Series: Boston Dragons #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 1st 2017
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
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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.