Wes & Jessie
I purchased this book during a $4.95 series starter special and definitely got my money's worth. I enjoyed the characters and found the dragon species intriguing but wished the author spent more time filling in the back story of the dragon race. I also found many similarities between this story line and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. However, Fury of Fire was not nearly as riveting as the vampire version. I am still committed to continuing with this series though, as I really do find the authors version of dragons fascinating.
Probably not, I found this story very flat, it just didn't pull me in.
His voice was really annoying to me. A little too slow, but not quite slow enough be able to listen at a higher speed.
Don't waste your time.
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 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.
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The book didn't seem to fit together...the Heroine is a ob/gyn nurse but she can't handle herself in crisis, trusts no one, seems to lack interpersonal skills and seems mentally unhinged. She goes from trying to escape to unbridled lust within a few minutes. The Hero puts her on a pedestal, thinking of her as a warrior, and though he's the Alpha of his group, thinks that sharing a meal with her will establish the bond they need to become mates. I had to force myself to finish the book and I did that by forwarding over some parts of the book.
I bought this book as a romance/fantasy and the best part of the story..the description of the battles!!
I don't know that I would cut any of the characters; this book was obviously setting up characters and a scenario that would create a cliffhanger and carry us into other books in the series. At times the romance seemed an afterthought to setting up future books.
This author has a trait to make specific historical references and I found the detail of these and their preponderance throughout the book to be distracting. Instead of saying that the heroine hummed an ad jingle to distract herself, the author indicates the heroine tried to remember the words to the McDonalds Big Mac commercial and it had something to do with pickles and relish! As previously mentioned, there were quite a few of these historical references and they added no texture or depth to the story!
\m/ Austin, TX
Storyline is good, but the writing and character development sort of sucks, and that's putting it mildly.
First off... The main character is an ER nurse and in her mid 20's. Why dose she talk like some kid from high school. She is educated, but cant put 2 and 2 together. I'm not saying she has to be some feminist, but what exactly is so strong about her? What makes her special? It's like watching the loud mouth friend of yours that tells you what you should be doing in your relationship, but stays with their drag you down the stairs cheater of a man. She warrior types are hard to swallow, but these wishy woshy "special" types, (i.e. Bella form Twilight) are even harder to side with.
The dragon kingdom is old cavemen type, but talk the same way, like they are from high school. Curse words and pet names are over used. Broaden your vocabulary please, making the reader's brains expand and allowing the imagination to cultivate.
I'm not sure if I will continue to read this series, but if I do, it is from sheer boredom and storyline.
The writing style was just too hokey for me. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters. I found the way the characters spoke to be unrealistic and the author's use of slang was completely over-the-top.
Also, I am getting very tired of books that have an unexception female who is elevated in the male's mind for no reason. As the reader, I feel the author owes me some action or character development to make the woman seem special in some way. Myst just wasn't all that great but, then again, no one in the book really had anything exceptional to keep me listening.
I keep trying to make it through this book, but I listen for about half an hour and then switch to something else. It isn't painful to listen to but it just doesn't pull me in and keep me engaged either. I think the narrator did the best he could with the characters. My problem wasn't the reading of the book. My grips are with the writing. In the end, I will probably request my credit back.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Over the last couple of years I've really been getting into various shifter series. Nalini Singh, Thea Harrison and Suzanne Wright, along with a few others. This was the first big miss for me. Maybe it's just my own sexism in that female writers just tend to be better at writing erotica, but I'm ok with that. The story just didn't do it for me and the reader was not the right one for the book either. He made the voices of most of the characters sound, well, a little light in the loafers.
This is going to be one of the only series I've started that I see no chance of going on to read the entire series (including the entire psy-changeling series in under a year). Personally, I'd recommend one of the above authors if you're looking for a good shifter book (my personal favorite being Thea Harrison's Elder Race series) rather than spending your credits on this one.
I saw a review of Warrior’s Revenge saying that they liked the Dragon Fury books better so when the first one was on sale, I picked it up. I got wrapped up in the story so I’ve kept going. This series is ok.
The more I listen to Callahan’s books, the more her style grates on me. The story is interesting but it is written in “chick lit” style, meaning it is riddled with colloquialisms. And many of them she uses repetitively. It just gets a bit old.
I’m not usually a fantasy or contemporary romance fan but in terms of story, I liked Fury of Fire all right. The narrator was decent, although his female voices were all alike but not to the point of distraction.
Overall, I'd say it was just average. If you like a little more creativity and intellect in the writing, I wouldn't recommend it.