Heart of the Dragon Mass Market Paperback – Dec 22 2009
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.