Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on January 23, 2018
My first Molly Harper book! I’ve said for a few years now that I was going to read her books. Well, I spotted this title (what a hoot, by the by) and then that it was the launch of a new series. So, I headed down on the bayou for some crawfish boil, anthropology studies, and a sexy dragon.
How to Date Your Dragon is part of the Audible Exclusive series. If it’s like another I listened to, I suspect it will release in print and electronic on a delay so no worries for the non-audio group.
The book opens with Dr. Jillian Ramsay reassigned to southern Louisiana to study and report to the League of Interspecies Cooperation on a small bayou town that is fully integrated with humans and supernaturals living aware and side by side in, well, mostly harmony. I mean you’ve got your peeping tom gator shifters, gossipy bears, cranky brownie bakers, and a suspicious dragon sheriff, and some odd things going on back in the swamp but no town’s perfect, right?
Jillian is on her first field assignment and she might be a tad anal about her organizational habits and a whole lotta stubborn to do what it takes to get her research notes, but she is soon sucked in to Mystic Bayou life. The suspicious sheriff doesn’t even deter her even though she has no idea what his species is which drives her nuts because she has a crazy need to know things. They snip and snipe their way past irritation and suspicion into something more though Jillian still has the handbrake on because she is afraid of relationships after a gaslighting ex did a number on her. Bael had his work cut out for him and I enjoyed that the author took the time to have him think like a dragon who is trying to understand human ways and get the human to understand him.
The story meandered at a slow pace while introducing the Mystic Bayou world, the quirky and fun characters, and setting up for the rest of the series, but I was kept entertained with the sparks coming off Jillian and Bael, the sheriff. Then, things pick up the pace when Jillian discovers that Mystic Bayou is keeping a big secret and there is also a killer on the loose.
This was light and fun for the most part. I had a good time with things in Mystic Bayou even if I was wary of Jillian in the beginning until I saw how she was going to be portrayed. It is just a preference issue I have about people who, personally or for their careers, get snoopy and insist one share all, in this case, its for science. She actually turned out to be strongly ethical and kind.
The murder was easy for me to suss out. My guess was right on from the moment there was a murder. I have no idea why my mind went there first, but I had who and why instantly. I’ll bank that one against later failures.
It will be interesting to see how the town’s secret affects matters as the series progresses. I really hope Jillian’s best friend Sonya (child of a brilly professor and a cold war spy) gets her own book. Oh, and yes, we need our bear shifting mayor’s story.
This was a dual narrative work and I took a deep breath and plunged in. Dual narration is an iffy thing with me because I find it distracting no matter how wonderful both or either narrator might be. But in this instance, once I got used to Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis swapping off, I actually quite enjoyed both their work. They both come with natural unique qualities to their voices that I liked and they embraced the spirit of the story, the characters, the pace and emotions well.
All in all, this was a great first outing with this author and I will definitely be going back for more. The narrators will also be those I will keep my eye out for. Can’t wait for the next light and fun paranornal romantic adventure down in Mystic Bayou.
My thanks to Audible.com for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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