On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.
As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.
Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys's life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.
First off let me say that I enjoyed this book as a whole and had a difficult time putting it down. It was a fun, quick read with an interesting plot and characters, most of whom I really liked, but dear lord did they drive me nuts and one in particular drove me to want to reach out and smack her.
Kai just hit all those wrong buttons for me and while I did my best to give her the benefit of the doubt because of her age and the situation that she found herself in, I just couldn’t find much to really like about her, even when she had what I’ll call moments of clarity and moved past her own needs, they were short lived. Her need to assert her independence overrode everything else going on around her and made her appear to be a brat. Rhys is simply too honorable for his own good and this sense of honor makes things a little more difficult for him, but I couldn’t blame him for it. He’s a good guy who is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and is doing his best to not repeat the mistakes of the past. Their relationship, if you could call it that, felt a lot like playing Frogger (Yes, I am dating myself). It was a lot of waiting, false starts and a few horrible collisions (one of which pissed me off and had me very unhappy with a character I really liked) and outside of the heartswearing and all it entails I’m still not sure if I’m fully on board with them being together.
The story/premise/plot of the trilogy is well done and the writing is engaging, though I will say that it does take a while to get the big picture of what is going on, but that didn’t bother me in anyway. I liked the history of the dragons and why they are at/about to go to war with each other and there were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming and am looking forward to seeing how they play out, especially Cadoc. And though I may have issues with one of the main characters, I LOVED Juli and Ashem and want to see more of them.
Something that I feel the need to point out is that while this is being touted as a romance, it is more like Urban Fantasy with a New Adult feel to it. This wasn’t an issue for me, but if you’re looking for a lot of romance and sex, you won’t be getting it in this installment of the trilogy.
The Bottom Line: Although I had some violent tendencies towards a character or two, I just really enjoyed the overall story and world and am looking forward to seeing what comes next.
~ ARC provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Originally from the Midwest, Caitlyn McFarland currently lives in Utah with her husband and three young daughters. She has a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she’s not writing about dragons or running around after her daughters, she can be found hunched over a sewing machine making elaborate princess costumes. Caitlyn is represented by Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency, LLC.