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Imagine his surprise when Grace a human woman looking for her brother in the Amazonas stumbles through.
What to do? Follow his duty to kill her or succumb to the desire flowing through his veins.
This is a great start in the Atlantis series. I highly recommend it.
I'm giving it three stars because it was a good way to pass an afternoon and I'm not sorry I read it. However, I'm a big one for re-reading books I enjoyed and I'm not sure that Heart of the Dragon merits a re-reading. I was never engrossed enough that I was desperate to know what happens next and wanted to skip ahead to make sure everything turned out ok before returning to my skip point able to read at a normal pace.
This is billed as the first Atlantis book, but as far as the explanations about other races and how the culture of Atlantis worked, it felt like I was stepping into the middle of a series - I felt like I was missing some information.
I liked the hero and the heroine, but the heroine was something of a disappointment in that she didn't seem able to help solve the novel's conflict. I felt like she kept getting in the way and making more problems, needing to be rescued by the super-capable Darius.
And finally, there's the eye roll factor... almost any romance story will make me roll my eyes at some point, usually due to the choice of descriptive language or to sappiness of dialogue, but this one merited four or five different eye rolls.
I was a little surprised when the lustful pair decided they loved each other; I mean, I knew that was going to happen, but I didn't see enough build up that it seemed natural and appropriate. There was lust lust lust and overpowering attraction, then suddenly after a bit of kissing and a day of being tethered to each other they're in love. I wasn't sold that they had seen enough of each other to go so far as getting married. A woman of this modern day and age being so willing to jump into marriage and a whole new world with a man she barely knew? I wasn't convinced. And for Grace and Alex to blithely declare they will transplant their mother and aunt to Atlantis, I thought, was awfully cavalier, and somewhat unrealistic. (Yes, I know, complaining about realism in a paranormal story may seem absurd, yet I do expect realism in regard to human emotions.) Grace's mother was depicted as being cold and not open to change, yet her children thought to uproot her and move her permanently to a new world? Of course, their mother's transition to and discovery of purpose in a new life could be the subject of a whole novel on it's own...
I liked the stuff about the brother, but the addition of the subplot of the romance between him and a female dragon was not as fleshed out as I would have liked. It felt unfinished.
The hero is a guardian of Atlantis; the heroine is a human wondering around trying to find her brother. She stumbles into Atlantis, meets the hero, love at first sight, but! He's got to kill her because she found out the secret that Atlantis exists.
That's the conflict - he's got to do his duty and protect the secret. But I know that since it is a romance novel, he's not going to do it. The hero killing the heroine doesn't scream happy ending. The plot goes on and on, his dueling emotions drag out until I want to smack him. Then finally, three quarters the way through the book, he decides he can't do it. What a shocker, let me tell you.
The worldbuilding, the setting, the imaginative story were all wonderful. The conflict between the hero and the heroine ruined all that.
I see quite a few people enjoyed this book, but it didn't work for me. I've read many paranormal romances (Kresley Cole, G.A. Aiken, J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione) and one of Gena Showalters' LOTU series (so far) and have enjoyed all of them greatly for the most part, so I have a general understanding and appreciation for these books.
This one, however, was a disappointment.
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