Saturday, July 27, 2013

ARC Review: Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez @NetGalley

Title: Dead Sexy Dragon

Author: Lolita Lopez

Series: Dragon Heat #1

Expected Publication date: August 6th, 2013

ISBN: 9781455547043

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend's kid sister showing on his doorstep. He's just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he's desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.

But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She's in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he's deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus.

Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she's plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a starling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night?

Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He's found his mate and she's not going anywhere...

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book through the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read just about every dragon paranormal romance book I can get my hands on as of recently. You all can testify to this since a lot of the recent reviews are dragon related. So when I saw this on NetGalley I was extremely excited to read it and I just had a feeling I would love it.

Boy, was I wrong.

Essentially the book is about a dragon shifter, Stig, who is a hard as nails, no-holds-barred, bad ass who is forced to babysit his dead friend's sister who has gotten herself in trouble. To make matters worse, Stig is in his mating phase which makes his inner beast hungry for sex and to find his mate damned the cost. Having a female in the house that he is already attracted to is a recipe for disaster. He must spurn his romantic and sexual impulses, try to help Cora find her way out of the mess she has made of her life, and avoid a centuries old feud with the Knights of St. George who are dead set on ridding the world of dragon shifters. No pressure.

First of all, this book is more so erotica with a paranormal air to it then regular paranormal romance. There is a fine line between these two genres. I associate erotica with raunchy scenes with naughty language and even naughtier characters. Paranormal romance is a bit more tame than that (depending on the author). This was too much for me. I have read some books where the language was risque, but this one made me blush profusely.

Of course, it wasn't just the language the author used but the abundance of sex in the book. In a typical paranormal romance book there are two or three sex scenes TOPS, unless the book is in the Anita Blake series and then it's sex all the time. This book was a grand total of 128 pages and probably 100 of those pages were sex scenes. What story line there was was all but forgotten in the constant sex, sex, sex going on between the characters. I understand they have had the hots for each other for a long time and that Stig is all riled up from his mating phase but... c'mon. I wanted to embed myself in Cora's form just to push Stig away and tell him "not tonight" for once.

As mentioned, the story was short and with all the sex, there wasn't much to the background of the dragon shifters or their feud with the Knights. The story moved INCREDIBLY fast. All Cora's problems and all that sexual tension between her and Stig got resolved in 2 days. Not to mention in that time, they realized they were mated and meant to be forever. Yep, because that's plausible.

I really wanted to like this book. I TRULY did. But it just wasn't enough for me. The premise was great and there truly would have been something there if the story had been drawn out more and the sex scenes trimmed down. The ending was so abrupt I had no idea what just happened. It's almost as if the author got tired of writing and just stopped where she was.

I will more than likely read the next book in the series simply so I may get some more of the Knights vs Dragons story line. I hope the next installment won't be as disappointing.

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