A slightly stop-start, stop-start Allyson James tale, which I've never experienced before. Still, an ok read.,
This review is from: Black Dragon (Berkley Sensation) (Mass Market Paperback)
I've so far read the author's paranormal Mortals series and some of her Ellora's Cave works but left off trying this series as I thought that coming a while before those tales, this would be sexed-down and a tad boring. Yes to the former, but only in comparision to the above named books, but certainly not the latter. I think it would have helped me get into the book a lot quicker if I'd read its predecessor, which I have now ordered, but I can't say that I am inspired to get the next in the series.
Saba is a witch, born of a Japanese father who believes in Japanese mysticism and traditions, and a modern American mother, and who has grown up embracing her heritage. She is a powerful witch, but also a techie-geek computer expert. She is already familiar with the male lead, Malcolm, a Black Dragon, as eight months ago, after making her fall for him, and after making erotic love to her without actually sleeping with her, disappeared out of her life. However, he left her 'marked' and with some Tears Of The Dragon' stones that would summon him if she ever needed him.
Unfortunately, Saba hasn't gotten over him, though she's not been sat around wallowing in sorrow, but when she's threatened and hurt by an evil White Dragon, she summons him and yes, he's back in her life. Unfortunately, as with demons, vampires and the rest of that world, once someone knows your True Name, they have power over you, and the evil White Dragon has stolen the Book Of Dragons, and now has power over Malcolm and could have power over the rest of Dragonworld.
What followed next was a tale of fighting the baddies, Malcolm wooing Saba in his own way, which unfortunately was full of dragon arrogance and 'literalness', but he's an Alpha male who mostly gets his way, as she loves him and wants to save his life. I liked how he explained why he did not consummate their relationship before, and how he was quite romantic in the way in which he went about asking Saba to be his, and how he looked out for her needs and well-being, going as far as to ask the strongest dragon of all for a boon so that he might be able to give Saba the children and HEA that she wanted.
Overall, had this been the first book that I'd read by this author, then I'd have said it was great, but the other way round, I can see that it's an earlier effort and under a different, slightly more mainstream publisher, hence the slightly toned-down sex scenes. Still, I was intrigued enough to buy the Golden and Silver Dragons story, but I thought that the inclusion of the female lead to the next book, right at the very end of this one, was too unsubtle, and too obvious to make for as good a third book. Luckily, I don't have to buy the latter, as my library has it!