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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There be dragons

I was talking with the readers in the Shifter-A-Thon-Read-Along about dragons. This month the pick was Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison.

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Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder Races. As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they've ignited in each other.
Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul

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We discussed the serious lack of dragon shifters as heroes in the vast sea of shifter romance. I knew I had read some good ones so I mad up a brief list with lots of links for you to check out. You know, just in case you fall off the wagon at Dragons Anonymous. 

1. Dragon Kin is a series by G.A. Aiken

G.A. Aiken suggests they be read in this order:

Aiken's Order
  1. Dragon Actually
  2. "Chains & Flames" from Dragon Actually
  3. About a Dragon
  4. "Can't Get Enough" from Everlasting Bad Boys
  5. What a Dragon Should Know
  6. Last Dragon Standing
  7. "Dragon On Top" from Supernatural
  8. The Dragon Who Loved Me
If you want to read them in chronological order, this is how:

Chronological Order 
  1. "Can't Get Enough" from Everlasting Bad Boys
  2. "Chains & Flames" from Dragon Actually
  3. "Dragon On Top" from Supernatural
  4. Dragon Actually
  5. About a Dragon
  6. What a Dragon Should Know
  7. Last Dragon Standing
  8. The Dragon Who Loved Me
Dragon Actually is my favorite in the series. The female warrior Annwyl the Bloody and her dragoFearghus the Destroyer,are two of the most stubborn characters ever. Annwyl is strong. She is a warrior queen. Xena would quake in fear when Annwyl walked in the room. What makes her interesting is she also has a vulnerability. She feels the pressure of her position, the war she is fighting, and the feelings for Fearghus. Speaking of the big scaly guy, the man is fascinated by the tiny warrior woman. Fascination turns to passion. They have a role in most of the books. They always make me smile when I read about them. G.A. Aiken also writes under the name Shelly Laurenston

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2.  Dragon Lords is a by Michelle M. Pillow

  1. The Barbarian Prince
  2. The Perfect Prince
  3. The Dark Prince
  4. The Warrior Prince
  5. His Highness the Duke
  6. The Stubborn Lord
  7. The Reluctant Lord
  8. The Impatient Lord

When you are done with the dragons, give the cats a try and read the Lords of the Var.

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3. Master of Dragons  is the fifth book in the Mageverse series by Angela Knight 

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The last time fairy princess Nineva Morrow engaged in magic, evil forces rendered her an orphan-isolated and incapable of trusting in anyone's survival. But after years of hiding on Earth, she'll use her powers once more-and attract more knights than she can handle.

I wanted to read about the man on the cover the first time Knight introduced him. Book five finally gives him his due. The series is good, consists of 10 books. I also like book 2, Master of the Moon, and book 3, Master of Wolves. The dragon comes out on top if I have to give my ultimate favorite. 

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4Never Again is the first book in the Wizards of Nevermore series by Michele Bardsley

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Lucinda Rackmore never would have been caught dead in a town like Nevermore. Of course, that was before the "great reckoning" drained the family finances and her former lover, ruthless master wizard Bernard Franco, snuffed out Lucy's magical abilities. But can Lucy really expect protection from the Guardian of Nevermore, her ex-brother-in-law, Gray Calhoun? Gray wants nothing to do with her—and Lucy can't blame him. Not after her sister sacrificed him to a demon lord. Still, with everyone in town looking to settle a score with the Rackmores and Bernard bent on dragging Lucy back into his clutches, Gray might be her only hope for survival

A strong start to a new series. I enjoyed this book so much. I am disappointed that I did not like the second one as much. Lack of dragons, maybe? 

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5. Shadow of the Vampire and Dragon Warrior are by Megan Hatfield 


In Shadow of the Vampire, she is a vampire princess, he is a dragon. Mortal enemies. Alexia is ordered to kill the captive Declan, but she cannot bring herself to do it. When the time comes, will Declan spare her the same?

Dragon Warrior. A empathic healer and a warrior, both dragons, work side by side and fall in love. He wants to protect her, the delicate Sparrow. She wants him to see her as a woman. It gets hot. 

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6.  Ride the Stars and Once Bitten, the Drac Duology, is by Autumn Dawn

Sci fi erotica with a plot. The Draconions are aliens with a vampire/dragon vibe. Yep, space vampire dragons. Who can resist that sort of mash up? 

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