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"Dragon warrior, modern woman, greedy developer and magic!"

A long, long time ago, a legion of Roman soldiers tried to take Britain from the Celts. Unfortunately for the Romans, the Celts had a powerful sorceress working for them. In order to safeguard her home, Killian cursed the legion and banished them to the Island of Stars. Now is the time when Andra—the good sorceress—has managed to save enough of her power to send one of the dragons back to Earth as a human male. She can only manage to send one, so she sends Bastian, the alpha among the dragons. Before she does, Andra tells Bastian that his heart mate will lead him to the crowned dragon and he must make her quest his own. If Bastian fails in this quest, not only will Andra lose even more power, but his dragon brothers will all perish. Andra also warns Bastian not to let his inner dragon out, or Killian will win.

When Bastian lands naked in a grove, he is met by a woman— well, witch really—and is surrounded by spirits. Not only Bastian made it through the veil, but he has a guardian dragon with him, Jock, and a pesky little fairy also accompanied him. The woman, Viveca, takes Bastian home with her in order to help him adjust. Turns out Viveca runs an employment agency and a very successful one at that.

McKenna Graylock only has ninety days to bring her home up to code. When her grandmother died, McKenna's mother promised the place would be turned into a bed and breakfast. Of course, McKenna didn't realize her mother had mortgaged the place in order to pay the medical expenses when her mother became ill. So now, McKenna has to manage to get everything done and B & B open in ninety days, or she will end up defaulting on the mortgage and there's a developer who really wants her land. And that's not all. McKenna's contractor—a close friend—was injured and can no longer work. Since he has all the permits in his name, he will be able to supervise thankfully. Desperate, McKenna goes to her relative Viveca to find a handyman. When Bastian Dragonelli shows up, McKenna just knows he's going to be trouble. Just look at the man, he's absolutely gorgeous and playing all kinds of havoc with her hormones.

Will they be able to get the B & B up and running in time? Will McKenna be able to pay the mortgage, or will the greedy developer take everything away from McKenna? And what's up with all the weird magickal abilities Bastian has? Exactly what is Bastian? Will Bastian be able to keep his inner dragon at bay? Will he succeed in his quest and save his brothers and Andra?

NAKED DRAGON, A WORKS LIKE MAGICK NOVEL is a highly entertaining magickal read. Annette Blair once again proves why she's on my auto buy list. Everything I have ever read by this author has a place on my keeper shelf and this is one series I can't wait to see where Annette Blair takes it next. We have a bit of everything in this story, from the magick of true love between a modern woman who has issues with her weight and her dragon warrior trying to fit into the modern world, to the greedy developer who will do whatever it takes to get McKenna's land, including murder. And, I have to admit, I cried at the end. A truly heartfelt sigh worthy ending. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of magick and true love.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 16, 2010

SUMMARY

In Salem, human magick has thinned the veil between the planes to a permeable mist, forming a portal into the city, allowing time travelers and chameleons of the universe to enter there.

Bastian Dragonelli, once a Roman warrior turned dragon, is the first of his legion to be returned to earth, a man. So his brothers can also be saved and sent to earth, Bastian must reclaim the magick of Andra, Goddess of Hope, who sacrificed hers to transform him. He must seek his heart mate and make her quest his own. But the dark, powerful Killian, Sorceress of Chaos, who turned his legion into dragons and skewed his transition back into a man, is hot on his heels.

witchy.jpg picture by annetteblair

McKenna Greylock, the last non-magickal descendant of Ciarra, a witch who survived Salem's hanging times, needs a jack-of-all-trades to help turn her dilapidated Victorian into a bed and breakfast so she doesn't lose her home and her family's centuries-old legacy.

Enter McKenna's cousin, Vivica Quinlan, Ciarra's most magickal descendent, owner of the Works Like Magick Employment Agency. Vivica has a gift for matching human employers with magickal employees. Like Ciarra before her, Vivica knows when magickal supernatural ancients are about to arrive. She greets them and acclimates them to life, and to making a living, in Salem.

Besides Killian's threatening presence, Bastian's life is also complicated by McKenna, his guardian dragon, a troublemaking fairy, and a case of culture shock. Bastian also has a problem with his man lance. It won't behave at all the way he remembered it should. Not at all...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons, Fantasy

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Naked Dragon
(Works Like Magick: Book 1)
by Annette Blair

Berkley Pub Group
January 1, 2010
Available: January 5, 2010
ISBN #042523200X
EAN #9780425232002
336 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Annette Blair

Skirting the Grave
Vampire Dragon
Bedeviled Angel
Death by Diamonds
Larceny and Lace
Never Been Witched
A Veiled Deception
Gone with the Witch
Sex and the Psychic Witch
The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe
My Favorite Witch
The Kitchen Witch
An Unforgettable Rogue


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