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Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"Packed with bold adventure and sizzling sensuality" ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author G. A. Aiken lives on the West Coast and is the creator of the Dragon Kin series. When she's not writing about sexy dragons, she's writing about sexy wolves, lions, tigers, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston. Visit her at gaaiken.com.
With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie's voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Audio start time: 0:00 - 6:34:41
This story is about a dragon named Fearghus, who mostly just wants to be left alone in his cave. he's rather grumpy so most dragons leave him be. Fearghus gets pulled out of his cave when he hears fighting and he finds a warrior woman that's been gravely injured but still faces death bravely.
Annwyl the bloody is the illegitimate sister to the King...a very bad King. Her father didn't treat her well but he did bring her to live in the palace which caused her brother to hate her. When their father died, her brother tried to force her into a political marriage but she escaped and became the leader of a revolution. Now he's determined to kill her.
Annwyl is badly injured and would have died if not for Fearghus saving her. He allows her to stay with him while she's recovering and quickly discovers that she has no fear of him and she intrigues him. As she recovers, he offers to get her more training but dragons aren't supposed to show human they can shift so he when he turned human to train her further in swordplay, he didn't tell her it was him. This causes some problems because Annwyl finds her self extremely attracted to the Knight that's training her but falling in love intellectually with the dragon. So this causes some drama that obviously comes to a head but does get worked past. Annwyl is able to deal with her brother and win the Kingdom and after a bit more angst, Annwyl and Fearghus are together and starting a HEA.
Overall, this was a pretty good story. I really liked both Annwyl and Fearghus and liked seeing them get together. My only complaint it that there was some use of the "I'm leaving you for your own protection" plot tool...it annoyed me a bit but thankfully it was gotten past. Overall, I liked the story and characters very much.
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Audio start time: 6:34:41 - 10:23:28
This is the story of Rhiannon and Bercelak's mating. Bercelak has a high position in the Queen's army and has always had a thing for Rhiannon, the princess. When the Queen offers Bercelak Rhiannon as a mate, he accepts because it's what he's wanted and worked for for years. Unfortunately, Rhiannon isn't an easy dragoness to woo and Bercelak really has his work cut out for him. He makes good progress and Rhiannon does end up realizing that maybe they'd be good together. Unfortunately, the Queen is a bitch and tries to use Bercelak as a tool to control/break her daughter, not realizing that he's always wanted Rhiannon and would never follow that command. Action has to be taken and in the end, things are nicely settled and Rhiannon and Bercelak are starting and HEA together.
I really liked this one and almost gave it 5 stars. Rhiannon is a real bitch at times but I really loved seeing her soften little by little. I really loved the fact that she allowed herself to realize that Bercelak could be a good mate for her and not fight him just to be contrary or on principle. Bercelak was tough but he just knew what he wanted and was willing to do whatever was necessary to get it. Overall, I really liked the characters and thought the story was really good and engaging.
* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a good job.
Annwyl the Bloody is the heroine of Dragon Actually and what a heroine she is. She never ever gives up and not only does she not mind fighting her own battles and getting bloody, she revels in it. I’m not going to say that nothing scares her (because it’s rare but does happen), but she never gives in to her fear and often just laughs in its face. This is one of the many reasons why she’s often called crazy. Her family life was a nightmare and her brother, the King, just wants her head on a pike at his castle gate and has his entire army after her.
Fearghus the Destroyer is a dragon who just wants everyone, including his annoying family and definitely useless humans to just leave him alone. When Annwyl drops at his feet after fighting off a whole troop of her brother’s army, he’s intrigued so he saves her. From then on, he goes back and forth between fighting his growing attraction and fascination with Annwyl, or wishing he’d just left the crazy woman to die. He was hilarious and every bit up to the challenge of dealing with his extremely unconventional woman… well once he figured out how to let her in on his secrets. I adored Fearghus as much as I did Annwyl. He’s rude, condescending, and just an overall grouch, but underneath all that is a dragon worthy of a woman like Annwyl.
It’s not only Annwyl and Fearghus who are freaking awesome. Fearghus’ family is hilarious and provides endless entertainment. His parents are both scary and crazy and his siblings are even worse (with the crazy part at least). Their banter, fussing and fighting will have you in stitches. You just never know what any of these characters will say and do.
If you haven’t discovered G.A. Aiken (who also writes under the name Shelly Laurenston) you need to dive into this series ASAP. The rude, snarky, totally over the top crazy characters will have you wrapped around their fingers (or claws) in no time.