Not bad for a PNR. The one thing that bothered me was these are supposed to be rough and tumble dragons in the middle of a war but the two main male characters referred to each other as "his best friend" about a million times. It doesn't fit.
Yes I would. This is a very good story - different than the vampires and wearwolves stories I normally read - but just as good!
I enjoyed listening to Myst's reactions about the "elven" butler. She was hilarious and he was almost believable!
I enjoyed the scene where Bastien told Myst something about herself that she didn't even know herself!
I enjoyed the entire book.
Yes...if it happens to be on sale.
I suppose. WAY too many references to specific brands. Another reviewer mentioned this; I ignored it thinking that it couldn't be that bad. But, it was incredibly annoying.
The characterization of the main character wasn't consistent. She was really attached to a baby in the beginning and was motivated by protecting that child. About a third of the way through the book, though, she never thinks about the baby again.
Ending was weird and abrupt--no actual conclusion. It didn't feel like a cliffhanger (what I assume the author was going for); it felt more like she ran out of steam and just capped it with a trite make out session.
Intrigued by minor characters who will appear in other books in the series--not so much by these characters.
I generally listen as I'm doing household chores, so, yeah, it was worth it.
Even for a romance novel, this author's use of hyperbole was eye-rolling. Literally. She also used so MUCH slang her characters THOUGHT in slang. Does anyone really think "OMG" as an acronym in their own heads? It was annoying how often the heroine described herself (over and over) as strong and "take-no-prisoners" but all she said or did was squeak and run like a mouse. Anyone in her situation should be just plain scared. So all the descriptions of the heroine as brave seemed like a smoke screen to make this very traditional tale of male dominance more palatable to the modern emancipated (and apparently moronic) woman. Part of this effect might have been the constantly-breathless high-pitched portrayal of the heroine by the male narrator who, otherwise, did a great job. (Part of the appeal of this book is that the narrator is male--unusual for a romance.) The icing on this poo cake was the worn-out romance-novel dominance-submission script that not only approached but perhaps actually arrived at "rapey." SPOILER: The heroine is, in fact, impregnated against her will, which in the story is a death sentence, then takes about 3 pages to get over it and sell the rest of her (short) life into captivity to be with the perpetrator because he is her soul mate..because, apparently, whether or not someone is your soul mate has nothing to do with how they treat you.If you read/hear this novel and don't find this aspect disturbing then I recommend the self-help book Attached as you probably have an anxious attachment style.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This debut novel is the beginning to many additional installments.
Bastian is one of the oldest of his kind; an all male race born of human females - dragon-shifters. As leader of the Nightfury dragon clan it is his duty to protect humankind. With their numbers declining he needs to set an example. With only 5 days until the Meridian's axis realign, he has less than a week to find a mate.
"...Be the first to commit, to have a son, to lose his female in child birth."
Myst Munroe, a nurse practitioner, just wants to check on her pregnant patient - Caroline Van Owen. She is still recovering from her mother, Dana's, murder. When she arrives at Caroline's house and discovers her lying in a pool of blood - the flashbacks begin. Her training kicks in and she works to save both mother and her unborn child. Soon Bastian and his first in command, Rikar, arrive dressed as EMS workers - the battle begins.
Bastian feels an immediate attraction to Myst; her energy is unlike anything he has experienced before. Seeing her distress, he feels a compelling need to take care of her. For Bastian, that is something that has never happen before - but it is the one thing that he can't seem to control. When Myst starts to recover from the shock she become desperate, he knows that she will need his help - even if she is reluctant to accept it. Before long, Bastian finds himself unable to maintain his control - he wants to claim Myst for his own.
This is an emotion packed book that will make you laugh and make you cry. Myst's plight comes right off the pages. Her confusion over her feelings for Bastian tears her.
The secondary characters enrich the story. It's a good thing that we will get 2 more installments this year
Benjamin L. Darcie was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
I enjoyed this book for the most part, but, it reminded me quite a bit of the Lords of the Underworld, but not nearly as interesting and sexy. The Nightfury dragons are a band of male shifter dragons that need human women in order to thrive, but the women usually die during childbirth. When the leader of the Nightfury's--Bastian--intercepts one of these 'death/births' he meets Myst, whom he's inexplicably drawn to, and things get crazy from that point forward.
The narration was mediocre, which was surprising because Benjamin Darcie isn't bad, but some of the voice characterizations were more of a distraction. The main thing that salvaged this story was the romance--it was pretty steamy so I didn't feel completely robbed. I'm interested enough to get the next book but this is a sale-series only for me, I wouldn't spend a credit.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
I think the author had a good idea here but I just wished that she had stayed away of the plot points that were like BDB. Doesn't it make sense for dragons to actually like the sun instead of being repelled by it? Also, the business of the energy and the meridian was so freaking complicated that I had problems keeping things straight. I also didn't get why the women died during the birth and how Myst thought she could have helped Caroline.
But besides the plot holes, my main problem with the book were the looong internal monologues. Several characters would just go on and on and on about things that were unimportant while important plot points that could have created tension weren't even addressed. Worse, some things seemed to have been communicated by osmosis: when did Bastian told Myst that Gregor was one of them? One moment she didn't know and the next she did.
The narration was good but not outstanding. Lots of the men sounded alike and the women were just OK but hey, at least the men sounded manly.
I'm still in the fence as to whether to read the second book in the series because even though I had problems with this book, I think the author has something. Oh well, I'll decide later whether to continue or not.
I really enjoyed it. I love the dominant male roles in the story. Even though I love my vampire novels, it was a nice change listening to another species. When there is a series, it's good to have the story line to be in continue that has you wanted to listening to the next book. Over all, in my opinion, this was an entertaining book with the perfect narrator, Super Hot heroes, and great story line. WHO EVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SEXY DRAGONS!
I just purchased book 2.
It reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series by J.R. Ward.
I think I like Wick. I would love to see him turn into the protective mate. It would be very entertaining.
This would make a nice TV series for Stars, Sometime, or any of the premium channels.
I love the story. And this new author! I see the similarities to J. R. however. I found the story better and look forward to book two. I feel that her book is different and I enjoyed the story. I am excited about this new series and can't wait to listen to her other books. I think the more the story is developed the more of her personal style we will see. But I loved it sooo much! Great series and worth the credit!!!! Just enough sex to keep it interesting but not so much that there was no story as I have seen in other books. Sylvia Day and Sarah McCarty to be exact.
The Narrator was awesome as well!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
The narrator was fantastic in the way he breathed life into the book. This is the second time I've listened to this series and I loved all of it. I had never heard of these before, but I can't wait for the next, Please let there be another!
Fury of Ice
Bastian was fantastic.