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Summary

Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons - once creatures of legend - are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia's a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she's left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive - to somehow tame a dragon and get it to obey her.

Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other...and he's not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Ruby Dixon (P)2017 Tantor

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Interesting start to the series but...

As a devout follower of Ruby's Ice Planet Barbarians, I was expecting a bit more world building and background. There is quite a bit in this book but somehow it doesn't have the same pace and interest the IPB series has. The characters are well laid out and you get to know their motivations really well. The dystopian society that Ruby creates is also fascinating and we get to meet a few other players in their town that help to lay the foundation. I want to know more about where the Drakoni came from and why but I guess you gotta leave something for later in the series.

In the meantime though, the 3 stars were on account of the inconsistencies. Maybe because Ruby did such a bang up job of creating the most amazing Ice Planet and back story I'm not expecting inconsistencies, but a few of them are there and they do pull me out of the story sometimes. For example, how does he know some of her thoughts but not others? How is it they land in the midst of a barracks and soldiers don't swarm him the minute he turns human? Little bits kept jumping out to me as I listened. I guess I've been spoiled by the IPB series because once I'm in those books, I'm literally in that world and completely immersed. I didn't feel like that with this one.

Having said that, it is a good story. Claudia and Kyle did make be bark out the odd laugh here and there. And you do want Kyle to literally take a bite out of the Captain of the Guard and the Mayor because they are such turds (excuse the 6 yr old language!) The narrators do a great job of bringing it to life though I did chuckle and roll my eyes a bit when Kyle's voice had to repeat the madness mantra a few too many times in every which way he could think of. Points to him for making it different each time!

I will be buying the 2nd in the series because I'm sure I'll learn a lot more about this new Drakoni-Human world Ruby's creating and frankly, I'm ever so curious to find out more. I really want to know what happens to Sasha and if Amy ever grows a spine, or always had one that never had the opportunity to grow.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Shockingly Rubbish!

I really wanted to like this book as I have been struggling to find a really good PNR book to listen to for a while after listening/reading Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews and after reading reviews I thought here is a good one...how wrong was I!!! The heroine is beyond annoying and whiney. Nearly Half of the book the H and H don’t even talk it’s all about hand signs etc and lord when they do manage to talk he sounds like he is some cave man with limited intelligence.

Now I don’t mind any major sexual scenes but lord this was again like a soft porn of “me Tarzan you Jane”

Couldn’t finish the book - a wasted credit so don’t waste your credit or money!

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  • Suzyplums
  • Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 31-10-18

Cute Dragon

I enjoyed this book. It was a little long winded but I stuck with it.

I do love the characters, who where brought to life perfectly by the narrators.

off to listen to book two.

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Great read

Brilliant I loved it, it was definitely something different to read, very refreshing, I can't wait to start the next book.

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Didn't Enjoy

Didn't like this book, thought the story pretty slow and a little farfetched. Couldn't get on with the narrator. Skipped some chapters in the hope it might get better. The begging ofthe book jumped and the end of the booked the same.

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  • Lilian
  • 30-06-17

For the love of dragon!

I must say this is one of the most interesting books I have listened to in a while. RD managed to weave romance in a sort of post apocalyptic earth... something very few people manage to capture well.

The story is a little slow pace for my liking but it actually works. I would have liked for the first few chapters to be shorter but i stuck with it long enough to get caught in the story's web. I can imagine this is what would happen if dragons did somehow manage to invade the planet. After years of dragon rampages, nature finds a way to balance out the the power by linking a dragon to a human mate. Of course, the story wouldn't be as much fun if the female goes willingly. The story focuses more on resolving the heroine internal conflict, understandably because it's not everyday a human falls for another species. There is a bit of explicit sex scenes but for a paranormal book, it was a bit vanilla. Don't get me wrong she wasn't annoying but it would have been better if she didn't run hot one moment then cold the next..There are a few secondary characters but not enough back story about them to really make me like or dislike them. There were a few that got what they deserved! For a while I thought, RD was going to let them get away with their crap but lucky for me she didn't.

The narration was ok. I have listened to both narrators before and while they are not top of my list, they are good enough to keep my attention. To be honest, as a paranormal romance fan, I would say if you are going through a dry spell (I am right now.. sigh) give this book a shot. It's a couple of hours of entertainment and is really not that bad in my opinion.

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  • Melonie
  • 30-06-17

I just couldn't make myself finish it...ugg!

I've listened to 100s of books and only returned 2! I just couldn't get into this...too slow, too predictable, heroine was an idiot and irritating.

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  • Troublemer
  • 11-10-17

My Dragon

Great book. It reminded me little of the Warriors of Hir by Willow Danes. The non ability to communicate was hilarious. Both narrators were great doing each characters point of view. Neither Kyle nor Claudia understood each other. At first she thought he wanted to eat her and he could not make her understand he wanted to be her mate. I love dragon stories and normally i prefer ones that have a balance of action and romance but even though these were more on the romance side, they were fantastic. I am currently listening to the second book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Billy H.
  • 29-06-17

Darkness, hunger, kill, anger and then some😾

It started off strong but this repetitive inner dialogue is killing me. I'm halfway through and want to know how it ends but geeze😵

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  • Bluebonnet Onit
  • 13-10-17

the ending is worth it

I saw reviews the said it dragged, and in some places it seemed to. But. by the time they rescued Amy. I was hooked. and now on to the next in the series. I can hardly wait!

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 18-09-17

Really surprised!!

I bought this audiobook on a whim because I'd read the author's Ice Planet Barbarian series and loved it. This was such a wonderfully surprising story and the narration just made it perfect. The snarky, cynical attitude of the heroine and the sweet but sometimes clueless dragon/man was funny and entertaining. I highly recommend this audiobook if you like Sci-fi or fantasy romances!

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  • Betty Hayes
  • 03-09-17

Phenomenal story given the post-apocalyptic nature

I for one am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic stories. I do however, love dragons not mindless bloodthirsty Godzilla in Tokyo dragons but majestic creatures such as in Dragon heart and McCaffrey's Dragon riders of pern those kind of dragons. This series so far seems to be a combination of both. I absolutely love Kyle's personality! I have not started the second book yet but I am hoping that it is not going to be a total standalone because the story was so good that I can't wait to see what's going to happen and Kyle and Claudia's future :-) fair warning the first part is a little slow while they're working out there communication differences but I strongly urge anyone who wants to listen to the story to give it a chance because it made me laugh it made me want to cry. I found myself talking back to the computer screen when Claudia was being especially obtuse I found myself feeling very very sorry for Kyle at times. But I definitely recommend this story and/or series for anyone who wants to read a beauty tames the beast type of story :-) my one complaint is that Claudia did not get to converse with her friend to help her understand the Dragon kind better. I am hoping reverently I am hoping fervently that they will get a chance to come together at some point I will admit that to me the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger that I'm desperately wishing will be taken care of in the second book.

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  • sindy esmieu
  • 28-08-17

Love it

I found her page on Facebook and bought 1st book love it , ready for 2nd one!

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  • Roxy33
  • 23-08-17

Loved it

This was an awesome story. I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to everyone who loves paranormal books. I'm excited about purchasing the next book in this series.

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  • ParkerCD
  • 10-12-17

Not much of a story, but bunches ‘o sex!

A good editor would have cut the repetitive angst, thoughts, bullshit, etc., and the book would been about half as long. This book was like porn, just enough of a (bad)story to prop up the sex scenes. I like sexy stuff as much as anyone, but a good story is mandatory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful