19 May 2018

Review: The Dragon's Heart (Dragon Lore #1)



★★★☆☆

From Goodreads:
The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.
After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.
Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without.
With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end–after the battle ash has settled–no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.


You cant trust anyone, not even your own feelings. Betrayal at every turn and nothing is what it seems.
Daniel and Shelby are two people who will either destroy each other and burn the world, or they will conquer it hand in hand. They are the manifestation of a power-couple. You can see it early on, even though Shelby's character is portrayed a bit weak at times. The book begins after they have already met the first time, so the first meeting, accidental bumping into each other, isn't there. They already have a bit of history, although they have been apart for a year. Old feelings are rekindled, and you can sense the desperate yearning for each other in their actions.


Plot-wise the book starts off with a sprint. Before you know it, you're already halfway through the book. Although there are action-packed scenes there's still time for the tender moments as well. The first half of the novel is constructed without time-skips or rapid changes of environment. The second half though. Sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking and where the characters were. Especially, the last twenty pages or so, it got me several pages to actually find out why the entire scene felt a bit surreal, to realise that the point of view and the location had switched.


Daniel's character, the stone-faced dragon king who supposedly doesn't have a soft side to him, is actually a big teddy bear. Shelby broke down the wall he had built around himself to protect his feelings. Since they didn't know they were mated at first, they did not know the reason why they both felt there was a missing piece in their hearts. The way some scenes, for example, the hospital scene, in the beginning, were described left awed. The way the conflicted emotions swirling around Daniel's head were put on the paper felt almost too authentic. It was amazing to follow how the chemistry between all the characters worked, they just suited the story and complimented each other.


Because of the ending was in a bit of a confused state, I left the book with more confusion than answers. It felt like that there was some kind of cliffhanger, but I am not sure, the last page came to end so abruptly. But I know it doesn't, since the second book in the series has a new set of main characters. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading The Dragon's Heart.

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