Courts, queens, and sexy dragons with wings…
Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. But when she’s abducted by a greedy dragon who wants to breed with her, Viola begins to realize the dragon world is filled with betrayal, deception, intrigue, and danger…
As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but Viola’s beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. Something he should not be feeling. When she names him her protector and consort–quite by accident–Sergei has no choice but to accept. Now they are bonded for life…with a growing attraction neither of them could have imagined.
But the dragon court is ruthless…and what doesn’t kill Viola will only make her more dangerous.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Otherworld via NetGalley
I think this book works best if you don’t take it too seriously. Because as fun as it is, it also frequently turns a bit messy. Such as the beginning, where the reader gets thrown into the story without any preparation. I know this is the second book in this series, but I didn’t read the first one and it might have been nice to have had some background about how rare queens are and how male dragons (studs) are utterly subservient to them, before we get thrown into the confusion of Viola turning into a three-headed dragon and being kept prisoner by her boss. All for the sole purpose of becoming a breeding machine.
It’s not like the book then slows down and allows for any breathers or catch-ups either, because it’s pretty action-packed, with Viola on the run – not just from dragons who want to make babies with her, but humans who want to sacrifice her to curse the rest of the dragon race, and the other evil queens who either want to kill her or give her to their studs to make babies with. One thing this book doesn’t lack for is action. There is always something going on.
Which is good, because Viola isn’t the most inspiring heroine. Mostly she bumbles around not knowing what to do with herself. Her mother is awful, her father left her as a child, her ex-husband used her to pay off his student loans and her ex-boyfriend used her to get a motorbike. Basically, she’s a doormat – who now turns into a three-headed dragon, with a cutesy horse head on one side and a sarcastic goat on the other. Even then people are still trying to use her for something. It might have been nice to have found out just how they were tracking her down everywhere she turned, though, and although she isn’t a dislikeable character, the only distinguishing characteristic she had was her love of knitting. Which is kind of cute, but not a lot to hang onto.
Then there’s Sergei, the dragon with attitude who hates queens, but is attracted to Viola. He spends a lot of time brooding and blowing hot and cold, before joining her in lots of sex. He’s not particularly interesting either, considering how old he is, but at least he fills in some gaps about dragon life.
The plot romps along at a fair old pace but gets really messy towards the end. Lots of things happen in a very short amount of time, some of which take place “off screen” as it were, giving the last few chapters a very jerky, rushed feeling. To be honest I was expecting there to be a second book to follow this one, since there are so many different threads to be wrapped up. In a way it’s nice that Viola’s story is all (mostly) contained in one book, but to be honest there’s too much story here to be dealt with decently.
Also (and I may be alone on finding this really irritating), if you’re going to reference poetry at least get the poet right. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” is by Dylan Thomas not Rudyard Kipling!
So although I did enjoy this book, it’s a bit of a mess. There’s a good storyline here and the world is certainly intriguing, but the characters aren’t particularly engaging and the pacing could be a bit smoother. Still, if you’re looking for a fun paranormal with some interesting dragons, then you will find that here. It might be better to start with the first book, though, in the hopes that you will then know what on earth is going on. Well, one can hope…
The Queen’s Flight is out November 16th!
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