Title: Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1)
Author: G. A. Aitken
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
PublicationDate: October 2008
Ebook: 352 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Own Copy
Reviewed by: Laura
It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…
This is a deliciously fun book. Meet Annwyl, brother to Lorcan the cruel and brutal King. A lethal female warrior she leads the rebellion dedicated to ending his reign and has deservedly earned the nickname Annwyl the Bloody. Her temper is infamous, as is her tendency for dismembering and decapitating her enemies. Men are usually afraid of her, let alone consider her as a love interest.
Then one day she finds herself wounded, outnumbered and fighting for her life. Expecting to die, she is suddenly saved… by a deadly, fire breathing dragon!
Fearghus doesn’t bother himself in the petty lives of humans. He likes his solitude living in a cave isolating himself from dragons and humans alike. One day he becomes curious watching a brave woman fight her enemies even with her last breath and surprising even himself decides to save her. However, the thing is Fearghus is also known as Fearghus the Destroyer. He has hidden himself from human existence for seventy years, leaving humans to believe he’s dead. So really Fearghus should now be happily eating the woman in order to protect his secret, but can’t find it in his heart to do so.
As Annwyl recovers from her injuries in Fearghus’s cave much to her consternation she begins to fall in love with the recalcitrant dragon. But in the day Fearghus sends a knight to train her fighting skills. To enable her to gain the strength and skill to defeat her brother once and for all. Annwyl generates feelings she’s never experienced before for the knight and falls deeply in lust with him. Leaving her conflicted between her love for the dragon and her lust for the man. Little does she know that they are one and the same.
I couldn’t help but love Annwyl, her strength and fire were hugely entertaining. She loses her temper on a whim, coming up spitting both rage and knives. Her fearlessness and determination make her endearing as is her passion to defeat her brother’s evil reign.
The electricity between Annwyl and Fearghus crackles off the page. As a couple they are perfectly matched and I thoroughly enjoyed the twist and turns of their relationship.
There are some great minor characters that complement the story. From Fearghus’s interfering family, to Annwyl’s army generals. It’s clear we’re going to see a lot of these characters again as their stories are told in the subsequent books in the series.
Fearghus is grumpy, funny and ferocious all at the same time. The contrast between the long suffering brother and the warrior create some real laugh out loud moments. As do the tongue-in-cheek jokes about the dragons’ tastes for eating humans and terrorising villages.
I liked the fact that Annwyl was an independent and strong woman and her relationship with Fearghus didn’t change that. It only served to make her stronger.
This book was a funny, sexy, page turner which I thoroughly enjoyed.
A great fairytale-esque paranormal romance about a dragon and the female warrior who dared to not be afraid of him.
I’d highly recommend it to PNR lovers. In fact, I think I need to go and search some caves and find a dragon of my own (just don’t tell my husband!)
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