Jarek: Dragons of Preor #1

What’s hotter than an alien with scales? An alien with wings and scales, not to mention a hot body.

At 457 Preor years old, Jarek sen Claron is a dragon ready for his final flight into the skies. This voyage to Earth as the War Master of the third fleet will be his final assignment. Once he has helped his fellow Preors secure human mates, he will return to Preor before the madness of loneliness overtakes his mind.

That all changes when he meets Melissa. Human Melissa with her sparkling eyes, bright smile, and body that would make any hot-blooded male drool. Unfortunately, she never registered as a Preor mate hopeful. No matter, the Knowing stretches between them and there is no way she can resist him. Until she does.

Jarek wishes to give her the choice to mate him, while everything inside him screams to take Melissa beneath his wing, now. No choosing necessary.

But should he draw her to his side when his enemies are circling? Many males do not believe the son of a Preor mass murderer deserves to have a mate. Can he survive the coming battles? Or will he die without tasting sweet Melissa’s lips?

The Reviews!

If you are looking for steam factors, keep looking. To be perfectly honest, I’ve read books with a great deal more steam. BUT if you are looking for world building and great descriptions, take a look inside. The world building is first rate, the descriptions are fabulous. The characters are well written with flaws that we can all relate to. I first read this series a few years ago. I keep coming back to it because the author keeps adding to it, and I’m curious about where she will take it next!

angela
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017
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This is a paranormal romance with action. This is the first book in the Dragons of Preor. I can not wait to read more. This is for adult's only due to the sexual content. This is a fast paced read with a HOT dragon alien what more could you ask for? I really enjoyed the connection between Jarek and Melissa and how he gave her time to adjust to him, he didn't force their mating on her.

Jarek is a alien dragon who is on his final flight, he is ready to accept he will never mate and he will die a lonely mad death. Well until he meets human Melissa, he wants to take her immediately but she has other plans. Tragedy strikes and Jarek is in danger, Melissa realizes she has feelings for him.... more than she was willing to admit. Can she accept this dragon of a man, or will Jarek parish from his injuries?

Favorite passages:
"His voice slid over her, vibrating against her nerves and then sinking into her bones."
"She did not sign up to be Miss Hope of America, thankyouverymuch."
"She didn't mean to sound like a bitch. Really. But overwhelming pain and the urge to vomit up her intestines sorta made a girl want to bust out her b**** hat."
"Oh, she could walk away, but she wasn't sure she find happiness with anyone other than the great hulking make before her."
"Your tears batter my heart."
"All righty then. At some point she grew a set of balls. Big brass ones, apparently."
"The dark water drew nearer, death beckoning him like a siren and he did not have the strength to resist."
Renee Rearden
4.0 out of 5 stars New world with alien shifter dragons. Oh, yeah!
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2017
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I haven't read the previous series that introduced Jarek's character, but I didn't need to in order to fall in love with the new Dragons of Preor series. Alien shifter dragons...what?!!! Totally hot, sexy, alpha men looking for their soulmate to love, cherish and make little dragonlets with. Um, yeah. Since I already have my "one and only" I don't need to order a Dragon of Preor, but if I didn't...I'm just sayin'. Put me on the meet-n-greet list.

Love the world, interesting characters, and a solid plot.
Ready for the next book in the series...
Sarah Womble/Susan Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR MY PREOR WARRIOR?
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016
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This is the first book that I have read by Celia Kyle. I have two of her other books on my TBR list and am hoping to read them soon. Wanted to read this series because she has a new book in this series coming out about baby dragons being born and I want to read it. So, I am reading the ‘The Dragons of Preor” right now. Loved this first book about Jarek and his mate Melissa. Thought Celia did an excellent job telling their story. I am hoping that this is a sign of the rest of the books in this series. This one for sure is one to grab and read. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Jarek is a dragon shifter on the planet Preor. These dragons keep the wings when in human form. (Which I thought was an awesome take on the dragon shifter.) He is getting to the age where he will go into the madness since he has not found his mate in his 457 years and he never thought to ever find her. So, as the War Master of the third fleet he decided to help the young dragons find their mate with the treaty from earth and the help of the Ujal. He had no idea that he would ever find his mate, much less on earth. He figured this would be his last trip before heading into his final journey as the madness consumes him. Once he leaves the ship to meet with the Ujal delegation he gets this odd feeling that something isn’t right and being the War Master assumed that maybe the Ujal were in danger. But that changes once he reaches delegation and he sees Melissa with the Prince Tave’s baby then the Knowing struck.

The Ujal are going to be advocates in helping the Preor find their human mates. Melissa never registered as a potential Preor mate because she is the nanny to the baby of the Ujal Prince Tave and Principessa Rina fa’Vyl-Zeret. While playing with the baby Ressa, Melissa’s world began to change. She could tell that something wasn’t right and that it was as if the air is sucked out of her. She has feelings that she isn’t feeling and can’t seem to separate each feeling from the next.

This is where I stop. Because from here on out you need to read the book and see for yourself how good it gets. Jarek has his job cut out for him in protecting Melissa and himself from the Preor that do not believe he deserves a mate. Will Jarek and Melissa survive the coming storm?

Claim to Flame: Paranormal Dating Agency #30

Ashley has it all. But all she really wants is to be valued as a strong, powerful business woman. The problem is, her board of directors is full of crotchety old men that hate the idea of a single woman being their CEO. With the suggestion- forceful assistance -of her mother, she gets in touch with Gerri Wilder who’s supposed to fix her personal life. Good luck with that one.

Flare and Blaze run a competitive pharmaceutical company. But they need to find their mate in order to cement their leadership roles. When they meet firecracker Ashley, they know she’s the woman for them. She’s feisty, sweet and can handle two strong males all by herself. Not to mention her curvy body and beautiful smile are making it hard for them to concentrate on their job.

