Series: Dragon Kin #7
Published by Zebra Books on 2014-11-25
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
FTC: This book is from Netgalley. It was received in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This could be my favourite in the series. I read the series for the snarky characters, mean humour and pacey plots…. this one upped the ante on all those counts and I could not put it down.
This is Celyn the Charming’s book and, as it turns out, he isn’t very charming when faced with the difficult Elina. He finds himself at a loss to do with the woman that he has been tasked to protect, especially as she is so mean to him. When he has to take her on a mission to try to negotiate a treaty between her people and Anwyl, he finds that the more time he spends with her, the more confused he gets. They work well as a team, they have fabulous sex but she is still horrible to him…. I loved it! I haven’t laughed so much at a book in ages and it felt great. Elina made him work for her trust and her time, not allowing him to charm his way into her life or her panties. I love seeing a player fall and this one was all the better as, because he genuinely had no back up moves to help him out, he became a better character and a well-rounded hero. He had some jaw-droppingly sweet lines too … I swooned!
Elina is a disappointment to her tribe so is sent on a suicide mission to kill the Dragon Queen. She fails but, grateful that they spare her life, she agrees to help broker a treaty between the people of the Steppes and the Dragons. Only problem is that her people don’t respect her at all and the return mission will possibly be just as dangerous as the original one. Along with Celyn (or “dolt” as she calls him) she must travel across some dangerous territory to get home and try to convince her family to trust her. I loved Elina. She’s a strong woman who questions the ways of her tribe and suffers greatly for it. Celyn is fabulous for her and his insistence on trying to convince her that she isn’t the useless woman her family have her pegged as made me love him a bit more.
All of the side characters appear in this one and I adore seeing how they have moved on. I think Anwyl will always be my favourite but the rest are equally fun to read about too. There is some big storyline coming with Dagmar’s children too … I can’t wait.
The side story is very well fleshed out in this instalment, more so than in the earlier books. The series arc was developed with tremendous flair, pushing both the romance and the series forward. This book gave me so much more in terms of world-building that I can honestly say I am well and truly entranced.
This is a laugh aloud PNR, brimming with pacey plots and punchy dialogue. I love the characters in this series and this latest instalment gave me characters with even more snark, even more personality and an even more bitchy one-liners. I recommend it whole-heartedly.