Series: Dragon Kin

Guest Review: Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken

Posted October 26, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon on Top by G.A. AikenReviewer: Tracy
Dragon on Top by GA Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #0.4
Also in this series: Light My Fire
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Genres: Paranormal
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four-stars

Try a little dragon tenderness.

I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.

As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…

Tracy’s review of Dragon on Top (Dragon Kin #0.4) by G.A. Aiken

Bram the Merciful is a peacemaker and has been in love with Ghleanna for years – maybe even a half a century. She apparently doesn’t know he’s alive but she’s been assigned to protect him on his journey to secure a true with the Sand Dragons. She takes along her brothers Cai, Hew, Adain and Addolgar. While on the way they are set upon and Ghleanna is hurt. When Bram tries to save her he finds he has no choice to be to seek refuge from the Sea Dragons – the ocean being a place he swore he’d never go again.

Bram and Ghleanna are required to stay under the water for a time and they each have their own tasks to occupy their time – Bram with creating a truce between Rhiannon and the Sea Dragon empress, Helena – and Ghleanna training warriors and creating a revolution. 🙂 But the best thing that they have to do is each other. Bram finally gets Ghleanna to see him for the man he is and once that happens there’s not stopping them for being all over each other.

This novella was just fun! I love this series to death because it’s such a wonderful blend of fun, funny, sarcastic, sexy, brutal and the dragon’s own form of romance. Aiken’s books never fail to leave me with a smile, that’s for sure.

In this story we had two very opposite people. A tough female warrior who would almost rather strike first and talk later and a peacemaker. You wouldn’t think that these two would work out but they have own way of dealing with each other and it works! I loved seeing the two come together and work things out.

This book, as the others in series do, had a great sense of family. It’s not like any family that I’ve ever met in real life but it works for these crazy dragons and they may be tough on each other but that’s the way they show love. I can’t help but love the way they show their affection for each other – even though there’s a lot of head-butting involved. 🙂

A great addition to the series and it was nice to go back and get Bram and Ghleanna’s story after reading about them so often.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Zebra Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

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Guest Review: Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken

Posted January 26, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Light My Fire by G.A. AikenReviewer: Tracy
Light My Fire by GA Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #7
Also in this series: Dragon on Top
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
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four-stars

 

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months – and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight… gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Tribe of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains, or Elina if you are one of those lazy Southlanders that can’t remember her full name, as always felt like she didn’t belong in her tribe.  She has been beaten and ridiculed for being small and incapable of being the warrior that she should be.  Her tribe leader, Glebovicha, has sent her to kill the Dragon Queen.  She doesn’t get very far before Celyn the Charming finds her and takes her before the queen.  The queen is very lenient and just asks Celyn to take care of her.  He does that by putting her in the village jail and then promptly forgetting about her.

About 9 months later the queen asks Celyn to bring Elina to her which he does.  Elina is pissed at Celyn for forgetting her.  Despite that the rest of his family ends up liking Elina.  She is asked to go back to her territory and try to get an alliance with the head of the tribes and Annwyl the Bloody.  Unfortunately Elina needs to go through the head of HER tribe to get to the head of ALL tribes and since Glebovicha is the one who sent her off to kill the dragon queen, knowing she was sending Elina to her death, she’s pretty sure she’s not gonna get very far.  But Elina is one tough woman and is determined to try.  Celyn is elected to go with Elina and soon the disdain that Elina felt for Celyn is turning into lust and then more.

Celyn never expected to actually like Elina much less want her for a mate, but that’s exactly what ends up happening.  He’s determined to protect her – even though she does a damned good job at protecting herself – when they head to meet Glebovicha as well as when everyone is attacked under the name of “the one true God.”

If you’ve read any of the dragonkin series you know that while Aiken writes love stories into it you know that they are by no means ordinary romances.  You’re not gonna get softness and sweet sighs from these characters.  You’re gonna get battle-ready characters that happen to fall in love.  It’s rough and gritty and not like any other love story I’ve read – and I love it.  Aiken’s characters have a realness to them that I love.  You get no pretense with them and it makes for great reading.

This is a series and book that I definitely recommend.  If you haven’t read the series you should start at book 1 because if you start here you will be greatly confused.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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four-stars

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