It’s not long until Ashley realizes Flare and Blaze are a bigger problem than her board of directors. They’re her direct competitors. If that’s not enough, someone’s out to get them and her out of the way. It’s a fight for love and survival. Will she find a way to balance romance and a career or will her life go up in smoke?

The Reviews!

Tabi Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Help But Love Dragons
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2021
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This was a very exciting and Intense story. Everything seem to blend so perfect together. The way Ashley, Flame, and Blaze meshed together was great. You could feel the different personalities of both men and it worked wonderful.

I loved how every challenged they faced seemed to blend together and nothing stood out from the other it was a perfect combination.

I loved every turn of the page, but then I can't help but love everyone of Gerri's stories.

Until Next Time... Tabi
D. Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
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Claim to Flame is an exciting and sexy menage that will leave you smiling and exhausted. Ashley is a woman striving to make it in a mans world. She has to work twice as hard to be thought of as just as good. Grrr. The board is a bit old fashioned and won’t even consider her for CEO unless she’s married and settled down. Enter Gerri Wilder with two hot dragon shifters. Let the fun begin.
Like the others in this series this book can be read standalone. This world encourages you to extend belief into the happily ever after. Grab a cool beverage and enjoy.
Sydney M Neblett
5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger together
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
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Once again, this author has managed to bring us a power couple, thruple, well you know what I mean!, that captures the imagination and our hearts, well she caught mine at least. I love how man or woman it doesn’t matter; we all share the same struggles and the author captured that perfectly in this book. She brought back my favorite match maker and used her powers for good when she not only made the perfect romantic match, but the perfect merger of like individuals. Every time I pick up one of the 30 books in this series, I am a little worried that I might find a repeat or an eerie similarity to one of its predecessors between the pages, but this author is on the ball and that has never happened. Her imagination seems to have no bounds. I enjoyed this story, and I can see myself reading it again to pick up any nuances I might have missed the first time. Well, at least until the next one comes out that is.
Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
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This newest installment in the PDA series is HOT. Ash has worked her butt off and knows that she is so close to her dream of being a CEO. Last thing she wants is a man but the board won't give her the job without a husband....in comes Gerri. Not only does she get one man but two who shower her with adoration and steamy kisses.

There is an unknown party at play and all of their lives are in jeopardy. Ash loves her men but will she trust them?

This is a must read. I adore the three of them together and how strong Ash is as a woman.

Fury of Desire (Dragonfury Book 4)

Of all of the warriors in the Nightfury pack, none is more complicated or more damaged than Wick. Emotionally scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick can barely stand the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets newcomer J.J. Solares. When J.J. is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and return her to the family fold. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, even among his beloved brothers in arms. Venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.

Meanwhile J.J. fights for her life at the hands of brutal prison guard Griggs. When she winds up in the hospital she sees no hope for things getting better. But events take a dramatic turn when she and Wick encounter each other. The connection they share is unlike anything either has felt before. J.J. believes she is hallucinating when she sees the majestic dark-haired god sweep in to save her, and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. For the first time in his life, he finds himself wanting to get close to a woman.

After J.J.’s rescue, the two retire to Wick’s mountain home, where J.J. recovers from physical injury while attempting to help Wick recover from his emotional ones. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. And when they find themselves in the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice between surrendering to their fears or each other’s love.

The Reviews!

Colorado girl
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite in the series
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2016
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I have read the entire Dragonfury series and I liked this book the best of all, although the short story Fury of Fate was exceptional (one of the best short stories I've read in a very long time, regardless of genre). I think Fury of Desire is well written, has a good story line that keeps expanding and making me wish she would write more Dragonfury books. Please Ms. Callahan! I'm dying to know what happens with the Metallics and the Archguard... and what about Scotland? Keep in mind this is not a Pulitzer Prize winner I had to slog my way through so I could tell my friends I read it. (I hope the author doesn't find this comment to be a slur, it was not meant that way.) I slogged my way through a lot of books in college, now I prefer to enjoy what I read without pretense. But wow have I read some just awful writing thanks to my Prime membership and Kindle Unlimited- someone needs to vet this stuff!! Seriously makes me question the difficulty of getting published. The Dragonfury series on the other hand is a very good read. I was thrilled to find it.

Highly recommend you read the other three books first, in order. You could read this as a stand alone, she's good at dropping hints and explaining things that happened in the previous books. But I think you get more out of the book having read the series in order. The book is a modern, urban setting- refreshing given all of the medieval period dragon romances. I personally really enjoy the characters, I find the guys funny, bordering on hilarious, charming and very... manly.The women are all right but let's face it, I don't read PNR for the chicks. Although I do like JJ, her character is a bit underdeveloped (I bet the author knows we don't read these for the chicks either). She uses military-styled language and terms, the usage is spot on (never read a series before that actually used H&K or Sig). I think it adds to the flavor of the story and it's characters.

I liked the series so much I've read it multiple times (yep the whole thing) just hoping she'll write another one.
melindeeloo
4.0 out of 5 stars The healing touch of 'Desire' for Wick and his also damaged mate
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2014
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Fury of Desire turned out to be my favorite of the series so far. The emotionally damaged dragon shifter, Wick, starts out such a mess that he can barely feed - the trauma from a childhood of slavery and torture have left him unable to bear to be touched. All though he is incredibly antisocial, even with his Dragon brethren, he is fiercely loyal. And even though he sees himself as an irredeemable killer, he has hidden depths and an artist's soul. But it is his loyalty and honor, which make him feel that he has a debt to repay and to that end he is determined to rescue JJ, the sister to a mate of one of his comrades. JJ has her own scarred past and little does Wick release that fate has found him a kindred spirit, one he feels unworthy to claim - but one he cannot resist.

