Review: What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken

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What a Dragon Should Know
Author:
 G.A. Aiken
Publish Date: 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dragon Kin #3
Rating: B


What a Dragon Should Know is the third book in G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series and by far my favorite.

Dagmar Reinholdt lives in the tundra-like northern hemisphere and has acquired the nickname Beast due to her ruthlessness…or at least that’s what people from other hemispheres think. In actuality, it was a tongue-in-cheek nickname given to Dagmar by her family that just happened to stick. So, when Gwenvael, a dragon shifter from the southern hemisphere, arrives on the Reinholdt doorstep to meet the Beast for negotiations he immediately falls into hysterical laughter at being confronted with a thin bespectacled woman in plain clothing. A reaction that Dagmar immediately sets out to make him regret. Continue reading

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Light My Fire

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Light My Fire

Author: G.A. Aiken

Publish Date: November 25, 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Dragon Kin, book 7

Rating: C +


When I finished reading book six in G.A. Aiken’s “Dragon Kin” series (How to Drive a Dragon Crazy) I had told myself that I wouldn’t be picking up the next book. However, when Light My Fire popped-up as a title on NetGalley I couldn’t resist giving one more story in this series a shot.

After capturing Elina Shestakova (an Outerplains woman) for attempted regicide, Celyn promptly drops her off at the local jail and proceeds to completely forget about her for about a year. His memory is jogged, however, when there is talk of negotiating a truce between the Southlanders and Outerplains tribe. Elina is swiftly removed from jail and sent as a mediator with Celyn as her back-up.

For fans of the series, they’ll recognize Celyn as the dragon who had a brief affair with the heroine from the previous book, Izzy, and nearly got himself killed over it. Celyn was the highlight of this book for me as I enjoyed how flustered Elina’s mannerisms and expressions made him throughout the story. Elina herself was an interesting character, however the constant caveman structure of her sentences drove me insane.

My main issue with Light My Fire was that I had a lot of trouble remaining engaged with the story. A large part of this is because the characters are so flippant about everything. It’s extremely rare when any of them take anything seriously, which is what a lot of the humor relies on. However, it becomes hard to care about what is going on in the plot when the characters don’t care about what is happening. At times a character will take something very seriously but it will often be balanced with the others trivializing their reaction/concern. So there’s not a whole lot of emotional stakes in the story, which doesn’t really work for me when the book is a romance.

Bottom line, if you’re a fan of the series, I would suggest picking this one up. However, if you’re looking to get into the series, I would suggest starting with one of the earlier books first since there’s a lot of previous main characters and mentions of past plot points floating around.

Ebook provided by Netgalley and the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.