Title: Fire of the Dragon (Beastiary Series #1)
Author: Lori Dillon
On the Shelves: Fiction> Fantasy/Romance
Being sent back in time to the Middle Ages wouldn’t be so bad if the knight in shining armor who comes to your rescue didn’t swoop down in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately for Jill Donahue, that’s just the way things have been going in her life lately.
Wrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn’t bad enough, she learns there’s a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn’t the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving…
Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill’s help to do it.
And A Curse
Forced to face many challenges along the way—from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny—each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin’s dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done
I need to thank the Author, Lori Dillon and the publishers, Amari Press, for allowing me access to this book, via netgalley, in exchange for a review.
Fire of the Dragon was one of the first books I requested on Netgalley, when I joined back in March. And because the release date had already been and gone, I let it sit on the shelf for a little bit- I wish I had read it much sooner because this is without a doubt one of the best requests I’ve ever read from Netgalley. Oh man. I mean, I sat down with it this morning, intending to read it with “well I’ll just try to get my netgalley shelf cleared off a little bit”…and the next thing I know, it’s four hours later and I’m literally ignoring my mother’s attempts at conversation with me because I’m so sucked into the book!! I am literally typing this review minutes after I finished the novel because I need to discuss my feelings on this book- it was that good! I love when books take you by surprise, it so rarely happens.
I can’t deny, there is cheese. Be warned those who do not like mushy romance stuff, there is that in here. In fact, I should really put in a “trigger warning” and say there is some sexually explicit content in this book (oh ho ho!)- but I can take that in little bits when it’s balanced out nicely with action and adventure- and this book has it all. Dillon has a wonderful way of balancing these elements, along with mixing in plenty of humour throughout the story, I laughed out loud multiple times. There was a great moment where one knight got cut in battle and I swear to God, I honestly thought he was going to say “Tis but a flesh wound!!”, I had to stop myself for a minute while I laughed really hard at that image. He actually didn’t say that but something quite similar, which made it even funnier.
I found Jill to be a likeable character. She was realistic considering the cirucumstances she wound up in, she wasn’t super human or invulnerable and was, I admit, at times whiney, but to be honest if I were in the situations she had been in, I’d be whiney too! I did hold back from giving it 5 stars, as there were times when the descriptions of the two main characters got a bit hilariously clichéd (I could almost hear the bad 70s style p0rn music), and also some of the situations did get a little repetitive. But the characters themselves were very well written and balanced. They felt solid (if that makes any sense.)
Just …Yes. Good. Fantastic. More please. I demand more! I really want there to be a sequel because of that ending. I know there is a book 2 coming out but it is of another character’s backstory- I’d rather just continue on with Jill and Baelin!
I really recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, action, adventure and romance because I really, really enjoyed it!
Three Netgalley reviews in ONE day?! I better sit down before I fall down!!