I've waited YEARS for this book. After reading all the Dragon Kin ebooks I could find, I started a search for more Shelly Laurenston AKA G.A. Aiken!! In an email to her web site I wrote a pitiful letter BEGGING her to write another Dragon Kin book.
Finally, she did and I couldn't be more pleased. Uh, I'm virtually (110%) sure she didn't write this one just for me. :)
Bear with me for a sec while I set the stage as these books should be read in order:
Dragon Actually, #1 in book versus short story series: Feargus the Destroyer, a wicked mean dragon shapeshifter lives in seclusion to avoid pestilent humans and more importantly, his wildly crazy family. Example: His father used to swing the baby dragons out the windows of his castle just to keep them prepared for surprises. (No animals/dragons were injured during these playtimes with Daddy). Fearghus has happily lived alone for centuries until the day he is awakened by a battle outside his cave. Furious to be disturbed, he storms out, flaming the soldiers and rescuing a warrior princess with the endearing name of Annwyl the Bloody. Their romance is hilarious with it's twists and turns. Recommended as a "Keeper".
About a Dragon, #2 is my favorite....the Frank Capra-like story of Briec the Mighty and his pathway to "feelings" for the misunderstood female assassin Talaith. You get to know more family members in this continuation...but AAD stands out. The love story of Briec and Talaith is so heartfelt. Trust me, you will laugh and cry..and come back to this one on a yearly basis.
What a Dragon Should Know, #3: This much-anticipated novel fleshes out the world our dragons live in. There is more generalized character/plot development as Gwenvael the Handsome slowly, yet believably shifts from playboy Prince to the faithful love of Dagmar. Gwenvael, in the prior two books is famous for screaming "I didn't touch her!" when he's rudely awakened from deep sleep. He's definitely a dragon stud until Dagmar comes along.
In this book, Annywl, now a reluctant Queen, is carrying half-dragon twins..a pregnancy no one believed possible. The narcissistic Gwenvael is given an important mission to travel far into the Northlands and meet with The Beast of Reinholdt Castle. The Beast asked for the meeting to give Annywl information that might save the twins lives. Gwenvael, in typical fashion, is surprised that no one in his family thinks he's the right emissary for the meeting. He knows he's going to be perfect for this ambassadors' role, .....right?
Gwenvael flies to the north, landing in front of Reinholdt castle and immediately infuriates the always plotting, politically-minded Dagmar AKA the Beast. Later, Gwenvael almost dies by Dagmars' hand when he almost "snacks" on one of the puppies living in the castle. How she eventually learns to love this big golden lug of a dragon is a miracle of hormone and good writing. And how Gwenvael learns to see himself through anothers' eyes is a tribute to strong women who wear glasses. LOL.
The humor in this book isn't as obvious as in the prior two but here it's subtle and pervasive. The dragons become more three-dimensional as the layers of dragon society are further expanded with an infusion of additional plot lines that could keep this series going for 2-3 more books. (HINT, HINT!)
This one is recommended as a "Keeper" because you will come back to it over and over ...just to laugh as Gwenvael shouts, "I didn't know she was married!!" or learn how he compensates for the loss of his tail tip. hehehe
Thanks Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken for another wonderful, sexy, funny and romantic book. And if these three books aren't enough, check out Shelly Laurenston's earlier anthologies for short stories about the Dragon Kin.
I apologize for the length of this review. I didn't know I had it in me.