by Katie MacAlister
Series: Black Dragons #2, Dragon Septs #12
Pub. Date: Nov. 24, 2015
Publisher: Forever / Grand Central
TURN ON THE CHARM
According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman...
TURN UP THE HEAT
Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.
These dragon books seriously crack me up. Katie MacAlister comes up with some great one-liners, and her dragons are super dragony! This is the first book of the Dragon Septs World that I have not listened to in audio, so I wasn't sure how it would go. I have been a bit spoiled by Tavia Gilbert narrating this series b/c she does such an excellent job with accents and delivering the aforementioned one-liners. But I still found myself cracking up and highlighting like crazy across the ebook.
I was a little nervous about this book when I saw that it was about Bee. Having committed her sister, Aoife, to a looney bin in the prior book, she did not engender good feelings. So I started off the book not liking her, but she grew on me like a fungus by the end. I didn't quite connect to her all the way, but she was good with Constantine and she didn't run off half-cocked all the time so she didn't get on my nerves. But I wouldn't hesitate to trip her and get to Constantine if it came down to it.
Now, Constantine on the other hand - love love love love love! I always love the dragons in this series, though I don't remember Constantine from the previous books. In my defense, I did read them several years ago and my memory isn't what it used to be. So if Constantine was a baddy in previous books, I think I am glad I don't remember because I loved him so much here. He was totally oversexed, way too into adult toys, but a genuinely nice guy/dragon.
The story arc from the first book is continuing, the dragons and mates are out to break the curse put upon all dragonkin two years prior. This brings them up against some powerful demons, one of which has some interesting connections to our hero. We get a new secondary character in this book as well, Gary, who is a disembodied head and provides comedic relief similar to Effrijim, our lovable newfie demon.
Favorite quotes from this story:
...I am now very much with the times. I have a mobile phone. I listen to podcasts. I twat.
I am quite conversant with internet memes and social phrases. I Twatter. I read the Wikipodium. I am as hip as they come.I will punch you in the gooch.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
For as long as she can remember Katie MacAlister has loved reading, and grew up with her nose buried in a book. It wasn't until many years later that she thought about writing her own books, but once she had a taste of the fun to be had building worlds, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes, she was hooked.
With more than fifty books under her belt, Katie's novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. A self-proclaimed gamer girl, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her dogs, and frequently can be found hanging around online.
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