Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ARC Audiobook Review: Dragon Soul by Katie MacAlister

Dragon Soul 
by Katie MacAlister
Series: Black Dragons #3, Dragon Septs #13
Pub. Date:  March 29, 2016
Publisher:  Hachette Audio
Narrator:  Tavia Gilbert
Length:  9 hrs 12 min
Format:  Audiobook
Source:  Hachette Audio


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NOTHING BURNS HOTTER . . .

Sophea Long knows that escorting her octogenarian client to Europe will be an adventure. Mrs. P has a habit of stealing anything shiny, and the former "hoochikoo dancer" is a lot faster than she looks. But Sophea hadn't counted on Mrs. P leading her right into the arms of a smoldering, dark-haired stranger who kisses like a dream. If only he'd give up all this nonsense about Sophea being some kind of dragon...


THAN THE FIRE INSIDE

There's a reason Rowan Dakar is known as the Dragon Breaker. The last thing he needs is to fall for a woman who literally sets him aflame every time they kiss. After all, he has a mission-one that will finally free him of dragonkin for good. He can't afford to be distracted by the funniest, most desirable woman he's ever set eyes on. But no prophecy in the world can ever stop true love . . . 

If you follow my reviews, you know that I am just gaga for Katie MacAlister and her dragons. They are such fun reads. If you are in a serious mood or feeling extra logical, then pass these by until you are ready to have some slapstick fun.

This book starts off a bit differently in that our hero is not a dragon! Roman Dakar is the brother of Aiofe and Bea from the earlier books of the series, and he is known as the Dragon Breaker. After accidentally wiping out the Red Dragon sept, Rowan has been in hiding from the First Dragon and dragonkin. But when Bea asks for Rowan's help in retrieving an item of power, he decides to help and find the ring before it can be retrieved by demon lord, Bael (which would be bad news for the world). Rowan was a fun hero, even though he didn't deliver as many great one liners as our ancient dragons. He had good chemistry with our heroin and tolerated her ridiculousness without batting an eye. Rowan became a lot more fun after he has a transformation of sorts, but I will let you discover that on your own.

Orphan Sofea Long is our heroine, and is an uninformed wyvern's mate. She has been tasked with chaperoning Mrs. Papadopoulos (Mrs. P), a kleptomaniac octogenarian to Cairo to embark upon a cruise down the Nile. Unbeknownst to Sofea, the cruise will actually be through Duat, the Egyptian Underworld. Sofea was like most of MacAlister's heroines... two steps too close to ridiculous. She was not in the least capable or intelligent, and she was wholly lacking in common sense. But I loved her anyway. Her antics kept me cracking up, even when I was rolling my eyes at her absurd thought process.

I enjoyed the Egyptian mythology aspect of this installment, which was something different than the typical modern world and Abaddan (Hell) that we experienced in the earlier books of the series. I was so happy that we got to see some old favorites, particularly Gabriel, Constantine and Drake. And of course where Aishling (Drake's mate) and Constantine go, minor demon, Effrijim, and disembodied head, Gary, are sure to follow. These two tertiary characters provide even more comedic relief to a book that is rife with humorous entertainment.

This book was not quite as steamy as others in the series, but we still got a decent amount of romance and sexytimes. I always love the dragon chase and their aphrodisiac response to seeing gold. I am excited that we have
 as it gives me hope that we will get another spinoff series to add to the Dragon Septs sequence.

I want to comment on the narrator as well, because I love Tavia Gilbert. She is a dab hand at accents and giving each character their own personality, inflection and sound. I loved hearing Gabriel's Aussie accent and Ken & Barbie's Irish accents in this installment... and she really knows how to bring the ridiculous out of Katie's heroines.

I received an advanced copy of this audiobook from Hachette Audio in exchange for an honest review. 

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