Feb 26, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

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Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

Publication Date: September 1, 2008
Series: Dragon Kin #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong... (Goodreads)

At first, I didn't think I would like this book as much as the Pride series. But I think I do. In fact, I'm sure I do. I've read the first book in each series and the dragons are winning. So yeah, I do.

Shelly Laurenston has a totally different writing style than her alter ego G.A. Aiken. Both are good, both are hot. The main difference is Dragon Kin has a plot. Pride doesn't. At least, not yet. As with The Mane Event, this was a two-for-one deal. The first story was about Annwyl and Fearghus, and though hilariously hot, it was missing something. Whatever it was, I didn't realize it was missing until I read the second story about Fearghus's parents, Rhiannon and Bercelak. I loved their story. It was pure entertainment from beginning to end, and Rhiannon didn't get on my nerves like Annwyl did at times. Maybe that's it. Maybe I just didn't like Annwyl as much as Rhiannon, and that's what kept me from liking the first story as much. I also adored Bercelak more than I did Fearghus. So there you have it.

Again with the insta-love. Not my cup of tea but at least I felt the love was earned and not just given in this book. Love scenes were blazing as usual, and the crazy, lovesick banter kept my eyes glued to the pages. As much as I wanted to stop reading, I couldn't. I was just too entertained.

So for fans of Shelly Laurenston who haven't tried this series, please do. You'll love it. Definitely excited to read the next in the series, About a Dragon.


Favorite Quote

"You're just mad she slapped you around." Gwenvael looked at his brother. "Like a bitch."





(Dragon Kin #2)

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