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If Michelle Pillow writes light romantic books, Jessie Donovan turns the intensity up by 2 or 3 degrees.
This is my first Jessie Donovan book, but I'm quickly buying the rest of them on Audible. I just love the premise that these stories are built around. A beleaguered enclave of dragon shifters live in a tenuous truce with humanity. Their blood is much sought after, as it can heal most human illnesses, but in order for the humans to get some, they have to 'sacrifice' compatible human females willing submit for the purpose of procreation. (Female dragons are very rare, and in order to grow their population, the dragons have no choice but to mate with human females if they want to have children.)
There are some huge plot holes in this set up, (where are all the women? Why don't the humans attack in greater numbers and just take the blood?), but I'm willing to play along and hope that the missing bits are served up in subsequent books. (Like why they're called "British dragons." Other than the Scots brogue they have, the human women and the secondary characters, are all American.)
This episode finds Melanie Hall arriving at the enclave as the most recent sacrifice, and she has only volunteered in order to get the dragon blood to save her dying brother. Once we know this however, she doesn't bother to get in touch with her brother to make sure he's been cured, even though it's a call she could have made. That was kinda the whole point, right? Like I said, plot holes.
I have a ton of questions like these, and that would ordinarily drive me crazy. But I really loved this book. I think it's because the MCs are so well written, and their emotions just ring true. I got invested in the story, and that saved the book for me.
So . . . IF you can get past the plot holes, the writing is great. I particularly appreciated hearing the conversation between Tristan's human part and the dragon inside. The voice and dialogue for the dragon is hilarious -- all id -- and gives the book an originality I haven't seen before.
Matthew Lloyd Davies gives a great performance, and brings Tristan's dragon to ingenious life. It's worth the price of admission just to hear that dragon's dirty talk!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Sacrificed to the Dragon the most enjoyable?
Matthew Lloyd Davies' performance! I loved the dragon's voice.
Which character – as performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies – was your favorite?
The dragon, and Tristan were my two favorite characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, extreme reaction. Decent story with some great sex scenes, and good character development.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I bought this audio by chance, as I haven't read any of Jessie Donovan books.<br/>The reason it caught my eye was it was set in England, and i liked the voice of the narrator.<br/>
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the way Tristram had the two different dialogue voice's in his head.His human half<br/>and his dragon's half it was at times very funny. All the characters came alive for me.<br/>It was at times funny, and at serious when needed.I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism<br/>and characters that kept me interested.
What about Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance did you like?
He was great at doing all the different voices. He didn't just read, the characters came alive<br/>for me. I would buy another book with this narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did, i carried every where with me.
Any additional comments?
I'm waiting for the next one to come out on audio.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It had a predictable plot but was an enjoyable story. The voice used by the narrator for the Dragon sounded a little creepy but I liked how the characters had realistic traits. I would recommend this book. Good author too.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
hmm. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the audio set up, but the sound for this was loud and then soft then loud again. I had trouble hearing the main male character's voice for a start - it was like the narrator was whispering that character. then in the middle of sentences there would be a couple of loud (yelled) words.. it was hard to listen to.
Also, for me, it was too crass. I'm not a prude by any stretch, but everything was "I want to f*ck her" or "let's f*ck her". I guess too much "animal" and not enough "person" - i just couldn't relate to it.
the storyline was good though. Not sure if I will be reading any more in the series...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have read at least half of the books in this series so far, and I really enjoy it. I haven't picked them up in a while, so yesterday I downloaded The narration upgrade for book 1. unfortunately for me the narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, sounds like he should be narrating children's books to children. I felt the voice needed to be darker, a little more Bond, and a LOT less, Thomas the Tank Engine.