Title: Her Dragon to Slay (Dragon Guards #1)
Author: Julia Mills
Published Date: November 20, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Lots of sass and the patented cock of her eyebrow have gotten Kyndel through most anything life has thrown at her. But will her moxie help when her destiny falls at her feet?
Over 100 years of honor and commitment to his ancient clan’s Guard have made Rayne the fearless leader all are proud to follow into battle. When the long foretold pull of his mate makes the calm, cool and collected Commander rush off to find the one who can complete him will he be able to save her from his enemies in time?
The chemistry between this strong-willed curvy girl and fierce warrior makes all the difference in the world where nothing is as it seems. The existence of an ancient race of honor-clad, tradition-bound protectors might be hard to accept but now the dead are coming back to life and holding a knife to her neck.
There are no coincidences. The Universe does not make mistakes. Can these fated mates defeat their greatest enemies and get their happily ever after?
***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for Young Readers***
I’m a sucker for stories of fated love. You know the kind. Love so strong and so perfect that the two who are involved cannot bear to be apart from one another. Her Dragon to Slay is a tale of a dragon warrior, Rayne, who finally, after years spent wondering whether she existed at all, meets his mate.
Kyndel is Rayne’s mate. she’s a human whose life has been nothing special up until this point. She works a job she doesn’t love, has no family left, and has only one really good friend, Grace. She has a rather chatty inner voice that doesn’t like to leave her along and she gives this voice names like Catty Kyndel and Bitchy Kyndel. As she’s walking home from work one night after loaning Grace her car (and her cell phone), she finds Rayne, bleeding and severely injured, outside of a park. He got himself into this state because his dragon sensed that his mate was in danger. A rapist was hiding in the park, trying to lure unsuspecting women. This rapist wasn’t targeting Kyndall specifically, but that put her in no less danger.
Rayne’s dragon recognized the danger, compelled him to save her, and then put him smack dab in the middle of a bunch of hunters (the enemies of his kind) who were trying to hurt him and would stop at nothing to get at the woman who means more to him than his own life. Well, Rayne can’t just let this sort of offense go unanswered, so he kills the rapist, the hunters, and in the killing, ends up seriously injured himself. He manages to get himself to a point where he’s on the sidewalk close enough to reach Kyndel and he grabs on to her with his last remaining reserves of strength.
From there, things progress much like you’d expect. Don’t get me wrong. This is a good book. It’s a quick, fun read. The sex is incredibly hot and well done. Rayne’s feelings are the stuff of female fantasies and Kyndel, both intelligent and responsible, responds like one who has suddenly discovered her other half.
I enjoyed this tale thoroughly, but truth be told, I did want a little more. Despite the fact that Rayne and Kyndel are fated to love each other, I expected Kyndel to resist just a touch more, or at least ask more questions. That said, from the first ten pages, we know they’re fated, so this is a forgivable offense. At one point I wanted Kyndel to display a little more initiative, backbone, or just plain street smarts. I felt like the author intended her to be so much more, but then Rayne took over and did his alpha male dragon thing and that was it. Granted, that’s his way, but I had hoped Kyndel would be just a little stronger.
There were a few editing issues that could be addressed (missing periods, a word here or there), but overall, it was well written and well crafted. Rayne and Kyndel’s story ends well, which I’d say is a requirement in this type of story, and we get a glimpse of where the next book in the series will be taking us at the end.
My only serious complaint was that the author seemed to want to ram home the fact that they were fated and that each was perfect for the other. These facts were repeated many many times over the course of the book. Every few pages Rayne would have an internal dialog about how Kyndel was his most perfect mate and the one the Universe crafted for him. It was as if this was the refrain running through his head for days. And perhaps it was. But I felt as if we knew this early on and maybe he could have another thought or two.
That said, if you want a quick read with hot sex, a strong alpha male who shifts into a magnificent dragon, and a band of loyal and courageous brothers that you just know will each have their own story, this is the book for you.
First book by indie author Julia Mills is a smash. Its start off a little slow but doesn’t disappoint. This is my first non-wolf shifter romance book and I gotta say, hot dragon shifters looking for their one true mate is awesome.
Rayne and Kyndel’s love at first sight romance has some bumps along the way but what relationship doesn’t? The fact that she can put the “Commander” in his place is quite funny at times. Not to mention the heat between these two is scorching.
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes PNR, over 18 only.
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