Audio Review: Drantos by Laurann Dohner

Audio Review: Drantos by Laurann Dohner
Narrated by Savannah Richards

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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Audible Studios, Indie/Self Published
Released on December 22, 2015
Pages: 376
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased

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For most, a plane crash means the end of life. For Dusti Dawson, it's just the beginning...Dusti and her sister Batina survived the crash, thanks to a couple of brothers who are equal parts menacing and muscled. She'd be grateful...if they hadn't turned out to be delusional kidnappers, who believe Dusti's grandfather is some monstrous halfbreed creature bent on murder. Turns out Vampires, Lycans, and Gargoyles do exist - and they've been crossbreeding to form two hybrid races. Drantos, the man Dusti can't stop lusting after, is one of the most dangerous of all.

VampLycans Drantos and Kraven were sent to eliminate a threat to their clan. But when that threat turns out to be mostly human women, clueless of their lineage, plans change - especially after Drantos gets a taste of Dusti's blood. Now, he'll die to protect her. Even if that means walking away from everything he knows to keep her at his side.

Is her strong desire for Drantos reason enough to endure danger coming from all sides? Or should Dusti cut and run the first chance she gets?

Author Note: VLG stands for Vampires, Lycans, Gargoyles...and breeds in between. Living in Alaska's harsh, pristine territories, these creatures live and love fiercely. These are their stories.

The Delight

Drantos had a lot of potential, but unfortunately fell flat with story telling. It lacked engaging me through the plot, while the narrator was top notch. The redeeming value I guess was they fell in love, but even that I question.


Dusti and Bat are sisters traveling to Alaska on their dying grandfather’s wish. Well I should say he only wished for Bat (Batina) to visit and for a very sinister reason. Dusti doesn’t want her sister to go alone, so she accompanies her. Suddenly the plane is going down and two larger than life men wrap their bodies around them to save them from the crash. These two, Drantos and his brother Kraven, were sent to eliminate the women before they can reach their destination. Only both men find out the women are their mates, don’t have much in the way of heritage of their Lycan/Vampire mother and don’t know anything about the world they just crashed into.

Dusti isn’t very likable, and neither is Drantos. Each are mistrustful of the other as well as hiding secrets. This is all understandable, but Dusti comes across as a weak woman playing at being strong. While on the other side Drantos is strong, but also not very smart.

The plot timing felt off as things were revealed at odd times. The author tried for mysterious, but really it came across as creepy when we start seeing the bad guys. In fact there is one scene where Dusti is strapped to a Lycan by another person. The lycan takes off running and later she escapes the contraption she is strapped to the lycan with. So she worries in her mind if he recaptures her he will strap her back in….and I am wondering how he is going to do that in lycan form to his own back and with an unwilling victim? See, it just wasn’t believable the things that happened.

So the grandpa is the big bad, offering his grandaughter to the Vampire/Gargoyle who is hooked on the family blood, but will never mate with. It just all wrapped into a story that had a lot of potential, but fell flat on the execution. He wants to incite a war where he comes out as the evil, vicious leader.

The narrator Savannah Richards, does a great job, but I would have loved a complimentary male voice to help bridge the different voices. This was a audio book/ebook listen/read attempt.

At times I really wished I had stopped reading when it got bad. Even though I have the second audio book, Kraven, I just can’t drum up enough interest to go back into the VLG world.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


    1. Yeah, I really wanted to enjoy this as I haven’t read much paranormal books in a while. I did a stupid thing and bought two audio books in the series before I tried just one. So I need to figure out if I should just stop or give it another try.

  1. Thank you for your honest review. I’ve had hit and misses with this author. I like her New Species series. Her Zorn Warriors and Mating Heat where, ok. I think I liked one from each and the others where lacking in plot. The sex is sizzling!

  2. Oooh I love that video you posted, I have that on my playlist. This sounds like it had so much potential for a great story. Too bad it didn’t live up to your expectations.