In exchange for a vial of dragon's blood to save her brother's life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He's tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There's only one problem - he hates humans.
Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it's his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.
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hmm. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the audio set up, but the sound for this was loud and then soft then loud again. I had trouble hearing the main male character's voice for a start - it was like the narrator was whispering that character. then in the middle of sentences there would be a couple of loud (yelled) words.. it was hard to listen to.
Also, for me, it was too crass. I'm not a prude by any stretch, but everything was "I want to f*ck her" or "let's f*ck her". I guess too much "animal" and not enough "person" - i just couldn't relate to it.
the storyline was good though. Not sure if I will be reading any more in the series...
The word sacrifice was a bit hard to swallow and wondered if there was another word for it. Apart from that I truly enjoyed this book, just to show that prejudice is alive and well no matter what colour or species you are. The good thing about it is how people react to prejudices and hate and i am so happy that our heroine is smart and not a coward, our dragon shifter hunk was a bit of an ass at first but learned to see the truth that not all humans are the same. I love their interaction and most of all the love(sex) scenes are toe curling hotness :) the narrative in itself is excellent so thanks both of you xox
"Hey Dragon Man!"
If Michelle Pillow writes light romantic books, Jessie Donovan turns the intensity up by 2 or 3 degrees.
This is my first Jessie Donovan book, but I'm quickly buying the rest of them on Audible. I just love the premise that these stories are built around. A beleaguered enclave of dragon shifters live in a tenuous truce with humanity. Their blood is much sought after, as it can heal most human illnesses, but in order for the humans to get some, they have to 'sacrifice' compatible human females willing submit for the purpose of procreation. (Female dragons are very rare, and in order to grow their population, the dragons have no choice but to mate with human females if they want to have children.)
There are some huge plot holes in this set up, (where are all the women? Why don't the humans attack in greater numbers and just take the blood?), but I'm willing to play along and hope that the missing bits are served up in subsequent books. (Like why they're called "British dragons." Other than the Scots brogue they have, the human women and the secondary characters, are all American.)
This episode finds Melanie Hall arriving at the enclave as the most recent sacrifice, and she has only volunteered in order to get the dragon blood to save her dying brother. Once we know this however, she doesn't bother to get in touch with her brother to make sure he's been cured, even though it's a call she could have made. That was kinda the whole point, right? Like I said, plot holes.
I have a ton of questions like these, and that would ordinarily drive me crazy. But I really loved this book. I think it's because the MCs are so well written, and their emotions just ring true. I got invested in the story, and that saved the book for me.
So . . . IF you can get past the plot holes, the writing is great. I particularly appreciated hearing the conversation between Tristan's human part and the dragon inside. The voice and dialogue for the dragon is hilarious -- all id -- and gives the book an originality I haven't seen before.
Matthew Lloyd Davies gives a great performance, and brings Tristan's dragon to ingenious life. It's worth the price of admission just to hear that dragon's dirty talk!
Matthew Lloyd Davies' performance! I loved the dragon's voice.
The dragon, and Tristan were my two favorite characters.
No, extreme reaction. Decent story with some great sex scenes, and good character development.
"Is it really a sacrifice?"
Absolutely. As a huge fan of all Jessie Donovan Dragon books, hearing it was an all new, wonderful experience. If the only part that was audible was the dragon's internal conversations with Tristan it would have been worth it.
Although these are dragon shifters, and there are many good shifter books out there, with the actual voice of the dragon, the clan associations and common enemies this series is unique.
Yes and as always, he turns in a captivating performance.
Phenomenal start to a phenomenon. I started reading the Dragons with book two, Seduced by the Dragon, and went back to read this one and have read each book since. Now I have the audio as well and am thrilled.
Tristan is a real jerk, or at least that is Melanie's opinion. She has made the "sacrifice" to save her dying brother. Offering herself to have a dragonman's baby entitles her to a vile of life saving dragon's blood. Easy choice. However there is so much more involved then just having a baby. He hates humans, with reason, and is not shy about showing it. How is she supposed to get close enough to this egotistical, obnoxious man to get pregnant by him--naturally? Well, he is hot, I mean really hot and if rumors are right it should be a pleasurable experience, but still, it'd be nice to at least like the guy.
For those who haven't read any of Ms Donovan's books in the series, their dragons have a voice--not just a presence. They talk to their human and likewise human to dragon. Talk about randy devils.... It is one of my favorite things about the books. Then I listened to the audio and got "hear" the dragon AND I LOVED IT! Oh yeah, they are so funny and have no filter. Luckily for the humans only the other half of the dragon can hear him. However--now he has to control him. While Tristan's human part may resent her humanity, the dragon just wants her--in every way. To have sex through his human, to protect and care for. Tristan is not pleased--at first.
Can Mel show him she is not what his preconceived idea of a human is? Will her fire and spirit be able to stand up to man/beast?
There is so much in the book -- a sister who has been brutalized and is broken; can Mel help her? a clan who may be open to bridging the gap between dragon and human prejudices, and a man who could mean so much to her and she to him. Danger to a clan member and the team who try to rescue him.
You will love every minute. I cannot wait for more books to made into audios.
I did receive a gift of the audio for an honest review.
I'm not into instant love, but attraction, which is what happens in this story. Plus when it's paranormal and 'mates' are involved things go faster. I hate angst going on forever and it didn't in this story.
