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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dance of the Dragon by Cathryn Fox

Dance of the Dragon by Cathryn Fox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

When you tempt a dragon, be prepared for the fire…

Zoologist Chloe Stevens is certain she’s on a wild-goose chase. There are worse things than being forced to travel to a remote South Pacific island, but to search for a dragon? She’s sure the real reason she’s been sent to find a creature that doesn’t exist is that her boss—and ex-lover—wants her out of the way while he properly initiates a new team member.

Whatever. Might as well relax and enjoy her all-expense-paid “assignment”, aka vacation on Ryuu Mountain. The secluded resort is the perfect place to indulge in a little carefree, hedonistic sex. Especially with Jared, the drop-dead-gorgeous bartender.

Their hot fling quickly melts into something deeper. When Jared reveals he is more than he seems, Chloe has a decision to make. Whether to take her discovery public and make her mark in the scientific world. Or keep his secret to herself—and surrender body and soul to the only man who sets the woman in her on fire.

Warning: This book contains frank language, hot, hedonistic sex on a tropical island and big, scary, shapeshifting dragons who wouldn’t think twice about “gobbling” you up (in more ways than one).

Dance of the Dragon is one long earthy seduction in paradise.

Jared is a more than a man with many secrets and those secrets chain him to a lonely existence.

He’s saddened and resigned to his fate but he grabs whatever happiness he can, no matter how short lived. The fact that he is inventive, highly sexual and quite a take-charge kind of guy was not lost on this reader. He was easy to like.

The focus of his can-do attitude is Chloe. She is a woman at loose ends who thinks she’s going to purge her past and heal her bruised heart by acting on her desires. She also has secrets; one can harm Jared and the other can save him. What’s a woman to do when she keeps getting crossed signals? Chloe is smart, intuitive and has a very active libido. She also has a huge decision to make – is the object of her desire more to her then just a hunky talented sensual god? Is he just a temporary answer to erase her last debacle from her mind? How should she view her relationship with Jared? Her sleuthing skills and powers of observation are key to finding the answer.

If a reader enjoys graphic description for some very hot encounters then Dance of the Dragon delivers in spades. My personal opinion about profanity means I cringed quite a few times during this story. I felt a lighter hand would not detract from what I believe is a well written erotic romance filled with lusty detail.

Dance of the Dragon inspires sympathy and hope for Jared, appreciation of Chloe’s level headedness and daring nature and a thorough happily ever after with plenty of heat to keep turning the pages.

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