Review: Never Dare a Dragon by Ashlyn ChaseNever Dare a Dragon by Ashlyn Chase
Series: Boston Dragons #3
Series Rating: two-stars
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 1st 2017
Format: eBook
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Source: NetGalley
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Jayce Fierro is part of a legendary Boston firefighting family of phoenix shifters. Hiding his true form makes being in a relationship rather difficult. Meeting the beautiful Lieutenant Kristine Scott of the New York City Fire Department and knowing he can’t have her only makes things worse.

Dragon shifter Kristine can’t stop thinking about fun, flirty Jayce and his teasing smile. A relationship could never work-not with the distance between them, and definitely not with her shifter secret. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble and secrets are revealed, Jayce will do whatever it takes to help-whether or not the feisty, stubborn New Yorker wants him to.

When I saw Never Dare a Dragon in NetGalley, the idea of a phoenix and dragon working as shape-shifting firefighters was a bit intriguing. It was also labeled as a “paranormal romance,” and that intrigued me as well. I used to read romances when I was younger, and I figured why not give this one a try. Fantasy. Romance. Dragons. What could go wrong?

It didn’t take long to realize this was not a romance novel; it’s erotica. Erotica is most decidedly not my thing. However, I could possibly have tolerated this erotica if it was written well. Which it wasn’t. It was unbelievably bad, all around. The plot was rushed, so much was not explained (I found out later that this is the third novel in a series, which I guess is why the author didn’t feel the need to elaborate.), and the oh-so-perfect ending was sickening. Not one bad thing happens to these two love birds (punny!), and all of their wishes are literally granted at the very end.

I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes. I could not believe that after knowing one another after a few days, they were ready to slit their wrists over the relationship possibly not working out. In addition, it was readily apparent that the author had a rather limited lexicon. The same phrases were used over and over, especially during the rather pornographically-described sex scenes. She must have just learned the word “gentrification,” as that word was incredibly overused.

I can accept that erotica just isn’t my thing and appreciate everything else in the book, if there was much else to appreciate. The thin and rushed plot coupled with outright bad writing would ruin anyone’s cup of tea.

About Ashlyn Chase

Ashlyn Chase

Ashlyn Chase has been a registered nurse for 20 years. During those years, she wrote articles for professional journals and a thesis, but eventually, thank goodness, discovered the joy and freedom of writing fiction.

Ashlyn considers herself lucky. Her degree in behavioral sciences is a combination of psychology and sociology, so she has worked with and studied people most of her life. She never has to write out exhaustive character sketches to understand her characters or predict how they will behave. That doesn't mean they don't surprise her. Sometimes they take her on grand unexpected journeys. For her, it gives "character driven novels" a whole new meaning.

Ashlyn has learned to go with the flow. To enjoy the journey is not only one of her writing goals, but also a challenge in life so she tries to follow where the story takes her. As such, she has lived in 17 different places over the years. At last, she's all settled down and comfy in New England.

Is there a grand design or do we decide our own fates? Perhaps if the powers-that-be have a plot, then they also give us the right to revise it. Ashlyn has certainly made detours on her path, but she thinks she's better for it. She's having fun at any rate and hopes that if she enjoys the journey, so will those around her—including her readers.

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