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"This second Dragon Kin novel is every bit as hot and hilarious as the first"

Briec the Mighty was a dragon through and through. Although as lusty as any of his kin, if not more so, he'd never really been interested in human women until his grumpy loaner of an older brother Fearghus had claimed his difficult and blood thirsty mate, Queen Annwyl of the Garbhan Isles. Oh Briec didn't like that vicious harpy, not one bit, but then again he'd never seen a smile like that on his brother's face before he'd laid claim to her.

Now Briec had no intention of getting caught up in anything of a permanent nature but he was.....curious. In a nearby town he spies a lovely peasant, Talaith, who tickles his fancies and he decides she'd do nicely. The last thing he'd expected was that she'd turn down his considerable charms.

Bound in a loveless marriage for nearly half of her life, under normal circumstances the tall and extremely gorgeous knight would have been temptation itself, however Talaith had much more important fish to fry. Talaith had been born a Nolwenn witch in a far away land. The witches had great power and each bore only one child, a daughter with whom to pass down the tradition. They did not marry, and mated only as necessary during specified rituals and to produce an heir after a few hundred years had passed. But Talaith had done the unthinkable and had fallen in love at the very young age of sixteen. Her beloved had died in battle and her mother had cast her out to teach her a valuable lesson. However there was more to that story than Talaith was willing to share. Yes, Talaith had a secret, a secret that found her beholden to the dread goddess Arzhela. She'd become an unwilling pawn in the war between the human and dragon gods but for the noblest of reasons. But this was nothing she could share with the arrogant knight. Talaith still remembered the pain Arzhela had visited upon her the one time she'd tried to confide in someone. So she told Briec that she was married hoping honor would send him on his way.

Observing the herbs that his intended prize had slipped in her husband's drink, Briec is certain that she'd be much happier with him and offers to make a light snack of the man as a favor to her. Imagine his surprise when she turns him down yet again with a righteous tongue lashing. Stymied for the moment he decides to leave her be, but in spite of himself he finds himself watching for his chance.

He gets it when she is dragged from her bed by the villagers at the urging of her own husband, and is declared a witch, to be hung and then burned. With the noose around her neck, Talaith's only regret is that she would not be able to fulfill her mission and save the one person who meant the world to her. As the noose tightens around her neck she has a brief hope when she spies the knight at the edge of the crowd, but then he simply walks away into the wood. Then the unthinkable happens as an enormous silver dragon emerges from the same woods to drive back the crowd. To make a long story short she is rescued by her knight in shining armor but instead of depositing her in the next village he claims her as his rightful prize and flies off with her with the intention of enjoying her charms until he is sated.

The gods however, both human and dragon, are not yet finished with their pawn. Brutal storms arise forcing Briec to abandon his plan to take Talaith to his cave and have his way with her, in favor of his brother Gwenvael's which is close by. They find both Gwenvael and his youngest brother Eibhear in residence. Poor Talaith goes from ignorant bliss with regard to dragons to captivity with three in a single day. And at least one is intent on having his wicked way with her.

Good thing these dragons appear to love their women mean, for as his brothers soon tell him, this one is going to make his life a living hell. Oh the two battle furiously that's for sure, in bed more often than not, but Talaith knows it can't last. The night of the Dragon moon is at hand and it is her mission to see that the will of the dragon gods is thwarted once and for all. At any moment Arzhela would call her and she would have to do her terrible duty, or lose that which she held most dear. But Briec had become dear to her as well and he would never understand why she couldn't stay.

Oh this is such fun, for Dragon Kin romances never occur in a vacuum and the dragon god, Rhydderch Hael, is every bit as crafty and manipulative as the human goddess Arzhela. He is not above using even the mighty Fearghus and his fearsome mate as pawns in this chess match. A love for Morfyd is dangled before us and I think poor sweet Eibhear may have met his match as well. He's acquired a tormentor at the very least. It would seem the ever smarmy Gwenvael is up next however, and from the teaser he's not above some drastic manipulation of his own to get what he wants. The white dragon queen did not weigh in on Briec's romance but I'm willing to bet she'll have something to say when her "favorite" finally falls. I can't wait.

This series could easily be called "Arrogant Dragons and the Shrews who Love them". As you can guess the humor is rife, but the sex is hot as only love with a fire breathing dragon can be. If you love shapeshifters, hunky heroes, irrepressible woman and a good hearty laugh, I highly recommend the Dragon Kin series.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted February 6, 2009

SUMMARY

C'mon Dragon, light my fire....

**A PNR Top Pick**

For Nolwenn witch Talaith, a bad day begins with being dragged from bed by an angry mob intent on her crispy end and culminates in rescue by-wait for it-a silver-maned dragon. Existence as a hated outcast is nothing new for a woman with such powerful secrets. The dragon, though? A tad unusual. This one has a human form to die for, and knows it. According to dragon law, Talaith is now his property, for pleasure...or otherwise. But if Lord Arrogance thinks she's the kind of damsel to acquiesce without a word, he's in for a surprise...

Is the woman never silent? Briec the Mighty knew the moment he laid eyes on Talaith that she would be his, but he'd counted on tongue-lashings of an altogether different sort. It's embarrassing, really, that it isn't this outspoken female's magicks that have the realm's greatest dragon in her thrall. No, Briec has been spellbound by something altogether different-and if he doesn't tread carefully, what he doesn't know about human women could well be the undoing of his entire race...

This is a re-release of The Distressing Damsel by Shelly Laurenston for Samhain Publishing.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fantasy

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About A Dragon
(Dragon Kin series: Book 2)
by G. A. Aiken

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
December 1, 2008
Available: December 2, 2008
ISBN #1420103741
EAN #9781420103748
352 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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