Rating: A     Romance: 3.5/5      Raunch: 3/5

Redonk Nutshell: Dragon speaker gets pulled into dragon politics while dealing with a former flame

DRACIM agent Myrna Banks has spent the last year of her life cleaning up a cluster of a mess when her ex took off with documents relating to her work. When aforementioned ex, Trian, walks back into her life bringing with him the chance of a lifetime to work with a notorious dragon lord AND fellow DRACIM agent, Myrna can’t really turn him away. She’s not sure why Train betrayed her the way he did, but Myrna is able to mostly turn off her resentment toward him in order to help negotiate a truce between two warring dragon lords. Mostly. Okay, it’s harder than she thought it’d be, and when her resentment starts fading in contrast to her attraction to him, she really starts to berate herself. But Trian carries more secrets than she realizes, and when things really start to get dangerous, she comes to see how deeply involved with the dragons he truly is.

I LOVE, LOVE LOVE this book. What an awesome new fantasy series! I have a soft spot for dragon stories, though I’m kind of particular about the details. There are quite a few shapeshifter/dragon series out there, but very few that really stand out. Never Deal with Dragons definitely does. Ms. Christensen really kicks up the world building, making it a fascinating read as we tail our heroine, Myrna, and her daily trials as a scorned DRACIM agent. I cracked up quite a few times at Myrna’s internal monologue. What really appealed her to me, though, was her vulnerability. She’s kick-ass without being an ass-kicker. She’s more of a cerebral lead as opposed to a sword toting one, and I found it refreshing. This isn’t to say Myrna can’t hold her own, but she definitely knows her limits.

And our hero? He’s an interesting dude, too. It’s obvious from the get-go that there’s more to Trian than meets the eye. I can’t say I was as surprised as Myrna was when the truth of his station comes out, but that didn’t deter from my enjoyment.

Like dragons? Enjoy fantasy? Definitely give Never Deal with Dragons, an RWA Golden Heart Winner, a go! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next in the series! 

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Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

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