Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5: Love of the Dragon

Silas Llewellyn, the last of a once-mighty dragon clan, doesn’t have time for anything but work and duty. He certainly doesn’t have time for love — not with a ruthless enemy plotting to destroy everything he holds dear. When a priceless diamond — one of the legendary Spirit Stones — surfaces in New York, Silas knows the jewel is nothing but trouble…just like the alluring woman who refuses to relinquish the gem.

Bartender Cassandra Nichols never asked to inherit a mysterious diamond, and she really never intended to come between two warring dragons. But with one near-miss escape after another, she has no choice but to choose sides. Before she knows it, she’s whisked by private jet to an oceanfront estate in Hawaii for her own “protection.” Is the enigmatic Mr. Llewellyn just another billionaire dragon who thinks he can claim anything he wants? Or is there more to the soulful stranger than meets the eye?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Colleen

5.0 out of 5 stars That Amazing Higgins Episode
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018Verified Purchase
You remember in the later seasons of “Magnum, PI” when the writing got really, really good, and there were more dramatic episodes? And there was that one Higgins Episode? You know the one I mean. The one where the storyline revealed deep, dark, interesting details of Higgins’ life that you never suspected, like all these heroic things he did during WWII fighting for King and Country; the long lost love of his life that he mourns in silence; how incredibly, deeply loyal he is and not just a stuffed shirt rule-follower. Yeah, stuff just like that - an episode that gives you a glimpse beneath that very proper, very stoic face he shows to the world.

I’ve said before that the Aloha Shifters books contain a sweet, hidden little salutes to the 80’s TV show, “Magnum, PI,” and so “Love of the Dragon” is the like the Higgins Episode of the series. There are lighthearted moments, to be sure, but it has a deep, serious feeling to it, because it is the culmination of the other four books. (There are no cliffhangers and the books can be standalones, but there is an overarching storyline that weaves all five books together. I highly recommend reading them in order.)

Silas is a dark, serious, brooding kind of guy. He won’t stand for a lot of nonsense, and he means business. All the time. He can’t afford to lower his guard or misplace his trust, which is why he has such a small, close-knit group at his side. He trusts his men – and now their mates – and that’s as far as he goes, because he’s been burned before. Silas is an Old School Gentleman in many ways: he’s all about the Greater Good. Throughout the Aloha Shifters books, he’s been the battled-hardened leader who always had his men’s back, reminded them to keep their wits about them, to not become Fate’s fool. But one by one, each of Silas’ brothers’ in arms ended up happily mated. Being the gentleman that he is, Silas welcomed the women to Koa Point, truly happy for them, while holding himself apart. Fate should never send him a mate.

(Doesn’t that sound like the perfect entrance to Silas’ story?)

And so, dear reader (viewer?), we come to the end of the series (season?)! The dramatic climax to the story of the Spirit Stones! I’ve been wondering through all the previous books: what the heck kind of woman could put up with Silas long enough to fall in love, anyway?

Maybe Silas needs a sweet, “Girl Next Door” type? No, he’d walk right up to her, take the Spirit Stone, scold her for getting into danger, plonk her somewhere safe, say goodbye, and never look back. He might miss her a little now and then, but hey, “Greater Good,” and all that.

What about the kick-butt, sarcastic, stubborn type? Hmmm… seems a bit more promising, but Silas is used to that kind of woman, and seems rather immune to their singular charms. They would never stop arguing long enough to fall in love, let alone solve the problem of the Spirit Stones, because neither would bend enough to compromise.
It’s a good thing that Fate is sneaky and underhanded! She’s had Cassandra quietly hidden up her sleeve for a long time, waiting in the wings (so to speak – I can’t resist a good pun), for just the right occasion to step up and take center stage.

Everything about her is unexpected. Cassandra didn’t know she’s part Witch. She didn’t know she was going to inherit anything from her slightly crazy – but rich – Aunt Eloise. And she didn’t know anything about the Shifter world. She was totally normal, clueless, and more or less happy with her life as a New York bartender.

