Both of these books were exciting, thrilling romances with an additional fantastical element to the plot. One takes place in a magical setting, while the other in the undergrounds of a vampire lair. Ultimately they were both 3.5 stars – an awesome, fun, and fluffy time, yet with a bit of pacing issues and lots of cheesy factors. Here we go!
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #3
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From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…
Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?
This book was seriously sweet and balanced fantastical elements well against a developing romance with two unique individuals. While the story itself was quite predictable, it was still fun seeing the plot unfold and seeing Gwennore grow into her character. Romance readers who are fond of character growth and intriguing fantasy elements should pick this one up!
- Gwennore is an elf that feels out of place. She is reviled for being an elf (elves in this series follow the generic elf descriptions: tall, willowy, pale, sharp ears) and wants to find adventure.
- This adventure comes when she and her sister’s child is captured by a dragon.
- Subsequently, she gets saved by another dragon that she names “Puff.”
- From there on, she’s led to the land of dragons and tries to help the citizens save their kingdom and the “curse” that has plagued the nobles.
- The romance is with General Silas Dravenko, who basically fell for her at first sight.
- While she has misgivings about their developing relationship (featuring a forbidden love), Silas isn’t afraid of wooing her.
- Loved Silas; he’s not afraid to go after what he wants but also maintains respect. There was this one scene where he really wanted to kiss Gwennore but waits until she gives him consent.
- I also enjoyed seeing Gwennore grow into her healing powers and realize how strong she is.
- Their romance was smoking with chemistry, although a lot of it is push-and-pull throughout the book.
- One thing that I irked me a bit was the traditional gender roles that takes place in the fantasy world. Sure, the ladies are all strong, but the clear divide between the men and women’s roles was clearly evident.
violence, sexual content
Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the review copy!
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Mission #2
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In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.
Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .
Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.
Another hit from Erickson! Blood Veil is a very wholesome and lovely paranormal romance that puts cliche vampire elements with a dynamic couple that you can’t help but fall in love with. Just like the previous book, much of the plot was predictable, but it still manages to tug on your heart strings. I thought this was a solid sequel, especially since Blood Guard was such a hit for me (my review here). UF readers might find the elements of this book overused, but it still provides a solid romance that will transfer you to an interesting world for a couple of hours!
- It’s a very quick read, but lots of things are packed into it.
- One of them is the feud between the Gregorie and Valarian clans of vampires in the dangerous city of Mission.
- The Valarian king has a hidden half-vampire daughter that the Gregorie clan wants to take as hostage to negotiate a peace treaty. Her name is Celia.
- Celia works in the emergency room of the hospital and has no clue of her vampire heritage. This all changes when vampires start targeting her and she gets rescued by Idris, a Gregorie royal who has a grudge against her father.
- Their forbidden romance happens rather quickly, but I feel like the feelings that arose within the dangerous times were justified and made sense.
- Lots of chemistry!!
- Again with the predictable plot elements, but I did not mind at all.
- I feel like many things were glossed over though, leaving for a plot with a bit of holes. Since they’re more story holes than romantic holes, I ignored them in favor for the developing relationship between Celia and Idris.
- Celia never really belonged anywhere, growing up in foster care, but I loved seeing her find a family. Idris has a temper and anger problems, but he finds control and a reason to keep going after falling in love with Celia.
abuse, attempted rape, violence, panic attacks, sexual content
Thank you Loveswept and Netgalley for the review copy!