Never Deal with Dragonsby Lorenda Christensen
Series: DRACIM #1
Published on July 22, 2013 by Carina Press
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.
As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
It’s the dawn of a new world has dragons walk amongst humans following the events of World War III. Following a little science-gone-wrong, these scaly beasts are at the top of the food chain, working with humans in this new world through people like Myrna Banks, a dragonspeaker and member of DRACIM. Between the mess and the stress, Myrna somehow manages to get through her days, even if it involves cleaning up dragon vomit and satisfying a farmer’s rage over losing a favored cow.
Christensen starts off Never Deal with Dragons with a bit of humor as we met Myrna, our star dragonspeaker. Right off the bat, I liked the author’s writing style. It painted her protagonist as a sassy young woman with a lot of patience and a strong will. I liked Myrna from the start, at least until Trian appeared.
1. a jerk of the highest order
2. Myrna’s kryptonite
3. a thieving ex-boyfriend who doesn’t apologize
Myrna was great… except around Trian. They dated in the past before he ran off with a number of classified files, leaving her with nothing more than a short note and a broken heart. He caused her to be placed under one of the lowliest bosses. He acts like everything he did was for a perfectly good reason and that’s just how it had to be.
Case in point: Trian’s a jerk.
When Myrna finds out they have to work together, I’m sitting there thinking that I know exactly how this is going to end. And sadly I wasn’t proven wrong. Myrna just can’t stay away from the guy, even if he basically destroyed her future and left her without any sort of explanation. Come on, Myrna. I had such high hopes for her as a strong female heroine thrown to the wolves — I mean, dragons. Their little romance/get-back-together deal was probably the biggest flaw I found in this story.
Beyond that, I loved the story. First and foremost: dragons. They’re awesome. That’s just a known fact. And the way Christensen presents them is something I’ve never seen before. I loved the new addition of dragons into a world that couldn’t necessarily prepare for them, and yet they somehow figured it out. Kudos to the human race for accepting the supernatural (not that they had a choice in this case, I’m sure). Since the romance didn’t take front and center, I still got to see a lot of that spunk and sass in Christensen’s writing that she brought out in Myrna. It made Never Deal with Dragons a quick, fun read.
For those of you looking for an urban fantasy with some romance thrown it that doesn’t involve vampires, witches, or werewolves, check out Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen. This series is rearing to go with Myrna’s story and makes for an entertaining poolside read during these summer months. You can also read the sequel, Dancing with Dragons, following Myrna’s friend Carol, and ‘Til Dragons Do Us Part (book 3) to come out in October 2014.