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Series: Dragon's Fate #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on January 1, 2013
Genres: Gothic Romance, Paranormal Romance
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It’s easy to fall in love. Destiny requires tooth and claw.
Dragon’s Fate, Book 1
Curses are designed to be cruel, but the one afflicting Jordan and his brothers is almost beyond bearing. A dragon born by blood magic, he is an immortal trapped in human form, with only one hope of finding his eternal mate. He must bite her—and pray she lives.
One dark night, he senses the wounded heartbeat of a woman in the shadows, begging him to end her life. Ever the gentleman, he chivalrously obliges her wish. Only to discover three days later that she lives. And has married another.
Celeste always dreamed of marrying for love, but the nightmare of living in her father’s home drives her to wed the Duke of Hudson. Yet on her wedding eve, she is compelled to follow a mysterious man who professes to know her secret. A man with curious blue scales on his muscular arms—whose shadowed eyes reflect a dangerous mix of destiny and desire…
This novel contains explicit sex, sex in water, four super-hot dragon brothers, and a curse born from magical power that has left them wondering who they are all their lives.
I really loved the cover of Waterfall by Lacy Danes. Honestly, I think that’s what drew me in at first. And then there were the dragons. I don’t read very many books with dragons so I was excited to get a taste of that sub-genre of PNR. All in all, this book wasn’t for me. I liked the premise — three brothers with a curse that makes it difficult, to put it mildly, for each one to find a mate, they don’t know very much about their kind, and then one day one of the brothers inadvertently finds his mate but she’s married to another. The heroine was a bit of a bore and not so smart, the worldbuilding felt a little haphazard, and the tone of the book moved from gothic to comedy in such a way I wasn’t sure if it was on purpose. Is it a funny gothic paranormal romance? A spoof? Did I find some of it funny and it wasn’t supposed to be? Because I laughed out loud a few times and I’m pretty sure at least one of those moments I was meant to. It was a very funny line. I had the distinct impression that I didn’t truly understand what the author was trying to achieve — a humorous, gothic, PNR with erotic elements? Maybe. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. 1.5 Howls!