Overall, I wasn t happy with this book There was too much of a bipolar behavior between the leads that, even in a modern urban fantasy, just wasn t believable The character Shelby was this supposedly strong, vibrant woman but was inept at the simplest of tasks and the character Daniel was unbelievably ignorant as to how mating works within the dragon realm I can t honestly be sold on the idea that this guy has existed for as long as he has, as a leader of his dragon kin, and not known those kinds of technicalities, especially given that he insisted that having a mate would be a weakness to him I found too many tropes in the piece, with the women being petite and the men being gargantuan The pop culture references made left me thinking they might as well have been plugs as author favorites and could have been handled much differently Instead of saying someone looked like character from a wildly popular movie series, just describe him Instead of plugging in a specific TV show, describe what they are watching, like the canned laughter or the scene the actors are recreating.I had a big problem with how Shelby s care was handled in her first few scenes, in the retcon which brought up her half sister and father, and the strange fascination Shelby had with holding onto knives I had an even bigger problem with the overuse of certain words, like snort, grunt, or snarl I understand the need to convey the animalistic side of the dragon characters, but it was also coming from Shelby s interactions It made the characters seem like they were capable of only two or three emotions, or that the emotions they were built to express were all or nothing.Most of the combat scenes were believable, up to the point of laying waste to the Big Boss dungeon I get that most organizations have layers of men or creatures since defense is important, but it just didn t seem practical with keeping to a modern day fantasy The romance in this book did not feel natural in any measure It was forced in many spots, like the idea was to make them stand around close enough to each other so that they d get over their hatred to the other The sex scenes were often overtly heavenly or animalistic, I just couldn t buy into those moments as anything but a trope actions.If this was a universe that will be extended into other books, I doubt I would pick up any others As interesting as the prologue lore was, the way it was handled in this book left me feeling it was underdeveloped and would expose the same weakness as what I ve already seen through Daniel s grasp of his universe There was no drive for me to cheer on the lead pair I was continually asking why they were choosing to not push to break the magic that bound them together, that they kept gettingpassive to the idea as the book progressed It seemed like it wasn t an important enough idea, irregardless that both were not okay with the idea of being the other s life mate to begin with, so it d be best to just bone the pretty girl and call it a day I believe they only explained that it would take death to break the bond, but that was as far as the concept was pushed. The Dragon s Heart Dragon Lore, 1 by Eden Ashe is a Paranormal Romance with a good bit of Suspense Action I would also classify this as New Adult The sexual situations are just enough to need the qualification I would NOT classify this as adult, nor erotic, etc In my eyes, that puts this book in the 18 to 25 age bracket My 2 stars is based on the Goodreads rating, which makes this book It s Okay I liked the premise The beginning was awesome and got me excited about reading it Then it began to deteriorate It became excruciatingly repetitive I literally found it putting me to sleep from the repetitions of the H H thoughts My second big problem with the story was the extensive amount of unnecessary words This hindered the flow of the story Ex 1 of repetitions, Even now, the possessiveness he felt for her scared the shit out of him, screwed up his thinking He knew he d kill for her Die for her It is repeated so often and in so many ways, it becomes meaningless and boring The same thing happens with Shelby s character and other elements in the story Ex 2 of unnecessary words, It shook him to the very core of who he was to realize he wanted to make this work with her Should read, It shook him to his core to realize he wanted to make this work This was the smallest sample I could find If all the unnecessary words were blue penciled out, then used to up the speed, action, suspense, world and character build, this story would have easily been a 4 to 5 star read There are also various editing errors in the form of missing words, etc I don t know who Ms Eden Ashe s editor is Nor do I know who she uses as review and ARC readers But they should all be ashamed of themselves. Daniel and Shelby s story is a hot, emotional ride you will want to read