25 Jul '13

A Nix Review – Never Deal With Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

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Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

 

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

 

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

FTC thingy: Got the book off NetGalley. Don’t know the author, just picked it up for the man titty cover and the interesting blurb.
‘K, I’ll be honest, it took me four attempts to get into this book. That first chapter was a bit of a slog but, once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down.  It has dragons, action and a suspense plot; I really enjoyed it. It was a little light on the ol’ romance front but you can’t have everything!
In this world, dragons are an accidental creation of humans and, now they exist, humans and dragons have had to find ways to get along. These treaties have been negotiated by people with dragon-speak, which is exactly what our heroine Myrna is. It is through her job that we first meet her, mediating an agreement between a dragon and a farmer whose cow she has just eaten. The book is written in first person with a slightly sarcastic edge that made me quite like the character of Myrna. As we progress along the tale.  I found myself liking her more and more. She gets herself into some truly stupid situations in her attempts to negotiate a truce between these two dragon clans but, as we can see inside her head, I forgave her for it as she truly was trying to help the situation. The scenes where she angered the “big bad” left me with my head in my hands but I could see she was full of good intentions.
Her relationship with Trian was awkward to say the least. Thrust together to try to solve the case, they have obvious tension that needed resolving and, because of the amount of chemistry, I expected more romance in this book. It wasn’t to be; instead we readers get mere glimpses of what their relationship could be like. I liked Trian and knew that he regretted the way things ended before; I just didn’t know if I trusted him. The difficulty with first person POV is no head-hopping, so I literally knew only what Myrna did.
The suspense plot was intricate and fun. The world building itself was quite complicated, unravelling a little piece at a time and only when it was relevant to moving the plot forward. I was actually very impressed all round and I will be picking up future works by this author.  The suspense plot took up the bulk of the word count, the tensions between warring dragon factions and resulting plot, keeping the pages turning. Did I spot the plot? Yeah I did, but it was only ‘cos I was expecting something to happen that I even looked as hard as I did!
Overall, I really enjoyed this fast and fun book. With great world building and fascinating characters, this is a book that I recommend. I will be reading more from this author.
  

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