Wicked Dark Dragon (Dragon Heat #3) by Lolita Lopez
Series: Dragon Heat #3
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Adopted a few weeks after birth, Ivy Morales suspects that she might not be totally human. Fully aware that one whisper of such insanity would land her in a mental institution, she keeps the outlandish thought to herself. But there's no ignoring the increasingly vivid and stunningly powerful dreams of an ancient blood feud that plague her nightly—or the darkly erotic turn those dreams have recently taken.
Drawn to Mexico for Spring Break, Ivy unwittingly stumbles right into the path of the same evil presence from her mysterious dreams. Kidnapped and held hostage, she has only one chance to survive. She reaches out to the wickedly sexy man from her dreams and prays he'll answer her call for help.
Welsh dragon shifter Ian Madoc struggles to understand the strange dream connection he shares with this unknown woman. In all his centuries of life, he's never experienced anything like it—and it unsettles him. When the dreams turn to pleas for help, Mad rushes off in the middle of the night, hell-bent on saving the young woman he fears may be his mate.
But rescuing Ivy from the clutches of the Knights is only the beginning of Mad's problems. When Ivy's true identity is revealed, old secrets and a close friend's betrayal put him at odds with the rest of the Brotherhood. Protecting the dragon species is no longer his top priority. He'll do anything to keep Ivy safe, even if it means walking away from the only life he's ever known.
Ivy is in Mexico with a friend when she’s kidnapped. While she always thought she was a little different from other kids, she had no idea until getting kidnapped that she was half human and half dragon. The people who took her are the Knights who are the enemies of the dragons. They’ve taken Ivy to try to get info from her mind and also to try and get her mate, or who they think is her mate, to come rescue her.
Her mate is Ian Madoc and he’s a dragon. He does come to Ivy but gets caught. In that time Ivy is tortured and the Knights try anything to try and get Ivy and Mad to mate. Ivy and Mad can only speculate as to why they want them to become mates. Once they’re rescued can Ivy and Mad have a relationship when everyone around them is trying to use them?
I really love dragon shifter romance novels, so I had high hopes when I picked this one up. Sadly, it was not to be.
First off, I really liked Ivy. She seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders and was willing to protect those she believed were worthy. She had endured almost 3 weeks of torture before Mad showed up and then more after he arrived. She tried to do what was right and I liked that about her. She was the child of a Knight/dragon mating so she had ancestors on either side of the fight and wasn’t sure where she belonged. Since her aunt was the one who was torturing her she decided to be on the side of the dragons.
Mad showed up where there were holding Ivy and he was in his dragon form. Why he couldn’t defeat the puny humans while a dragon was never explained but he was then captured. I kept thinking it was on purpose, but was it? He had left word for his friends but then they didn’t show up for 12 days and it was never explained what the delay was – it was strange. The pair
Mad and Ivy finally mate after they’re rescued but then it was because they were betrayed by other dragons. These people are his friends but they betray him? IDK, it just didn’t ring true to me. There were always so many ideas flying through the book about why everyone wanted them to mate, and Ivy had a vision about it, but we’re not told until the very end of the book what the exact reason was. By that time I truly didn’t care what it was, I just wanted the book to end because it was slow and boring (even the sex scene was bad, imho). Maybe if I had felt a deeper spark of connection between Mad and Ivy I would have overlooked some stuff, but their relationship felt dull and not something I would think of as an HEA.
Another thing that made me crazy was that these dragons kept shifting in the house and moving around rooms! What? How? These must be the smallest dragons ever. At one point Mad shifts inside a bedroom and can still move around to try to get away from Ivy’s seduction! No wonder he couldn’t beat the puny humans – he’s apparently the size of a toy chihuahua!
Needless to say, the dragons didn’t work for me. I didn’t care for the H/h and the other dragons were kind of assholes, so I really didn’t like them either. I won’t be picking up any other books in this series.
Rating: 2 out of 5