Review: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (The Dragon Kin #6) by G. A. Aiken

September 15, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★


How to Drive a Dragon Crazy

(The Dragon Kin, #6)
by G. A. Aiken

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; September 4, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1420108905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420108903

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes, references to incest.

Description

Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.

If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it — namely me — I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat…

Review

This is the Dragon Kin book I’ve been waiting for! A perfect balance of action, humor, and romance, Aiken does a fantastic job keeping her enormous cast of characters in line (and hilarious).  While not PC by any stretch of the imagination, I giggled my way through every last violent, sexy, slap-stick page.

Though I remember a little bit about Izzy and Éibhear (pronounced AY-var) from prior books, enough background is offered on them and the supporting characters that even new readers should be able to enjoy HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY. Where they may miss out is the the nuances of Aiken’s hyperbolic characters (sometimes it’s hard to tell who is vain, who is violent, who is god-touched, and who is a combination of all of the above), but HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY has a consistent enough tone that I think anyone could catch up. Even better, there were none of the unnecessary shifts of point of view that have always been a pet peeve of mine in both Dragon Kin and Pride books (which are published under the name Shelly Laurenston).  In HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY, Aiken has pared both plot and point of view down to a strategic and effective level. Normally I find myself glossing over politics in Dragon Kin books, but both the romance and ancillary family plot lines  kept me interested all the way through.

HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY is as crass and entertaining as I could have hoped.  It wouldn’t be a Dragon Kin book if Aiken didn’t cross the line every once and awhile, but for every bad “dirty uncle” comment, there were three times as many hysterical quips that had me laughing out loud.  This book has me giddy to read more of both Aiken’s Dragon Kin and Pride series, as it’s clear an already awesome author has kicked it up to the next level.

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3 Responses to “Review: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (The Dragon Kin #6) by G. A. Aiken”

  1. Lexi

    I love how you described Aiken’s writing. So true! I love this series and can’t wait to pick this one up!

  2. anna

    Ahhh. I love this series. Aiken/Laurenston is one of my all time favorite authors. Glad Izzy and Éibhear’s book didn’t disappoint. I’m dying to get my hands on it but have so many books I have to get through first. And huh. I don’t know how I missed that his name was pronounced like that. I’ve been saying it all wrong in my head :)

    ~Anna@herding cats & burning soup