I always have an bit of an issue with this series due to the BDBspeak (black dagger brotherhood), so it takes me a bit to get past that and get into the story, but the vulnerability of these two damaged souls and JJ's willingness to go after what she wants despite her fears - and to get Wick to accept that even though he feels she deserves more than he can give than he should just try to be what she deserves - really made the story for me.

There are some interesting things going on in the background ARC (and some horrible ones too - the villains are just so black hat evil) and add in some male bonding moments from the rest of Wick's brother dragons to round things out and I am looking forward to the next book.
Lynne77
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first three books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2017
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Ah, this one was much better than the previous books. The romance was sweeter with Wick’s (aka Zsadist from BDB) turn to find his mate and with Jamieson injured and in a cast, she wasn’t going to leave the lair for self-centred reasons and put everyone else in danger. (Myst and Tania in books 1 and 3).
Also, the theme of the series has taken an intriguing turn with the links to Prague, so much so that I couldn’t put the book down at times, I needed to see what happened next.
I still have issues with the series -why have the magic portal to keep the enemy out of the lair when they can go around the back and walk in the French doors?
Why take severely injured dragons and mates through the portal when they can go around the back?
What do the humans think when their buildings etc are trashed during a fight between cloaked dragons - are they all stupid?
Why don’t the dragons use mobile phones to communicate with their Metallics in Prague or anywhere else for that matter?
Too many unanswered questions.
Sonia Ferreira
4.0 out of 5 stars The best so far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2014
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This must be the most captivating book so far. All the previous books were captivating but this one had more action and the main couple was so much better.

JJ, Tania's sister is in the hospital after being brutally assaulted in prison. Wick, the most dangerous Nightfury wants to get her from there and prison, in retribution to Mac's helping his friend Venom. When getting her from the hospital, the Nightfuries, meet a new and intriguing character, dragonkin too, that is trying also to get JJ out of the hospital. From here the action is non-stop until the end of the book.

We also get to see a little more of what's going on at Prague; unfortunatelly, it was very little and that part ends with a cliffhanger that's killing me!

JJ and Wick are 2 very damaged people, they don't trust easily, but the attraction between them is so strong and irresistable making this the most sweet and perfect couple.

Determined: Ghost Cat Canyon

An ancient tale tells of a powerful shifter who loses his heart to a human.
Their love is doomed by a father who disapproves.
Is the curse still alive and well?

Cade Waverly is a decorated member of Delta Force. He has come back to his small town in the Idaho Panhandle to lay his mother to rest.

Trey Mitchell is the self-assured girl next door who has loved him for as long as she can remember.

After a night of secret and undeniable passion, Cade leaves her sleeping in order to return to his unit and to keep her safe from the dangers that lurk everywhere in Looking Glass Falls.

When their paths cross in the Capitol, will Cade and Trey find the courage to face down the evil that kept them apart?

The Reviews!

Redrabbitt
TOP 1000 REVIEWER
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING VENTURED—NOTHING GAINED
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
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The prequel to set up this series did a fantastic job of introducing the main characters featured in the following four books. These are the sons of Hannah Waverly, Cade, Cash, Cole, and Clay, who will each have their own story. But this prequel starts sad, with Hannah's death, the reading of her will, and the responsibilities of her sons. The series is a paranormal shifter with steamy heat and power exchange.

Cade Waverly is with Delta Forces and only in town long enough for the funeral, and then he must leave on another mission—that is his life. He is the oldest of the sons. The Waverly sons have secrets—they are mountain lion shifters. While they can mate with a human, and their offspring would be full-blooded, his mate would not. Cade has known that Trey was his—but right now, it isn't the right time.

"He'd known Trey was his bonded spirit—the one to make him complete in each of his nine lives."

Teresa 'Trey' Mitchell has always had a thing for Cade, but he usually is away. After the funeral, she will invite him back to her place where they have a night of passion—and then he is gone.

Fast forward ten years and Cade is leaving the military and is ready to track down Trey, a Special Agent with the FBI. What a shock when he decides to shift and take a run off the Appalachian Trail and overhears a group of men and their intent for a female. Even crazier, it is Trey, and she isn't armed. He will rescue her and keep her safe until law enforcement arrives. Now, it is time for this big kitty to go after his girl.

The story is the beginning of Cade and Trey's relationship, where she will discover that he is a dominant man who means business. He respects her job and knows how impressive it is that she has climbed the ladder within the FBI, but she is his, and that comes first. He will find out where she will be—meets her and takes her back to his motel where they reconnect.

"If this was insanity, then, by all means, let crazy rule."

The story is full of action, adventure, mystery, suspense, passion, romance with a dominant man and a woman who loves him enough to acquiesce and submit. Now, it is time for them to start their life away from the rat race and back in Idaho. The following story will be more on Cade and Trey in Untamed.

"When my life is over, I want to know I spent it with you."
Intel Chicky Reads Romance
4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to the series
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
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This book was actually a prequel for the next, which was not clear when I started reading it. The story was a bit disjointed, jumping a bit from scene to scene, making me feel a bit lost at times. I really enjoyed both the characters as well as the overall storyline, just wish it flowed a bit easier. I have a feeling this prequel could've easily been added to the next book for an overall more enjoyable experience.
TiltedHalo54
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to last a lifetime
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
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I loved this story. It was spicy and sexy and a little bit angsty. Cades mother had passed, he and his brothers inherited most of her holdings, the father the main stretch. He couldn’t sell it, only lease it. The brothers were not very happy with that. Just as things were heating up the father fell off his horse. What happened? You need to read the rest of the story, can’t wait to read the rest of this exciting series.
Rhonda Hicks
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
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WHEW! 'Determined' is the first book in Delta James's "Ghost Cat Canyon" series and what an exhilarating storyline she has provided. She's painted a picture of the landscape that is the backdrop of the movie that plays out in my mind as I'm reading. Hannah Waverly, the mother of Cade, Cash, Cole, and Clay, has been murdered. We experience the set of events and know what happened but we're left with the mystery of who did it. Was it her abusive, soon-to-be ex-husband Cyrus or perhaps Lorna, the woman who was sent to them in hopes of finding a mate? We do meet Cade and Teresa, aka Trey. Cade, like the rest of his brothers, is a mountain lion shifter and Trey is his fated mate or soul bond. Even with Fate playing a hand sometimes there needs to be a second chance at things and these two have definitely proved that theory. With action, adventure, mystery, suspense, passion, domestic discipline, this was definitely a great way to begin a series. I'm hooked!!

Is it time to check yourself? Revisited

A few years ago, there was a saying “You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Usually said between frenemies, it was a not so subtle way to warn someone that they needed to be very careful what they said next. I’m not talking about that kind of checking however.

It’s been a year since the Pandemic shut the world down. In those first few months, country after country slammed their borders closed and instituted almost draconian measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. People all over the world shuddered at the incredible numbers of cases and deaths that were attributed to the virus.

The medical and scientific communities leaped into action and by working far beyond overtime, managed to create vaccines that are quite effective against the virus. As cases numbers declined, some countries, including the US, started to relax the restrictions. People were getting fatigued with the efforts being asked of them. They just wanted to get back to normal.

India, and Brazil are currently experiencing Coronavirus spikes. India’s numbers have reached staggering numbers and the effects are spreading to neighboring countries. The same can be said of Brazil. In the case of India, at least, the spikes are due to relaxed restrictions and new variants.

All of this brings me back to my original question, is it time to check yourself? Are you still doing all the protective and preventative measures that were first put into place a year ago? When you go shopping, do you still wear a mask? Do you make an honest attempt to maintain some distance between yourself and the person in line in front of you? Do you take the time to wipe off the hard surfaces of items you are bringing into your home?

More importantly, if you are eligible in your area, have you been vaccinated? I don’t mean just getting one shot if the brand requires 2 shots. Have you gotten both of them? While yes, just one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna is 80% effective against the virus, it also allows for more breakout cases to occur. Getting that second shot is important.

So take a minute to do a quick check. Are you still doing everything you can to keep YOUR family from being infected??

Time to Reconsider…

It’s been a few months since I first posted this and I find myself asking the same question. Is it time to check yourself? At this point in time, the Delta variant is running rampant around the world. What are you doing to keep from getting the virus?

By now, everyone over the age of 12 in the US is eligible for the vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine has full approval. Still the numbers keep rising. Just a few months ago in Florida, the positivity rate was below 5%. Now it’s back up to just under 25%. That’s unbelievable.

Saddest of all are the reports from the hospitals telling us that over 90% of new cases are in people who didn’t get vaccinated. A recent story on the internet told the tale of a young couple who put off getting their vaccinations.

They planned to get them, but just hadn’t made the time yet. They both contracted the virus. The wife was sick enough to be hospitalized, the husband had a mild case and stayed home to recover. When the wife was released from the hospital, she made her way home.

Imagine her feelings when she discovered her husband dead in the bedroom, their dogs showing signs of not having had food or water for a few days. What’s worse, her husband had already started to decompose.

I’m not trying to scare you, I’m trying to make you aware of the risks you take everyday that you put off getting vaccinated. Yes, there are a certain percentage of vaccinated people who are still getting sick, but their illness is much less severe. You aren’t just risking your own life, you are putting your family, friends and neighbors in jeopard!

Imagine Dragon: Dragon Guard Book 32

All the planning in the world can’t beat dumb luck.
Even if your dad just happens to be Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, and you’re one of the most powerful Guardsmen to ever walk the earth. No matter how hard he tries, Destiny always seems to drop a steamy pile of Dragon crap right in his path…leaving him to clean up the mess and clean up the mess.
But then he found her.
Ancient, mysterious, and completely irresistible…She flew into his life, poured light into his soul, and dropped the old jokester to his knees with little more than a wide-eyed glance and a flick of her tail feathers.

Evil never takes a holiday…especially where finding your Mate is concerned.
Faced with a powerfully destructive force manufactured by madmen and sent out to destroy all things – be they Magical or Human – it’s up to the Demi-God and his Strix to exterminate not only the menace but also its Maker.

Save your Mate or save your kin? That’s what this Guardsman must decide.

Fate Will Not Be Denied…But even She has her limits.

The Reviews!

