- Release Date
- November 2014
- Book 7 of Dragon Kin
Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
Nov 25, 2014
88 people found the following review helpful
O Captain! my Captain!...the prize we've sought is won. What can I say other than G.A. Aiken hits all my sweet spots with this series: shapeshifting dragons, kick-ass (mad-cow) heroines, magic, fighting, hot smutty times, interfering gods and an epic overreaching plot that spans all the books. This series is one of my go-to rereads.
The main romance is between Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steeps of the Outerplains (no, that's her full name) or just Elina for those who are lazy and Celyn the Charming.
Now, right there, if you didn't laugh at her heroine's name, you won't like the humor of this book and that's a big part of enjoying this series. There are no timid, fragile heroines who are waiting to be saved by the hero. That's also a huge part of this series (of this author in general). If you prefer your heroines to be 'lady-like' this isn't the series you're looking for. As book seven of this series this isn't the place to start and, to be honest, if you've missed out on the last few books, this isn't the place to jump back in. The first book, Dragon Actually, while hilariously smutty, doesn't really set the tone for this series. That happens in book two, About a Dragon. There is a complexity to this universe and plot that is masked by humor and sex. Also, this isn't really a romance in the traditional sense as much as a uproariously epic adventure with different main couples as their world progresses. The focus is never the courtship of the couple, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the ride.
I really enjoyed Elina, though I admit, it took a bit to warm up to her and that's the thing about The Dragon Kin. The heroines may not be immediately relatable or even all that likeable, but they are interesting. Now, I admit that Celyn has never been much on my radar as a hero. I wasn't dying to read his story, but Aiken makes Celyn more than just the dragon that bedded Izzy when Éibhear couldn't dragon-up and claim what what his. Celyn is great, but Celyn with Elina is downright awesome.
Like I said, if you like this series, this is another terrific installment. You won't be disappointed. There is also significant progress on the storyline about the twins and thee other human/dragon offspring. Can't wait for more. Recommended.
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