Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Prince of Dragons


Title: Prince of Dragons
Author: Cathryn Cade
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publishing URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-154-0
Genre: [M/F] SciFi-Futuristic, Shape-shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Sirena Blaze enjoys the company of men and she’s left a string of satisfied bed partners scattered across the known galaxy. Her life isn’t perfect professionally. After two thwarted attempts to destroy her ship, the Orion, there isn’t any reason to believe that the person behind the attacks has given up. It forces her to call for assistance from a member of the elite Serpentian Guard’s new co-commander, Slyde Stone.

Slyde is taller and bulkier than is typical of one of their race and Sirena’s ready to spend hours indulging in mutual sexual pleasure, when he does something unexpected—he refuses her. It’s not that he doesn’t want her, but he’s far from what he appears. He’s actually part of a race considered myth, a dragon-shifter and unlike others of the Serpentian race, dragons mate for life.

Sirena’s fury knows no bounds but when saboteurs release two deadly serpents aboard the ship, she and Slyde must work together to find the creatures before they kill someone. Then he offers a wager she can’t refuse. If she finds the serpents he’s hers to do with as she wishes and if he wins —she’s his for life.

Prince of Dragons is book 3 in the Orion series. There is an ongoing terrorist storyline, but you don’t have to have read the previous releases to enjoy this one as a standalone.

The prologue on how the origins of dragon-shifter race known as the Dragolins was nicely done and set the historical backbone of what made Slyde who he was within the first pages. Chapter 1 starts in a spaceport bar and it sets the story up for an action packed initial encounter that starts off the story with a bang; the first of many. There’s nothing boring or slow about the plot of this release. It’s go, go, go from beginning to end.

Sirena and Slyde’s attraction is immediate, as is her annoyance at being turned down. The passion between them runs hot and then burns hotter, but these two don’t have a true relationship—they have phases of confrontation. They have so much miscommunication, misunderstanding and hurt standing between them that it’s a wonder they don’t turn into enemies instead of lovers, yet their chemistry is undeniable. Both are strong-willed, determined and dedicated officers and finding a killer is just another obstacle to working through an association that has more dangers than an exploding star system.

The author does a nice job working Sirena, Slyde and the other characters through the hunt for the lethal serpents, and the scenes where he shifts into dragon form are some of my favorites. I must admit I liked Slyde much more than Sirena, whom I really could never warm up to. She left me with a feeling that Slyde could have done much better for himself in finding a different mate.

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