Monday, July 22, 2013

ARC Review: Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

Title: Never Deal with Dragons
Author: Lorenda Christensen
Source: Netgalley
Genre: UF/Sci-Fi Romance (Dragon shifters)
Length: Novel
Reviewer: CaroleDee
Pub Date: July 22, 2013 by Carina Press

Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

Ahh, I'm a little confused. Usually stories with misunderstandings drive me absolutely batty. Add the fact that one conversation probably could have fixed 90% of Myrna and Trian's problems and I would usually be pulling my hair out. So why, oh why did I love this book so much? I think it was a mixture of being completely original, pretty darn funny, and it had tons of realistic action.

What do I mean by realistic action? Well, our heroine isn't a trained bad-ass, so while she gets her knocks in (like most heroines in UFs) it's not because she's turned into a ninja master overnight ;) She even uses a few non-conventional weapons along the way. *Don't mess with Myrna. She's deadly with a pen. lol*

Trian, the hero, is all mystery. He sort of pissed me off at the beginning, but you quickly realize that there's more going on with him than meets the eye. Is he the perfect hero at first? Nope. BUT his growth and eventual honesty with Myrna makes their final HEA that much more satisfying.

Never Deal with Dragons is as pretty nifty mix of UF Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and dystopia with a romantic twist. Since there are Dragons some people might want to label it as PNR. BUT there is a very science based beginning for these dragons. Sorry folks, no magic here. I think that the use of Science Fiction as a beginning of our dragons is one of the main things that kept the story fresh. Definitely not something I've read before and thank goodness for that! 

If you're looking for something fantastically outside the box pick up Never Deal with Dragons.

About the Author
A native of Eastern Oklahoma, Lorenda lives with her husband and two sons in a house that feels far too small during the stay-inside winter months. Lorenda loves chocolate, hates snakes, and despite living two years in Bangalore next-door to a native preparer of Indian cuisine, cannot cook anything but ground beef. She is a recovering nail biter, and is currently celebrating five years bite- free.

Lorenda is the 2012 recipient of the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award in the Paranormal category for her debut novel, Never Deal with Dragons.

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  1. Ah yeah gonna need this one. I love dragons and especially a new take on how they came to be. Very neat.


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