Bound to a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins
I downloaded Bound by a Dragon on iBooks for my phone. It sounded interesting since I do enjoy a good fantasy and have an affinity toward dragon stories. I was not disappointed in this book. I liked it so much that I immediately went to Amazon and bought the second book. I have to wait until payday to get book 3 in the series.
In the beginning it became obvious to me that Aaron was the dragon and I thought, “Well I know where this is going.” But his true nature was revealed to Keira early in the story so it was not about finding out that Aaron is the dragon. Aaron woos Keira as only a dragon could. It takes her some time to come to terms with what he really is, a dragon first. The love story is well done, I was taken into the dragon realm and my attention was fully on the characters. Aaron, whether as man or as dragon, was intense in both his love and protection of Keira. He is a dragon by nature and dragons are not tame. Keira is a normal human woman with a mother who is blind to truth and a father who is protective of both his wife and daughters, wanting what is best for them. Keira’s sister Anne is a spoiled and nosy youth that I really felt needed some parental discipline. It was easy to relate to all of the main characters. Whole gamuts of emotions were elicited while reading the tale. Love, hate, disappointment, joy, disapproval, and more were felt as I read this lovely fantasy. I could recommend this book to older teens 15+ as there was no explicit sexual scenes only the allusion to intimacy between a husband and wife. An excellent book!
Pursued by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins
I love dragon stories! I was so taken with the first book in this series, Bound by a Dragon, that when I finished it I immediately went to Amazon and bought the second book. This story takes place several years before the story of Aaron and Keira in the first book. It is the story of Favian and Cathryn. Dragons marry for love and for life. In this fantasy love story it is difficult for Favian to convince Cathryn they are meant for each other. She was raised by her widowed father who taught her their wool business with an eye to her taking over the business when he is no longer around. She is betrothed to Geoffrey strictly for the business alliance between families. Because of this betrothal she is unwilling to allow herself to fall prey to her own emotions. In reading this story I just wanted to knock some sense into Cathryn. How blind could she be to the mistake of marrying for business and denying love? I was rooting for Favian the whole time. Geoffrey was an obnoxious and disagreeable character, how could she ever consider a life with him? Yes these books are fantasy romance and romance in general is not my favorite genre, but throw in a dragon and I’m hooked. This story takes place several years before the first book. But each book stands alone so the chronological order is irrelevant. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Excellent storytelling, I could recommend to youth as young as 15.