Title: Never Deal with Dragons
Author: Lorenda Christensen
Series: DRACIM, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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.”
Never Deal with Dragons is the first book in the new DRACIM series by Lorenda Christensen.
Never Deal with Dragons is a new and different take on dragons, it’s not only refreshing, but the way the dragons came to be it’s also interesting.
Looking for a cure for cancer a scientific mixed different DNAs including some of reptilian origin, after the experiments were done the samples were thrown into an incinerator to be destroyed and couple of years later the firsts dragons were born from that incinerator to the world. To a new and different world from the one we nowadays know because WWIII has ended and as consequence of all the weapons used during the war computers and electronics are not working anymore. While humans were fighting each others dragons secretly amassed fortunes and now they are the most powerful beings in the world. This new change in society created a need for people able to communicate with dragons, but just few were born with the ability of dragonspeaking; the majority of these persons work for DRACIM (Dragon Relations, Arbitration and Cooperative Interspecies Mediation) or directly with the dragons.
Dragons have always fascinated Myrna Banks and luckily for her she is one of the few people that speak dragonspeak. Thanks to her abilities she works for DRACIM. Her job is not a glamorous one; usually she is cover in gore and other unmentionables, but she loves and enjoys what she does. If it weren’t for the jerk of her boss she will have her dream job. At least she had it until her ex-boyfriend (Trian) screwed her by stealing from her some delicate work related information causing a painful demotion and a stall in a very promising career.
Trian works for one of the most influential dragons in the world and he needs her help. The last thing Myrna wants is to spend time with him, but as a DRACIM employee she can’t say no to an emissary of a dragon lord.
Working with Trian is harder than what Myrna was expecting, not only her heart is at lost but it looks as if her life can be in peril too, to survive this assignment Myrna will have to trust Trian, even though it’s the last thing she wants to do.
Myrna is fun, intelligent but not perfect, despite sometimes doing things that made me rolled my eyes I can say I liked her.
Trian was also a nice character, it’s was obvious he was hiding something from Myrna, I kind of guessed what was from the very beginning; still it was a “nice secret” and something I really enjoyed. I can’t say more without spoilers.
I had some problems with Myrna and Trian relationship; it was clear there was an attraction between them but the why of it wasn’t clear. This could be because they already had a relationship and this was more like a second chance.
Another thing I had a problem regarding them is that (IMO) Myrna forgave him too easily. I understand why Trian did what he did but he should have trusted Myrna instead of doing what he did behind her back.
The conflict and politics of the story kept me glued to the pages; the different variations of personalities in the dragons made of this story and I’m sure of the books to come a very interesting read.
There were some twists and turns in the story, I kind of guessed them too, and still seeing the reasoning behind it was a bit unexpected.
I really liked Never Deal with Dragons. I liked the original world Mrs. Christensen has created for this new series and I liked the characters. I don’t know if Mrs. Christensen is planning to continue this series with Myrna and Trian or if each book will have a different set of characters, what I know is that I’ll continue reading this series and I’ll look forward to new books to come.
I recommend Never Deal with Dragons to paranormal romance readers or anyone who likes to read a new take about dragons.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
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