Title: The Dragon Who Loved Me
Author: G.A. Aiken
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dragon Kin (Book 5)
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1420108891 (Kensington Books)
ISBN-13: 978-1420108897 (Kensington Books)
Reviewed by: Kristie
I was raised for battle. And as the first daughter of a warrior family, I’ve earned my reputation the hard way. Yet now I fight alongside uncivilized male Northland dragons who think a female is only good for breeding and waiting back home in the cave. But it’s the foolish and foolhardy who would try to stop me, Rhona the Fearless, from doing what I do best – destroying the enemies of my kind.
So the smartest thing wily barbarian Vigholf the Abhorrent can do for me is stay out of my way as we risk all on a deadly mission in enemy territory. I don’t care if he’s fascinated by me, even though he is as attractive as he is resourceful. He’s having far too much fun putting me in difficult situations and testing my sense of duty to the limit. And I’m going to enjoy challenging his insufferable confidence, outwitting his schemes, and making him surrender in the wildest ways…
Quick & Dirty: This hilarious paranormal romance was full of dark, violent and vulgar dragons.
Opening Sentence: The girl slept. Not hard, though. She no longer slept hard—or without a weapon.
The Dragon Who Loved Me begins in the middle of a war between the Northland/Southland dragons and the Iron dragons. They’ve been at war for five years and human Queen Annwyl is restless for a victory. Rhona, a Southland dragon, has always been a loyal and fearless soldier, nothing more and nothing less. She has no desire to become a Dragonwarrior, a fierce leader and warrior, instead she takes it upon herself to keep an eye on all the dragons around her. Vigholf is a Northland dragon. He prefers his enormous war hammer over any other weapon. He is a strong warrior but he only has eyes for Rhona.
Rhona is sent on a secret mission, which leads to another secret mission. She is followed by Vigholf since he believes she is a poor, helpless female. Vigholf doesn’t really think she is helpless but he certainly loves to aggravate her. Rhona has a hard time believing that Vigholf could like someone like her, a scarred female dragon. Their journey is filled with gruesome battles, obscene behavior and humorous moments.
Unfortunately, The Dragon Who Loved Me is the first book in the Dragon Kin series that I have read. In the beginning I had a really hard time following along with the world and knowing which character was which. They all have strange names and some characters have similar names. By the end of this book, I did have a good idea what was going on but I really want to go back and read the first four books in this series, to really know what is going on in this world.
This book had many points of view, new characters, old characters, good guys and bad guys. The story follows Rhona and Vigholf but continues the story of characters from the first four books in the series. Rhona and Vigholf are the kind of characters that I like in a story. Rhona cares more for others than she does for herself, she doesn’t take crap from anyone and she is good at what she does. Rhona may be a little senseless at times but Vigholf knocks her back on track. Vigholf loves to tease Rhona about his feelings for her but he doesn’t force anything on her. He waits until Rhona is ready even though he could have taken advantage of her several times.
The Dragon Who Loved Me is a bloody and fun read. If all G.A. Aiken’s books are as funny as this one, I may need to add this series to my must read list.
He stepped back and took his mother’s hand. “Then I want you to meet someone.”
“No. Nothing like that,” he laughed and pulled her toward the tent, lifting the flap so he could escort her in. But Vigholf stopped right at the entrance, his eyes on Rhona as she worked at her father’s forge with a skill he’d only seen in blacksmiths who’d been working for hundreds of years. She swung a hammer, working away at some weapon.
Yet it wasn’t just the skill that startled him. It was the joy on her face while she worked and laughed with her father. It was that thing that had been missing when he watched her following orders and flying into battle.
“My,” his mother murmured. “She’s quite . . . hearty.” She glanced up at him. “A Cadwaladr, I’m assuming.”
“We traveled here together.”
“And you like her.”
“Not really,” he blatantly lied. “She just needs protection and like a true Northlander, it’s my duty to protect helpless females.”
“Helpless?” His mother looked over at Rhona. The Fire Breather lifted the sword she worked on, still glowing bright from the heat. The grin on her face, the light in her eyes . . . it was a beautiful sight to behold. Rhona put the blade in water to cool and caught another weapon her father tossed at her. A good-sized battle axe. She swung it a few times, then threw it, the blade imbedding into the stuffed head of the practice dummy standing in the corner.
His mother nodded. “Oh, yes. I see now, my son. She’s extremely helpless.”
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