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"Taming of the Shrew times two - Naughty Dragon fun!"

This reissue is a 2 for 1 treat containing DRAGON ACTUALLY the story of Annwyl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer and also CHAINS & FLAMES the love story of Fearghus' parents Rhiannon and Bercelak, which explains some interesting references to the dragon queen and her consort's interesting sexual habits in the main tale. Both tales contain positively overbearing alpha heroines and their oh so sexy dragon mates whose battle of wits make for a plethora of steamy love scenes and laugh out loud humor.

Annwyl the Bloody is leader of the resistance whose goal is to depose her half brother as ruler of Garbhan Isle. Not that Annwyl is at all interested obtaining the throne she just wants the tyrant dead and to that end she'll succeed or die trying. When she and her men find themselves outnumbered by her brother's troops on the Dark Plains, it looks like her fate will be the latter. Fatally wounded Annwyl has accepted that fate little knowing that from a nearby cave Fearghus the Destroyer had been watching the blood thirsty wench with profound admiration.

In all of his two hundred plus years no dragon female had ever garnered his attention. The scrappy but fragile human however had been beautiful to watch and determined to get to know her, he cannot allow her die. Annwyl awakens in the cave and at first thinks that heaven is indeed a strange place but when faced with an enormous and gorgeous black dragon she is instantly aware that reports of her death may have been premature though probably imminent. Yet she shows no fear, winning the dragon's admiration all over again.

The dragon is kind and attentive something Annwyl has never experienced from anyone in her life. Everyone feared her, men in particular. But Fearghus fascinates her and while she recovers she spends her days learning about him, his life and kind. With his care and friendship Fearghus earns the affection that Annwyl has never bestowed on another being. Yet they both know that their days together are numbered, that her brother will not rest until he has her head on a pike. Fearghus realizes she must learn to fight properly in order to win. To do so she must learn to control her rage and fight with her head as well as her sword. He tells her that he will provide a knight to teach her the proper techniques.

True to his word the knight is provided. He is arrogant and gorgeous, the stuff of her dreams, but he challenges her, angers her, and arouses her. Yet her heart belongs to her dragon. Little does she know that the two are one in the same or that she has stolen his heart as well. Aware that his love adores the dragon but hates the man, Fearghus hesitates to tell her the truth for fear of losing her forever. But sins of omission have a way of being discovered. Will she forgive him, or will he be the first victim of her newly acquired skills? And she hasn't even met the parents yet, whew. Will she at long last defeat her brother and save the kingdom?

FLAMES & CHAINS is the story of Fearghus' parents' courtship. Apparently royals in this world rarely get along with their families. Like Annwyl, princess Rhiannon had only been dealt hatred from her kin but she takes solace in terrorizing everyone she comes into contact with. She is painfully aware that her mother, the dragon queen, has wanted her dead from birth. Unfortunately she is the runt of the litter so to speak, smaller and weaker than the queen and in no position to challenge her. Yet she is also aware that her mother has had amply opportunity to do her in. A devious plot is definitely afoot.

The next thing she knows her mother has promised her to Bercelak the low born son of the well known dragon lothario, Aileen the wicked. Aileen's reputation had caused nothing but embarrassment for his children. Legend had it that even the queen had taken a turn with his lusty and irresistible sire before he'd claimed Bercelak's mother. Beware the wrath of a woman scorned!

Rhiannon of course wanted nothing to do with Aileen's son. However, Becelak had wanted the wanted the royal spitfire for himself from the moment he'd laid eyes on her as a child. Being given the Queen's blessing was a dream come true, a reward for his loyalty to her, or so he believes. Rhiannon is dropped into his lap (literally) in human form and discovers much to her dismay that she isn't able to change back. It would seem she has bigger problems than an unwanted suitor.

Not to worry though. It would seem that Bercelak may have inherited his notorious father's charm after all, much to the surprise of his siblings who had never even seen him smile. I would describe this tale as Taming of the Shrew with Bondage (wink). Oh come on, you knew the chains were going to come in somewhere. Will he win her heart? Will she find a way to unleash her powers and defeat the Queen?

All in all I'd have to say that these two heroines are certified holy terrors and any male willing to take them on would certainly gain my respect. Good thing these dragon heroes are so persuasive that any female would melt if given half a chance. Of course once these shape shifting hunks have set their heart on a mate it's game on and though their women may continue to strike terror into the hearts of all those around them they are putty in the hands of their true love.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted January 5, 2009

SUMMARY

He's tall, dark, and scaly...

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger.

She's wrong... [And just wait until you meet the rest of the family...]

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fantasy

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Dragon Actually
(Dragon Kin series: Book 1)
by G. A. Aiken

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
September 1, 2008
Available: September 2, 2008
ISBN #1420103733
EAN #9781420103731
352 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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