Dragon Fall (Black Dragons #1)
by Katie MacAlister
For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.
Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .
Dragon Fall is one of those books that's really hard to rate so what it comes down to is this... Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was it everything I was hoping it would be? Unfortunately, no. That being said, it was a fun, lighthearted paranormal romance that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
The story starts off with our heroine, Aoife, recalling an event that landed her in a mental hospital for two years. On her first night home, Aoife comes across a demon dog that has lost it's memory and a dragon shifter searching for a magic ring to end a curse that was put on the dragons. Of course things get a little complicated when Kostya realizes that Aoife has had the ring all along.
From their very first meeting, Aoife and Kostya had me cracking up. Aoife is quirky and a little dense, maybe? And Kostya is the typical brooding hero that you hate to love but ends up growing on you. He doesn't have a great grasp on modern day speech and when you put his words with his slavic accent things ended up sounding funnier in my head than they were probably meant to but that's what made it so enjoyable.
And then you have Jim, the demon dog. Jim really made this book for me. I mean, the things that would come out of that dogs mouth! Not to mention when Aoife turns him into a human... Seriously, this book needs to be read for that scene alone.
There was a pretty big twist towards the end that I did not see coming and I wanted to throat punch Aoife's sister, but other than that there wasn't really a whole lot going on. I mean, you have the red dragons that are after Kostya and Aoife, then of course there are a few other baddies along the way, but none of it took away from the humor which is what stood out for me.
We're left with a bit of a cliffhanger with one of the baddies, which I'm guessing will carry on to the next book in the series, but we do get a HEA for Aoife and Kostya which was a long time coming, in my opinion. Will I read the next book in the series? Probably. But I'm not sure how far into the series I'll go if all of the books are similar to this one.
For as long as she can remember Katie MacAlister has loved reading, and grew up with her nose buried in a book. It wasn't until many years later that she thought about writing her own books, but once she had a taste of the fun to be had building worlds, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes, she was hooked.
With more than fifty books under her belt, Katie's novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. A self-proclaimed gamer girl, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her dogs, and frequently can be found hanging around online.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Dragon Fall in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.