by Kerrelyn Sparks
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on March 27, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
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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. 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?
2 stars for Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
What did I like about this book?
- The book opened with a quick recap of the other books, which I appreciated since I haven’t read them. I understood quickly the world and characters of this series. The first chapters were exciting and drew me in to the story. Sadly, this momentum didn’t continue, as you’ll see in my comments below.
- I really liked Silas. He was sexy and charming, but not arrogant. He was loyal to his family, friends and country, and would do anything for the people he loved.
What didn’t I like about this book?
- The story was slow and I was losing interest. The point of view alternated between Gwen and Silas, which I do enjoy, but they focused on giving insight to the same scene. It would have been more interesting if Silas had discovered more clues of the mystery, instead of repeatedly hearing about his feelings for Gwen. Or better yet the point of view of the villain would have added intrigue to the story.
- Parts of the story seemed silly to me. For example, Gwen naming the dragon Puff and Silas calling her Snookums, it felt childish and interrupted the flow of the story.
- Gwen was irritating. She has lived with being discriminated against because she’s an Elf, but she never stood up for herself. I prefer strong heroines or heroines that eventually find the strength to overcome adversity, so Gwen failed with this.
- Since I disliked the main character I thought the romance was boring. Silas wanted Gwen the moment they met and made clear his feelings for her. But because of her distrust and lack of experience Gwen rejected his advances, even slammed the door on his face. But Silas wouldn’t get discouraged. Normally a chase adds excitement to the story, but this kept on for most of the book, so I got bored with this couple.
Would I recommend this book?
I haven’t read the other books in the series, but for those who have I recommend reading this book. There is information for the overall plot that came to light, so it might excite fans of the previous books. I was disappointed with this book and will not continue reading this series.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER Summer 2018