again and again Daniel is king of the dragon shifters He wants to avoid movie star Shelby, who he became accidentally mated with a year earlier But an assassination attempt on her, and on him, binds them together The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat, the chemistry between Daniel and Shelby is sizzling, and I felt like I was experiencing everything along with them The cast of characters is awesome I love how the guys kept insisting that dragons don t do the friend thing but they all had each other s backs and obviously cared for each other I wantbooks in this series Eden Ashe is a rock star at fantasy paranormal romance Dragon s have always fascinated me, ever since I started reading the fantasy genre, believe it or not, well before romance Their power and magic, their longevity and solitude Their wisdom and strength Treasures Pack that into a dragon shifter and you have my ideal man Or fantasy man Minus the scales.The story starts with a prologue taken from the Chronicles of the Egregoroi that entices me immediately as a fantasy lover Since The Dragon s Heart is Book 1 of the Dragon Lore series, the story sets up a cast of characters that are interesting and engaging Especially Daniel s loyal team of dragons, fierce and sexy, they have stood by Daniel for millennia against another species called the Hunters.Even though Shelby, the heroine of the story, is a movie star in Los Angeles, and someone I normally couldn t identify with, at the time of the story she is just a regular gal like you and me, going through a whole heck of trouble And sure, everyone can relate to that And she loved Daniel before she even knew he was a dragon I think I d make myself fall in love if I didn t with all the sexiness of that man if he wanted me LOL.Shelby and Daniel s relationship is rocky to start There are reasons and confusions for it so understandable, but can t give muchaway here But their chemistry is sexy and hot right off the bat Layered with action and suspense, the story takes us from a modern hi rise apartment to a high tech weapons infested dragon cave lair to a safe house and finally to the tunnels and underworld of LA, where the story climaxes with a massive battle scene between the shifters and the baddies Swords and fire and hand to hand combat Brilliant Especially with the great twist at the end Didn t see that coming.I feel almost intimate with this story Not because I d love a sexy dragon shifter for my very own My gawd, would I And not because I had an intense fascination with dragons before I even read it No, the intimacy I found in The Dragon s Heart stems from the heart of the book, so aptly named.Favorite scene When Shelby rides Daniel As a dragon Their flying, of course Daniel thinks Shelby tried to have him killed There s no reason for her to want him dead, but he was at her house when an assassin showed up and so obviously she s the one that hired them to kill him Because a Hollywood starlet would know how to hire immortal assassins that target dragons Uh okay.So Shelby and Daniel are mated She ends up being cool with it after a little panic attack brought on by the knowledge that dragons are real But Daniel is like Nope Can t have a mate I m the king and I can t have any weaknesses No distractions My people need me sane and responsible, not crazy in love So he s going to break the mate bond Which will kill him.Every reason he has for not having a mate is completely invalidated by the fact that his other option is death His people need him How s he gonna be king and lead his people when he s dead There have been quite a few of these WTF moments while reading this And I m left feeling like the hero is just really fucking dumb Daniel is thousands of years old he s a fucking KING for god s sake there is no excuse for this level of stupidity.It s driving me insane and I just can t really stand to put up with it any This was a freebie on Kindle, so it s not surprising or much of a loss. Dragon s Heart was a mixed read for me for a few reasons First, I felt lost when the story began because you re just thrown into the book You get a few pages of the overall history of dragons and hunters but otherwise the story itself just kinda pops up When past events are mentioned and people are cited for whatever reason, I had no clue what was being talked about That took away from the story for me The characters themselves weren t my favorite either, because they felt too wishy washy Daniel is suppose to be the leader of the Dragons, but he doesn t appear to be able to do much at all He s a hot head and very suspicious to the point of being annoying However, as the story unfolds you sorta forgive him for his idiotness because he does care about his people The main heroine Shelby was just too perfect for me She was just so great, yada yada an so on Other than being a Hollywood starlet she seemed