Sunday, August 18, 2013

ALICE'S DRAGON by Stephanie Beck

Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date published: 29-May-13
ISBN: 978-1-61333-536-9
M/F, paranormal, fantasy, dragon
Reviewed by Helen

Obtained via publisher

For generations the women in Alice’s family have been dragon charmers, charming the dragons so they don’t eat all the islanders’ flocks and herds. It’s a mighty fine living, until the day her dragon bites off her arm, and a stranger comes and kills her only method of earning a living. Alice almost dies. With no arm and no job anymore she may as well die from the pain, fear and trauma.
But along comes Blade. He’s a man with many secrets, and he doesn’t plan to let Alice die.

Note: This is a sweet romance.

This is a very different book in the best possible way. On the surface it has the standard elements—a feisty heroine, a handsome hero, a bunch of secrets, some unusual secondary characters, and of course, a dragon. But underlying that is an enormous depth of emotion. The details of how Alice comes to terms with lacking an arm, and how together she and Blade forge a future are brilliant.
There are a few places that are genuine tear-jerker moments, others that will make the reader laugh.

The book is a short one, so obviously there isn’t going to be enormous amounts of world building or a huge cast of characters, but everything is believable and logical in their world, and the minor characters sketched in add to the book.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s fun yet powerful. A great addition to my library and one I’ll definitely be rereading.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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