Smokenator
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Kayne meets his match!
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2018
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Finally Kayne meets his mate! Have I been waiting for this moment. And does she just give him a run for his money.
Both their lineages reads like who's who in the gods and goddesses.
We talking some phenomenal beasts getting together and creating a formidable team. And this team is to save their Dragon brethren from the clutches of evil.
This book is different from the others. A lot more combat and I must say, I totally enjoyed it. These are dragons and some cats of the wild as well. We have some more more avian warrior ladies that waits for no one in battle.
This was a rescue for more than one man and the Dragon king sharing his soul. And miss Mills made me part of that battle.
We learn more of Kayne and we learn that the love of you kin is strong in times of trouble and they will assist you at all times.
You will want to finally meet Pearl, Kayne's mate. And I think she is awesome.
Good work miss Mills. I loved this book.
Roxie's Ferguson /Roxie's Romance Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "You will love this Amazing Dragon 🐉 Shifter Romance"
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2018
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The stories are super exciting! You will love each and every one of them! Whether you read them in order or not. They will still keep you glued to their pages. The characters are so awesome.
Pearl is a rare and special shifter Demi-goddess. Her shift is a Strix, a healer and a warrior. Kayne is a Dragon shifter Demi-god. They have known they are mates for sometime. Only they have not claimed each other yet. Pearl, Kayne and several others. Learn that the Berserker's are imprisoned by an evil. In a live Volcano. They go and rescue them. After the rescue mission Kayne and Pearl can not fight the mating call any longer! But their battles are not over. They still need to destroy the evil!
You will love this super exciting, funny, thrilling, suspenseful, sweet, and scorching hot Romance! This is a five star plus story and series!
niki_reads_romance
5.0 out of 5 stars #32, but as new and fresh as #1!
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
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I loved Kanye’s story! It was so jam packed with adventure, sexy fun times, and hilarious banter, that I just couldn’t put the book down!
A few things I didn’t like: I had a hard time in the beginning, since Kayne already knew his mate, apparently. I thought the pull to mate was strong, so I was a bit confused on that. Also, I feel like the females in this series have gotten... hypocritical? Mean? I’m not sure the right word, but the past two books, I have started out really disliking the mates because of their rudeness. They come across as emasculating, rude, and occasionally mean, instead of sassy and independent (as I know they’re intended to be).
THANKFULLY, as the Strix gets to know her dragon better, she becomes more likable, and I absolutely love the end product. As with all the other books, I’m impressed that it still seems new and fresh, and it’s so well written!
Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fantabulous series!
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
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The long awaited story of Kayne, the demi-god Dragon and his mate, Pearl, who is a powerful Strix and the last of her kind. The fireworks between these two strong and powerful characters is something to behold. Kayne has finally gotten his well deserved comeuppance! Must admit though, they are perfect for each other. Love their snarky wit. This one has it all - action, suspense, excitement, twists & turns, humor and hot & steamy sex. This series just keeps going and they keep getting better. Love this series and highly recommend this book and all of the others. Eagerly awaiting the next one.

The Sunday Post #21-35

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Aww Snap, Dragon: Finder of Fated Love by Julia Mills

This was previously written as part of Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency world. Recently Julia withdrew all her books from that shared world and is re-writing them. I’m tickled pink to see the changes!

A Fang in the Sass by Milly Taiden

This is currently the last of the books that Milly has written in the Sassy Ever After world.

Fury of Seduction by Coreene Callahan

Mac and Tania’s story.

All Kitten Aside by Milly Taiden

What happens when an alpha lioness meets an alpha wolf? The Fur Flys!

Peregrin by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Final Thoughts

Back in March, 2021, WordPress and Spotify made arrangements to allow bloggers to easily transfer their blog posts to podcasts. It sounded like a really great idea so I started recording the Sunday Post as a podcast to help people to catch up on the books I’ve reviewed.

Since then, I’ve faithfully recorded (almost) all of the Sunday Posts. Each week I include the full review for the books into the podcast. Now, when I publish the podcast, I immediately update the blog post to include a link back to the podcast.

It has occurred to me, that I may not have announced that podcast to you, my blog follower. Most weeks it only takes about 30 min. to listen to the podcast.

So Book Reviews by the Reluctant Retiree – the Podcast can be found here:

Stop by, give it a listen. Tell me what you think!

Peregrine: A Forbidden Desires Spin-Off Story

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Sebastian Drake, stoic protector of the Drake family, always gets what he wants—and there is nothing he wants more than the half-starved Pedigree omega named Peregrine he comes across on his travels. It doesn’t matter that Peregrine is a Disgrace. Sebastian will do whatever it takes to keep him… and somehow, as impossible as it might be, find a way to be his mate.

Present Day
For hundreds of years, Peregrine has enjoyed life as Sebastian’s mate. Sure, as one of the only bonded omegas in recent history he’s been kidnapped more times than he can count, but with Sebastian there to save him it’s little more than an inconvenience. And attacks from hostile clans? That’s just a typical Tuesday.

But there is one thing Peregrine fears, yet desperately wants.

One thing that has hurt him time and time again.

One thing Sebastian can’t save him from.

And now it’s happening again.

He’s pregnant.

The Reviews!

Amy M
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry is my favorite
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021
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“To anyone who thinks their story is over. Darling, don’t give up. It’s only just begun.”

I was extremely excited waiting for this story. Perry has been one of my favorite characters since Clutch and Nate and Alistair. When I saw this dedication, I knew it would be worth it. If you are a fan of this series, you know there had to be hidden depths to Sebastian; he is more than just a big brute of a dragon. Perry is delicate, lovely, an almost perfect example of a dragonet, but he and Seb have been through a lot. Now we get to find out exactly what is in the past and how it all ties together. I had my suspicions from interactions among the omegas and comments made about the past and here we have it.

“We hoard the things we consider treasure, Perry. Be they art or gold or the ones we love. This is the way of the dragon.”

Kill me dead. I am slain. These authors have done me in. I think this one is my favorite so far. We knew Seb wasn’t just a big muscle bound bouncer type (I mean, duh, Perry) but he is definitely all soft squishy marshmallow when it comes to his mate. He is also smart enough to put puzzle pieces together that only Misha seems to have been able to solve. One of the Drake brothers has A LOT to answer for and I am very curious to see how this is all tied up in the last book. Perry and Seb carry so much secret pain and I love how it is all brought to light and made whole again in this book. As Harrison states in the epilogue, Perry really is the glue that holds all of the Drakes together and it is wonderful to see the love and family all at work. Absolutely loved this book. I got sucked in and read it in one sitting. Couldn’t help it!
Peej
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
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When an author writes the origin story of a side character you've come to love through previous books, there's always a bit of fear that it won't live up to expectations you've created in your own mind. I shouldn't have worried.

Authors Scott and Kelly have penned a story more beautiful than I ever imagined. Perry's story is told in heartbreaking as well as heartwarming flashbacks interwoven with present day danger and intrigue. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions. I'm still overwhelmed and a bit teary with it all, but there's nothing I would change. From beginning to end Peregrine was perfection. And Sebastian...my God, Sebastian. If ever a more swoon worthy hero was written, I couldn't name him.

