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Review by Riley

About Bring the Heat

HE SAYS …

I, Aidan the Divine, am, well divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings that don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.

SHE SAYS …

I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But, we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness . . . no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold . . .

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Review of Bring the Heat

Do you like dragons? Lots of dragons? Shapeshifting dragons? A big family of shapeshifting dragons? A big family of smart-mouthed shapeshifting dragons? Then you might enjoy Bring the Heat.

Do you like humor? The aforementioned smart-mouthed humor? Smart-mouthed humor in the face of danger or romance? Then Bring the Heat might belong on your shelf.

Do you enjoy conflict? Violent conflict? Violent conflict inflicted by bigger than life (smart-mouthed) characters? You might assume that bigger-than-life refers to dragons, but it could be humans too. Then you might like Bring the Heat.

What about a strong she-dragon? A strong dragon that has no use for romance? A strong dragon that has no use for romance regardless of the he-dragon that hangs around and, in fact, she encourages him to hang around? If so, you would like Branwen the Awful, heroine of Bring the Heat.

How about the he-dragon. A dragon with a head full of common sense? A beta hero dragon with common sense? A beta hero dragon with common sense that is quite taken with Branwen the Awful. Bring the Heat has such as dragon in Aidan the Divine. I would also mention that he is smarter than all the other dragons in his troop, but my pattern was getting too long. But I like that about him.

I have been a fan of G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series for a several years. I started with book 1, Dragon Actually, and if you really want to know what is going on with the cast of thousands, that is the best place to start. Book 9 has all the characters from the previous books and, to be honest, I had a difficult time remembering who was who based on name alone. Except for Annywl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer, the original romantic pair. And of course Gwenvael the Handsome, my favorite fictional dragon, who did not get enough mention in this book.

But this is Branwen’s and Aidan’s story. Theirs was not the typical romance. Branwen has this mission. There is a war going on. The book concentrated more on the non-romance aspects of the story, which I thought was appropriate given Branwen’s attitude toward the idea of taking a mate. The romance was snuck in at appropriate intervals. The reader knows it is going to happen, and all the semi-romantic moments leading up to the actual commitment of Branwen to Aidan are mostly funny and sometimes hilarious. In typical Dragon Kin style Branwen will almost get Aidan killed before she admits to any feelings for him. But don’t worry. Bring the Heat is still a romance. You will get your HEA!

So – dragons, humans, violence, humor, a mission, a war, and a romance – you get it all in this book. If you are a Dragon Kin fan, you can’t go wrong with Bring the Heat.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley so that I could bring you this honest review.

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