I don't think it's Katie MacAlister's fault. I don't think it's Laura Leigh's fault, I don't think it's any of the authors' faults for putting out greyed out books. I think it's the publishers pushing these in demand, best selling authors too hard and too fast. I find that Alexandra Ivy's new book was just like Heat Seeker, and now like Me and My Shadow. The books are good, they are decent, but unfortunately fans have come to expect that moment of awe, that first time opening You Slay Me or Dangerous Games. We just demand that fresh, plot filled, character developed book.
Me and My Shadow was about May and Gabriel. Aisling is also about to give birth so she gives May full 'custody' over Jim (you know sixth level demon dog). Magoth is still hanging around trying to seduce May, though it's pointless because of the curse, and generally getting in everyone's way. May now has a shard of the Dragon's Heart in her which apparently is giving her grief. First she finds herself attracted to Magoth... no no! not Magoth! Just the dark power he represents! It's odd it's like May has changed her personality a bit. I mean the first book Playing with Fire was hilarious. Gabriel couldn't mate with her, May's got all these cool doppelganger powers, and her twin is causing grief with out her common sense. The interactions between all the characters were fresh and sarcastic. Now however if feels like all the characters are just playing a role. The way they bicker back and forth has lost some of it's glow and has begun to dull down.
Besides that there are part of the plot that drags on, where other times it is glossed over. However the book is paperback price and does retain some of MacAlister's old sarcastic charm. Drake's mother was a little too sarcastic in the fact that she tried too hard. May was no longer a calm influence, the Shard made her act all 'dragony' (her words not mine) and Drake was more than overprotective, it was like they were all acting. I Must confess though that there were parts of the book that did have me laughing and almost resurrected (haha Catlina) the old spark back. We are left with another cliff hanger that MacAlister so loves, and an excerpt from a new Dragon series.... The Light Dragons.... It's worth paperback price.. worth your time? Only you can deduce that.