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“In this paranormal romance (it seems to be marketed as a fantasy, but to me it falls squarely in the romance genre), a race of dragon shape-shifters try to exist hidden among ordinary humans in 18thC. Europe. They have settled at Darkfrith in the North of England and have developed rather...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“It started off with a rather inert telly prologue that nevertheless had a cool premise--this novel is a mixture of historical (Georgian England) and paranormal (shape-shifters into dragons) romance, and does have some imaginative elements. The titular heroine, Rue, is a jewel thief. Unfortunately...”see full review » see other reviews »
“It started off with a rather inert telly prologue that nevertheless had a cool premise--this novel is a mixture of historical (Georgian England) and paranormal (shape-shifters into dragons) romance, and does have some imaginative elements. The titular heroine, Rue, is a jewel thief. Unfortunately the focus isn't on any of those aspects, but the "romance" which features the a-hole "alpha," Kit, of the shape-shifting dragon "tribe" who, since the heroine is his destined "mate," sees nothing wrong with doing whatever it takes to get her to yes. The sex scene isn't quite played as rape but had this charming line: Rape or seduction. He would take either. Having suffered through "emerald" and "jade eyes" for the hero and "chocolate" and "chestnut" hair for the heroine, "warm folds" and "velvet sheaths" that line--unfortunately all the way on page 215--did me in. Hey--it was the first book on a romance book recommendation list I was working through--after that I got way less forgiving. First book in a series--won't be looking the others up.”Lisa Maria C wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting world built in Victorian England with dragons who can shift into humans and who could live secretly among us, but have chosen to remain apart in a secreted valley. A few though chafe at this restriction and though the penalty is severe (death) elect to run away and go live their lives risking exposure to the humans and recapture by their own.
I found this to be an engaging, fast paced read with a cool female lead that has led an adventurous and exciting life on her own terms. Highly recommend this 1st book in the dràkon series.”
“I was a little dubious about this genre - historical romance/fantasy (thought it would have way too much bodice ripping) however...I was pleasantly surprised! Love the original premise (the drakon clan) and the storyline. Loved the ending... it left you wanting to get started on book 2 of the series.”night owl wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow… on so many levels!! Wow!!!
This is an adult book. I didn’t realize when I started it, but learned quickly as the dragons materialize into human form… um… very naked. One smokin’ hot naked guy hunting down an alpha female, a hot smokin’ naked girl… creeping down through a tight space in a bell tower… results in some very hot moments. *blush* In, um, detail.
Besides that… because of that… or in spite of that… I couldn’t put this book down. Shana Abe’s writing is so fantastically fluid. Her world of dragons has just enough instinct infused with glorious humanity to be beautiful, sensual, uninhibited.
Everything happens quickly. Christoff is attracted to Rue on many levels. The dragon in him is fierce and protective, territorial. I got the impression that he had mountains of self-control forcing himself to respect her.
And she… she has so many opinions and plans. She loves her freedom and fights against the dragon system. Clarissa Rue is so smart and impetuous. I really love her, love being her. She’s brave and quick-witted.
Her nickname may be “Little Mouse” but the most endearing part about that is how it doesn’t fit her outward appearance. There’s a hidden inner part of her soul that he sees and calls out as “mouse” and that vulnerability is reflected again in him. He is a little mouse to her in the same way.
As an introduction into the world of dragons and their love of stones… and their fear of discovery, this is a great story. I felt like I learned so much so quickly and then the story ended… and I was far from ready to be done with Shana Abe’s world. I immediately procured book 2 and dived right back in, “adult” and all.
My Rating: 4.75 - I love Rue... I love Christoff... I love the world - they all get 5's for me!! The romance is HOT and completely logical. I don't really read adult romance so I have no scale to base this on, but for supporting scene construction, etc, I want to give the romance at least a 4.5. (I dock it a .5 for a tiny bit of predictability.) There's insta-love, which I don't mind if there's enough support to the situation. In this case, it's Alpha meets Alpha = BANG! Since their characters are so amazing and compatible in a fiesty way, I loved how it worked out, but there was more insta than I wanted to swallow... which might have been Rue fighting it (go girl!), so I'm not dockin' much for that. I really enjoyed this book!! :-D
The cover - I'm not into this cover. In fact, I was really surprised when I first saw it at how quiet it is and it took me longer to read this book because The Sweetest Dark is so beautiful and this cover tells me nothing about what's inside. The biggest draw for me was the title... I have a thing for thieves (after The Thief, who wouldn't?!) and I love Abe's writing style, so I read this despite the cover.
“I picked up this book due to the fact that it was recommended to me after reading the Dragonkin series by G.A. Aiken. And I have to say, I was NOT disappointed.
This series combines two of my favorite things... historical romance... and dragons. Yes, that's right, I said dragons!
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne is a half-blooded drakon who doesn't fit in in the elite world that the drakon live. So, when she finds out that she has the power to Turn, she fakes her own death in order to run from what she knows is a future with a man who will never love her. Now living in London, Clarissa uses her powers to steal from the ton, London's elite society.
But when Christoff, the drakon Alpha, and the rest of the drakon hear of this mysterious "Smoke Thief," they know instantly that it's one of their own, and they decide to set a trap to catch him... or her. What Christoff didn't expect to find is a female drakon who stirs the beast within him.
Will Clarissa, known as Rue, be able to talk her way out of the future she ran from in the past?
This book was excellent. Intrigue, romance, fire, passion, and excitement. Everything I want in a book. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is the fact that Rue and Christoff "Kit", have a tendency to fight what they're feeling, or at least Rue does, and that tends to get a little old.
I love Rue's character, she's strong, she's smart, and she's funny. She matches perfectly with the character of Kit, who is also strong, and very much an alpha-male type of character. The side-characters of Zane and Nick help to make the story stronger, even though we see so little of them.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series, and am glad it's sitting on my bookshelf right now!”
“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmwhmHxg6u0&feature=plcp ------ That's the link to the video I made of my Book Cast! Anyway, to the book! I thought the concepts were very well thought out. I fell in love with all the characters and do believe I'll continue with the next book. Shana Abe has a way with romance. I thought things kind of jumped around every once and a while as far as things with Parrish Grady, Melanie and Mim, etc. But, it was a superb romance. ”Alyssa B wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I felt the story for all the wonderful descriptions and magical creatures was bland and lacked some spice. It just seemed as edited version of the much richer story. The most interesting thing in the whole book was the intro to the second book.”AnastasiaAdamov wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The prologue is beautifully written and the magic comes across seamlessly. Unfortunately, the rest of the book does not measure up to it.
The prose is heavy and there is little to the plot beyond the romance, which is nothing really special.
The hero is a complete jerk for most of the book and the heroine starts out very well but fizzles halfway through. ”
“The prologue to this book reads like an epic fantasy. So rich and magical that I re-read it 3 times. The rest of the story was good but I felt like the resolution to kit and rue's relationship was just too easy. Overall a good read.”K J wrote this review Sunday, June 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although this book was shelved in the Fantasy section of my library, I would sooner file it under Romance (not my preferred genre!). Despite occasionally wandering into purple prose and stupid sexual tension, I did enjoy the book and, somewhat to my embarrassment, even read the sequel. ”Rachael C. Doran wrote this review Sunday, April 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No