Title: Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken (Dragon Kin #1)
Published: September 1, 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 fills 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. And just wait until you meet the rest of the family? This book has been previously published.
Annwyl the Bloody is the bane of her brother’s existence. So much so that he sends his best warriors after her, tasked with bringing her back to him – preferably in pieces.
This novel stars with a bang – at least an action scene. Annwyl fighting many warriors from her brother’s army. She’s almost down for the count, bloody and broken, when a giant and deadly dragon swoops in and saves her. He, Fearghus the Destroyer, nurses her back to health and is enamoured with Annwyl’s fighting spirit.
Under Fearghus and his witch sister’s tender care, Annwyl regains strength and is well on the way to rejoining with her army and readying them to battle her brother. The only problem is that the dragon can see that Annwyl isn’t quite battle ready. No problem! Fearghus just happens to know an experienced knight who will train her until she has the skills to defeat her brother.
Annwyl’s not happy. The knight that is now training her is arrogant. And annoying. And the sexiest man she’s ever seen. He’s haunting her dreams and Annwyl isn’t sure how much longer she can resist him. Why couldn’t the nameless knight have the soul of the caring and charming dragon that has become one of her nearest and dearest friends. If only she knew… that dragons can shape-shift into human form and her arrogant knight is none other than Fearghus the dragon!
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the chemistry between the two leads and the family interactions amongst Fearghus’ kin after they join the story. It’s a lovely easy-going read that’s as funny and entertaining as it is hot.
The reason I’m only giving it three stars is because it was just a little too predictable for my liking. I like the books I read to have some mystery and wonder about them. I felt like with this novel, I knew everything that was going to happen well before it did. And I was never wrong with my plot predictions. There were no surprises.
It’s well written – I loved the characters and the world they lived in. It was the perfect style of old school fantasy era where everyone lives in caves and live in an electricity free environment BUT they all spoke modern-day English.
I’d recommend this story to anyone who likes their romance novels hot and easy-going. It’s an easy read with a very sweet happily ever after story. It has only reinforced my love of dragon shifters 😉
3 out of 5
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