Next up is Raven. I am simultaneously wishing for and dreading this book. With it, all my questions will be answered, but when the last page is read, my adventures with the Drake family will be over, and that will be a very sad day indeed
Daniel Bowen
3.0 out of 5 stars Perry and Seb's Story - Full of Heartache and Loss Along with Hope
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
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I fell in love with this series and characters so when I saw 'Peregrine' out, I was beyond thrilled. Perry has featured early on with his large clutch of eight eggs. Those hatchlings are now eight years old, full of fun, noise, and keeping their parents busy.

We learn how Sebastian and Peregrine met, a completely odd chance, where Seb trusts his dragon half and instinctively knows that this poorly clothed half starved omega is his. Who cares about disgraced status, what his brother thinks, or this so called planned trip. This omega is his. No questions. That's his stand from the start and in the centuries they've been together, he's never wavered.

The story travels back 500 years and forward and back and forth and for me I was tired of the time jumps. I'm not sure if having two sections to the story instead of these chapter jumps would work better. Maybe I'll eventually go back and read those chapters, but for what I wanted out of the story, I was firmly in the present.

Perry has had two successful clutches and centuries of many that never made it. Losing one in miscarriage or stillborn is bad enough, but one hundred? I can't imagine. And now another pregnancy and it's tears instead of happiness. Dread. Knowing the odds are against them yet Seb and Perry hang onto each other, supportive, protective, loving, and hoping. Thank goodness for advanced medical care and Harrison (along with Steve) knowing what to do, even if it's tentative. As for nit picks I wanted to know if Everard had enough magic to assist Perry, because nothing is said about it. Or if Everard is okay. Why wasn't there a talk between Seb and Everard about the Raven/Bertram incident? There's too much left unsaid which had a huge impact on this story. And that includes Bertram's disrespectful creepiness when alone with Perry. Three stars for the reasons I stated. - Dan's Wife
Cadiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Gahhh just absolutely brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2021
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And now we know why Everard has no pet names for Perry!

I absolutely adored every single word of this book, there wasn't a thing I would have chosen to be different and not a jot of the feels I would have given up.

Throughout this series Peregrine has been there, the glue at the centre of the Drake brothers' expanded family, the mate who has been there for half a millennia.

And his is such a wonderful story, from the moment Sebastian sets eyes on him trying to roll a barrel of herring to the whispered words of love at the end, theirs is a romance for the ages.

They support each other without fail, they love each other without conditions and they're honest and open in their feelings.

As this is a story about a bunch of dragons, you can bet there's the usual mayhem and chaos when whelps, dragonets and other offspring gather.

But there's also a thread of deep pain, of loss so powerful it changes your very soul, and we find out that what we feared might be the case for Perry's melancholy is true.

The authors weave this into a story which twists between the present day and the 16th Century and which travels the Medieval world and the modern one alike.

We find out secrets which go a long way to explaining some of what's been going on in the other books, but not all.

That will come in January (arghhhhh!) when we finally get Raven's story and the final Drake brother Bertram is going to have a lot of explaining to do!

All Kitten Aside: Paranormal Dating Agency #11

Miranda Colilla needs a mate. Fast. This curvy lioness wants a man she can bend to her will, who will stay out of her business, and let her lead like the alpha she is. She needs that mate urgently before the lions in her pride think she’s going to hand the reins over to one of them and let them tell her what to do. Not in this lifetime. When a wolf saves her hide, there’s more than just gratitude sparking between them.

Kasen Steel’s tired of women throwing themselves at him. As alpha of his pack, he can have any woman he wants. Problem is, he doesn’t want any of them. He wants a chase. He wants someone who isn’t taken in with his position. A chance meeting with a hot as hell lioness makes him want a close encounter of the naked kind with her. Wait, he’s already naked.

Kasen knows Andi’s perfect for him. She’s already making him crazy by denying their attraction and the fact she’s his mate. The hunt is on. Unfortunately for him, proving to Andi they’re right for each other is just one of the problems facing this alpha. Keeping her alive, when someone wants her dead, is another. But Kasen isn’t going to sit by and let anyone harm her. Now that he’s found his smart-assy mate, he isn’t letting go. Whether she likes it or not.

The Reviews!

sheila kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Meddling mothers and pack madness....Mates and responsibilities who will win?
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2016
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Again! Ms. T has delivered yet another awesome PDA read. If you haven't read the series, you are totally missing out on the fun and awesomeness of Ms Wilder and her dating agency madness. I am beginning to wonder if she doesn't hire an assistant just so she can help everybody out 🙂 If you read the series, you know why. This one was a little different, as she has matched two different species. But if you know Ms. Wilder, that doesn't matter. The lady CAN'T miss. There was a hint at the end, so you know what that means...bring on the madness of another awesome PDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lila Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfectly funny and so so sexy.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
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Another Awesome book by Milly Taiden. I love her PDA series books. This one is funny, sexy, it has murder and mystery and two not just one but two sexy alpha's. Kasen is his pack's apha while Andi is her prides Prima. Both have people and family wanting them to marry but neither has found the one for them. Kasen has a mother who is after him to mate and give her grandbabies, Andi has the men from her pride after her to mate. Andi hasn't found the one who will stand by her and not try to rule her pride. Both contact Gerri Wilder who runs the dating agency, Gerri is a matchmaker and she puts these two in contact with each other. Kasen soon knows that Andi is his one but Andi is having a time figuring out what to do, in steps Kasen's mother. Will Andi finally figure out what she wants? Will Kasen prove to Andi he is what she needs the most? Will danger separate them from being together? Must read to find out.
Desiree
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuborn Alphas
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2016
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I love Milly's books, the PDA series just keep comming. Milly has a way of sucking you into her world your laughing one minute and yelling at the book the next. Andi and Kasen do not disapoint two alphas both wanting the same things but not knowing what the need or how to get there. Gerri has a way about her, with words and match making skills. Once these alphas realize cats and dogs can get along sparks fly.
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CAMnGA
5.0 out of 5 stars AB FAB!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2016
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I absolutely love Milly's PDA series (actually all her books)... and this one does not disappoint. Both characters (Andi and Kasen) will have you rooting for their happy ending! Two strong, alpha's who are only stronger with the other by their side. Convincing Andi of that took Kasen some time and some help from a few others but it all worked out in the end. Simply a fantastic read... however, I should not have started it on my lunch break as I could not put it down! Was a bit late getting back to work... Thanks Milly! 🙂 Milly's Gerri does it again. Can't wait to see who Gerri matches up next... Keep 'em coming Milly!

