Dragon Shift by Alice Gaines
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly
Ilona's always dreamed of her dragon. Now that she's grown, the images have become so erotic no real man can compete with them. But lately, she keeps getting jolts of sexual energy, and she needs relief. So when a hunk of male flesh named Zimm shows up on the scene, she's tempted to finally lose her virginity. Drake, crown prince of the realm of dragons, seeks his mate so that he can help her with her first shift. Unfortunately, he finds her living with demons, and one in particular has nearly seduced her into his bed. Drake now has to convince Ilona that she's his princess, and the best way is to take her on their mating flight.
Ilona has dreamed of “her dragon” for most of her life. He is the reason she is still a virgin, in spite of many near misses.
When Drake decides to search for his princess, missing for sixteen years in the human world, he takes a crystal that will help him trace here whereabouts. Unfortunately, it also causes extreme sexual passion in her every time he uses it. To make matters worse, Ilona doesn’t know she is actually a dragon--raised in the human world, by demons pretending to be her family--she thinks she is human.
The demons will do anything to cause chaos in the dragon realm, in order to take over and end the time of peace. Can Drake find and claim Ilona before the demons rob her of her innocence? Will Ilona recognize Drake as not only “her dragon” but as her destined mate? Can these two unite and prevent the chaos that the demons want to rain down on the peaceful realm?
This is a story for all the dragon lovers in the audience. Alice Gaines has created a world that is believable and yet fantastic at the same time.
I loved her take on the demons that raised Ilona. There’s the “aging hippie grandmother” Holly, the “sex crazed sister” Emmaline, and there the hot beyond belief biker demon Zimm, brought in to seduce her virginity from Ilona. Ilona is determined and passionate, but refuses to give her innocence to just any man: she is waiting for “her dragon” even as she tells herself he doesn’t really exist.
When she and Drake finally meet in the human realm, the heat rises to almost volcanic levels. Drake is everything Ilona has ever wanted, Tall, strong and drop dead sexy, and he is just as innocent as she is. Part of the prophecy for them is that both must be untouched until their union. This is why the demons are determined to give Ilona to Zimm.
Ms Gaines has created a fun and unusual world, with dragons and demons and lots of hot and steamy “unsex” if you will. Ilona manges to have more hot times without actually doing the deed than any other heroine I have read. I laughed at the lengths she went to in order to prevent the actual loss of innocence. This is for all of you out there who like to laugh and enjoy a hot time, with just a bit of danger thrown in for the fun of it.