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The Curse of the Dragon Paperback – May 11, 2022
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Dragons and witches weren't meant to mix...
I've never fit in. All my life I've lived in the shadow of my perfect parents, with their perfect magical gifts.
A fact solidified when they use me to bargain for peace and I'm offered to a mad prince of a dragon in matrimony.
Ever the dutiful daughter, I pack my bags and go to meet my fate.
However, he takes one look at me and rejects me as well. In fact, his exact words being "Not now and not ever."
Now I'm fed up, angry and would do just about anything to strike back at him.
Including his twin...
But one touch from the Dragon spare and my world is thrown into chaos.
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- ASIN : B0B145TCJ8
- Publisher : Independently published (May 11, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8824299526
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.84 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #906,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall though, the story was good. I really liked the beginning and the build up to the big bad event, but the falling action and closure just fell a bit flat because they were so rushed and not fully explained. Would recommend if you're looking for a steamy dragon shifter book with some light alpha/omega tropes, and are just looking for something to read quickly without having to invest in a long series.
POV: Dual 1st Person
Stand Alone? It seems to be part of a series in that there is a connection to characters but can absolutely be read as a stand alone.
Before finishing this book I did read some of the low rating reviews and I find myself agreeing with some. But, not enough to lower my rating because even though the ending does seem rushed, and it seems as though the author missed a chance to provide a truly epic book she still delivered an awesome tale… it’s the 10 year gap in story that caused me to lower the review to 4 ⭐️’s not the quality of the story there. This would have been 5 stars if we could have witnessed the struggles in the 10 between years. It also would have given us more reading time and that absolutely will never be a bad thing because this story makes one want to keep reading forever.
Despite the rushed feel of the ending it doesn’t really leave questions unanswered except one… why didn’t he write a letter?
The story is amazing however, and I find myself looking forward to reading more from this author.
Happy Reading my Friends!
5 stars - Absolutely loved it! I would definitely read again anytime!
4 stars - Really liked it! Will most likely read again sometime.
3 stars - Liked it. Glad I read it but probably won't read again.
2 stars - Didn't like it. Glad I'm done with the book and I'll never read it again.
1 star - Very rare rating. Absolutely hated the book. Will never read again and I'll probably burn any copies I come across.
I love dragons so I was excited when I saw this on Kindle unlimited. I don't regret reading a lot of books, but this is one of them. There really is no plot or storyline and I got frustrated at the holes and inconsistencies.
Cordelia is betrothed to one prince who rejects her, then his twin brother forms a mating bond with her. They instantly "get it on" because of the mating heat that got triggered and then most of the rest of the book is them consummating the bond over the course of a couple of days. The first brother shows up at one point but the second brother fights him off and keeps the girl. On the 3rd day they know each other, the parents rush them into a wedding where the witches coven enacts a curse that banishes all the dragons from North America. We're about 75% of the way through the book at this point so you can see there has been very little plot and action so far. Unfortunately the rest of the book doesn't have much either. Cordelia finds out she's pregnant and her and her mother-in-law try to track down where in the world the dragons went. (I wondered why the dragons didn't send a message but at the end we're told that they tried and apparently the curse kept the messages from getting through.) Suddenly we're 10 years in the future and they have spent all that time searching for clues and answers when they decide to go to Scotland.
"I was finally on the right path. Scotland had to hold more answers....My intent with this trip was to locate the birthplace of shifters and see what secrets I could unearth."
So she doesn't know that Ian is in Scotland, she's still just searching. She's getting a drink at a pub because a storm swept in, and wouldn't you know it, Ian walks in as well avoiding the same storm! 🙄 I guess that was a little too coincidentally cringey for me. I wish she had solved the mystery and had found Ian, not bumped into him. Maybe that's my preference and the author wanted Fate to do all the work in the story.
Inconsistencies and annoyances:
On page 24 her eyes are described as green gold, on page 42 it says dark brown, on page 48 they are a muddy green, and on page 319 they are the color of chocolate.
His eyes are described as green on page 28, but are a cool blue on page 319.
"Her skin was the color of warmth and smoothly unblemished..."
Can someone please tell me what color "warmth" is?
Forming the mating bond:
Page 94: "The ache to bite her was almost more than I could bear. I needed to mark her...instead I sucked on the sensitive skin hard enough to leave a different kind of mark."
Page 147: "In theory, if you don't receive the claiming bite while my barb is locked inside you, then our fate is not sealed together."
Page 169: "Asking me not to bite her was going to be the hardest thing I’d done in my lifetime..."
Page 247: "She threw her head back as I eyed the sweet curve of her neck. Dragons weren't biters like wolves and cougars when it came to claiming their mates, but there was something about her that made me want to nip at the skin and mark her in the most visible way I could think of."
So there are 3 references where he wants/needs to bite and mark her...then suddenly dragons aren't biters? 🙄
After the brothers fight for her:
Ian crashes into the ground due to a wing injury after fighting off his brother. It doesn't say that he shifts so I was confused when his dad and Cordelia started treating his wounds 2 sentences later and apparently he's human again and trying to talk. Cordelia uses her magic to get him mostly healed and the dad leaves so Ian can have the prize he just fought for. I assumed Ian was already naked this whole time because he was just in dragon form but suddenly she is unbuttoning his trousers! When did he get dressed?!
Maybe I would have liked this book a LITTLE 🤏 better if I wasn't so frustrated by these errors but probably not because there still wasn't a plot.