Series: Boston Dragons #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Shifters, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes. References to incest.
Reviewed by: Kim
Jayce Fierro is part of a legendary Boston firefighting family of phoenix shifters. Hiding his true form makes being in a relationship rather difficult. Meeting the beautiful Lieutenant Kristine Scott of the New York City Fire Department and knowing he can’t have her only makes things worse.
Dragon shifter Kristine can’t stop thinking about fun, flirty Jayce and his teasing smile. A relationship could never work-not with the distance between them, and definitely not with her shifter secret. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble and secrets are revealed, Jayce will do whatever it takes to help-whether or not the feisty, stubborn New Yorker wants him to
Authors sometimes make confusing choices, adding a mythology or a plot twist that is such unnecessary deus ex machina that it almost ruins a book. NEVER DARE A DRAGON has characters who feel real, and it’s disappointing to have most of their problems disappear in the last quarter of the book.
Jayce and Kristine are two firefighters used to risking their lives for the people in their respective cities and for the people in their family. It made sense that they were so torn about starting their relationship. Boston and New York aren’t that far from each other, but both have serious responsibilities. It was great to see a couple where one person wasn’t willing to give up everything (job/family/school) to be with someone. Most paranormal romance novels get around this problem by making one of the characters a lone wolf/drifter with a murdered family, which is a bit of a cop out.
The phoenix mythology was refreshing. The phoenixes were powerful but small, and they aged faster when they were in bird form. Their regeneration was also super fun and interesting.
Unfortunately for NEVER DARE A DRAGON, the author decided to have Gaia the earth goddess heavily involved in the plot. In a book that had grounded issues such as long-distance relationships, kidnapping, arson and incest, it was incredibly distracting to have teleportation thrown in as an answer to everything.
It was distraction and unfortunate that two characters who are strong willed and capable at their jobs, and who have mighty powers of their own, were reduced to pawns in their own story. I loved lots of parts of NEVER DARE A DRAGON, from the cool family dynamics and the extended dragon and phoenix mythologies; I just wish the characters had solved their own problems.Series Titles:
- I Dream of Dragons
- My Wild Irish Dragon
For more shifters in emergency response positions, try the Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) series by Paige Tyler.