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.
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.
Not as good as any of the others but that's only because this is my first by a male narrator. He did a good job but a man just can't do a woman's voice so I won't be listening to the other books in this series.
It was a good book. I wish I could have enjoyed it more but, as I said, I can't really enjoy a male narrater.
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!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a good story. It's the first book I've read by this author. Based on this book I may try the next in the series.
Myst is a nurse that does home visits. She cares about her patients and when a patient (and friend) misses some visits, Myst decides to go check on her while doing her rounds. When she gets there medical issues have already gotten so bad that Myst isn't able to save the mother but she manages to save the baby. She doesn't realize that this encounter will change her life completely.
Bastian is a dragon shifter. He's the leader of a clan of dragons that fights to keep humans safe. Their enemy is a clan of dragons led by a mad dragon that wants to get rid of the human race. Bastian's clan is low on warriors and the only way to have babies is to impregnate a human female. The problem is the human females don't live past the birth and Bastian's clan is honorable and doesn't hurt women. Regardless of this, out of desperation, Bastian decides they need to take mates and also decides to lead by example by doing so right away. It's about this time when checking out a lead brings him in to a meeting with Myst.
To say that things don't go smoothly for Bastian and Myst would be an understatement of huge proportions. Bastian finds himself majorly attracted to Myst (and more than just physically) and decides she's it for him. Figuring she'd be in danger of being found by the bad dragons, Bastian kidnaps Myst..much to her horror. Myst, having seen Bastian in dragon form, fears for her life and being kidnapped by a dragon doesn't help things at all. The only thing that keeps her going is that she's trying to take care of the baby she saved (who it ends up is a baby dragon shifter). Bastian actually uses her caring for the baby against her, getting her to promise not to escape for 3 days (giving him time with her to convince her to stay).
TBH, this story could have gone a better in the romance department...it's an insta-love but not completely believable for me. Bastian kept lying to Myst and using every excuse to avoid telling her things he'd rather avoid until it was too late (and he'd impregnated her without her knowledge, risking her death). He did it so he could to get her to accept him, because he had developed feelings for her. She had feelings for him as well so she didn't push him for the truth like she should have. Bastian's plan backfires when Myst finds out about all the stuff he kept from her and that he's just put her life in danger by getting her pregnant. She gets majorly pissed and takes off when Basian's unable to follow her. This is actually a very TSTL moment because she knows the police have got to want to question her about her patient and the missing baby, not to mention she knows that she's in danger from the bad dragons. As was obviously coming, Myst ends up in trouble and has to be saved. Things end well (for the most part) and Myst finds out how to fix the danger caused by her pregnancy. The ending is pretty good and Myst and Bastian have a nice HEA.
Overall this was a good story. I guess my main issue with it was Bastian and Myst and the constant back and forth. They both were back and forth with their intentions, the lies and their feelings (1 & 3 were more Myst and #2 was more Bastian but they were both back and forth one way or the other) and it made it hard to get in to their relationship for me. I liked the story though and the action plot is pretty good with and interesting premise (although there was plot point I was disappointed didn't get developed like it could have been). I may try the next in the series as I've been told they get better as you go.
*note - A number of people have said this book is similar to the BDB series...I can see this as there are definitely some similarities. I didn't feel that it was too bad (I didn't feel like I was reading a BDB novel) but it's there. I've been told this decreases as the series continues but I can't say for myself.
*note2 - The Narrator is alright but he wasn't my favorite. He did good for the men's voices but the females seemed strained at times.
If you like the Harlequin Romance Novels you will love this book, If you like Sci Fi / Fantasy you will not.
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.
The writer is limited to colloquialisms, slang, and pop culture. I found it very hard to listen to 200+ year old dragons talking as if they walked of the set from a CW teen drama. I enjoyed the story, and felt compelled to get the next book, but, I read it instead and it was not so bad to read the words. It was torture to listen to the OMG's, and LOLs, and references to TV shows.
The author created a nice Dragon society, and a shifter culture that caught my imagination and wanted a happy ending.
First book by him I have listened to and I will think twice about getting another one. I don't know if it was his performance or the writing that did not lend itself to be read out loud. When you say OMG, and LOL you sound like you are 15, not a nurse practitioner in her third decade, not a dragon who slept for 200 years. At least when you read OMG your brain substitutes the words and you can move on.
Yes it would come right after Vampire Diaries, and Gossip Girl. It was written for that age group even though it has a lot of explicit sex scenes.
I read the series in two weeks, and can't wait for the next one. THe story line and the characters intrigued and gripped me, I just had to read it and not listen to it.
Although the idea of the book was interesting, it was very poorly written. There was no suspense around the relationships - the inner dialog was simply stupid and far too revealing with no sense of tension, no real build up of affection, and no sense of the strength a woman would actually bring to a relationship. The book was clearly written by a female - which lent a certain creepiness to the male reading - but it read more like what a man would expect a woman to be thinking. This is unfortunate as I think the concept and worldview was interesting and had a lot of potential in the right hands.
Take more time with that inner dialog - this sounded like it was written in a month to hit all the requirements for a romance novel - so that the tension builds slowly - so that the reader actually wonders what will happen next.
Also - stop interrupting every thought with an "and." I imagine in the written book it looked something like "and ---" followed by a quote. That is certainly the way it sounded.
As I listened, I fbegan to feel there was something wrong with a male voice vocalizing the sex thoughts of a woman - at least the way this book was written. The author had a habit of interrupting a thought line with a conjunction ("and" or "but") which the reade would follow with a pause - after the fifteenth time it was like fingernails on a blackboard and just served to emphasize the writing.
Irritation. I quit halfway. I marked it as finished - I couldn't even listen to the whole final chapter to find out what happened.
I won't be buying anything else in the series.
I have a love for a good dragon romance story and this is a standout over all the others that I've read or heard in a long time. I love this and as soon as I can I will be getting the other books in the series.
I think the most memorable part of this book was the knowledge that the women that have been harmed for so long due to the births of the children are the key to the emotional wellbeing of these men. if these men bond with their women then they can transcend what they have know all of their lives.