Friday, February 27, 2015

Revealing the Dragons by Jessie Donovan

Title:  Revealing the Dragons
Series:  Stonefire Dragons #9
Author:  Jessie Donovan
Published:  February 26/15
Length:  105pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Melanie Hall-MacLeod finally releases her book about the dragon-shifters. The reception of her book, however, is anything but peaceful.

Tristan wants nothing more than to whisk his mate and two children off to safety, but Mel refuses to hide. As the danger increases and threatens his new family, Tristan battles the need to protect his mate with the need to make her happy.

Can Melanie and Tristan survive the strain between the new danger in their lives and their new twins? Or, will Tristan lose the battle with his inner dragon, surrender to his protective instincts, and take care of the threats at the cost of his mate?

Author's note: This novella is not a standalone. Please read the boxed set of Sacrificed to the Dragon first. 29,000+ words / 18+, explicit language and sexual situations / HEA and no cliffhanger

My Review:

I love Donovan’s writing style. It’s fun and upbeat with a touch of foreboding. It matches the moods of the characters and of the story as a whole, making it impossible to put the story down. Her descriptions bring this creative world to life in a larger than life manner. Combine that with a fast paced, suspenseful storyline and you have a tale that won’t be forgotten. Donovan takes the concept of racism, which is still all too prevalent in society today, and places it in this imaginative paranormal world in a way that will capture you mind, heart & soul. She also places the clan more firmly in the context of UK as a whole so readers get a better feel of the outside dynamics.

The characters in this story are great. I love how you really get an in depth look at their lives and what they face on a daily basis. Donovan really humanizes the shifters in this novella, making them even more approachable and understandable to us humans. They were great up until this point in the series, now they’re unforgettable. Tristan’s dragon is absolutely priceless now that we’re getting to know him on so many levels. He had me in stitches more than once. Also, the love between the characters shines through (even in the hot & racy bedroom scenes). That said, readers really do need to read this series in order so that they get to know the characters. Characters do continue to grow and become more complexly developed throughout the story but to fully understand the who’s who & what’s what you do need to read the entire series.

This novella was excitingly action packed and filled with all the explosive heat and chemistry that we’ve come to know and love from these dragonmen. It was a fantastic addition to the series and a must read for all those who enjoy dragons, or shifters in general.

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