Breaking up was never so hard...
Going undercover at a mass wedding as a bartered bride, Morrigan Blake has every intention of getting off the barbaric planet just as soon as it's over. Or, more correctly, just as soon as she captures footage of the mysterious princes rumored to be in attendance. After a euphoric night, Morrigan discovers her spaceship left without her, and Ualan of Draig is claiming she's his wife. It's not exactly the story this reporter had in mind. And to make matters worse, the all-too-seductive alpha refuses to take no for an answer.
Being cursed by the gods was never so frustrating...
Prince Ualan is prepared to follow dragonshifter tradition and marry the woman revealed to him during the Breeding Festival. When the stubborn, yet achingly sexy, Morrigan refuses to accept their shared fate and his supreme authority over her, it is all he can do to keep from acting like the barbarian she accuses him of being.
About the series: The dragon shifting Princes have no problem with commitment. In one night, they will meet and choose their life mate in a simplistic ceremony involving the removing of masks and the crushing of crystals. With very few words spoken and the shortest, most bizarre courtship in history, they will bond to their women forever. And once bonded, these men don't let go. Too bad nobody explained this to their brides.
©2004 Michelle M. Pillow (P)2014 Michelle M. Pillow
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
This will be a fun series I think, although I have come to them out of order – having read a bit back-to-front having read the Dragon Queen (book 9) first. A fun fantasy romance with a less-than wonderfully engaging heroine, Michelle Pillow dives right into the misunderstandings and arguments that serve a large part of the plot.
Morrigan is a reporter, and is doing an undercover exposé of Galaxy Brides. She is totally anti-marriage, and more than a bit selfish and spoilt. Her self-import is part defense mechanism and part insecurities, she is always feeling that she has to battle against someone or something to achieve her own ends. Fortunately, even though her mouth and behavior get in her way more often than not, she does come to develop and grow a personality that isn’t quite so abrasive with the patience and help of Ualan.
For his part, Ualan is singularly unhelpful to Morrigan when he discovers her total lack of information and knowledge about the customs and rules of the Quirillxen. She had a month to brush up, and apparently he felt that sufficient, even though it is patently apparent that she had not paid attention during the Marriage Laws and customs.
These two have, despite multiple miscommunications and some real humor in the reactions, a relationship that is developing as they learn more about one another, with an attraction that grows as the story proceeds. There is arguing – LOTS of arguing, and some tidbits about the world and the people around them, but truly this is Morrigan and Ualan learning to overcome their stubborn attachment to ‘what is’ and start to communicate. It’s fun in all of the missed connections and misunderstandings, but it really was hard to see these two in a happy ever after.
Narration in this story is provided by Mason Lloyd: the second book that I have listened to from him and his facility with accent, voice, pitch and delivery add much to this story. Smooth switches from character to character without over-reaching for the female voices, Lloyd keeps the reader engaged and intrigued, with carefully added pauses for dramatic or emotional effect that are perfectly suited to the text.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
First I would like to say that this book didn't suck. It is interesting in that the setting and storyline are unique. I loved the premiss, I mean who doesn't love space dragons?
However, I found the main female character was presented in an inconsistant manner. For example, she is a highly respected investigative reporter, who has traveled to many planets, experenced many cultures and yet she does not act with the intellegence and cultural savy that such a career should bring. This made it difficult for me to respect her. If she had been protrayed as a reporter's assistant who was trying to break into the field, then I would have found her "issues" more sympathetic.
So I found myself cringing everytime her internal dialogue mentioned anything about her job or her competency.
Pretty much all this had going for it was a great performer. There really wasn't a plot, other than a whiny journalist who suddenly falls In love once she finally gets banged
Mason Lloyd yes, not the author.
Not much of a plot ...just sex, very disappointed since it got such good ratings.
I might have liked the main characters if they weren't so one dimensional.
Wish the authors would have something to tell readers that" this book is just short of erotica."
I don't mind a sex scene if it integral to the plot but NOT the whole plot!
I wasn't sure how I would like listening to a romance novel narrated by a man. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Mason Lloyd's narration. His voice really brought the story to life.
Morrigan is a reporter that is set on getting a story about the Breeding Festival on Qurilixian. She signs up for Galaxy Brides since that is the only way she can get on the planet never expecting to be chosen as a bride. Prince Ualan has no idea what is in store for him when his crystal starts pulsing for Morrigan. Instead of being the princess she is now, she indentures herself by saying the first thing that comes out of her mouth. Prince Ualan's patience is tested multiple times as he gets to know and fall in love his new wife.
I loved the original and loved the Anniversary edition even more.
The struggle for Prince Ualan to get Morrigan to admit she was his wife and to love him back. I loved it when the brides get together to complain about their husbands...which we have all done at one time or another, only to have their mother-in-law, Queen Mede, arrive to help them get their men.
This is the first audio book that I have listened to. He is a wonderful narrator and I look forward to hearing more books read by him.
I didn't feel the need to listen to this all in one sitting because I had read the book before. I did take a few days to listen to it. I believe it would have been one that I would have listened to in one sitting if I hadn't read it prior.
This is book 1 in the series. It is stand alone and has a HEA. Loved this book. The audio was wonderful. Recommend listening to all shifter lovers.
Say something about yourself!
This was a good storyline, what gave it 3 stars for me was it was a 70% sex and talk/think of sex and 30% story. If the author would have done a 30% sex, and 70% story it would have been a 5 star read for me.
I love losing myself in books of any kind
So this book was pretty good through not nearly enough shapeshifting for me... Would have liked to see a little more uncontrolled passion.
The frustrating part of this book is the lack of communication between two rational adults I mean REALLY .... Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say.
I have never understood those relationship conflict that revolve around being scared to let your feelings being known. Seems like whether good or bad knowing a persons feels at least provides a definitive answer that allows one to moved forward.
Grow a pair I say.... Life's full of failures and successes and a grown woman and century old dragon should be able to deal with life's stumbles.
hot shifter guys
I love the story and all the trouble Ualan and Morrigan go through before they finally learn to communicate!
Ualan, I love the accent he adds
too many to list
Quilixen is a planet of mostly males in need of wives to continue their lines. These guys are dragon shifters (the Draig), very alpha warrior types and way too hot for their own good. They also tend to be stubborn, and clueless how to deal with the women they procure from a corporation that provides, for lack of a better term, a matchmaker service. Unfortunately the brides they send have no idea what they are truly getting into! Morrigan (Rigan) Blake is an intergalactic reporter hell bent on getting the story about the rumored princes attending the festival to choose brides. Of course she accidentally (through sheer ignorance of the customs) marries Ualan and of course he is one of the princes. Being pretty pig headed herself she does not respond well to his domineering ways. It looks like the marriage is doomed and there is no way out of it, but after two poisonings, a few skirmishes with the Draig’s enemy the Var (cat shifters), and some helpful advice from the Queen (good old Mom ) Ualan and Rigan open themselves to the bond between them and fall in love. Highly recommend this and the rest of the series!
Mason Lloyd has a great voice! He has narrated several of the Dragon Lord books and I love listening to him; he always does an excellent job differentiating characters and speaks very clearly and exceptional diction!
"How to ruin a fun read"
a bit of inflection and character in the readers voice - so boring I almost fell asleep in the car listening - while driving
everything - so so boring - even the saucy bits came out boring
the book is just for fun so no real reaction
so very disappointed with these audio books - signed up after hearing Stephen Fry do Harry Potter on a long drive with friends - thoroughly enjoyed it and decided it was a good way to help pass the journey - big mistake
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