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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

DragonKin: Siren’s Seduction by Mina Carter

DragonKin: Siren’s Seduction by Mina Carter
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Edan is a loner, pure and simple. A loner with one goal in life, to avenge the twin killed in an illegal cage fight four years ago. With no body to mourn, Edan takes his twin's place in the ring to save as many paranormals as he can from the brutal sport.

Paranormals like Dualla's aunt Melody, saved from a rich human's "collection." Restored to her tribe, the older mermaid tells tales of her handsome and enigmatic rescuer, tales that have the younger women of the Romani mer-tribe in flutters.

Everyone except Dualla. Half mer, half... something else, she's always been the odd one out. A healer like her mother, she's had the same dream for years -- dreams of a man who is more than a man, and a dragon with purple scales who sets the sea on fire. A warrior to her mystic. A man with a broken heart... one Dualla knows she was born to heal.

Dragonkin: Siren’s Seduction is a comical, sexy, and fantastical novella with dragons, mermaids, gargoyles, magic, and just about everything you could possibly ask for.

Edan is a dragon shifter who moonlights as a prize fighter. He’s a loner, unable to relate to anyone because of the scars that mar his skin, yet longs for his souler – the woman who will complete him and make him whole. One day while on the dock, he comes across a scuffle around a beautiful woman trapped in a fisherman’s net. When the noble portion of him demands he protect and assist her, he rushes to her rescue. A passionate kiss, a tender embrace, and a misunderstanding when he believes she views his physical deformities as horrific cause him to leave her behind. But he can’t forget the luscious female with curves to die for and a face that could launch a thousand ships.

Dualla was brought to the surface after she attempted to rescue a wayward mermaid from a net. Now, trapped among humans, she is frightened and, with the exception of the lobster caught in the net with her, alone. Then, help arrives in the form of Edan, a brute of a man who captures her attention and snares her heart. She can feel his hurt, and follows him when he leaves her, knowing she must ease his pain somehow. When she sees him in dragon form, she realizes his scars mean he cannot fly, and understands his injuries are not only physical.

Together, a dragon will learn you don’t need wings to fly and a mermaid will learn it’s not always bad to venture out of the water. It’s sizzling at times, while comical at others. Edan is wonderful as a brawler with a heart of gold, while Dualla suits him perfectly as a mermaid who sees beneath the surface to the man that yearns for acceptance and love. There is heart contained within the pages, as well as a whole lot of chemistry and heat.

The writing is wonderful, the dialogue is sharp, and the supporting cast provide a bit of depth to the story, as well as a deeper understanding of the characters. I devoured this naughty nibble in no time at all, and enjoyed myself immensely while doing so. Mina Carter excels at creating characters you care for, and those shared in Dragonkin: Siren’s Seduction are no exception.

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