Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #8
Also in this series: Dragon on Top, Dragon Actually
Published by Zebra on November 24th 2015
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War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
One of my go to authors, G.A. Aiken never fails to entertain me, and Feel The Burn was no exception though it wasn’t my favorite in the Dragon Kin series. The romance seemed to take a back seat to the rest of the story and that was disappointing. I did love seeing all my favorites from the preceding books so it made up for it…..somewhat.
Kachka, Elina’s sister and a Rider from the Outerplains, is the h for this book. She’s strong and fierce like all the Riders, which is usually how I like my h’s, but I’m just not connecting with these women. They fall completely flat to me which makes it hard to connect to them as h’s. They don’t respect men, which makes me not respect them. I realize that the dragons tend to not respect the humans, but one of the reasons I love this series is it is so fun to watch them fall in love and have to rethink their thoughts on humans, or at least their mates. Seeing Briec and Bercelak absolutely come to their knees over their women were highlights of their books. I really don’t get that the Elina or Kachka ever grew to actually respect Celyn or Gaius, and that bugged me. The good news is all the other strong characters make up for this, but I don’t know that I will ever like a Rider as a main character. Since I love this series, I can truly say that’s kind of a bummer for me.
Gaius I really liked, except for his taste in women of course. He’s alpha, proud, a great ruler, has a wicked sense of humor that I adore, and he’s a wonderful brother. He had a lot going on, what with seeking revenge for what was done to his sister, trying to get his country back on it’s feet after the horrid rule of his uncle, plus figure out what’s going on with that crazy cult trying to take over everything, but he did find the time to fall in love with a pesky Rider. I’ll forgive him for that last bit.
I do have to say, one of the things I love most about this series is that the men, Gaius included, do everything they can to make sure their women can succeed however they need to. A lot of times this means the men have to allow their women to put themselves in dangerous situations. The heroes get that they can’t wrap their women up in bubble wrap but allow them to do what they need to do no matter what the cost or how much they want to fight those battles for them. Instead, they concentrate on what they can do to support them, or even go fight their own battles, trusting the heroines to take care of business and come back to them whole.
A good part of this book was spent on the ever growing cult of Chramnisend. The Gods seem to be getting more and more involved and we are even introduced to a new War Goddess. Truthfully, I’m kind of over the whole cult thing. I really wish the Gods would just take Chramnisend out so our beloved characters can go back to fighting war lords or what have you.
Getting to spend more time with the next generation was a bonus. The twins and Rhi and their byplay with Brigida had me just cackling (not like her evil hag cackles of course). Truthfully, Brigida is starting to grow on me and I cracked up at how she got rid of pesky family and houseguests that were getting on her nerves. I wish I could do that.
Definitely not my favorite of the series, but I still love all things Dragon Kin and can’t wait for the next one.
Spice’s Rating: 4 I’m Glad I Got My Dragon Kin Fix Stars
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