Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced #3)
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by St Martins Press
Genre: Adult Fantasy (Historical) Romance
In a Flutter: Epic-flavored fantasy world
Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?
Worldbuilding: The setting is the Aerthlan world, a medieval(ish)-like fantasy world. I liked the concept of the Embraced, and the paranormal elements of shifters and fantastic dragons were a definite plus.
Characters: Gwennore (name of doom! I’m so totally gonna get it wrong, just watch…sigh) is an elf and an Embraced. Or more than an elf, but yeah, read the story to find out juicy details, mwahaha! I admired her fierce love for her sisters and their families, particularly her little niece. Gwen has cool gifts too, plus a scientific approach to things which might come as a bit of a surprise in this epic-flavored world. I liked the surprise 😀
Silas seems swoon-worthy as soon as he makes an entrance in the story. The alpha male, captain of an army, hero I would add, very respected by his countrymen – a man of action, for sure. He was also passionate and playful, a side of him that came through a lot in Gwen’s company ofc. And he brought that out of her, too.
They had awesomesauce banter and pretty hot chemistry, despite the trope. I say despite, because…
Plot: Virgin heroine romance, slow burn, and pretty sweet. It’s a mix that I don’t often associate with hot chemistry, and I liked the mix. I’m not too into sweet and virgin romance, though, so I was more interested in the mystery of the curse arc – which was pretty cool, plus I always love me some Machiavellian court intrigue. But the curse part wasn’t the spotlight, ofc, the romance was.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, her/his POV. The style was a bit epic-like, to fit the historical time-frame of the setting ofc; it was also peppered with humor and banter, which I always love.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my Fantasy Romance moods.
I recommend Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon to fans of HEA Fantasy Romance in historical settings, with dragon shifters and virgin heroines.