by Katie MacAlister
Series: Black Dragons #1
Pub. Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hrs 50 min
YOU FLIRT WITH FIRE...
For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing—and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog—and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.
WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON
Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical—and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .
I seriously love Katie MacAlister's dragons, and I encourage you to listen to these as audiobooks if you can. The narrator, Tavia Gilbert, does an excellent job. I also encourage you to read the Dragon Septs world in this order, as the various dragon series build on one another.
Dragon Fall is the first in the Black Dragons series, featuring Drake's brother, Kostya. It's been a while since I read the earlier Dragon Sept books, so it took me a little bit to remember that Kostya was kept imprisoned for seven years and was rescued in one of the earlier books. He has suffered torture and betrayal, and has vowed never to have another mate. I cannot stress how in love with Kostya I am. He is a perfect dragon - arrogant, protective and scorching hot. He takes everything quite literally, which leads to some hilarious one-liners, particularly in the great accent Tavia gives him.
Aoife is fresh out of the looney bin, having been committed by her sister after Aoife claimed to see supernatural happenings at a local goth fair. On her first day out, Aoife wears a magic ring, runs over a demon, and pulls an unconscious dragon from the ocean. Faced with stubborn and delectable Kostya, Aoife realizes she is not crazy after all. I admired Aoife's jumping all in to the relationship with Kostya and help him heal from his past betrayal. Like some of the other heroines in the series, Aoife's personality had a bit of that slapstick comedy quality. She was always running forward into situations without thinking or trying to fix things and making them worse. Normally I find this funny and I did for the most part of this book... but I hit a PMS streak before I finished the book and she started to get on my nerves a bit.
Other than that, the story was great. The dragons are out to break the curse set upon them by Asomdeus. The ending was a bit abrupt, but that is because the main plot conflict continues over the story arc for the series. I am stoked to be reading about these dragons again, it seems like it was ages ago that I read about the green, blue and silver septs.