Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #9
Also in this series: Light My Fire, Dragon on Top, Bring the Heat
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: August 29th 2017
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HE SAYS . . .
I, Aidan the Divine, am . . . well, divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome, with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal-born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings who don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.
SHE SAYS . . .
I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness . . . no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold . . .
Our story takes us to the ongoing battle between the God Chramnesind’s followers/Zealots and the rest of the world. They’ve been taking over/killing anyone who won’t claim Chramnesind as their God and that’s anyone who gets in their way. Annwyl, her children aka The Abominations, her husband Fearghus and his entire family are fighting along with any nation they could get to fight with them. Despite that it seems that the Zealots are winning the fight . Things during the opening battle start to go all wrong…Annwyl is sucked into a well that suddenly disappears, mountains start collapsing and witches are singing spells all around them.
Branwen the Awful is fighting with members of the Mì-runach when the mountain they’re standing on collapses. They manage to get away and plan to get back to their battalions but are intercepted by Brannie’s cousin Keita the Viper. After being told by her aunt, Queen Rhiannon, and her mother that she must go with the Mì-runach and protect Keita while she heads to the Eastlands, Brannie is pissed. She wants to get back to her men but ends up “protecting” Keita instead.
While they travel and run into trouble after trouble we read about what’s going on at the front, on the queen’s mountain, Annwyl who’s in hell, and with other characters. Brannie and Aidan, who are great friends decide that as a diversion they’ll sleep together but it means nothing and when Brannie is done, she’s done – no questions asked. Of course Aidan is going to agree to anything he can in order to be with Brannie (we can tell he loves her). But when it comes time to call it all off are either of them truly ready to say goodbye?
This was another fabulous story. I loved how Aiken made this pretty much a fight for your life with a love story thrown in. It’s tough and gritty and there’s not a lot of romance. I don’t expect romance, however, as I know that most of the dragons in her stories aren’t the sweet, romantic types. If she had tried to throw sappy romance into the story I would have been greatly confused. Lol.
The battle scenes as well as the behind the scenes plotting was awesome. The dragons of Garbhan Isle, the Iron Dragons, the Daughters of the Steppes, the Eastlanders (whatever they are) added so much to the story and made it interesting, intriguing, humorous and sexy. If you’ve loved the Dragon Kin series then you won’t want to miss this book. If you haven’t read the series then I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book as you’ll be damned confused.
Rating: 4 out of 5