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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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Book Review: Cowboy Dragon by Terry Bolryder

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Cowboy Romance
Series: Texas Dragons #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Recommend to Others?: Unsure

ABOUT: Save a horse, ride a dragon…

Marian West has nothing left to her name but her car (which is currently broken down), an old coin in her pocket, and the legend of a man named Harrison, who she’s currently looking for. But instead of finding the last person that can help her, she gets a pack of hungry coyotes instead. By either good or bad luck, she’s rescued by a tall, gorgeous stranger with eyes bluer than a Texas sky. His dominant presence is matched only by the mystery that surrounds him and his sprawling, rugged land.

Harrison didn’t expect to find the curvy, stubborn woman so interesting. After saving her from coyotes and more, the experienced cowboy boss of Dragonclaw Ranch knows he owes Marian for a favor her father did for him a long time ago. But his dragon says “mate” every time he looks at her, and even though he’s going to help the determined woman, it will be difficult to keep the monster inside him from wanting to make her his own.

Marian thinks Harrison is avoiding her. And she would be right. But the growly, hot cowboy with a shockingly kind heart is making all her senses come alive. Unexpected kisses lead quickly to scorching nights beneath the full Texas moon. Danger and secrets lurk around every corner, but anything that threatens a Texas dragon’s mate will quickly learn that everything is bigger in Texas. Even a dragon’s love.

 

My Review: Cowboy Dragon wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. This story had so much potential but fell flat in a few areas.

A cowboy that is also a shapeshifting dragon? Yes, please! That idea alone was enough for me to forgo my tbr and instantly read it.

I like everyone at Dragonclaw Ranch who are all shifters living a peaceful, secluded life. Each has a distinct, endearing personality and you can tell how family-like they’ve become even if they don’t say so aloud.

Marian is a strong individual who isn’t afraid of hard work to earn her keep. She has persevered over all the challenges life has thrown at her. So she fit in well with this particular group of cowboy shifters and ranch life.

Harrison is the gruffest Alpha male who was swoon-worthy at times but kind of stubborn/whiny at other times. The latter mostly due to his not-totally unwarranted prejudice against humans.

Harrison’s relationship with Marian ran an off balanced hot and cold. Scorching and intense but underwhelming. There wasn’t much groundwork for their romance to develop fully from.

The silent and deadly Dallas (a tiger shifter) was the most appealing character to me. I wish he wasn’t such a far background character because he had much to offer besides a trustworthy opinion.

All of the conflicts needed more time and pages to be fleshed out. The payoffs were unsatisfying and had no real effect on the story. There were too many holes, things left unfinished or pointlessly brought up that left me with more questions than answers. But one part I enjoyed most was the movie night.

Cowboy Dragon was an okay read but I don’t think I’ll continue this series. BUT I would consider reading Dalla’s story.

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Book Review: The Boss by Abigail Owen

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fire’s Edge #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…

 

My Review: The Boss is an intense and magical paranormal romance with amazing characters and fantastic world-building. I couldn’t put it down, eager to know more and charmed by these very handsome dragon shifters.

The Boss has an interesting premise that I found very appealing. There are specialized groups of dragons around the globe who monitor the day to day, taking care of rogues and fires caused by dragons, and ensuring that humans never discover dragons exist. I like that they’re kind of like firefighters.

Finn is certainly the boss and takes his job seriously. He has a lot to handle as the leader but will do his duty regardless of the danger. Underneath his hard exterior is a wounded heart by the loss of his potential mate. The idea of “mates” in the world Owen has created is sad but different than other PNRs I’ve read.

Delaney is a very likable character. And the mystery surrounding her is interesting. She is plagued by random fires and a stalker. She also may be a potential mate. Her backstory is just as tragic as Finn’s and that I think connected them just as, if not more than, their physical attraction. So figuring out that what Delaney is exactly really kept my interest.

There are different variables going on in the story that made it enjoyable and keen to read on. I liked that Delaney and Finn’s relationship started casually and short-term because it made where they ended up at the end of the story much more meaningful. Not to mention the group has to contend with unexplained fires happening and a rogue group of dragons looking to subvert the current (and out-dated) mating process and dragon way of life. The Boss was a really terrific read and set the stage just right for book 2.