Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family's political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or categorically claim her life and sensual nature as hers to rule.
She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man--a dragon shifter who's too dangerous to resist...
Former Navy SEAL Drake O'Connor personally guaranteed he'd protect his buddy's daughter to the death. But when his explosive chemistry with Shay finally boils over and they end up in bed, her family's political enemies are the least of their problems.
Because although Shay doesn't know it, she's crossed a line with Drake that will alter their future for an eternity...
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Dragon Heart is the first book in the RMS series.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in a new series by this author. I really enjoyed it!
Shay Barclay is a character that I really didn't take to at first, because she came across as a spoilt brat rather than a desperate leopardess. However, as the story unfolded, I softened towards her, because she lost her attitude and became a bit more humble.
Drake O'Connor is a character full of charisma and machismo, with a huge ego to boot! In fact, a typical alpha character. He is the "blacksheep" of his dragon family, as he refuses to tow the family line. I really liked this character. He is uber sexy and smart.
I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romances and have read hundreds of them over the years, so when I was given the opportunity to read this one, I snapped it up with glee! The story is a typical paranormal romance, but there are a few surprises in store for the readers.
I loved the heat between Shay and Drake, but felt it was a bit one-sided in favour of Drake in the beginning, because a dragon mates for life and Shay wasn't interested in "forever". However, as the story unfolded the imbalance between the two evened out. I really enjoyed meeting Noah, Grant and Evan, Drake's team mates, who happen to be phoenixes. I also enjoyed meeting the Jinni who looks after the O'Connor dragon horde. He is quite a character!
This story is an erotic paranormal romance, so there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely explicit. The heat level is turned on " high" and fairly scorches the pages! I felt that the sub-plot became a little lost due to the many bedroom scenes. I can understand that dragons and leopardesses have high sex drives, but I would have liked a bit more danger or threat from the villains in the story, or a more exciting challenge for Drake to attempt for his bonding ceremony. Nevertheless, the story was entertaining and ended satisfactorily.
Susan Arden has written a fantastic erotic paranormal romance. I loved her fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful. This is the second book I have read by this author. The first one was a contemporary romance, which I loved, but paranormal romances have always been my favourite genre. I will definitely read more of this author's books in the future.
Due to the hot sensual bedroom scenes, I do not recommend this book to younger teenage readers. However, I recommend this book if you love spicy, HOT paranormal romance novels. - Lynn Worton
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