Series: Stonefire Dragons Boxed #3
Author: Jessie Donovan
Published: June 3/15 by Mythical Lake Press
Genre: paranormal romance
Back Cover Blurb:
Finlay Stewart hasn't been able to forget the scarred dragonwoman he met at Stonefire six months ago. When the same female agrees to be fostered with his clan, Finn pursues her. Balancing his clan duties with his need to see Arabella isn't easy, especially with the existing rift in the clan, but he's determined to try. Arabella's inner strength draws him like no other female before.
Will Arabella trust Finn with her past? Or, will the rift in his clan tear them apart?
87,000 words / 18+, explicit language and sexual situations / This contains the entire third story arc of the Stonefire Dragons and has an HEA. No Cliffhanger!
Donovan’s world of dragon shifters becomes more and more in depth with each story. Throughout this instalment she drops tidbits of information that gives readers an even deeper understanding of what makes these individuals tick. She continues to write with the same upbeat, inviting style that draws readers in. Her descriptions bring Lochguard to life in a very real & approachable way. At the same time, Donovan leaves room for readers’ imaginations to run away with them. I love all the sneak peaks into the old dragon language as well as into their modern day culture and practices. Donovan brings her readers deep into this fantastic world, allowing them access to it on many levels. The way that the dragonshifters refer to each other as ‘male’ and ‘female’ is endearing and really sets them apart from humans.
Donovan is one of the few authors who can actually get me to pick up and read a serial. She uses the format well, bringing more to the story with each instalment. There is also a sense of inevitability at the end of this segment. It’s like a mini conclusion.
Fin is a definite Alpha male with a capital ‘A’. He’s even more appealing now that he’s being his true self, as opposed to the supped up individual that he pretended to be in previous novels in the series. Finding out what it is that makes Finn who he is was a shocker and a heartbreaker. Although it doesn’t change how I view him, it definitely adds an extra layer of complexity to an already intriguing character. And Ara’s dragon is turning out to be a real gem. She had me laughing out loud more than a couple of times. Ara vs her dragon is pricelessly comical. Seeing them get to know one another again is enlightening both as to who Ara is on the inside & what it means to have a dragon half. The intimate look at Finn & Ara’s relationship really puts the mate bond (and the frenzy) in perspective for readers. The heat in their relationship really ramps up as they come closer and closer to being a couple.