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 . . .
Worldbuilding: I’m new to Katie MacAlister’s dragon world, this being my first read by her, but I’ve fallen irremediably in love with it already. I think it was my favorite part of Dragon Fall, in fact. The fantasy elements – dragons, witches, Guardians – and social order were entirely engrossing and had my full, rapt attention.
Characters: There was a lot about Aoife that I loved. She was something of an eccentric character, very strong and accustomed to dealing with bigotry and the world unjust, yet vulnerable and in need of support when it came to family or love. I would have liked her better, I think, had her manner been somewhat different when it came to plot-relevant happenings. She just had this way of blundering into situations and unleashing things by not knowing things, despite constantly asking those around. I felt in a way she was boycotted in a sense, forever not getting the info to help her make sense of what was going on. I found it easy to empathize with her.
Kostya was every bit the alpha male (Dragon to boot! Yey!) you’d expect or wish for. He was stubborn, at times obtuse, protective, loyal passionate, dedicated to his love interest and always coming to the rescue when the situation required it. Though he was very reluctant to actually communicate or share relevant info. So again, very alpha male, lol.
I liked them together, they had good chemistry, and their one on one, while not explicit or terribly exciting for me, was well integrated in their romance arc. I loved how tortured they both were, mwahahaha. Evil reader pleasures satisfied, lol 😀
I loved other characters as well, especially Jim who got the better part of the comic relief role. Always love that 😀
Plot: The romance arc was nicely paced and quite sweet, and while sweet isn’t my thing generally, I enjoyed it. The mating trope had a slow romance feel, and I felt it rounded the story very well. Outside of the romance arc, there was quite a lot of action and it kept very much so engaged and entertained. I can’t wait to see how things go from here on with the series-plot. In no way does that mean there’s any kind of cliffy here, let me be clear. But there’s a larger story that I guess will encompass the novels in the series.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative from Aoife’s POV. I enjoyed her perspective and humor. If there’s one thing I found mildly irritating, it was the avoid-potty-mouth quality the whole novel. There are times when that’s cute, like when swearing for instance, and times when it seems childish and ruins the mood – for me! – like during sex scenes.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my dragon-craving PNR moods.
All in all, I recommend Dragon Fall to lovers of dragon lore PNR and to lovers of adult sweet-like romance that isn’t actually graphic in nature.
I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.