March 17, 2011

Review : Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

Title : Dragon Actually
Author : G.A. Aiken
Reading Dates : 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2011
Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, Book 1)
Dragon Kin
Book in the series so far:
  • Dragon Actually
  • About a Dragon
  • What a Dragon Should Know
  • Last Dragon Standing
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me
From Amazon :
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...

Book Review of Dragon Actually.
Dragon Actually actually consists of 2 stories; Dragon Actually and Chains and Flames. The first focuses on Fearghus and Annwyl while the second has as its main protagonist, Fearghus’s parents, Rhiannon and Bercelak.

Of the 2, the one I liked best was Dragon Actually. Fearghus and Annwyl were a joy to read. Fun, sweet and challenging describes both their temperament and relationship. It’s so rare to read a romance where the male protagonist doesn’t just say that he believes in the heroine’s strength but actually behaves as if he believes that. Fearghus does just that. Not only does he not intend to fight Annwyl’s battles for her, he practically insists that she must fight them herself. Yet, they both have just the right hint of vulnerability to be believable.

Chains and Flames however doesn’t sit too well with me. This is the kind of romance which irritates me no end. Why ? Because while everyone says that the heroine is a force to be reckoned with, it is amazing how selective their behaviour can be. She’s terrifying most of the time, but a pussycat with her lover the moment he comes on to her. Yet, he has disgusted her for a long time. I just couldn’t see that they had a connection beyond the physical. What I did like though was Bercelak’s family. The way Bercelak and his siblings were raised by his father was definitely funny. It’s just too bad there wasn’t more of them.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes
  • Who would I recommend this too? Paranormal romance fans.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. This should make for some fun, light reading.

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