Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on February 12, 2012
I generally haven’t jumped on the dragon shifting bandwagon. Mostly because I am too busy, not because they don’t interest me. So when I had to take a break from review requests, I decided to try a new to me author and a new genre I was dying to get involved with. Unfortunately, while I liked this book, there was a lot that distracted me from truly enjoying it.
To say these guys are alpha’s is an understatement. Bastian is the alpha leader of his pack of dragons. Each one has a different feature or power. Like Bastian can tell a dragons powers just by being near. Due to a low amount of dragons, Bastian must set an example for his men and find a woman to procreate with. Throw in Razorback dragons (rebel dragons with bad plans, dude), their population is dwindling at alarming rates.
Meridian is a magical time for dragons to impregnate women, regardless if it is her fertile time or not. So dragons seek out women during this time to impregnate them with their sons. The not so good part is the women never survive the birth of their son. Yes, they only give birth to sons. I can see a plot twist coming from this in a future story. So when a dragon goes out to find his mate, he knows he is signing her death certificate…kind of puts a bummer on things.
On top of this, the dragons must feed from time to time off special woman who put off pure energy from the Meridian. When I say feed off, I don’t mean literally. They must have skin to skin contact with the female to keep their own strength up. It can lead to sex, but doesn’t have to necessarily. Razorbacks love to kidnap these women, rape them for their energy and keep them to impregnate them at the magical time of year. They are also working on something special that you have to read on to understand.
So when a young woman is giving birth to a dragon, Bastian and his group go forth to rescue the babe from the clutches of the Razorbacks. Bastian meets Myst, a nurse who is attempting to deliver the baby and save the woman, and immediately feels the pull of her energy. He knows the Razorbacks will be after her and the baby, so he takes them both back to the lair until he can get his head screwed on right. Myst isn’t going to take things laying down, but she also might hold the key to save women who become impregnated by dragons.
The story winds as the good dragons fight the bad dragons. Bastian and Myst must come to terms with their love and the outcome of any pregnancy they may have in the course of their short relationship. Bastian has no issues admitting Myst is the one for him and that he will protect her with everything in him. Myst takes longer as she is just being introduced into this world and expected to believe in the supernatural. We spend a lot of time in the characters minds and sometimes I wanted more dialog, more interaction between them rather than rehashing their feelings over and over.
What gave me some issues was some of the lingo used that had heavy ties to another popular series. “My brother” is said a lot. Dragons can’t go out in the sun. They have a servant class that lives to serve them. Nothing huge, but I felt there were a lot of similarities.
I went straight into the next book after this one and I even have the third book geared up to read. While the story was interesting, I wanted to scan pages at times to get to the good parts. The sex scenes were steamy and just plain rough at points. These men love deeply and the women need to be prepared for all their alphaness coming at them full force. I recommend this book for those who love dragons. If you don’t, then this isn’t the series for you.