A group of supernatural brother warriors living together in a massive, overdecorated-with-priceless-works-of-art mansion with an underground training facility that includes an over-the-top gym.
The warriors curse a lot, speak in short, harsh sentences, and wear "shitkickers".
They also have weird names like Venom and Forge.
They can't go out during the day because it will kill them.
They have love-at-first-sight mates that they know are "theirs" and who they'd kill or die for.
Sound familiar? You might be thinking of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. You'd be wrong.
I picked up FURY OF SEDUCTION (Dragonfury Series #3) by Coreene Callahan via Amazon Vine (seems logical, considering Montlake Romance is an imprint of Amazon Publishing), excited because it's a genre I love (paranormal romance) and the blurb sounded great:
Successful landscape designer Tania Solares prides herself on living by her own terms, relying on no man to provide for her. But her carefully controlled life takes a turn for the extraordinary when her inquiry into the disappearance of her best friend thrusts her between two warring factions of dragon-shifters. Suddenly Tania’s survival depends on Mac, a newly initiated dragon-warrior who will break every rule to keep her safe.
Now that Tania knows the truth about Dragonkind, returning to her old life is too grave a risk. Ivar, leader of the Razorbacks, plots to decimate the human race, and Tania is just the tool he needs. Despite the danger, Mac cannot deny her a choice: Trade the independence she’s fought so hard to achieve for safety in a magical world, or turn her back on the man she’s grown to love in order to reclaim a freedom that might not last? It is an impossible choice. And yet a sacrifice must be made…
See? Dragons and the end of the human race and, of course, lurve. Sounds most excellent.
I didn't like that Tania gives off a bit of a victim vibe with her actions. She doesn't really stand up for herself and isn't very aware of what's going on around her. Heading down to visit her sister in prison every other weekend, she berates herself for being a bad sister, even though there's a stalker prison guard who abuses his power with threats and taunts.
As soon as Mac learned Tania was potentially in trouble (another stalker male who wants to take her for his own, then use her for breeding purposes and to taunt his enemies. Nice.), he freaks out and takes off without backup, thinking only mine and to protect the little woman. Who he's only met once. *sigh*
Sadly, this book ended up being a book breakup for me. While the story had potential, I just couldn't get past the similarities to a certain bestselling series or the insta-love (insta-possessiveness, more like).
I feel a little bad about abandoning this book -- I'm afraid my reading and reviewing slump contributed to my harsh response. Maybe I'll have to pick it back up once I'm less cranky...or maybe I'll try her new series, which sounds pretty good.
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