Fury of Seduction (Dragonfury Book 3)

Successful landscape designer Tania Solares prides herself on living by her own terms, relying on no man to provide for her. But her carefully controlled life takes a turn for the extraordinary when her inquiry into the disappearance of her best friend thrusts her between two warring factions of dragon shifters. Suddenly Tania’s survival depends on Mac, a newly initiated dragon warrior who will break every rule to keep her safe.

Now that Tania knows the truth about Dragonkind, returning to her old life is too grave a risk. Ivar, leader of the Razorbacks, plots to decimate the human race, and Tania is just the tool he needs. Despite the danger, Mac cannot deny her a choice: Trade the independence she’s fought so hard to achieve for safety in a magical world, or turn her back on the man she’s grown to love in order to reclaim a freedom that might not last? It is an impossible choice. And yet a sacrifice must be made

The Reviews!

Dotti Elrick
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Busy, But I Loved It.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2013
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Fury of Seduction is the third book in the Dragonfury series. I have fallen in love with these dragons and the world they live in.

The Nightfury, a pack of dragonkind, very alpha males. Protectors of humankind. They need human females to feed them. And carry their sons. Females are tuned into the Meridian. A pure power source that the dragonkind need to heal and stay healthy. Each female connects to the Meridian in their own way. Some are very low power, but the most sought after ones, are the high power females.

There are a lot of things going on in this book. Almost too much to keep track of.

Mac, a former SPD detective, and newly transitioned water dragon, and the woman he can't get off of his mind, Tania. Tania is Myst's (From Fury of Fire) best friend. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, put her right in the forefront of Mac's radar. Without either of them knowing it. Tania was the first female Mac fed from during his transition. Her mind was scrubbed so she wouldn't remember the event. And Mac's transition into dragonkind was so traumatic, he doesn't remember what happened between the two of them. All they know is they are drawn to each other. And when her life is put in danger by the Razorback pack, rogues who hate all things human. That puts Mac on the fast track to finding her and keeping her safe. At any cost.

Ivar, the leader of the Razorbacks. He's still mourning the loss of his second in command at the hand of the Nightfuries. Afraid to tell the XO's sire for fear of loosing his funding. Funding for a special breeding program. Ivar has been collecting high energy females to use as breeders for his experiments. He wants to breed the first females of their kind. Doing away with the need to feed from human females. But his funding comes from the highest and most powerful source. Rodin, the head of the Archguard high council.

Rodin has been secretly funding Ivar's lab and his experiments for years. Something that would set the dragonkind world on its ear if it was known. .Rodin is a cruel man. Strung out on his powerful position, and very full of himself. Not afraid to partake in all sorts of illegal activities as entertainment for his closest allies. But unbeknownst to Rodin, There is soon to be a fly in his ointment. A junior member of the council, Nian wants his job.

Nian is the newest member of the dragonkind high council. He is very aware of the kind of man Rodin is. And he wants to be the one to relieve him of his title. But to do that he needs friends. And the ones he's chosen are not going to be easy to win over. The Nightfury pack. Nian's sire is responsible for the death of the Nightfury leader, Bastian's sires death. But now he's hoping to make him a useful ally, by becoming the spy Bastian and his men need to take down Ivar.

We also meet for the first time the last two Nighfury males. Gage and Haider. The two "Metallics". liquid metal breathers. They have been dispatched to Prague as representatives of the Nightfury pack for the Archguard festival.

And then there is the introduction of yet another dragon. Mac has been told being a water dragon, he is one of a kind. Until Ivar recruits the only other known water dragon to come to the states and work on his side, to get rid of Mac. Water is somewhere most dragons do not want to be. So having one that can use water to hide in or as a weapon, is not something Ivar wants.

Tania is also worried about her younger sister, J.J. J.J. is serving fifteen years in prison for manslaughter. She killed her abusive boyfriend. And the boyfriend just happened to be the brother of a cop. So she was convicted and sent away. But after five years, she is now up for parole. If only she can keep her nose clean and stay out of trouble.

Like I said, lots going on in this book. So much that the romance between Mac and Tania is kind of put off to the side. And rushed a bit more than it was in the other stories.

But over all I still love this series. A very unique take on the dragon universe. I love that each dragon is different. Not only in the way they look but in their abilities. Some are fire breathers, some breath acid, gas, a napalm like substance, Rikar is the last known frost dragon, and Bastian is more of a dragon taser. Very cool.
Lynn Worton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Paranormal Erotic Romance!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2013
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This is the third book in the Dragonfury Series. I loved it!

Mac McCord is the newest member of the Dragonfury pack. An ex-cop, his transformation began in Fury of Ice, after tangling with the magical blast of a Razorback. I liked this tough character. He is almost like an unsteady pup (albeit a dangerous one!) as he adjusts to his new life. He is a rare water dragon, but being new, his magic is raw and untrained, which chafes at this warrior's pride.

