Lucian: I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke...and I am dying. Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a 10,000-year treaty will die with me, if I don't spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair's breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman's blood on my hands. Arabella: I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he's taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn't know existed, and given me an impossible task - find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free. He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should. The fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a love that's true....
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WHEN THE GOING GETS GOOD, IT ENDS W/ A CLIFFHANGER
Why Oh, Why! Just when it was getting good, it ends on a cliffhanger!!! Arghhhh! Had I known this audio ended with a cliffhanger, I would have skipped it!
I love a good dragon shifter story, and Kiss of a Dragon's plot does start with a good foundation, and has the potential to deliver a story full of angst, suspense, action and steamy romance; however, the whole story will be told over three books. In my opinion, if an author is going to write a story about two characters over a series, the author has to hook the reader right from the beginning with a captivating plot, great characters and plot twists that will entice the reader to want to come back for more. While the story had an interesting plot, overall it left me with a lukewarm feeling. I'm actually on the fence about continuing the story, and it really depends on how fast the other two books are released in audio.
Some Spoilers: This story reminded me of Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury series, which I loved, and is one of the main reasons why I wanted to listen to this story. Lucian, a 500 year old dragon shifter must fulfill an age old treaty to keep the peace by mating and producing an heir. When he meets Arabella, he senses she is strong enough to withstand the mating process. In order to form a mating bond, the union must be formed from true love. After assisting Arabella with killing a demon, he captures her under the rouse of needing her assistance to find a suitable mate for him; however, his true motives are to seduce Arabella so she falls in love with him. The idea of mating, and being around Arabella is dredging up old hurtful memories he rather leave in the past. To ensue the past doesn't repeat itself, he refuses to fall in love with Arabella. After all, the mating bond only needs one true love to form the bond.
There was an instant connection between the characters, and the authors does a good job developing their relationship. However, the chemistry and romance between them is on the milder side, and just when things are really starting to heat up, the story ends.
This PNR just showcases how well Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell can narrate just about anything. Their performance really helped make this story more appealing.
The one thing I loved about this story, it's a KU/whispersync deal which helped soften the blow from the cliffhanger. Rating 3.5 stars.
This book started off really great. It reminds a of the Dragon Fury books by Collen Callahan. It also reminded me a bit of the books by Christine Feehan, The dark series. The book has a great plot and the characters are great. I was looking forward to a new series about Dragons and i was disappointed that the book has a major cliff hanger. Being that i do more listening to audio book rather than read i feel let down. Now i either have to read them or hope they come out in audio book form. I wish at least the first three about Lucien would have been in audio book. I did not know it had a big cliff hanger or i would have waited . Other than that the story line is really great.