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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373775253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373775255
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Danielle on Jan. 27 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The imagination in this book is fantastic. The only downside is that it was pretty predictable and I knew what was going to happen with every new occurrence.
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Heart of the Dragon has it all! Sept. 22 2005
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
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While running for her life through the Amazon jungle, Grace Carlyle accidently finds herself running through a portal that leads to another world. She soon discovers that Atlantis is more than just a myth. Plus, it's inhabited by shape-shifting dragons. Darius en Kragin is the leader of this people and the Guardian of this particular portal. His duty is to kill any traveler who comes through the gate, a duty that he has never failed at, until he sees Grace.

For some reason he can't bring himself to kill her. Instead, he imprisons her in his palace. Darius tells himself that it's only because he needs to find out where Grace got the dragon

necklace that she's wearing. When Grace manages to escape, Darius goes after her. In the process of getting her back, he discovers that there is a conspiracy between humans and vampires to take over Atlantis and steal it's wealth. A conspiracy which has already claimed the life of Darius's mentor, leaving control of the other portal in human and vampire hands. Now Darius has to come to grips with his feelings for Grace and wrest control of the portal from the invaders.

Heart of the Dragon is a paranormal romance lovers dream. It has it all: vampires, shape-shifting dragons, Atlantis, sexy love scenes, and emotional intensity. Within the first 3 pages, I cared about Darius and wanted his happiness. I didn't stop rooting for him until the story was over. Grace is spunky without being grating, and was the perfect heroine for

Darius. Add to this a cliffhanger for a future story featuring Atlantis and the Dragons. Gena Showalter delivers another winner with Heart of the Dragon!


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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Not As Great As I Hoped Oct. 4 2007
By Jessica Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Extra crispy love story but a little soggy when it comes to the plot. Now don't get me wrong, I love alternate beauty meets the beast/sexy dragon shape shifter as much as any other girl but I found major flaws when it came to the main characters. Grace, our spunky heroin needed to get her priorities striate. She's searching for her lost brother and yet through out the book it seems all she wants to do is get laid. How could anyone think about sex when their only brother has disappeared? It kind of bothered me how one minute she's a proud, sassy, resourceful female and then the next she turns into a weak lovesick puppy who lust over a man who pretty much tells her `I`m going to do what I want to you when I want whether you like it or not.' and she answers by saying `Well okay'. Come on, show some dignity girl!
And then there's Darius, your average tragic hero. For three hundred years he shows no emotions whatsoever then suddenly in walks Grace then BAM! He's angry, sad, smiles and gets a hard-on all within the first five minutes of seeing her! Where's the development? The suspense? I know 90% of paranormal romance novels center around sex but come on! Give them a little time to develop their relationship first. By chapter four they were already all over each other so by the time their big love scenes came around the reward wasn't as gratifying as it should of been.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Finished in one afternoon and night March 1 2006
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually liked this one more than The Stone Prince, even though this one was not nearly as funny. It was way more serious, but had a dry funny undertone here and there. Grace is lost in the Amazon jungle where she had gone to find her brother. Her guide attempted to steal her things and abandon her (tried--since she loaded his running butt with bullets.) Then she stumbles into a fog and cave and comes out in the hidden world of Atlantis. Yep, Atlantis. Only to face a the swinging sword of its guardian.

Fortunately for her its Gardian, Darius, decides not to kill her. I mean, how can he? For over two centuries he had been unable to see color, smell scents, taste anything. Yet, he can see the red of this beautiful woman's hair. He can smell her body, and boy does she taste good.

Very sexually heated story, but it's not all about sex. Darius' world is under attack by greedy humans and vampires that want to take control. Grace's brother is a prisoner of same said people and it is up to the two of them to join forces and find the answers to defeat the threat.

Very fast pace. Loved it!
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
The premise sounded good... Feb. 24 2006
By Ema Nnep - Published on Amazon.com
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I was intrigued by the premise of a heroine finding her way accidentally into Atlantis and meet this sexy uber-warrior who stood as sentinel to protect Atlantis from infection through contact with our world.

However, while the character of Darius en Kragin is certainly dishy, as well as his dragon-brothers who will doubtlessly all have their own spinoff tales in the coming months, the heroine is a complete disappointment.

Does she speak to most every woman who stares at her own reflection with chagrin to find freckles where flawless skin should be? Sure.

Does she resemble alot of us ladies who know we carry a few extra pounds and want to be desired in spite of this society reinforced 8th deadly sin? Sure.

My problem with Grace's character is that she's an idiot. Her attempts to escape her imprisonment in Darius' lair is meant to show courage and tenacity, but all it shows is that she's a moron who can't think through a problem, all she can do is crawl the walls like spastic chimp.

All throughout this drudging plot she looks to Darius to make things right, to help her find her brother and unravel the mystery of what happened to the other sentinel and his dragon-stud army, and instead of truly being a help, she's a bungling idiot. She causes him more trouble than she helps him out, which, if I am not mistaken, is the antithesis of what a courageous heroine is supposed to do.

Sure, she gives Darius plenty of opportunity to pull her freckled, pudgy butt out of the proverbial fire, but I thought the whole idea of writing a fantasy romance was to transport the reader with a great story, not annoy them with how lame the heroine is.

Overall, while there were a rare few moments of genuine originality in the premise, the hero was a winner while his lady fair was a loser, and since I'm the first one to root for the chubby, freckled heroine to get the hot, gorgeous hero, this was a dreadful disappointment.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner! Sept. 22 2005
By Anna Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Showalter continues to turn out fantastical pleasers! In her latest sci-fi romance she builds a believable Atlantis and a world full of mythical creatures that inhabit it. The dominant creatures in this lush land are the dragons, changlings that normally appear human but can change to their more reptillian self in an instant. King of the dragons is Darius. 300 years ago his family was slaughtered by travelers from the rest of the world and before he could even morn their loss he was installed as the Guardian of the Mist, forced to slaughter any who came through the portal into their world.

Staggering haphazardly through the wilds of the rain forest is Grace, a twenty something looking for life...though she can't even find her brother. He's some where out here, but before she has time to search the funny necklace he gave her pulls her to some glowing mist- which leads to a crazy,although yummy, man with a sword!

While Darius knows he has to thrust his sword into Grace for the sake of his people, he really feels like stabbing her with something else and can't keep his lips off her! Denied color, smell, & taste for three centurys, Grace is a sensory explosion. Darius will do anything to save her AND his world. If that means traveling to her world or fighting off a deadly menace of vampires, so be it.

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