Megan Michaels-The Dragon Warlords

Megan is making her first appearance here on IBtP with a trio of terrific tails. And before you say, oh Clara, you misspelled tails, trust me, I did it on purpose. The 3 books are all great with a wonderful storyline, but they also have a breakout star, the tails. OMFG, the tails.

So, these books take place on the planet Trexotera, which has dragons. Thing of those dragons as warplanes, but you know, living and breathing warplanes. When the Trexoterans go to war against other planets, they take their fire-breathing dragons and go. The warlords and Commanders also carry guns and swords. While they may fight with dragons and swords, the Trexoterans are advanced with all that scifi tech we all love. Trexotera is run by King Zorander Quinn and his Queen, Gossamer. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters and one adopted son. The sons are Drayce and Cloven, with Artemis being the adopted son. The daughters’ names are Rosary and Willow.

While the story takes place primarily on Trexotera, the planet Zelora is also important. That planet is ruled by Alastair Tempest, who has twin daughters, Satin and Thistle, and at least one son, Thunder. I’m pretty sure that there is at least one more, but I haven’t checked the first book.

So, with all that, let’s talk about the books, shall we?

The first book is The Dragon’s Secret, and it’s Satin and Drayce’s book. Satin’s quiet, shy, and retiring sister Thistle is supposed to go and marry Drayce, prince of Trexotera. Satin decides that she’s going to take Thistle’s spot and go marry Drayce. That’s because she has always wanted to be a dragon warlord and ride a dragon. Her father wouldn’t hear of it, so her only way to do it is to take her sister’s place. When she gets to Trexotera, Drayce meets her and punishes her. Then he marries her. And we get to learn about the awesomeness that is a tail. Tails and spanking, pure awesome.

OK, the way that this works is that when a dragon feels a person is worthy, they gift the person and they are then turned into a warlord. One of the things to prove that they are a warlord is that they get a tail. Yup. A very flexible and talented tail. The warlords use their tails when it comes to sex. Pretty much anywhere the tail can go, it does. And at the end of it, there is a little barb that pops out when the tail owning person comes. It locks into their partner for a few minutes. Then there are Commanders who are warlords who have a dragon patch, which is a section of skin that looks and feels like dragon skin. Drayce is a Commander, and Satin becomes one as well.

Then we have The Warlord’s Priestess. Thistle is now on Trexotera and she has a new Daddy. Artemis rescued her and he knew as soon as he saw her that she was the one for him. Thistle was supposed to be the shy, quiet one, but Artemis has found out that she has quite a bit of fire in her, once she finds out that she has certain magics and can help out the dragons and their warlords. Thistle, Satin, and their friend and fellow warlord, Wish, manage to help when it comes to a huge confrontation in the war that Zelora started. Again, lots of spanking and fun tail sex. I’m in serious lust with the tails. I really want one. I mean, yeah. Imagine all the fun you could have with it.

Finally, we have Cloven’s Only Wish. Cloven and Wish’s relationship has gotten deeper. He’s her Dom, she’s his baby girl. Wish is strong, stubborn, has some issues with her temper, and very independent. The war with Zelora has heated up and Alistair has threatened the royal women of Trexotera, which means that they are all being kept under lock and key and heavy guard, which is difficult for all the women, but especially Wish, who has worked really hard to be the warlord that she is. The fact that their men are going off to war without them is really hard on all the women, and not good things happen.

Yeah, I know, it sounds vaguely vague in places, doesn’t it? That’s because if I go too much into any one book, I spoil the next one. Oh well, that means that you have to go buy them and read them. I wouldn’t read them as a standalone. They are all interconnected and if you miss one, you are going to miss out not only on the overall storyline but also the full story on each of the couples. Overall, I like the series, a lot. There are a few places that I don’t like, but that’s pretty typical. For example, I don’t really like Cloven much in the second book, but Megan rehabbed him and I liked him in his book. Even though I liked him in his book, there were a couple of times that he made me mad. It may sound like I’m picking on Cloven, but that’s just because I read his book yesterday, so he’s fresh in my mind. I’m hoping that there is more to come, I mean, Rosary and Willow should have their books too, don’t you think?

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OK, I just have to say that I hate Alistair. I mean, he’s a serious prick. He hates his daughters, obviously, and he’s a jealous little prick. I thought that he was going to do terrible things to Gossamer, even more terrible than having her kidnapped and thrown into his prison. I’m pretty sure he’s not altogether in between the ears, especially after he takes the dragons.

