Review: I Dream of Dragons

cover-I dream of dragonsTitle: I Dream of Dragons
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Series: Boston Dragons #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Available: April 5th


When Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out-until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There’s only one problem: Rory’s new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave ‘her’ apartment matter how steamed he may be…

Amber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink…or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?

Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley

If you like your Paranormal reads light-hearted, with lots and lots of characters, a tepid kind of romance, more talk of magic than actual paranormal activity and like it when there’s lots going on, yet strangely nothing really happens, then this book could be for you. It’s aiming to be funny more than exciting, and Mother Nature and her Modern Muses were definitely a new concept for me. However, personally, I found it pretty dull.

There are many reasons why this book and I did not particularly get along. I couldn’t really understand why air travel would need a muse – photography is fine and email I could just about believe, but who needs inspiration in order to fly? Amber’s job was more guardian angel than inspiring spirit. Then there were those dragons. Although, to be honest, there wasn’t much that was dragonish about them. Plenty of the Irish clichés, though. They just kept on coming throughout. There are also loads of characters who are clearly returning from previous books, even though this is the first in this series.

The story keeps pinging off around various characters, including the sweetheart back in Ireland, yet somehow despite all of this going on, none of it interested me in the least. Possibly because for the vast majority of the novel Amber and Rory are confined to the apartment, where they supposedly fall in love despite a complete lack of chemistry, time together or conversation. I didn’t even particularly like either of them, which didn’t help.

Oh, and then there are the leprechauns, who are hot-headed little meddlers. As for that castle, I find it hard to believe that the thing was hidden for how ever many years, yet there was no collectively local memory of when there was a castle on the cliffs. I don’t think it had even been hidden that long, but dates are pretty vague in this book, so it was hard to tell.

Basically, this is a book that you shouldn’t think about too hard, should just sit back and read and let the whole thing wash over you. Sadly, that wasn’t what I was hoping for and none of the characters grabbed my attention enough to make me care and the Irish stereotypes got on my nerves. I guess this one just wasn’t for me.

I Dream of Dragons is out April 5th.
Visit Ashlyn Chase for more details.


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