For Nolwenn witch Talaith, a bad day begins with being dragged from bed by an angry mob intent on her crispy end and culminates in rescue by - wait for it - a silver-maned dragon. Existence as a hated outcast is nothing new for a woman with such powerful secrets. The dragon, though? A tad unusual. This one has a human form to die for, and knows it. According to dragon law, Talaith is now his property, for pleasure or otherwise. But if Lord Arrogance thinks she's the kind of damsel to acquiesce without a word, he's in for a surprise.
Is the woman never silent? Briec the Mighty knew the moment he laid eyes on Talaith that she would be his, but he'd counted on tongue-lashings of an altogether different sort. It's embarrassing, really, that it isn't this outspoken female's magicks that have the realm's greatest dragon in her thrall. No, Briec has been spellbound by something altogether different, and if he doesn't tread carefully, what he doesn't know about human women could well be the undoing of his entire race.
This happens to be a bwwm love story but without actually using race as a label. The story is part of the series of stories about the rolay family of dragons. The writing is funny, snarky & colorful. The eroctia scene are not too crass & the drama is well place.. G.A. Aiken (Shelly L) is one of the most gifted & entertaining writers around. The characters range in different personallities, skin tone, cultures and gender roles. Any story by this author is a wise decision.. I will continue following the series & any other stories this author writes.
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Would you try another book from G. A. Aiken and/or Hollie Jackson?
I have read all the Laurenston/Aiken books multiple times. She is a fabulous writer if you like quick, dry wit, great dialogue and funny stories and characters. Sadly- she has not had any luck with her idiot publishers finding a narrator that can 1) pronounce the names( when in doubt-ASK! They really aren't hard, you just have to ask. Or Google!) 2) parlay her excellent writing with good pacing and voices. And Hollly REALLY misses this mark. This is just frustrating. Her voices are terrible and it just makes this awesome read so difficult to listen to.
What did you like best about this story?
The story is excellent!
What didn’t you like about Hollie Jackson’s performance?
Poor interpretation of the dialogue, wrong pronunciation of the names, and while this story is witty- she just says the lines flatly. I hope they didn't pay her a lot of money to do this, it was wasted. And it is the publisher's fault- people don't realize that the author doesn't have control over who they get to read her book. Sadly, Shelly doesn't deserve her wonderful writing to be so poorly interpreted..
What character would you cut from About a Dragon?
The narrator- the book is fine as written.
Any additional comments?
What are the publishers thinking? How hard it is to find a good narrator?
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This is a great book and awesome storyline. However, the male narration is unbelievably horrible.
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This was a really good story and addition to the series.
Talaith is a witch that was taken from her homeland at a young age by a goddess. The goddess had leverage over her and used that leverage to make Talaith serve her. Talaith was forced to live with a man she didn't love and train in the arts of killing in order to be ready for when the goddess called on her to perform a "duty".
Briec is the son of Rhiannon and Bercelak (the MCs from Chains & Flames, the second story in Dragon Actually) and brother to Fearghus (a MC in the first story in Dragon Actually). He's a fearsome dragon with many victories, earning him the name of Briec the Mighty. Unfortunately, this has made him very arrogant and full of self importance.
Briec doesn't like Fearghus' human mate but he sees how happy his usually dower brother is with his mate and Briec wants that for himself. While on a trip into an enemy territory to spy for Fearghus, Briec happens across Talaith. She's beautiful and attracts Briec's attention so he offers to carry her away...and is flummoxed when she turns him down. Talaith finds Briec attractive but she has her duty and isn't going to run off with a handsome knight. What Talaith wasn't expecting is to have the villagers (her husband included) drag her out of her bed in the wee hours of the morning with plans to hang and burn her to death. Briec still happens to be in the area and saves her...but then he decides she belongs to him because he saved her life and wont let her go.
After Briec saves Talaith, he's intending to carry her back to his lair but really bad storms sweep in and force them to stop in at Gwenvael's cave for shelter. Both Gwenvael and Éibhear are Briec's brothers and both are in residence when Briec and Talaith arrive. They provide a buffer between Talaith and Briec so she becomes more comfortable with her stay but she still knows the goddess will call on her so Talaith is always looking for a means to escape. The attraction between Talaith and Briec is great but he's so arrogant and full of himself that he thinks he just needs to bed Talaith to get over her and then they can go their separate ways. Talaith has her duty and with Briec giving her no option that would lead to a real future with him, she doesn't feel she can rely on him or that he has true feelings for her. Talaith's misinterpretation of Briec's feelings as well as her "duty" do cause some problems and a good amount of drama. Thankfully, things fall in to place nicely, working out so that Briec and Talaith end the story, starting on a HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Talaith, especially when I found out what her "duty" was and what leverage was being held over her. Briec was a real ass at first but I liked him very much once he got over himself and realized his feelings for Talaith. Overall, I loved the characters and thought the story was really good and engaging so I'd recommend this story/series.
As much as I love Shelly Laurenston's Pride series, this one didn't really do it for me. I like some sass and a bit of fight, but so far in this series the main characters really make you think they hate each other, it goes a bit far. While I didn't hate each of the main characters, I certainly didn't like them. They really were not a good couple. The story also didn't have any character development. Plus the heroines marriage at the beginning didn't improve the plot. *spoiler * Then they throw in a daughter that she had with her first love that supposedly she always is thinking/worried about, but we don't even hear about her until half way through the book. The daughter who was 16 kept acting like she was 10, that too was annoying. Also the story itself didn't flow well, it would dump you in a situation without any preamble and I would be thinking what just happened. This might in part be due to the narrator not taking a breath between chapters/ changing the scene before heading into the next part. Other than that the narrator does a good job with the story. If you liked the first book, then I do suggest this book, but I won't be continuing with the series. Which is really too bad because I like her as Shelly Laurenston.
I love this story line and these characters. I've listened to this series all out of order but still amazing. Pay attention and check a family tree every once in a while because it's kind of hard to follow characters names and back story's. Well worth the time and credit. Great story and action with enough sex for those of us who expect it on the regular. This is one of my favorite Audible authors and narrator combo. This duo work so perfect together.
just picked this up and happy I did. would recommend to anyone that like dragon shifters.
Superbly written story, highly entertaining, great storyline continuing from "Dragon Actually". A wonderful departure from others of the genre.
In general I really like this series, but this release is the worst edition of the series.
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