It’s a good thing that Cassandra is a “Fake it till you make it” kinda gal, because from the minute she learns about her heritage and Shifters, she’s in over her head. This a case coming in at the last minute as the understudy to the Lead in a headlining Broadway show when you’ve only ever been in the chorus. Sure, you can sing and dance, but you have NO hope remembering your lines or hitting your marks. So baby, you better WORK IT and pray the audience doesn’t notice. “Never let `em see you sweat,” should be Cassandra’s motto.

She’s kind of like Lois Lane, because she’s got spunk and she wants to do what’s right, but doesn’t always GET it right. She knows that sometimes you have to stand up to powerful people, even when you know that you’re outgunned and scared out of your mind.

Cassandra has an unassuming, joyful grace that draws Silas in. She doesn’t crave wealth or power, doesn’t want or need any of the things a powerful man like him could give her. Furthermore, he can’t seem to convince her that HE doesn’t want the powerful Spirit Stone she’s promised Aunt Eloise she’d protect. I won’t say too much more about Cassandra, because it’s more fun to discover her for yourself.

There’s a lot to love about this book, not least of which are all the little touches of warmth that we get to see in Silas. He’s a leader of his family, but also of his community – the charity ball is a fun peek into his life, and tip of the hat to Higgins that made my day. In the last few books, we’ve seen just a little bit of Silas’ veneer start to crack, but here we see him from the inside, including his insecurities, hopes, and fears. The ultimate stoic leader, willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the pack, is the one who might just need saving in the end.

Smith

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017Verified Purchase
I'm in love with this series. I just can't get enough of it. I'm truly amazed at this authors ability to create a story. I enjoy stories that involve some mystery, romance, and what I've come to discover most of all I love reading fantasy stories. Not sure if it is at all sci-fi like I used to think it was but a fantasy world with shifters and magic are a world I have fun reading about. This author is pretty awesome at creating a world that you can see, feel and experience in your mind and I just love that like wow she's good at that.

Even if you think you want to pass on a fantasy book with steamy romance because you maybe arnt into it I'd still say that how this author writes it is well worth getting this whole series. The story is just epic 🙂 I like steamy romance but I like a good story just as much and this author delivers.
Yvonne D
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW it's a classic story!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017Verified Purchase
Love of the Dragon Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5
by Anna Lowe
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
OMG! I absolutely enjoy If you want to read and fall in love with a fabulous series. Then Love of the Dragon Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5 is just the book you want to read. This book features military romance, strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves, were-dragons, were-bears, were-bears, paranormal suspense, action-adventure, dragons battling it out, fantasy romance, and billionaires. The book is about Silas Llewellyn and Cassandra Nichols with a mysterious diamond known as the Wind Stone. Book 5 Jewels of the heart is a very thrilling series set on the tropical island of Maui. If you enjoy a book where the characters from the previous books are included in the present book then you will definitely enjoy this book. Here’s the thing about the ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART Series: they are consistent. Yes Anna Lowe tweaks the particulars, but you can always expect a funny and feisty heroine with an gorgeous alpha hero. The characters are fantastic and compelling along with chemistry between Silas and Cassandra. There is never a dull moment even including with the secondary characters. It's so great that we get to continue to fall in love with the pack along with addition of Cassandra Nichols.

Their quest to save the pack with the diamond makes this book have everything you will want..romance, battles, arrogant antagonists, love, sex and victory. This book is a delightful gift that I have enjoy reading and giving my review of this book which I really enjoyed this book. Great story that will keep you involved. Great job again Anna Lowe. incredible from the first word to the last This is the continuation of the Aloha series. That's why I enjoy about Anna Lowe's Aloha Shifters Series, but I have to admit that Anna Lowe does it well. It’s a double-edged sword and I have enjoyed this series and at this point I would buy and read them just because Anna Lowe wrote it. It’s smart and sharp and sexy. It’s a book and series which I enjoy reading. It has humor and I laughed more than once. This book features new characters, which I really enjoyed . You will enjoy how exciting and fantastic the characters are. There are few twists and surprises that Silas is the key. This another great book in this fantastic series. So bottom line: it’s classic Great Book, which brings to light who is the owner and the battle between dragons for the fifth stone. But I will tell you that the book will keep you turning the pages until you turn the last page. You will enjoy this exciting,suspenseful,thrilling, sweet, some times humorous and blazing hot shifter Romance as much as I did! It's a five star series that I highly recommend you read. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series!

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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