lisa's apartment keeps him from stepping into the world from dragonspace.
When Lisa's life is threatened Caleb will cross space to come into Lisa's world to save her but at what cost to his own and
Boring. I couldn't even get past the 11% mark without yawning and wanting to put it down. 4 chapters in and barely anything had happened except that Caleb has become a golden, studly human and hormones at first sight has made everyones clothes fall off. Usually I can at least say that the writing was good even if I didn't like a story itself, but even that was lacking (not completely horrendous, but very "meh").
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Series is a tale of love, dragons and plain old happy bonking. Now there's not a lot of bonking but be warned you may be like holy, moly if you read it. The story centers on a modern day city and a mythical dragon homeworld called Dragonspace. In book one, we read the love story of Lisa, a 1/4 Chinese woman with a broken heart and Caleb, a Golden, warrior dragon. I don't want to reveal too but there's a BA witch, scary supes and a surprise you don't see coming.
Heather andrews
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caleb is cute, “you do not need Greg Shaw,” he said now. “I like you, and if I were human, I would mate with you. Now, sit down and stay with me. It’s almost time for Cops.” Caleb seems to give the best answers, “you were mortally wounded, then became a dragon and had wild and wicked sex with me. Why should you not be hungry?” I liked Caleb and this book this was a good start to a series.
Oct 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I gave it three instead of two because towards the last half of the book, it picked up and I enjoyed it a lot more. I'm getting ready to read the next book, and I'm excited because I really liked those two characters in book one.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh, not that great or exciting and the explicit parts were very dull, and overused.
May 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
I got to page 30 before I gave this one up. I can't really define what makes me not care for it, but it just isn't for me.
BJ Rose
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
good start to a series. I liked the concept of being a dragon only in Dragonworld but retaining some powers while in human form. Conflict with Black Dragon was entertaining but not all that tense.
Alarna Martin
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
it was really hard to finish this book, everything just dragged on and i think it was way longer than it needs to be. most the time it was boring but just interesting enough to wonder what was really going on. i skipped about 200 ebook pages and it really made no difference to the story. And the story spent so much time with the couple from the next book it made it feel at some point this was their book instead of the H&h's. :(
Michelle Graves
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At 1st, I couldn't get into it cause it was boring and didn't say much but after a little bit it started getting really interesting. It's good the bitch is gone that hurt Caleb so much 4 centuries now and it was extremely sad about his son. I wish she could have went back in x 2 save his son besides teach the bitch sum manners on her magic. It was really good over all and I want 2 read more asap but I can't find the rest of the books 4 sum reason. Hopefully I will though...
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It's ridiculous. And as I thoroughly enjoy ridiculous things, I thought the story was rather fun. I liked the ambiguous-ness of the "bad guy" as well. As much as I enjoy black and white stories, it's fun to read about complicated "villains" who have actual reasons for their behavior (even if it is mostly selfish). I enjoyed the dynamic between the main characters and the plot twists that just kept getting wilder! Overall, not for the serious minded, though.
Saidah Gilbert
I found this in a used bookstore and since dragons are what I am reading these days, I bought it. It was quite interesting. It was nice to have a dragon book to read while I was getting my hair done at the hairdresser.
Roberta Ferrell
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

I love this book, very good read. I would recommend this book to all my friends and family. You need to read
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Not too bad. Engaging storyline. =)
siver dragon hope they have miney kids.
Sandra Walker
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Having a really hard time getting into this book. I have gotten only 6 chapters read in a week, just not into it all all. I need to set it aside.
☂ ℬrandi

Jennifer Ashley is one of my favorite authors and while I haven't been bowled over by everything I've read, I do blame her for (and am beholden to her because of) my obsession with shifters. And, because I know what will happen when I finally read them, I'll curse her now (and bow down to her greatness) for the delirium that will result when I read the Highland Pleasures series. In summary, I like her, I like her books and even when they haven't been awesome, they've still been good.

In case y
Felicia (Ferishia)
This is one of those books I asked myself why did I waited so long to read it. I am really surprised that I liked this so much.

The story was kinda of strange to me at first. You have a Lisa who is an assistant on a cooking show and then there is her companion Caleb. Caleb is a very big golden dragon who is suspended in dragonspace that's just inside Lisa's spare bedroom. He's been put there by three witches to protect Lisa from Malcolm, a black dragon that has been trapped on earth until she com
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Allyson James writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and erotic romance (paranormal and futuristic). She is a nationally bestselling author, a multiple RITA nominee, an RT Award winner, and a Prism winner. She also writes romance (paranormal and historical) as Jennifer Ashley. See Allyson's website for current and upcoming books. See also Allyson's GoodReads bookshelves for all books under all ...more

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