Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks @KerrelynSparks @SMPRomance

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Date Read: March 27, 2018
Length: 448 pages
Source: NetGalley

From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…

Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

My Review

This book was just a whole lot of fun!  I have been a huge fan of this series since I read an early copy of the first book so I was really looking forward to this newest installment.  The fact that I knew that there would be dragons in the book made it all just a little bit better.  I went into this book with some pretty high expectations and I am happy to report that they were all met.  I read most of this book in a single sitting because I didn't want to put the book down. 

This is the third book in the Embraced series and while this book could be read as a stand alone, I do think that this is a series that works best read in order whenever possible.  I have grown to love the characters that appear in this series and had a nice time seeing how some of them are doing.  This book focuses on Gwennore and it was really nice to get to know her better in this story.  I really like Brody's character and was happy to find that he played a large role in this story as well. 

Gwennore is an elf and like her adopted sisters she has a special power due to her birth date.  She has the ability to determine the cause of an illness through touch which makes healing possible.  She has a close relationship with her sister's daughter and doesn't hesitate to put her life on the line to protect the child when she is kidnapped by a dragon.  Gwennore soon learns that she can speak to dragons and forms a bond with her rescuer, Puff.

Silas is highly respected and carries himself with authority.  He is also very easy on the eyes and is the kind of man that can make things happen. He has decided to watch over Gwennore while she is at the castle and takes on the role of protector.  With her skills as healer, she can help the people of his country along with the queen. 

I loved Silas and Gwennore together.  I really thought that all of their feelings towards each other felt completely authentic.  Silas is able to see things in Gwennore that others have missed.  She is used to be treated poorly because she is an elf so she is surprised to find that Silas is genuinely interested.  They had a lot of chemistry together and I loved the spark that seemed to fill the page when they shared a scene. 

I would recommend this series to others.  This was a book that brought a big smile to my face as I turned the pages.  I loved that there was just a bit of humor mixed into the story at just the right times.  I cannot wait to read more books in this fun series. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press.

The Series

Book #1 - How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - My Review
Book #2 - So I Married a Sorcerer - My Review
Book #3 - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
About the Author

Jennifer Berry Studio
Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at www.kerrelynsparks.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

20 comments:

  1. Good info for when I I will tame a dragon...haha

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  2. I love that it was just a fun, engaging read. I need those at times between the complicated ones. They do sound like a nice pair the way they are different yet take the time to understand each other.

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    1. I love this kind of book. It was just a lot of fun :)

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  3. If there's a mention of dragons, I'm in ;)

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  4. Ugh, you make me want to start this series!!! I must resist. But, oh, it sounds so perfect. Why must I be so easily tempted?!

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    1. I think that the series would be best read in order if possible but would probably work as a stand alone as well.

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  5. I love this series and can't wait to read this one, it sounds really good.

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    1. It was a whole lot of fun, Mary. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  6. I have my eye on this series.

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  7. I'm so glad that this series is good. I have the first one on my shelf waiting to be read. I love dragons anything and I loved the cute titles in this series. Great review.

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    1. The titles for this series are so good! These books just make me smile. I hope you like it as much as I did.

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  8. Oh it's nice when characters like that find each other. I need to catch up on her books.

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    1. This series has been a whole lot of fun, Anna! I need to go back and read some of her other books since I love her writing style.

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  9. I need to read some more urban fantasy or fantasy novels like this one. Anything with dragons in it does make things better as well! I need to try this series. Great review!

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