like a tart overall She talked to people like they were children and didn t say what she really felt What I did like about the story was the uniqueness of the concept of Dragons,Hunters and baddies all trying to fight over humanity The backstory was interesting as well, the idea of a goddess creating humans because they were like gems to her is fascinating I actually really liked the side characters, I d totally read a book based on them because they feltsolid and relatable In a way, this book vaguely reminded me of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward but dragon style without all the product name dropping and gangsta slang So, overall I liked it and can put aside some of the issues I had with it since it s a first in the series Ill give the next book a shot, because the author does know how to create a cool story. Once again my predilection for anything shifty brought this book to my attention I admit I wasthan a little intrigued by the fact that there were dragon shifters in this story, even as much as I was drawn to the promise of a fabulous storyline I mean, dragon shifters how can you go wrong The Dragon s Heart introduces us to Daniel Ashborne, dragon shifter king extraordinaire Daniel is a guy s guy He is tough as nails and doesn t take crap from anyone He also doesn t trust anyone, with good reason Enter Shelby Kincade, the woman who rocked his world and who he is now inadvertently mated to How does that happen you ask Apparently Daniel doesn t know how to count haha This book had all the elements of a great story, including mystery, drama, laugh out loud moments, and some incredibly sexy love scenes Add that to the smooth but descriptive writing, and Eden Ashe has a great start to what appears to be a promising series on her hands I really enjoyed the world of the dragon shifters she created and the detail that she put into her characters I look forward tofrom this series.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. We Re Dragons We Don T Do The Mushy Friend Thing Daniel Dragon Lore,The Dragon Shifter King Will Do Anything To Keep His Mate Aliveeven If It Means War After Millennia As King Of The Dragon Shifters, Daniel Ashborne Wants A Little Peace And Quiet, Especially From The Beautiful Hollywood Starlet Who Haunts His Memories His Escape Tactics End Abruptly When He Is Called To The ER To Save The One Woman He Wants To Forget, But Who Now Bears His Mark Shelby Kincade S Life And Movie Career Were Nearly Destroyed When Daniel Vanished A Year Ago Now He S Back, Claiming They Have Been Accidentally Mated Getting Over Him Once Was Hard Enough, But She Must Choose Either The Life Of Her Dreams Or The Man She Can T Live Without With Peace Finally On The Horizon Between The Dragon Shifters And The Hunters, An Assassination Attempt On The Dragon King And His Mate Shatters Everything Tensions Rebuild As Daniel And His Loyal Team Of Shifters Try To Discover Who Put Out The Hit Enemy And Ally Lines Are Crossed, But In The End After The Battle Ash Has Settled No One Could Have Foreseen Who Has Plotted For Their Own Gain CONTENT WARNING Graphic Fight Scenes, Lots Of Great Sex, And Hot, Hot, Hot Dragon Men A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance I received this book from the author in return for an honest review I am a part of the review team at The Paranormal Bookshelf.Category paranormal romance, shifters, dragons.Spoilers NoBook 1 in the Dragon Lore SeriesI adored this book It had me on the edge of my seat from the minute I started reading it Shelby is an actress and Daniel is a dragon, they re from two different worlds After Shelby is shot in the shoulder they find out Daniel has accidentally mated them together He is angry because he thinks she tried to have him killed the night they mated and she is angry because he killed the someone in her rooms and then escaped the ambulance he was in never to be seen again.As they are forced together by the shooting they slowly come around to the idea that maybe the conclusions the both jumped to that night weren t quite correct An awesome tale of a couple overcoming their preconceived notions about each other to try and find happiness together.But be careful there is a slight cliffhanger at the end of this book that leaves you craving the next story. Title Dragon s Heart Dragon Lore Book 1 Author Eden Ashe Reviewed by Stephanie Jordan Eden Ashe had me from the second page on I just couldn t put the book down I had to finish it I fell in love with Daniel the Dragon King A King who had no friends 1 Dragon s don t have friends 2 Dragon s put up with a solitary life Shelby was an actress and good one at that But someone is trying to kill her, but who As I said before this is must read You won t be disappointed I was gifted this book for a honest and truthful review.
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