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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dragon's Sanity by Nicole Dennis

Dragon’s Sanity by Nicole Dennis
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Can an amnesiac warrior recover his memories in time to find his missing love and help his entire race?

The red dragon warrior appeared out of a storm, a traumatic injury, leaving him only with the memory of the name of Jackson. Suffering from agonizing seizures, he dreams and draws intricate portraits of the same ethereal woman.

After a making his way across the snowy lands to the remote cabin he’s seen in his dreams, Jackson tries to unlock the door of memories to discover who he – and the woman haunting his vision – are.

Will the angelic face of his dreams be the one to open the door or will the darkness of his missing past overwhelm any chance of love and recovery?

Content warning; A sexy dragon warrior chivalrous to the core. He can just as easily handle a sword, a drawing pencil, or skim a finger over a woman’s body. An evil Councilor’s defiance against destiny and a beloved leader.

A dragon with epilepsy and amnesia plagued with dreams of a maiden of rare beauty must find out who did robbed him of memory before it’s too late. It’s an interesting premise that grabs the imagination.

Jackson seems to be an interesting man based upon the things that he does intrinsically. He has no memory so a reader has no idea of he’s a good guy or a bad guy. I could only figure things out by the conversations of the other characters that populate the story early on. He seems to have an honorable inner core and isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. Not a bad first impression if he’s a good guy. Awesome possibilities if he’s something else. Only by reading until the end will a reader find out how cool he really is.

Marissa is at first a bit standoffish but warms up once she realized who he was. Surprisingly enough, there’s a lot more to her that a reader is aware of at first introduction. She’s independent and has a lot of inner strength, some of which comes from a surprising source. She’s not shy once she decides to do something and when she makes up her mind about a course of action, she plows on through. No simpering Miss this one. I liked the surprise that she gives Jackson and the revelation proves to be icing on a very saucy cake. She’s a good match for Jackson.

As much as I liked the idea behind the story and the dialogue between Marissa and Jackson once it got going, I had some issues with this book. Part of it perhaps could come from the fact that this is a second installment in a series of which I had not read the first. It took me a bit to realize that this isn’t a sci-fi fantasy but a contemporary paranormal. It was the writing. I was thrown for a loop every time modern conveniences were bandied about. The talk of castles and clans then wind turbines jarred me. I found the mysterious foreshadowing by one of the secondary characters early on to be a bit heavy handed. I also take issue with Marissa initially stating she didn’t know who Jackson was and then turning an about face and acting like a mysterious gypsy fortuneteller who ‘knows all’. Perhaps a better editing eye could have smoothed out these jumps in believability.

In spite of the aforementioned editing burps, once Marissa connected with Jackson, mentally and physically, the plot movement of the story really gelled and it saved this book from being merely just a good read. It seemed to me that at that point the author hit her stride and the characters came alive. I liked the two of them together, I liked that the book had heart and passion and didn’t waffle with unnecessary relationship games. They proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were true mates and it was a very touching scene with drama and good tight writing. I also enjoyed how the author wrapped up the story with humor, sweetness and a warm happily ever after. If readers are into dragons then this story has a lot to like and it’s worth looking into.

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