by Kaitlyn O'Connor
Raina had never been employed as a 'domestic', but she was gung ho to try anything once, however unnerving and 'strange' she found the occupants of the remote island estate. Foreigners, she thought, with strange eyes, unfamiliar ways, and an even more alien language …. Very alien.
As unnerving as she found the dark, devastatingly handsome, and infinitely mysterious Simon Draken, however, Raina also found him so compelling, so magnetic she could no more resist him than she could will her heart to cease to beat.
Rating-Carnal-adult language and situations, multiple sexual partners
This book, Dragon Lord by Kaitlyn O'Connor, grabbed me by the heartstrings and the lust-0-meter was in the happy zone.
I'm thinking of re-reading it almost immediately. I can not tell you the last time THAT happened. So pardon me if I wax poetic.
Don't let the "multiple partners" scare you off. Kaitlyn handles this with grace, caring and the story ultimately appeals to the die-hard romantic in all of us.
The above synopsis doesn't give you a hint of the roller coaster emotional ride you're about to embark upon once you start reading. Raina is a woman who's been on her own for years, a graduate of the foster care system. She's a survivor with a plucky wit. Her coarse vocabulary lends itself to some wonderful dialogue between the cantankerous housekeeper as well as the body guards Mr. White and Mr. Green. There were even laugh out loud moments, especially the hilarious scene with the soup on the floor. I liked Raina because she's a woman not afraid to follow her heart, no matter where it leads her.
Simon is the perfect tortured hero. Oh my gosh, did I feel pained for him. His loss, his desperation and loneliness spoke volumes to the inner nurturer inside me. I wanted to save him, but Raina gets that honor.
Audric is just as tortured for different reasons. Always in Simon's shadow, he's had to step aside once before because he had the misfortune to love the same woman as Simon. Is he doomed to lose Raina too?
And what's with the strange eyes, you ask? There's an awfully good reason and you get to travel to another planet to find out all about it.
This story has everything I love in an erotic romance book, but the strongest element is the romance. It pulled my emotions until I experienced joy, worry, excitement, laughter, amazement, suspense and even a healthy dose of sexual appreciation for how both Simon and (yes, AND) Audric please Raina. And before you raise your eyebrows and scoff at what that sounds like, please know that Kaitlyn handled it with charm and sweetness. I appreciated how she handled the dynamics of their relationship and I think you will too.
As for the HEA? It hit every high note and tied up all the lose ends in such a satisfying way, it had me sighing in pleasure. This is a keeper folks. Make no mistake, this is romance all the way, with the erotic kick thrown in for extra edge.
I've read some of Kaitlyn's other stories but Dragon Lord is hands-down the best she's written so far. And that's saying something.
Review by Xeranth