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Book Review: Dragon Released by Terry Bolryder

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Reclaimed Dragon #1
Rating: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
Recommend to Others?: No

ABOUT: Can a curvy baker help this broken dragon find peace?

Born in a lab and tortured for a lifetime, hybrid dragon Dallin has never had a real home or a purpose beyond revenge. And he doesn’t expect that to change now, even if he’s forced to be some human’s bodyguard. Then he meets Jo, the curvy baker he needs to protect. She’s fiery, sweet, passionate, and far too good for a broken monster like Dallin. But that doesn’t stop his inner dragon from sitting up and growling ‘mine’.

When Johanna gets a ridiculous letter claiming she’s in danger and has been assigned a ‘Dragon Protector’, she thinks it’s a scam. Then Dallin shows up, with his hulking body, haunted teal eyes and a face so gorgeous it could almost be supernatural. After he saves her, Jo realizes everything is true. She’s in danger, and despite his perpetual scowls, Dallin is determined to keep her safe. Too bad Jo is starting to feel the real danger is how quickly she’s losing her heart to a sexy, unexpectedly sweet dragon who needs her as much as she needs him.

Between cupcake flavored kisses and steamy nights overlooking the ocean, Dallin’s getting the distinct impression that maybe he’s found the one–his mate. But he knows there’s still something inside him that he can’t fix. And if he doesn’t learn to let Jo in and trust his heart, an unstoppable force from the darkness may destroy everything they hold dear.


My Review: A so-so, quick read that had a lot of potential but fell short.

It was a good story of reclamation as Dallin works to come to term with his past trauma and the monster within. But for the most part he was unlikable. The story focused more on Dallin than anything else, so Johanna, while kind and caring, was more a flat, secondary character. Despite their steamy moments together, there wasn’t anything distinct about her that made me think she’s perfect for Dallin and vice versa. I wanted to know more about her, her desires, wants and fears than the bare minimum.

Sometimes I felt lost while reading or that I missed out on something crucial to this story. Looks like reading the authors Wings, Wands, and Soul Bonds series before this one would have been best. I didn’t like some of the dialogue, particularly during action scenes, which made me cringe. Also also, I couldn’t get over the fact that Dallin’s part emerald dragon but his eyes are teal and the cover is teal.

On the whole, this book just didn’t work for me and could have been so much more.

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