Let me just begin by saying that I have NEVER read or heard of a dragon book that is good. Which sucks because I think the concept of were-dragons is awesome. Taming The Dragon started out great. You've got the arrogant dragon and the sassy and headstrong human. In their first encounter, sparks fly. I loved how smoke came out of Kaden (the dragon) at times along with the lengthening of his incisors. I thought it was a very simple yet easy to enjoy book idea of Tess being broke and needing money, which made her desperate to do Morgan Le Fay's bidding to return Kaden's pendant to him.
But when Kaden (who finds out relatively quickly that Tess is his mate) repeatedly has an inner dialogue with himself about how much he doesn't care if Tess dies… wow, that just turns me off faster than anything. I mean, Tess is Kaden's mate and you'd think he'd be protective and compassionate with her? No, not the case with this arrogant, cruel SOB. Sorry, Castle, this doesn't make me empathetic with your protagonist.
It didn't help that Taming The Dragon felt stilted and disjointed… like there was a key element of it missing. The sex scenes were meh and didn't really have any passion or creativity to them.
I would blame the lack of development on the number of pages but I have read some novellas that had an incredible amount of development in the same length or less.
In the end, Taming The Dragon fell short considerably, leaving me to wonder if there is such thing as a decently written dragon shifter novel. I'll tell you one thing– this certainly is not.