Book Review – Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon

Posted July 10, 2018 by Kathy in 2.0 Stars, Book Review / 1 Comment

Book Review – Eight Simple Rules for Dating a DragonEight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon Series: The Embrace #3
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on March 27, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 429
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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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.

Rating Report
Overall: two-stars

About Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at

Kerrelyn loves hearing from readers, even those who howl at the moon. Letters may be sent to P.O. Box 5512, Katy, TX 77491-5512. If you would like bookmarks and signed bookplates, please mail a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to her P.O. Box, and she will send those items to you.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Summer 2018


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One response to “Book Review – Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon

  1. Ah, bummer it didn’t live up to the appeal in the blurb. I get testy when heroines are like that and it dims the romance for me when I can’t see why the guy keeps trying. Maybe not the book for me. Hope your next read is better. 🙂