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"Great heroine and a great fantasy romance!"

Finding out that one of the women taken in LOVE'S CAPTIVE had a brother, our story goes back to Earth, were our hero, Eric, a Green Beret, has been captured by the enemy. Instead of dying from getting tortured, he is rescued (and healed) by aliens and taken to Volarn, where Eric is reunited with his sister Olga. Now what? Return to Earth?

Princess Kasha can't stand the fact that women are brought to their world to try and boost their flagging population growth, but more so because she know she will never be able to have her own mate. When the earthman catches her fancy, she see's him as a way too have a romantic distraction. Only Eric won't settle for anything less than marriage when all she wants is an affair.

Myra Nour takes us back to the planet of Volarn where even a crown princess can be in the military. HEART OF THE DRAGON, to me, moves quickly, however, there are long passages with very little dialogue. While this lets the reader see more of the sights, I did find myself wishing that the characters would tell me what they were seeing. But don't plan on skipping paragraphs because a lot really does happen.

I really like Kasha as a heroine. She is in the Getra (military) where it is her skills and abilities as a warrior that she is admired for not awarded to her because of her status. At the same time she is still a woman and even though a little stuck up (she is a princess), she is able to realize she wants more than the lonely existence she has allowed herself (she has an interesting secret!). It was fun to watch her grow emotionally and in the end fight for the chance to love Eric.

There is a dragon in this story that Kasha and Eric find while out trying to track down an animal that is killing small children. Eric finds the dragon as a baby and names him Puff (after Puff the magic dragon...) however rather than being magical, Puff slobbers quite a bit, takes control of the story (for a little while) and had me laughing my head off. HEART OF THE DRAGON, while actually referring to Eric, is worth reading, if for any other reason, Puff.

The people of Volarn have a Tarthra joining (which is initiated by the men) and will insure a love match. Because Eric is from Earth he cannot initiate the Tarthra, so in Kashas' eyes how could they suit? The romance between Kasha and Eric is sweet as Eric really tries to teach her that how two people feel about each other is very important, that there is more to a relationship than a physical joining. I got more than a few chuckles as Kasha tried to sway Eric into having casual sex, and Eric grouped with Jarvic, her cousin, quite frequently to avoid her. It was a roll reversal of a sort which I thoroughly enjoy in stories!

Fast paced and witty, HEART OF THE DRAGON is a wonderful story that I really enjoyed. While you can read the story alone, it takes place after LOVE'S CAPTIVE and Serena and Rhamus are in this story; so if you are like me you'll want to read them in order so you won't spoil the first story by seeing the happily ever after.

And what is going on with Jarvic? So I'm anticipating the third book in this series!

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 10, 2006

SUMMARY

Can Eric, a tough, handsome Green Beret from Earth, convince Kasha, the stubborn warrior princess of Volarn, that he loves her? Not before they experience adventure in the haunted wastelands, discover a baby dragon, and explore the hot, sexual side of their relationship.

Also Electronic format: November 10, 2006 = ISBN #1586084216

Rating: Contains strong language and explicit sex. Mild violence.

 

Heart of the Dragon
(Volarn: Book 2)
by Myra Nour

New Concepts Publishing
August 1, 2004
Available: August 1, 2004
ISBN #1586086545
EAN #9781586086541
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Myra Nour

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As You Wish
Love's Captive
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