Tristan is angry and stubborn but to excess, another positive. Melanie is loving and compassionate. Melanie, to save her brother, is a 'sacrifice' to a dragon shifter clan to breed with a male to attempt to have a child. The dragon shifters have many more males than females so the need for humans. Melanie is a spitfire and Tristan didn't wish to a male to take a human female but was given no choice.
A sweet and fun, due to the dialogue, story.
The narrator was great, I loved him. He had different voices and did well with female voices, sometimes men try to pitch their voices too high...this narrator was perfect!
Worth the listen
"Awesome story awesome narrator."
Only heard audio so I vote audio.
Any of the stories by SE Smith. Because I love the stories by SE Smith the best.
No but I friggin loved him. He captured the two separate personalities of Tristin and his Dragon. I love David Brenin and Matthew Lloyd Davies comes in almost even with David.
Saving the Dragon Shifter World.......
Can't wait for more of these stories to become available on Audible.com.
"Dragon Shifter Romance? This is the series!"
The fact that I had already read the book and now had the opportunity to hear it while I re-read it. I find that I really enjoy "Immersion Reading". It just makes the story that much richer.
My favorite character was Tristan. I like his personality and how he changes during the story. I'm also partial to Black Dragons.
I loved the way his reading kept my attention. Not only did he change voice tones for different characters, but his voice flowed with the story. When things moved quickly, so did his voice. When things moved slowly, so did his voice. I found it unique and enjoyable.
Romance...Dragon Shifter Style!
If you love dragon shifters, this is the series for you! It has a well thought out story line and is a joy to read. The characters and settings are believable and well developed. The romance in the story works well and only makes the story richer. There are currently seven books in the series, with an eighth book due early next year. This Audible version is well narrated and I really enjoyed it. I hope this review helps you give the series a chance. Once you read it, you’ll be hooked. Happy reading! :)
"Boring....nothing but mating"
I am still trying to figure out the point of this book. Yes she got the dragon blood for her brother, and yes she was made pregnant by the dragon shifter, and yes she became his mate.
The protagonist were some dragon hunters.....but there wasn't much there, only one incidence of them because of some silly teenagers on a dare.
That is the whole story. She had the babies, and they lived happily ever after. Don't even know if her brother got healed, and her parents weren't there for the birth of their grandchildren.....missing so much.
"Awesome!! I loved it."
I have listened to over 200 audio books over the last 3 years and this is the first one I felt compelled to review. I loved the characters and their very human interactions. I will defiantly listen to more by this author.
"I'd be the sacrifice!"
The characters were funny and feisty. Melanie is no weak damsel in distress, and Tristan is tall sexy and an alpha Dragon whose inner dragon cracked me up, he kinda had a one track mind. There was steamy sex and hilarious dialogue. I finished this book in record time. I can't wait for the next one.
This was very different from most of the supernatural romances i've read. No sappy love story. Yes there is a happily ever after but it seemed very organic not forced.
His voices were spot on, especially the Dragon's voice . I still crack up thinking about it. He captured the Dragons personality perfectly.
This Dragon doesn't breathe fire but there is plenty of heat
I hope the next one is just as fun to read or listen to.
This story was very inventing . The characters are described so you can understand each individual personality. I can't wait for the second book . The female is smart , stubborn and spirited. I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it:)
"Good story but a little predictable"
It had a predictable plot but was an enjoyable story. The voice used by the narrator for the Dragon sounded a little creepy but I liked how the characters had realistic traits. I would recommend this book. Good author too.
"such selfless sacrifice"
This was the first of the narrator's books I listened to and will definitely look for his name in future
I did not know what to expect from this and was pleasantly surprised. From the word go, there was a lightness, a sense of humour ingrained into the story. The Story of Tristan's hate for humans and Mel's desire to save her human family was always destined to lead to confrontation. She was such a great character, strong and with a great sense of humour. I was intrigued by her need to save her family even though she knew it might take her away from them, maybe even cost her her life.
Tristan's dragon's voice made this story for me. He was petulant and childlike and oh so funny in his utter need. The struggle between human Tristan and dragon Tristan and their obvious need to work together made for interesting reading. His relationship with clan leader Bran and his sister revealed a different side of him too.
I really cannot wait to see what happens next.
"Bitten by The Dragon"
I bought this audio by chance, as I haven't read any of Jessie Donovan books.
The reason it caught my eye was it was set in England, and i liked the voice of the narrator.
I liked the way Tristram had the two different dialogue voice's in his head.His human half
and his dragon's half it was at times very funny. All the characters came alive for me.
It was at times funny, and at serious when needed.I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism
and characters that kept me interested.
He was great at doing all the different voices. He didn't just read, the characters came alive
for me. I would buy another book with this narrator.
I did, i carried every where with me.
I'm waiting for the next one to come out on audio.
Absolutely loved this book. hooked from reading the the world in book form and now to have it in audiobook is fantastic. the voices where brilliant. highly recommend this as audiobook. Looking forward to the next ones!
"A must read"
Makes me want to listen to more in the series.
It makes you giggle and laugh at the most awkward times that has people staring at you. Totally enjoyable
"Worth a listen."
The narrator's dragon voice made me laugh out loud. A cross between a gravelly monster and a whiney 3 year old kid. Marvellous! Although the heroines accent sounded less American and more West country sometimes, the Northern English was spot on. Speaking as someone from the Manchester area, it was a delight. I will definitely be listening to more of this series.
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