Title: For a Dragon’s Redemption
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages/Word Count: 76 pages
At a Glance: This book was far too short. I would have enjoyed a lot more.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb:Two men. One will do anything for family. One will discover the true meaning of responsibility.
Ross McCord will do anything to fulfill his mother’s dying wish…protect family above all else. He does his best, keeping their sheep herd healthy and strong as he watches over his crippled father, Achaius, and his pretty but dim sister, Skena. When Chieftain Goth notices Skena’s beauty, he demands to use her as a bride-price to complete an alliance with a neighboring clan. Attempting to keep his sister from being heartbroken, Ross embarks on a dangerous mission to earn a boon from Chieftain Goth. He heads north in search of a secret way for his chieftain’s warriors to attack the clan who took in Goth’s son, Ian. Much to Ross’s distress, he’s captured by the brawny redhead, Ziethman. He expects to be killed for trespassing, but Ziethman offers a much more pleasurable form of…interrogation. Experiencing sensations he’s never imagined, Ross finds himself craving the other man’s touch. When Ross learns that Ziethman is more than a man, and is in fact a dragon, can he accept the male’s differences and the help he offers, or will it be too much, sending him running back to his clan to fulfill his mission?
Review: Full disclosure: I did not read the first four books in this series. However, that did not impact my enjoyment or understanding of this book. Even though the books are part of the same world, they clearly follow other characters, who are only mentioned in this novel. It was not a hindrance to have no background of Ross and Ziethman’s world. Chieftain Goth is present, and his son Ian is mentioned, but the author does a good job of relating past events to the reader so it’s not necessary to read the books in order.
As for the story itself, I really did enjoy it. It’s not about shifters, per se, but dragons with the ability to turn into humans. Ross goes on a mission to protect his sister, Skena, from being married off for their clan’s benefit, and runs into the territory of the dragons. And, of course, he meets Ziethman right away.
The dialogue is heavily accented with a Scottish brogue, at least on Ross’s side, but I didn’t find it distracting. For me, the most distracting part was Ziethman’s penchant for calling Ross the “sexy human asda.” I’m not sure why, but the use of the word sexy just didn’t mesh well with the rest of the dialect chosen.
The book, I found, was also far too short. I would have enjoyed a lot more. I was expecting Chieftain Goth to show up at the very end, but he did not. If the book had been another thirty pages longer, it would have been that much stronger. I want to know how everything works out for Ross, Ziethman, and Ross’s family as they try to integrate into dragon lands.
That said, would I go back and read the first four book in the series? Yes. Would I read a sequel to this? Absolutely. My hope is that all of these smaller books are leading up to serious battle between the dragons and Goth.
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