The big punishment scene in Priestess wasn’t my fave. It wasn’t that it was hot, because it was. I understand why it was done the way that it was done, and it makes sense in the book, but for me, it took away a sense of support that I thought that the women needed. Of course, that may just be me projecting how I would feel on the characters. Of course, that’s just how I feel about it, and you may like it. And that’s totally awesome. There are probably parts that I liked that you didn’t. It all works out in the end, right?

Alright, I think that I’ve said all that I want to say today. Megan’s books aren’t on KU, but they are priced reasonably. Go check them out. Happy reading!

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Ava Sinclair-Rebel Bride

Ava is just rocking this RH gig hard. I think her Drakoryans are my fave RH heroes. Of course, that could just be because of their magic cocks. The storyline is pretty good too, so that’s could be the reason too.

Her latest book, Rebel Bride, brings us back to their world and makes things much more intense. The books aren’t really standalones, there is an overarching storyline that spans the books, although each of the books (after the first two) focus on one particular group. Each book builds on the one before, so if you are reading these, you really want to start at the first one and go through them all. You will enjoy the books a lot more if you do.

Anyway, this book features Thera the healer and the Lords of Kri’byl, Jareo, Gyrvig, Erdorin, Yrko, and Tyri. The last two boys are twins, that’s important. Thera was a woman from one of the villages who now lives in the valley that is surrounded by the mountains where all the Drakoryan lords and their brides live. The villagers were all brought there to keep them safe from the Shadowfell. The king of the Drakoryans decided that the Lords of Kri’byl should live in the village to help out the people and  keep them safe.

So, that brings us to now, roughly. Not all the villagers are happy about living where they are. Winter has come and it is cold. Since the Shadowfell burned the harvest, there just is barely enough for the people to eat. Even the Drakorayn in their castles are rationing. None of this leads to happy conditions in the village, especially as the villagers still haven’t seen the Shadowfell, so none of them quite believe that they exist. Then you get Thera, who is… angry. She is a widow. A few years before, during a winter like this, her husband and her father had gone out hunting because the Drakoryan punished their village and they had no extra food. While they were out hunting, they died. Thera blames the Drakoryan for that. I can’t blame her for that, I probably would too.

Well, because she hates the Drakoryan, she does what she can to stir up trouble. She thinks they are all liars and that they are the enemy and they have just taken away the villagers’ free will. So, she stirs and stirs and stirs until the pot comes to a boil and boils over. The Witches decree that there is only one way to make things better. Thera is to mate with the Lords of Kri’byl.

Overall, I like Thera. But, there are a few times where I really don’t like her. She knew what she was doing. I’m not sure what good she thought she was going to do though. I get being angry and wanting revenge, and I think that in her place, I probably would want revenge on the people who I blamed for my husband’s death too, but there’s a difference between revenge and cutting off your nose to spite your face. I think the guys were probably a little more patient with her than I would’ve been at times. I can’t wait to see where the next one is going to take us. It’s going to be a doozy.

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I can’t wait to see how the issue with Zara and the king is going to change things. The Witches being gone is going to be interesting too.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-War Bride

We’re back in Ava Sinclair’s world of Drakoryans, those hot, hunky dragon shifters. The first two books of the series focused on Lyla and her mates, but now we’re looking at a new bride. We still have hot Alpha dragon shifters, but we have 3 of them now, but we are also in an active war situation, which is different to the last two books. Thus the name, War Bride. See how that works? LOL.

So, our heroine is Isla. In the last book, her village was destroyed by the ShadowFell and Lyla, her mates, and one of the Lords of Za’vol found her in the bottom of the well. She had jumped in there to escape the firey breath of the bad dragons, and hadn’t been able to get out, so if they hadn’t come along, she wouldn’t have lived.

They all took her back to Lyla’s castle so that Isla could be ministered to. While there, news is given that the Drakoryans will now be able to take War Brides, instead of the way that they had been doing it. The Lords of Fa’vol are the first to be given a war bride, Isla.

So, Turin, Zyvis, and Jayx are the Lords of Za’vol and they are pretty jazzed about being able to have a bride. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a mate and who doesn’t want to have a chance to have their bloodline go on? At least in these books. The boys are trying to get Isla to warm up to them because it’s time for them to seal their mating. But first, they must have their big fight so that the order in which they are with Isla for the first time.

