At 28 Ariel Hamm is ready to start focusing on what she wants. After her fiancé unexpectedly ends their engagement, she seeks to redefine who she really is. A pilot for Boswell International, Ariel knows flying is not her first love. Unhappy, she finally makes a decision based on what she wants - to live on the property she purchased in Wyoming and care for the stray and neglected animals that have always captured her heart. Her plans change suddenly when she finds herself on a warship headed for a distant planet. Determined never to let another man distract her from her dream or break her heart, Ariel makes plans to escape and make her way back home - no matter what. What she doesn't expect is an alien male just as determined to keep her by his side.
Mandra Reykill never thought he would find his true mate so unexpectedly. His dragon recognizes her immediately and falls in love with the delicate beauty, and his symbiot is enchanted with her gentle touch and kindness. Unfortunately, all Mandra gets is a stubborn female refusing to acknowledge his claim to her and determined to escape from him at the first available moment. To top it all off, his nice, orderly life is turned upside down when he finds his home - and his warship - suddenly infested with creatures from all over the galaxy. Now he must find a way to convince Ariel he is the alien for her while trying to keep his sanity. But Mandra is not the only alien wanting to claim Ariel; another has set his sights on her and is just as determined. Can Mandra convince the stubborn beauty that they have a future together?
©2015 S. E. Smith (P)2015 Blackstone Audio
I like the audio book edition just as much as the print version but for different reasons, I really feel as if I've been "entertained" when listening to the audio book but the paperback edition is lovely, the cover and binding is beautiful and the font size isn't too small it's a great addition to my collection.
I really enjoyed when Mandra's dragon destroyed his living quarters trying to catch and eat Ariel's pets - David Brenin did a really good job of reading this.
Has to be Mandra when he's talking/arguing with his dragon.
You can't go wrong with a S.E. Smith Book, I've liked every series I've read of her's and I think I've read most of her SciFi Romance's.
"Same Story, Different Character & Perspective!"
I really like the Dragon Lords of Valdier series; however, the beginning of the each book is retelling the same plot but from a different captured women's perspective. If it wasn't for S.E. Smith's creativity, strong characters, and steamy love scenes, I'm not sure if hearing the same plot from a different perspective would hold my attention, but I've come this far, and determine to listen to the rest of the series.
Love David Brenin's performance. He's got a great voice and does an excellent job on both the female and male characters.
Well worth the time and credit for any Sci-Fi/PNR romance fan!
"Love this series more with each book!"
There are some who may not like the recaps of the beginning scenes, I love them. You get to see events over again with new eyes. Each of the characters has a very unique take on the events. This book does jump things forward a touch. I adore all these stories and seeing how they interlock. It is great seeing things come together and finding out what couples were together when events occurred. You also have that timeline to follow, so you anticipate things to come.
I really liked animal lover Ariel, but there are times she takes things a bit far, still, she is extremely likeable and you can tell she means well. When she isn't bringing home every stray she is a fierce warrior. Girlfriend kicks serious butt!! I love her matched with Mandra and all that goes into their romance! Such opposites at times, but they really work!
This book is uber hawt!! I am talking plenty of detail for the mating and also sexing while in dragon forms. Good golly that is a smexy read!! Get the ice cream and cold shower ready!
David Brenin once again uses his scrumptious voice to bring the story to life. He is a delicious treat for the ears!! Definitely one of my favorites. He has a wonderful energy and pace that fits the book perfectly. I am thrilled he is staying with the whole series.
The overall plot progresses more with this story and brings up closer to the confrontation with their uncle. We also meet more supporting characters and gear up for some battles. I am very eager to see what will happen with Carmen, as her story will definitely be emotional. This series has been a whirlwind that never fails to entertain.
I loved reading this book, and found the audio version great for bed time & commutes. This series is both hilarious and heartwarming. All of the books in it are very entertaining and imaginative in their own ways.
I'm so hooked. I'm trying to control myself so I didn't skip books but I'm so ready for Carmen and the parents story!!!
Love it. This is a wonderful series. So many possibilities and beautiful creatures. I'm off to the next.
"Interesting world... story a little boring"
This storyline is funny and interesting but a little boring. This entire series was is so similar that the most interesting parts of the story is learning about the different world and the exploits of the women.
Cara's story was still the best so far.
"Download!!! You won't be disappointed"
Ariel story is great.. With her love for animals and the trouble she find herself in. This story is filled with humor hot sex and adventure. Like always the Narrator is Fantastic....
"Same Great Story Again"
The next book needs to give me something different. I love the story line as a whole, but this book was just more of the same old thing.
