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Barbarian Prince

Dragon Lords, Book 1 (Anniversary Edition)
Narrated by: Mason Lloyd
Series: Dragon Lords, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (516 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • KJ
  • 08-09-14

So So, it could have been better.

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.

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Loved It! Creative, Sexy and Funny!

Barbarian Prince is more of a Sci-Fi romance than true shifter story; however, after the first couple of chapters, I was falling in love with the story. It was creative, sexy, realistic, and full of laughs. Michelle really did an awesome job with the world building, and was very clever with some of the rituals she thought up.

May Contain some spoilers:
Morrigan finds herself stranded, and married to Ualan by accident, and does her best to convince Ualan they are not meant to be, and she won't make a good wife. Morrigan, in her frustrations, unwittingly declares herself a slave, and due to their customs, she ends up having to play the part. Ualan could have her pardoned for her declarations, but he wants Morrigan to admit she's his wife, and to teach her a lesson. However, both of their plans backfire, because while Morrigan is consider Ualan's slave, he cannot pleasure her, and their sexual frustrations grow. Their "battle of the sexes" was funny, steamy, and sexy, I found myself laughing out loud.

Between paranormal and sci-fi romances, sci-fi romances are the most realistic to me, and many aspects of this story felt real. As long as I lived on earth, I've never seen a vampire, shape shifter or any other supernatural being. However, outer space exploration is relatively new for mankind, and we've only seen a small glimpse so far, so we truly do not know what's out there, but the possibilities are endless.

Mason did a great job narrating this story! I liked how he portrayed the male and female characters, along with the different emotions.

I Loved every minute, and will be continuing the series by any means necessary credit or sale.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Barbarian Prince to be better than the print version?

Well. yeah because i enjoy audio but i would read also.

What other book might you compare Barbarian Prince to and why?

Maybe Christine Feehans Carpathian books. The Carpathians find their life mate and this is the only one for them. In this book once they were shown the bride for them that was it for the as well. the one and only.

Have you listened to any of Mason Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But i look forward to more books with him. His voice is fantastic and the book for me. He really brought out the Prince's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely.

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I have found a new series. This book had action and romance and laughter. I could feel Ualan's frustration. I felt for him trying and trying to win her over. I happy when she finally realized what she found even though it started out as a job but she found love. I recommend this series. This so good i am reading the second now.

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did not finish

I couldn't get to the end. It just dragged on and on. The story really doesn't move fast enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ualan & Rigan

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Morrigan is beyond irritating. She is portrayed as smart, daring, and a world traveler. Yet, for this assignment, which she took on her own, she refuses to go through all the provided cultural information. She then makes assumptions based on her ignorance and blames Ualan for her idiotic mistakes. She acts very childish and destroys Ualan's home at one point in a tantrum.

What about Mason Lloyd’s performance did you like?

Mason Lloyd was a great narrator! The best part of this book. His male and female voices were awesome and his accent wonderful.

Any additional comments?

Prince Ualan is prepared to follow dragonshifter tradition and marry the woman revealed to him during the Breeding Festival. Reporter Morrigan Blake is set on getting her story but is enthralled by Ualan and accepts his invitation. The last parts of the book were good with the conflict with the other people on the planet.

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Disjointed - But Decent

Unlike most, I began this series with Lords of the Var and then went back to read the Dragon Lords, so it gives me a bit of an odder introduction to the world of these stories. Overall, I think the writing was just about average, though the performance was really well done and appreciated.

The entire story (and from what I can tell at first glance - future stories in this series) all seem to rely on having a clueless female protagonist. In the case of this book, you have to suspend your disbelief and just accept that a seasoned journalist (the main character) has done little to no research on the planet, people, culture, or really anything in regards to a planet who's wedding customs she plans on writing a story about. Throw ontop of that a male character who seems completely clueless about women, to the point that his mother has to explain that being kind works better than barking orders and manhandling, who refuses to explain anything to his newly found wife, and I just was left boggling for the first half of the book.

After a while, the story does get better once the characters start to iron out various things, but it's still a premise built on shaky ground. It's very hard to like the lead male, as he can be both abrasive and abusive in early parts of the story and it's just shrugged off in a way that I don't care for. Other than sex, there isn't much development of the character's relationship, so the sudden shift from 'lusting after' to 'in love with' comes across as jarring.

There's also gaps in the story which I understand will likely be filled in by the later books that all seem to happen at the same time, but it can make the story not flow in a smooth manner. You have a lot of important things that seem to happen off-camera so you just don't get to experience it and it leaves the story feeling like swiss-cheese.

Overall, while the story wasn't horrible, it just isn't as good as the stories in the Lords of the Var series that comes later in this sequence.

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ok

story is ok... but i liked it... it could have been more. ill try the rest to see

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Nice work

The story was very interesting and different. A little bit slow and went in circles a lot. I still loved it and thought the narrator was very well chosen!

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Good, could have been better.

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.

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Liked the narrater but not the book

Would you try another book from Michelle M. Pillow and/or Mason Lloyd?

Mason Lloyd yes, not the author.

What was most disappointing about Michelle M. Pillow’s story?

Not much of a plot ...just sex, very disappointed since it got such good ratings.

Which scene was your favorite?

none

What character would you cut from Barbarian Prince?

I might have liked the main characters if they weren't so one dimensional.

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • HonourYourReaders
  • 11-11-14

How to ruin a fun read

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a bit of inflection and character in the readers voice - so boring I almost fell asleep in the car listening - while driving

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very cute

What didn’t you like about Mason Lloyd’s performance?

everything - so so boring - even the saucy bits came out boring

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

the book is just for fun so no real reaction

Any additional comments?

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