There are a lot of really interesting things that go on in the book. One of them is we get to see more into the ways that Drakoryan families can interact, both positively and negatively. I found that to be really interesting because we don’t always see the bad side of heroes and their families, so getting to see the ugly and how it affects a lot of things was refreshing. There are lots of things that have really whetted my appetite for the next books, and hopefully, Ava won’t make us wait for very long.

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Yeah, this may look like it’s a weird thing to go with a story about dragon shifters, but trust me, when you read it, you will get it.

It’s going to be a huge change for the villagers and for the Drakoryans to have the villagers right there.

I think I know who our new grouping is going to be. If I’m right, it’s going to be explosive and I can’t wait for the fireworks to start.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go read the whole series, you won’t be sorry.

Ava Sinclair-Night of the Drakoryans

Ava Sinclair finishes off our Night of… RH grouping. She’s bringing up some more Drakoryans. Since that series is already a reverse harem, it’s not that hard to fit it right into the rest of the group. This one brings us the story of Syrene. We see her a bit in Fire Bride, talking to Lyla, so her book obviously comes before Lyla’s story. Night of the Drakoryans gives us her full story and explains why she is the way that she is in FB. Not that I’m complaining about her, I like Syrene.

So, here’s our story. Syrene lives in one of the tiny villages that is ruled by the Drakoryans, a species of dragon shifters. The Drakoryans burn the fields, limit how much the villagers can grow, and several other things. They also demand a virgin sacrifice every few years.

Syrene’s mother died when she was born. She saw Syrene breathe but three times before she died. Her dad did the best she could, and he married another woman. Syrene’s step-mother is the type that gives evil step-mothers a bad name. I mean, if she had decided to feed Syrene a poisoned apple, it would’ve been nicer. The evil cow has spent years upon years upon years squashing down Syrene as much as she can. She won’t give her clean clothes, she won’t get Syrene a brush to brush her hair, so it ends up looking like a bird’s nest. Since Syrene has raven colored hair, the cow calls it a raven’s nest. Anytime something happens in the village that Syrene’s half-brothers have done, the step-cow makes the villagers believe that Syrene is the one who did it, so no one in the village likes her. Her dad is worse than a limp noodle. He does nothing to protect Syrene at all, even when she’s beaten by her half-brothers. So, when Syrene is chosen for the sacrifice, instead of the normal mournful and somber situation, the village practically throws a party, after all, this worthless, terrible, nasty, horrible young woman is leaving, and their village will be happier. Her step-cow even tells her that with the extra acreage that they are going to get from Syrene being sacrificed is going to go towards getting something useful, a cow.

The only people who have the proper attitude when it comes time for her to leave are the priestesses. They are careful to prepare her and make her look beautiful and try to make her last hours in the village good ones. The only glitch happens when the evil one gets a chance to talk to her. Syrene got to have her say and make the stupid cow cry, so there’s that. As she walks to the Altar Rock, the villagers are like damn, maybe we might’ve done fucked up a little. Syrene though, she just ignores them like the queen that she is, and waits for the dragon. She’s ready for death and has accepted that it is come.

Edrys, Nyron, and Xarsi are the brothers who are the lords of Jo’lyn. It is their time to have a mate, and that mate is Syrene. Edrys is the one who goes to get here, and when she wakes up in his bed, she’s furious at them. She actually attacks him. When the guys don’t understand what’s going on with her, they call for the Oracle, who tells them all about the past and how she was treated. He doesn’t give them all the details, just that she’s been ground down, and hated, and she thinks she’s worthless. He also tells them that if they don’t bond with her immediately, the bloodline of Jo’lyn will die. To give them that chance, instead of each brother having his own night, the Oracle will turn one night into a long night. Their guests will think that it’s only been 1 night, but for Syrene and her boys, it will be 6 days. That will give them the time to figure out how to bond with her.

OK, I’ve looked at this, and realized that I’ve had a lot to say. Of course, this is all stuff that you will get in the first few chapters, so I’m not really spoiling anything. I don’t think, at least. As much as I like Lyla, and I really do, I relate more to Syrene. She’s been so profoundly neglected, abused, and devalued that she barely feels like a person. The long night gives each of the guys their chance to bond with Syrene, and they each go about it differently. And they go about it in a way which will meet a need that Syrene may not even know that she has. But in turn, she makes them better men.