"SAME PREMISE AS OTHERS.. BUT OH SO DIFFERENT TOO"
Mandra doesn't know just how his well structured life is going to change when he, his Dragon and his Symbiot all claim Ariel because she looks so sweet, dainty and frail.... sweet and dainty yes but Ariel is anything but frail. She's a woman of many talents including kick-ass self-defence moves that the Valdierian's have never seen or felt and unfortunately for Mandra he is the target of most of the moves leaving breaks, bruising and blood for his Symbiot to heal. Ariel is a soft-hearted sweetie who loves rescuing animals of all kinds and species which leads to some fun-filled scenes. But it's the scenes between Mandra and Ariel that are the funniest - when a sexually frustrated, beguiled and bemused Dragon Lord meets a Ninja Pet Whisperer.
There's a host of other likeable characters brought into the storyline as Mandra tries to claim his mate while Ariel slowly drives Mandra crazy.... with lust, built-up passion and the overwhelming need to bite and breathe Dragon Fire into a stubborn Earth woman who's slowly and unknowingly reshaping his life. Still S E Smith cleverly brings glimpses of what's going on with the parallel plots between some of the other frustrated Lords and their attempts to claim their mates whilst others have thankfully succeeded (all in the previous books).
Mandra and Ariel's story has all the same elements as the previous ones.... they're funny, very hot, have plenty of well meaning angst, they're sweet and tender and there is again drama with the evil Uncle as Mandra recruits Allies to confront and kill his Uncle who is trying to destroy the Lords and rule Valdier. However, he wants to do it without endangering his mate but Ariel's Ninja side has other plans.... which is very lucky for him.
Worth a credit? These books are all along similar lines with a great narrator and dual or multiple POV's but they are all very different too which makes them all a surprising, entertaining and enjoyable listen and, like this one, I'll happily be spending a credit on the next fun-filled, hot and humorous story..... which is happily already in My Basket..... and, at this rate, I'm going to have to swop it for a Trolley!!!
"Pretty good addition to the series :)"
This was a pretty good story. I liked Ariel and Mandra and their story was pretty enjoyable.
Ariel is a pilot that works for a private airline that developes new airplanes. Ariel grew up with her sister, Carmen, and Trisha (who's like a sister) and they're all still very close. Ariel used to be in the military but what she always wanted to do was to be a vet because she loves finding animals that need help and helping them.
Mandra is a dragon shifter from an alien planet. His older brother, Zoran, is the King of their people (he's also the hero from book #1) and Mandra serves his people as a military commander along with his other brothers. Mandra's dragon has been wanting a mate and Mandra does too but the scarcity of women on their planet has made this difficult. Mandra isn't sure what to think when he finds out his brothers are bringing some alien women home with them but he certainly didn't expect to find his true-mate in the bunch.
If you've read the previous books in the series, you pretty much know how this starts out and what happens while the women are on the ship going from Earth to Valdier. All the books about the 5 women this story begin with the same story...they're changed slightly depending on the woman but it's pretty much the same beginning (which makes me glad I'm only reading 1 a month or it might get tedious). The main difference in the early part of the story is that Mandra and Ariel don't meet until she arrives on Valdier. From what he was told, Mandra expected the Earth women to be frail and delicate and what he finds is nothing like that. Since 3 of the other women met their mates on the ship, they're pretty much claimed by the time they reach Valdier but Ariel and Carmen arrive on the planet still planning to escape and find a way to get home.
Ariel meets Mandra and their first (few) meeting(s) don't go very smoothly. I honestly couldn't understand what Ariel thought she was doing at first but thankfully, Morian (Mandra's mother) finds Ariel and gets her to settle in to her new home (at least for the time being). Ariel finds that she has feelings for Mandra but she's been burned before by a guy that claimed to love her but ended up trying to change her via emotional abuse. Because of this, Ariel had sworn off men and Mandra bears the brunt of her emotional issues. Of course, if Mandra talked to Ariel more instead of letting her find stuff out as they went, he might have made things easier on himself. Once Ariel figured out that Mandra is a good guy and she wants to be with him, things go pretty well (except for one major exception) and after they get past some danger and drama, Mandra and Ariel end up together and starting a HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Ariel for the most part...most of the time she seemed smart and caring but there were a couple of times I questioned the smart part. She wasn't a TSTL heroine but she had a few moments I wondered about. Still, outside of those few moments I liked Ariel very much. Mandra was a good hero but as I already stated, he'd have done better if he'd communicated more. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good story and addition to the series (which I would recommend, just maybe with a bit of time between the books). :)
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