FEEL THE BURN
Dragon Kin #8
Released Nov 24th, 2015
War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The eighth book in the Dragon Kin series will blow you away!
Gaius Domitus, aka the one eyed Rebel dragon King, wants his vengeance but to get it he will have to ally with an insane Queen and her even more insane assassin, Kachka.
Kachka is a deadly human who has no respect for the Rebel King and she’s not afraid to voice her opinion. Leader of her own team of fierce yet hilarious assassins, she is tasked with eliminating a group of extremists who have targeted the Queen and have as a leader the only person that Gaius wants to kill.
Fell the burn was a book filled with adventures, action, humor and romance. The romance part takes a secondary role to the action but the connection between Gaius and Kachka can be seen from their very first encounter. Gaius and Kachka don’t get to spend a lot of time together, the only get together in the middle and the end of the book but every scene between them is HOT! I’d like to say that they talk and discover they are soulmates but that’s not the case. Instead they challenge each other, trying to determine who is in control and Gaius for the first time doesn’t care about control, he just wants her.
This might be the eighth book in the Dragon Kin series but for me it is actually the fourth. I’ve only read the first three books and now the eighth one. Feel the burn is quite different from what I’ve read mostly because you can sense that the real war is coming but also because it was hilarious.
I really enjoyed the book. Kachka was an amazing strong heroine and her team was to-die-for. I couldn’t stop laughing with and at them! Gaius was a great King and an incredible, caring brother who finally avenged his sister and at the same time gained a mate and a Queen for his Kingdom.
Every character in the book is at some level crazy. Even the Insane Queen is well, insane which was really weird because her mate was quite normal. I especially liked Kachka’s sister and her mate and Gaius’ sister.
Feel the burn was a great book. Don’t expect to read a love story because this isn’t one. Gaius and Kachka are a strong, stubborn couple who don’t really care about romance. What they care for though is passion which you’ll definitely find. There is action, a great deal of adventures and journeys, humor and a lot of characters.
If you love dragons or just want to read something to help you relax and have a great time, then read Feel the burn!
*ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Bickering, the sisters began to head back to the queen’s castle, but Kachka realized that the kitchen staff person was struggling to drag the bison back with her. Annoyed—at everyone!—Kachka grabbed one leg of the dead animal and her sister grabbed the other. Together, they yanked the bison back to the house, arguing all the way, while the girl was forced to run in order to keep up.
“I just don’t understand why you’re so unhappy,” Elina said, yanking the bison over a ridge. “There’s plenty of food and water and soft beds to sleep in.”
“You don’t have to remind me of how pathetic we’ve become, sister.”
“How is enjoying a few amenities pathetic?”
“The fact that you have to ask that upsets me more than you’ll ever know.”
“Then find something to do, Kachka, rather than sitting around glaring at everyone.”
“What can I do here?” Kachka demanded. “What is there for me to do? Farm?” She stopped, glared at her sister. “Is that what you want me to be? A farmer? Like some . . . man? Is that what you think of me? That I’m a worthless man?”
“Of course not! I’d never say that. But perhaps you can talk to the Northlander, Dagmar Reinholdt. She is always up to something.”
“She hates me,” Kachka reminded her sister.
“Well, maybe if you hadn’t fucked her nephew . . .”
“He was there!”
They began dragging the bison carcass again.
“There has to be something constructive you can do,” her sister went on. “I’m sure General Brastias would be more than happy to have you—”
Kachka stopped again, now only a few feet from the queen’s home. “Take orders from a man? Have you lost your mind?” she yelled. “Has everyone lost their mind?”
As if in answer, the queen herself rode up to the steps of the castle, dismounted from her oversized black steed— honestly, who needed that much horse?—walked up a couple of steps, then abruptly stopped.
That’s when the queen suddenly screamed. And screamed. And screamed some more.
Everyone who had been going about their day ran when they heard that scream. Soldiers. Merchants. Nursing mothers. Everyone. They ran and hid.
“That answers my question,” Kachka muttered.
The queen disappeared into her home, and Kachka and Elina finished dragging the bison all the way to the kitchens. Once they dropped it off, they returned to the deserted Main Hall.
Kachka stood there a moment before announcing, “See? There’s nothing to do!”
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About The Author
Originally from Long Island, New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Writing as Shelly Laurenston, she is also the creator of the wickedly funny Pride series for Brava. For more info about G.A. Aiken’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, go to www.gaaiken.com.