Kimi was pretty tickled to see that the story was set in San Angelo, Texas. It's the San Angelo I knew, minus Goodfellow AFB nearby, which is just as well as I doubt dragons would have done well flying close to a military installation. Other than this bit of literary license, her description fairly had me tasting the grit that always seemed present in the desert air and the fine layer of dust that seemed to coat everything. Thankfully, her descriptions did included offices, public buildings, and farm houses and not the oogly boogly apartments not far from the mall that I had the misfortune to live in. Those apartments were famous because they were whitewash, with red Pizza hut style roofs. Seriously.
Khan's world building was excellent, taking the time to explain the legacy of the dragon shifter bloodlines and how it diluted, recombined, and sometimes skipped a generation. She managed to do this and yet made the shifters quite ordinary people living very ordinary lives, integrating right into society as professionals from all walks of life, but no one the wiser. Her characters are beautifully flawed human beings, struggling to find themselves. The only fly in the ointment was that the suspense part was only really suspenseful for Lynn. Seeing as she was still reeling from her grandmother's death by arson, her fiance's betrayal, and trying to deny her fierce attraction to the sexy rancher and volunteer firefighter, Jack, it is understandable that she was focusing on the wrong things while looking for the person to pin the blame on.
With an independent, strong female lead and a rugged, strong but vulnerable rancher, and suave, sophisticated businessman forming an unwitting love triangle that rouses the instincts of inner dragons, this was an excellent way to spend a too cold to go outside day indoors. Complete with a nice little twist that kept things interesting, I really enjoyed the tale. And it was het! I KNOW!!!! I read a het and I liked it.