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I’ve talked a lot about the story. I think more than I usually do. Mostly that’s because I relate so much to Syrene. She’s a tough, tough woman. She went through so much, but she managed to survive, and now she’s at the point where she can thrive. Having her three mates, each of whom meets something in her and makes that section of her feel better and between the three can make her whole, has given her a place to finally be the amazing person that she is. It’s a great story, and I think it works really well when it comes the rest of the Drakoryan world. The stress in this is all internal, no outside drama or pending war, just a relationship that needs to be formed. That’s something totally different.

I have to say, I love Nyron’s justice. At least, I think it’s Nyron. I’d have to get up and go check my Kindle and I left it in the other room. And his vengeance appears not to be sated any time soon. I’m bloodthirsty enough that I took great joy in that. And so did Syrene.

OK, I’ve gone on and on and one. It’s a relatively quick read, just like the rest of the series, so you should definitely go grab it so that you can read it. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Fire Bride

Ava Sinclair has brought us back to her Drakoryan world and back to Lyla and her 4 mates, Imryth, Zelki, Drogros, and Tythos in Fire Bride.

Now, remember, in an RH, there isn’t always group sex. It’s more about the relationship that each hero has with the heroine and what needs of hers they happen to meet. Some RH books have group sex in them, not all of the ones I’ve read do. Ava’s Drakoryan books don’t have any kind of group sex. It would upset the boys too much to watch anyone else go at their bride, even if it’s a brother.

In Sacrifice, the seer had a vision that Lyla would have an important part to play in the upcoming war and that her mates shouldn’t keep any secrets from her. However, there’s a problem with that. For all that they know that they shouldn’t keep secrets from her, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t. Villages are being destroyed but they don’t want to tell Lyla that the ancient enemy is coming back. Zelki is all for letting her know what’s going on, but the other boys aren’t so sure. Drogros, as the oldest one, keeps telling them that nope, they are keeping it a secret. They are trying very hard to make sure that she’s occupied with them and with keeping her home. What they don’t know is that Lyla kind of hates it. She wants to know so many things, and she’s not like the other brides who are all into their children and their homes and their families. She can fake it well, though.

Lyla knows that something is up with her mates, they all seem just a little off, but they keep telling her everything is fine. There’s a big council meeting coming up to their house, so now she’s busy working on making sure that everything is up to the high standards required to impress everyone else. But she finds out things that show she’s being lied to.

OK, it’s that time. I really like Lyla. She isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes and to fight for what needs to happen. She’s definitely a warrior in her own right, even if she doesn’t do it the same way her mates do. They really do need her. I’m really looking forward to War Bride to advance the story so we can find out what more is going on.

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I loved that the witches needed to see Lyla and that she got to see them, even if it wasn’t normal for a Bride to show up there. It just shows how important that Lyla is in the greater scheme of things. And without her pushing and pushing, certain things wouldn’t have happened. So, yay Lyla.

The next book is going to be very interesting. I can’t wait for a continuation of the story, even if we have a different group at the forefront.

That’s all for today. Happy reading!

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Destiny

Lili Zander and Lee Savino have taken us back to the Prison Planet with everyone’s favorite exiles. Today, we have a date with destiny with Draekon Destiny.

OK, hopefully by now we all remember the backstory for the Draekon books. A bunch of human women crash-landed on the planet where the Zorahn send the Draekon for exile. When two Draekon see the woman that they are fated to mate with in a triad, the guys turn into dragons. Once they have completed the mating, the guys can shift whenever.

The stories all feature one particular trio, but they are part of a larger story arc. You could read them as a standalone if you wanted to, but you won’t get as much out of them as you would if you were to read them in order.

So far, all the books we’ve read look at the run up to the mating and finding the HEA. Destiny is different. Instead of looking at a relationship building to an HEA, we find out what happens when the HEA isn’t forever and the relationship breaks.

Our poor Felicity. She’s had a very shitty time of it so far. Her mother died when she was young and her father couldn’t hack it as a parent. So he dumped her off with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. They only saw her as free labor and her cousin actively made Felicity’s life miserable. When she was chosen to go to a new planet, she thought that her life would be better. Then she crashed on the prison planet. That’s where Xan and Lud come into the story. They courted her and wooed her and she thought she had her HEA. Then everything went pear-shaped.

