TURN ON THE CHARM: According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he’s now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon’s dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman… TURN UP THE HEAT: Bee isn’t sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he’s grown to love with fierce intensity.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
There is certainly no sophomore slump here as Dragon Storm comes screaming into the series with a ton of fun and some new characters.
For centuries, Constantine has lived as an outcast. He is thought to have been the ruin of many, many dragons and now lives predominately as a spirit though he can manifest into a solid form. Like most dragons, Constantine is handsome beyond measure but he is also, unlike most dragons, exceptionally kind, thoughtful, caring, and the bearer of a twisted sense of humor. According to Constantine, his one true mate, Ysolde is mated to Baltic and though Constantine has accepted the reality of the situation, he isn’t at all happy about it. In order to assuage his anger, Constantine finds new and improved ways to aggravate Baltic and awards himself points for particular reactions. Oh, and he likes to invest in sex toys and leave some lying about the house 🙂
Because of his status among other dragons, Constantine rarely concerns himself with their affairs. However, a chance to redeem himself wouldn’t be ignored so when he is asked to go into the underworld to retrieve an item of great importance, Constantine agrees to go. Constantine has no intention of lingering in the underworld but finds his task hampered at every turn. The first hampering is Bee, a fiercely frustrating Charmer (her job, not her personality) who is, incidentally working on the same problem as Constantine. The second hampering comes in the way of a disembodied knocker by the name of Gary (Gareth, but nobody calls him that!) and the final hampering comes in the form of the crown prince of Abadon who has no intention of allowing Constantine, Bee, Gary, or his possessions to leave his realm. Against his better judgement (and thanks to the chains!) Constantine helps Bee and Gary out of Hell and back into the real world.
Once back in the real world, Bee and Constantine determine their first course of action should be to reverse the curse that has plagued dragonkin for more than two years. If the curse can be reversed, and Bee is certain of her abilities, then each of the dragon septs can once again talk to one another and again focus on the larger issues facing them all. First on the list, banishing Bael’s sorry, evil ass back to Hell. As I have come to expect in my Katie Mac reads, Dragon Storm is full of characters past and Constantine and Bee are most assuredly visited by the other dragons and their mates. Aisling and Drake, Ysolde and Baltic, and Aiofe and Kostya all make appearances and work with Constantine and Bee to solve a lot of problems. Thrown into the mix is the budding relationship between Constantine and Bee and how the two of them cannot only be together but also care for Gary.
The Bottom Line: I was less than impressed with the first read in this series but found myself pleasantly surprised by Dragon Storm. This read has all the things I love in Katie Mac books: feisty dragons, JIM and GARY for serious comic relief, the appearance of older characters, and the continuation of a good and somewhat unresolved plot line. Couple all of this with a new, fun couple like Constantin and Bee and Dragon Storm becomes all kinds of awesome. My only complaint about this read Aiofe, I still really dislike her and that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. On the bright side, Aiofe plays only a small role in this read so I didn’t let her dampen my feelings about the book as a whole. By books’ end, some of the issues are resolved but dragonkin and the world still face the challenge and threat that is Bael. On to book three, Dragon Soul.