Publisher: NineStar Press
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
William is a dragon shifter who, despite having lived for over two thousand years, has never found a true love. When he meets Evyn, a quirky musician/journalist who wants to be a real photographer, he immediately finds him irresistible.
But Evyn’s a little supernatural too, and an evil brotherhood and a band of soul reavers are after him to destroy his pure soul.
Can William protect his love from evil?
I am a huge fantasy fan, and love anything to do with dragons, whether it be in the romance genre or otherwise.
I thought the world building was well done, especially the details about dragon life, and the different types of dragons. I also thought the author did a good job in showing how William is not human, and struggling to behave as one. His reactions and cluelessness made that part of the story feel realistic. The reason given for why vampires avoid having their photos taken was very original and made perfect sense.
Unfortunately I don’t think I’m the right reader for this book as I had difficulty connecting to the characters and their story. I thought they didn’t react, but more just went through the motions of what was happening to them. There was a point in the story where a dragon who has survived for thousands of years reacted, or rather didn’t react, to an immediate threat, and I was left wondering how he had survived that long. Also, given what William’s ex does to him, I couldn’t get my head around his—and those he calls family—almost dismissal of those actions like they were a mild lover’s spat. There were several times, too, when William should have just explained what was going on to Evyn, and I wanted to shake both of them because of their lack of communication.
The angel’s connection to Evyn was interesting, but again, I felt let down when the angel turned up. Too many huh? moments. Sorry.
I’ve thought long and hard about the rating I wanted to give this story. I hovered around 3 for a bit, but then decided I had to give it a 2, something I prefer to avoid as the books I have marked 3 did not have as many issues as I thought this one did. I don’t see the point in writing a review if it’s not an honest one, and as this is a review copy, I feel as though I need to leave a review as that’s the whole point of it, right?
If you enjoy books about dragons and world building, and want to read something a bit different, you might enjoy this book. 2 stars out of 5.