Review: Dragon Fall (Book #1: Black Dragons Series) by Katie MacAlister

 

Title: Dragon Fall Series; Book #1: Black Dragons Series Author: Katie MacAlister Format: Paperback, 352 pages Published: July 28, 2015 by Forever  ISBN: 1455559210

Title: Dragon Fall
Series; Book #1: Black Dragons Series
Author: Katie MacAlister
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: July 28, 2015 by Forever
ISBN: 1455559210

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

 YOU FLIRT WITH FIRE… For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.

WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON . . . Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review:

Aoife Dakar is having a really bad night and it all started with agreeing to go on a date.  By the end of the night she has a ring and lovely white jacket that lets her hug herself.  Did I mention that white jacket also comes with a shrink and a padded cell?  Yeah, Aoife is having a really bad night. 

Two years later . . . . 

Aoife Dakar is having another really bad night.  Recently released from the looney bin (her words!) and enjoying her newfound freedom, Aoife finds herself on the wrong end of two bad events, hitting a large dog in the middle of the road and finding a very large, hot man knocked out on the beach near her home.  With the dog fixed up by the vet and the man fixed up by a local doctor, Aoife is trying to figure out what to do with the two of them.  Then, inexplicably the dog starts talking and the hot man claims to be a dragon.  It may be time for a new white jacket 🙂

Kostya, a gorgeous black dragon and brother to Drake (yes, Aisling’s dragon) is in all kinds of trouble and he needs Aoife’s help.  Rumor has it, the ring that can break the curse laid on the dragons has surfaced and Kostya must get his hands on that ring.  The demon who laid the original curse has no interest in allowing the dragons to reunite and so, has sent the hybrid demon/red dragons out on the attack.  Ring?  Like the one Aoife has been carrying around?  That ring?  Yes, that ring J  The second Kostya figures out Aoife has the ring, she comes under his protection and with each hour that passes the attraction between them grows stronger.  Aoife is more than willing to take her place by Kostya’s side but Kostya has some baggage that prevents him from claiming any woman as his mate. 

With help (and some punches) from Aisling and Drake, Kostya and Aoife figure out only Aoife can wield the power of the ring but she can’t break the curse alone.  Though Aisling certainly has more experience with the supernatural than Aoife, even she can’t control the power of the ring and when the men aren’t looking, the girls inadvertently summon the actual demon who cursed the dragons.  In what becomes a comedy of errors, not only do the girls summon an incredibly powerful demon they also let him loose and blow up the only safe haven for the supernatural in Paris.  All in a day’s work. 

The Bottom Line:  I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a new dragon book from Katie Mac.  I just wish that excitement was still present by the end of the read.  The one and only problem for me in this entire read, is Aoife.  Yes, I have an issue with one of the main characters.  Aoife has a few moments of funny but for the most part, she is just annoying.  Her unrelenting taunts, teases, and comments to Kostya about being his mate got old so fast yet they never ended.  I wanted to skip over much of the text related to Aoife but unfortunately she asks a lot of questions and good deal of backstory is revealed through her.  On a more positive note, Aisling, Drake, and JIM are back in action in this book.  Aisling is still getting herself into trouble with misguide attempts to help, Drake is still surly as ever, and Jim is simply fantastic.  The backstory is not only interesting but it certainly informs the current plot, the action is magic-y and awesome, and the naughty bits are fiery (HA!!  See what I did there? :)) and fun.  Mostly because Aoife doesn’t talk 🙂  In all, I am truly stuck in the middle on this read.  I enjoyed every other aspect of this read other than Aoife and the books in the series that have come before have always entertained me so I think I am going to chalk up Dragon Fall to an off day and hope the next book is better.

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