The bad guys got ahold of the pieces they needed for the cloak ship, but they needed someone to pilot it. Because of the asteroid belt around the planet, they needed someone with Draekon reflexes, which means they needed someone mated. Those assholes knew that Lud had a secret and that he had been looking for a communicator. They blackmailed him into helping them and being their pilot so they could all get off the planet. They were fine with Xan going, but since they were assholes, they weren’t about to let Felicity go with. When Felicity finds out what’s going on, she discovers that her guys told the bad guys that they were going to leave with them, and leave her there.

Now, remember, she’s been abandoned and used her entire life, so she’s devastated. These two aliens who have taken over her heart have just used her to become dragons and are now leaving.

We see a lot of this in flashback. Then we also have what’s happening currently. It’s an interesting way to do it, and we can see how each thing that happened affected each of our main characters. Writing different POVs can be hard and then writing those different POVs in present time and flashback must be even harder. Lili and Lee did a really good job of it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the things we found out in this book are going to impact the things in the next books.

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I couldn’t take sides at all in this one. Everyone was hurting and they were all hurting each other without even meaning to. I think this book is going to be my favorite in the story. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all of them, and I love building up to the HEA, but I also like finding out what happens after what the HEA was supposed to be and when things get broken.

I can’t wait to find out more about the big find and to see if they are going to find Rahit’vi. Looks like it’s going to be great.

OK, that’s all for today, go look at all the Draekon books and find out what’s going on. Happy reading!

I’ll be taking a break from reviewing tomorrow. I have a busy day coming up tomorrow, but I’ll be right back at it on Monday, and I have some reveal/boost/excerpt type posts coming up tomorrow, so you will still see something from me. Have a great weekend!

Sara Fields-Mated to the Dragons

This is the 5th book in Sara Fields’ Captive Bride series. Her first 4 had young women who were connected in a way. Our heroine in this book is only connected by the fact that they were all sent to the same bridal training facility. I also think this one has some definitely darker aspects than the other books do. So, shall we talk about Mated to the Dragons?

If you’ve read the other books, you know that Earth is horribly overpopulated. Because of that, the families of Earth are limited to only two children. An illegal third child can be sent to an off-world colony or prison. Or, women can be sent to a bridal training center. The women who go to this facility are trained, spanked, and sold off to aliens as brides. Think mail order brides, only on a galactic scale, and a much, much kinkier version. There are menages, pet girls, spankings, butt plugs, and all sorts of other fun stuff.

However, that’s not strictly what happened for Jada. She has spent her entire life trying to be a good girl. She’s always done what her parents asked, paid attention, followed all the laws, and never broken any rules. She even got a job with the President. But, when she found out that he had broken the law to get elected? She knew that she had to do something about it. She took all her information and gave it to a reporter. When the reporter was killed, she was framed for the murder and falsely represented as a 3rd child. Jada was tried in secret and sent immediately off to the bridal training facility. Her parents don’t even know for sure where she is or what has happened to her. When she gets to the facility, instead of mixing with the other women, she’s isolated in her own room, all by herself. When the warden tells her that she’s found the perfect place for Jada, she can tell that the warden is glad to get rid of her.

Bruddis and Draego are brothers. They are also the princes of Draegira. Their father is dying because his body has recognized that is now more powerful men to lead their planet. But, they need to find a bride that they can share. They don’t have time to do all the usual stuff that goes along with finding a royal bride, so when they find out about this mail order bride training facility deal, they decide that they will buy a human bride. Enter Jada.

Jada’s introduction to her new planet is pretty hot and sexy. I mean, two guys at the same time while you are chained to a pole in front of the population of your new world? Yeah. But that’s only one hoop that Jada has to jump through before she may be able to marry her guys.

Alright. I love dragons. I love guys who turn into dragons. I mostly love Bruddis and Draego. There is one point that makes me really mad at them and I had to take a minute from wanting to go smack their snouts with a rolled up newspaper. Of course, that would lead to me being frozen, melted, or shot by Jada. What makes this the darkest of the books yet, at least for me, is some of the things that Jada has to deal with throughout the story. Not from Bruddis and Draego, but from outside forces.

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Oh man, they made me so mad when they didn’t believe her when she told them that she didn’t kill anyone. I was so frustrated. I mean, she’s supposed to trust them, but they won’t trust her there?

And the pearl scene after the wedding? OMFG. I always thought pearls were sexy, but that scene took it to a higher level. Jada is obviously a pain slut, too.

Alright, that’s all for this one. All the Captive Brides are in KU right now, I believe, so go read them all. Happy reading!