Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Carina Press on July 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Kissing, references to sex
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner.
As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was a fun paranormal romance with a bit of mystery, suspense and action to keep things interesting. The futuristic world where dragons were created from a lab accident and technology is spotty is an intriguing and different setup, I'll admit. Well, maybe not the spotty technology part (I can think of a few series that feature that) but definitely the dragons, and the lack of any other supernatural creatures.
As a heroine, I really liked Myrna's character. She is smart and driven to succeed, eager to learn, and willing to take opportunities outside her comfort zone. This is the kind of woman I like to see in a romance. The unfortunate part was the history she had with Trian and how he had caused her problems in the past. It didn't make him very likable to start out with and I can’t say he's my favorite romance hero ever. Don't get me wrong, he still sounded hot as hell, but it's also what's inside that counts too, right? Trian and Myrna were kind of adorable together though- her indignation at his very presence in her life and Trian's suave confidence made for some great conversations.
My biggest complaint with NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was that it was pretty predictable. A few of the big reveals were easily discerned far before they were confirmed. While it wasn't a deal-breaker, it was a little frustrating to have the foreshadowing be that heavy and obvious.
I think NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was a good first in a series. It introduced us to an atypical world that holds a lot of possibility for more development, some side characters who I would love to see more of, and even though it wasn't perfect, it was a quick, light read that kept my attention and has me interested in more. Since it appears it is the first in the Dragons Trilogy, it looks like I'll have my curiosity satisfied.
- Never Deal with Dragons
- Dancing with Dragons
- How to Date a Dragon by Ashlyn Chase