Tania Solares is a landscape designer, and best friend to Myst Munroe. I liked her "take no prisoners" attitude with trying to find out about the disappearance of her friend, but her feisty nature puts her on the Razorbacks' radar.

I don't know what magic these sexy dragons have over me, but these books seem to be getting better and better! The story is completely page turning! I must admit that I had to get this in audio too, because I just HAD to know how things were unfolding, especially when I had to do chores and couldn't read my Kindle whilst doing them! Mind you, it could be the narrators voice that got me too! Benjamin L. Darcie's dulcet tones brought the characters to life! It was nice to meet all the characters again, and to be introduced to new ones like Tania's sister, JJ. Although, there is one character that I could have done without - Ivar. The leader of the Razorback's is a cruel psycho, with a mad scientist vibe that made shivers run up my back!
We are also introduced to Nian, a dragon in the Archguard's High Council. He is new to his position, but disgusted with the current leader of the Council, and is looking to replace him. His story could be rather intriguing!
This story is full of action, danger and romance that has captured my imagination, and made me wish that these dragon warriors were really alive! The battle scenes were described extremely vividly and I could "see" them with ease! I cannot wait to read Fury of Desire and to get to know Wick and JJ better!

Coreene Callahan has written another fantastic paranormal romance. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors to read. Her books are fast paced and flowed beautifully!

Due to the use of bad language and the explicit sexual scenes, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances or books with sexy dragon shifters! - Lynn Worton
Shauni
5.0 out of 5 stars Fury of Seduction, A Review for The Blog Tea and Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2012
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Finally!! I have been able to sit down and enjoy this book. Let me tell you it has been an extremely difficult week. I had this book on my kindle and needed to finish other things.. as this is not in my reading nature, seeing this book sitting there and teasing me was not fun.. but oh was it worth it!

Coreene Callahan strikes hard and fast in the third installment of her DragonFury Series.. The world is opening up and there is just so much going on, total reader stimulation. This was one of those books where the story arc carries the book rather than the lead couple. While I tend to get irked about this in this case Ms Callahan did a brilliant job. Maybe because she did it earlier in the series or maybe because she used characters that we had not completely bonded with yet.. who knows? Yes Mac and Tania's story was intermixed with some serious plot twists and turns, Coreene still managed to make them steam...

Mac, tall, built and serious attitude! As a cop, as a man he was determined to serve, years as a Navy Seal led him to years on the Seattle Police Force but as good as he was at serving justice he didn't quite get the whole people and relationships thing. Until Angela, he was never able to stay with a partner. He was too tough, too rough, too everything.. As for women, he loves em, all of them. Where some have a women in every port.. Our Mac, well he had a flavor of the moment.. When Angela went missing, his sister of the heart, his partner and yes the only woman he took seriously, he was almost destroyed. But an instant in time, a moment shared space with a Dragon and his Dragon DNA was unleashed and Mac starts to find out just a bit more about himself than he was even remotely aware of. This we discover in Fury of Fire and Fury of Ice, the first two books of the Dragonfury series.. What we discover about Mac in Fury of Seduction.. well let's just say Mac Smolders.. Total and complete swoon room material.

Tania Solares is a complicated woman. Years of male abandonment and misuse, she doesn't trust men. She is smart, sexy, loyal and determined.. what a package.. Oh yeah and she is a High Energy (H-E) Female. So that puts her in line for some serious trouble. Since the disappearance of Myst, her best friend, she has been actively searching. Determined to find her, refusing to believe she is dead. Tania had relied on the SPD.. only problem is, the Detectives on the case were Mac and Angela and they too have disappeared.. Leaving Tania desperate.. Add to this the fact that her sister (the sister Tania all but raised) is in prison for manslaughter, Tania is at wits end.

When Mac and Tania meet, let's just say fireworks ensued! These two are combustible (pretty nifty for a Water Dragon). Ms Callahan does a wonderful job at sharing bits and pieces of their relationship with us. Sure she could have made this the focal part of the book, but in a way letting it slip to a secondary aspect made it steamier. Tania is a driven woman who controls everything and Mac well let's just say he demands control sexually. *grins* Watching these two commitment phobes slide into love was fabulous.

Remember when I mentioned the Archguard in my review of Fury of Ice? Remember when I said they were up to something sneaky? That there was way more to them than we thought.. Let's just say.. I was right and leave it at that! Anything else would be huge spoilers. We do spend a moment with those who are at the "Archguard Games". We get to meet Gage and Haider, the missing Dragonfury pack members and they most definitely belong. There is a scene I am already envisioning when Gage returns and meets Tania.. *grins* that should be fun.

One of the best things about Ms Callahan's writing is the fact that even though Ivar is evil and I believe totally nonredeemable.. we feel for him. We see him grieve and there were times when I just wanted to comfort him. I don't like Ivar, we aren't supposed to be we see a man/dragon that wants what he thinks is best for his people. This is a true talent!

We also learn a bit and I mean a teeny tiny bit about waterdragons.. I have some questions, some things I want to discuss about Mac and his lineage but for now I will refrain as they include spoilers but I am intrigued. This book left me with so many questions.. So many threads dangling, teasing me, leaving me almost salivating for the next book, Fury of Desire, which I believe comes out in the Spring and will be Wick's book. Now that is gonna be interesting.

When a book grabs me as much as this one did, I tend to loose my ability to review.. I get lost in the superlatives and sometimes forget why I am reviewing. I am sorry if this happened but this book was fabulous.. absolutely and totally fabulous! A must read.. but don't read it as book one.. it is definitely a transition type of book.. connecting us with old favorites and yet introducing some exciting new characters.. Watching all of Ms Callahan's plot lines begin to intersect is a total and complete delight