Series: Dragon Kin #8
Published by Kensington on November 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Explicit sexual scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
FEEL THE BURN was the eight book in the Dragon Kin series, but there was so much going on that it felt like the twentieth book - it had too much overarching plot and not enough of the main characters for my liking.
GaIus, the One-Eyed Rebel King, and the Plains Rider Kachka have great chemistry - she is unimpressed by his royal lineage, and he appreciates someone who is able to see him as a man without trying to get something from him for being a king. They also work well together, hunting down the dangerous cult that has been threatening the kingdom for the last three or four books. Their relationship really took time to grow and it was sweet and sexy.
So many things worked in this book: the cult is super scary, Kachka has an amazing team of Riders that work with her, and I really enjoyed reading about Gaius' relationship with his twin sister, who is ruling their kingdom while he is hunting down their traitorous family members.
Unfortunately, there were a few things that were super jarring: the introduction of yet another noble dragon family (who were mostly unpleasant), a really long break in the action in the Southern lands to remind readers of the dozens of dragons we read about in the previous books, and long stretches of misandry to remind readers that the Riders really don't respect men. It got really old, really fast.
There is also a strange issue that has been bugging me for the last few books: the dragons and their mates are very long-lived, which means that the action of the books is spreading out over years and years now. It's difficult to keep track of events that take place over 30-40 years when the characters to not age or change all that much. It feels like the world is changing but the characters aren't keeping up with it.
It feels like this story arc is stretching out too long; if there was more Kachka/Gaius action, and less of a gallery of all the past characters, I would have liked FEEL THE BURN much better.Series Titles:
- Dragon Actually
- About a Dragon
- What a Dragon Should Know
- Last Dragon Standing
- The Dragon Who Loved Me – 3/5
- How To Drive A Dragon Crazy - 4/5
- Light My Fire
- Feel the Burn