War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
I seriously ADORE the battle-fuck outta this series.
The world is immense and I need a family tree just to keep all the crazy ass characters straight, but it’s one of those series that I expect to be overwhelmed by it all, laugh out loud at the over the top antics of the characters and love every second of it and Feel the Burn delivered all of that and more. I snickered, snorted and laughed out loud almost the entire time. Had a few WTF moments then remembered that anything really does go in this world so just accepted it and even had some surprised “awwww” moments tossed in there. And even now I’m still thinking about all went on and what will come next.
While I feel that the series has taken on a more Sci-Fi/Fantasy bent than a paranormal romance one where the focus more on pushing the overall story arc series forward than on the couple at the center of the romance element of the story, it didn’t take away from getting to know both Gaius and Kachka better or loving the journey they took to realizing that they are perfect for each other. Gaius is arrogant, he is a dragon after all and a king in his own right, but compared to the Southlanders he is definitely not as dramatic. He’s a bit more calm and yet can be quite sly and snarky when warranted. Also, the way he and his twin Aggie are together is just too sweet.
Kachka is a true Daughter of the Steppes. She is confident in her own strength and knows just how skilled of a warrior and hunter she is, but it isn’t ego talking. It’s truth. She calls things as she sees it and believes men are only good for very few things in this world. And though she isn’t as warm and cuddly as Elina, her sister can be, she still shows compassion in her own special, direct way.
Gaius and Kachka’s courtship can be said to be one of the more sane ones of the series, which says a lot when you look at what everyone else who is mated went through, but it isn’t without it’s trials this is the Dragon Kin series after all. But what made it different is that they are both quite level headed and because of it they tended to actually listen to the other. learned what made them tick and didn’t expect the either to change. And in the end the only thing that changed about them was their relationship status.
The whole crazy Chramnesind, The Eyeless One and his followers wanting to take over the world and Duke Salebiri wanting to put down Annwyl, The Mad Queen of Garbhan, is steamrolling right along, and bringing out some interesting twists and turns to storyline, but most importantly, at least for me, is that through it we get to see, or hear about, almost everyone that has ever had their own book and then some. And the funny thing is that each and every character has a purpose of some kind, even if they are simply there to irritate and exasperate one another, because with the Royals that is a duty that is taken quite seriously. And while I actually do love all the characters Annwyl and Dagmar will always be my favorites (and let me tell you there were some great moments with Annwyl in this one) although The Abominations: Talwyn, Talan and Rhianwen are definitely nipping at their heels.
The Bottom Line: Just another rip roaring over the top fun time and I’m looking forward to seeing if my prediction of the next couple to be is correct!
~ ARC provided by Kensington Books - Zebra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken lives on the West Coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesn’t love everyone into a coma. When she’s not writing about sexy dragons, she’s writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston. Find out more about this New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors books at www.shellylaurenston.com.