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'Smart, sexy and funny - Katie delivers!' Christine Feehan on FIRE ME UP MacAlister continues her delectable contemporary paranormal series with another sinfully sexy, fabulously fun tale of love, vampires, ghosts, and demons Booklist on SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMPIRE 'Horror romance readers will enjoy this one-bite sitting teeth in cheek (and neck) tale.' Midwest Book Review on SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMPIRE 'With its superb characterization and writing that manages to be both sexy and humorous, this contempary paranormal love story is an absolute delight.' Booklist starred review for A GIRL'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Katie MacAlister lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online game sites.
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Product Details

  • Series: Light Dragons (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229717
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online. You are welcome to visit her at http://www.katiemacalister.com

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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Ahhhh...Baltic, Baltic, Baltic. For so long, us readers viewed you as one of the bad guys...especially when you helped wipe out many of your own kind. Were we right...thinking Baltic is a big ol' bad guy? Or were we wrong...judging him using circumstantial evidence? "Love in the Time of Dragons" by Katie MacAlister addresses this (as well as other exciting plots) by giving the readers an interesting new(ish) dragon couple - Baltic and Tully Sullivan (aka - Ysolde). Now, I'm not going to bore you by rehashing the plot (which you can read about in the book description as well as the other reviews) but I am going to let you in on why you should read this book.

First off, MacAlister has got to be, hands down (or scaly taloned paws down) one of the funniest writers currently. If you've never read her work, I highly suggest that you do...and you can start with reading the Aisling Grey series first (which will give you much needed background info which leads up to this book). I find that she's one of three writers whose humor actually makes me snort...a very unladylike sound, but I'll just claim it's involuntary, kinda like hiccups.

Second, read read READ her dragon books to learn about "Jim". "Who is Jim?" you ask...well, Jim's a demon. A big, shaggy, slobbery Newfoundland of a demon. One who is having an illicit love affair with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named "Celeste". Jim, more often than not, is a fount of information...usually useless information, but funny as Abbadon none the less. If Jim were a man, let's just say he'd have a penchant for Members Only jackets, Miller High Life, and cartoon porn. Don't let his demon heritage scare you...under all that fur lurks a heart of gold.

Third, the MEN. Ohhhh...the men.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Howell on May 11, 2010
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MacAlister's Dragon books get better with each one, and "Love in the time of Dragons" is BY FAR the best. I laughed so hard, I cried. The romance scenes, while not as plentiful as in the Aisling/Drake or May/Gabriel books, are super steamy. Tully/Ysolde is a great heroine (much less whiny than Aisling was in her books), and Baltic is INCREDIBLY hot. The best part is that Katie Mac finally starts filling in some of the holes that she's been laying since the begining (while leaving lots of new ones, of course). If you haven't read any of the dragon books, you definitely want to start from the Aisling Grey, Guardian novels to really understand this one. Once you get here, you'll be VERY glad you did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2010
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I really loved the beginning of Love in the Time of Dragons. Even though I am not a fan of flashbacks, I actually enjoyed them here. I thought that Tully's dreams of the past were very effective way of telling the story of Silver Dragon Ysolde and Black Dragon Baltic's love in their past life together while also allowing the the human Tully to slowly regain her memories of her life as Ysolde and her love for Baltic.

At the start of the story I really liked Tully/Ysolde's character. Tully awakes after blackout in a somewhat strange situation, with all of our old favorite characters (Aishling, May, Gabriel, Drake) from the previous Dragon books telling Tully that she's actually a reincarnated dragon, but even though Tully was questioning her own sanity, I thought that Tully was incredibly sane for a McAllister heroine. However, somewhere along the way that all changes and Tully becomes the typically zany leading lady of these Dragon books and begins to loose her own identity to the point where Tully ends up nearly interchangeable with Aishling or one of many other of the author's past leading ladies.

Even so, I still really enjoyed the parts with Baltic past and present - I love it when a villain is redeemed and there wasn't any being in the dragon world more 'evil' or reviled than Black dragon Baltic, so turning Baltic into hero material is quite satisfying and Tully's Baltic is becoming a wonderful dragon mate - and best of all their chemistry together was quite good.

On the whole with a slightly different ending I would have still really liked the book just because of the parts with Baltic. And quite honestly I'd have been happy if this story had been a standalone. However, since Love in the Time of Dragons begins a new Light Dragon series there was s not a happily ever after yet for Tully and Baltic. And the ending here - which set up for the rest of the series - left me feeling a bit depressed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 3, 2010
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I've always had a thing for dragons, from fearsome Smaug in J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT to the flying serpents of Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, from the Inheritance Trilogy (ERAGON, et al.) by teenage phenom Christopher Paolini to Robin McKinley's resonant DRAGONHAVEN. Not to mention HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (although I haven't read the books, the movie version's lead dragon is infinitely endearing).

But I'm talking dragons born out of huge eggs, dragons with scales and tails, wings, horns, and teeth. Big. Fierce. Fire-breathing. In Katie MacAlister's world, though, dragons only intermittently (usually when fighting) display these characteristics. They look human, they act (more or less) human, and in the case of Baltic --- the wyvern, or leader, of one sept, or tribe, of dragons --- they are endowed with absolutely magnetic sex appeal.

The heroine, and Baltic's soul mate, is named Tully --- or is it Ysolde? She is the married modern mother of nine-year-old Brom --- or is she actually a dragon princess many hundreds of years old who has died and been reborn at least once? Well, she is both these things. Tully (I'll call her that for convenience) has been plagued by what she calls fugue states or dreams, but these, it soon transpires, are really memories of an earlier life in which she and Baltic were mated. Long story short, when Tully's past smashes up against her present-day existence, she has an identity crisis, Baltic returns from the dead (yeah, him, too), and genre-bending high jinks ensue.

The alternate universe in which LOVE IN THE TIME OF DRAGONS takes place will already be familiar to loyal MacAlister fans, for it has been constructed systematically over a number of books dealing with various hues of dragons (each sept is a different color and nationality).
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