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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Dragon Slayer by Jianne Carlo

The Dragon Slayer by Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (97 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

To save her sister, can Catriona slay the Dragon Slayer?

Ruard, the Viking warrior known as The Dragon Slayer, has no great hopes for the wife he’s to take as the lord of Dunsmuir Castle, so long as she’s a biddable wife, with all her teeth, who doesn’t drool—a plain, humble woman. He has no use for the flame-haired nymph with breasts as ripe as melons and whose supple hips beckon a man’s hands. Nor for a maiden with a stubborn chin and flashing eyes that speak of naught but trouble.

Catriona hopes for a husband ‘twill be easy to poison. Lord Ulfric holds her sister captive and demands Catriona do his bidding: poison his Viking rival, the man they call the Dragon Slayer. Catriona hopes for a cruel warrior, a man easy to hate, not this Thor god come to life with golden hair, sky blue eyes, and a laughing smile. Her sister’s life depends on it, but how can she slay this Ruard, her new husband, who makes her heart pound with joy?

The Dragon Slayer was incredibly sweet. Our hero, Ruard is an honourable, manly, just, honest, sexy Viking! What more could I ask for in a hero? Catriona on the other hand is his perfect counterpart: defiant, yet at the same time compliant, worried for her loved ones, smart, efficient, sweet and pleasant. The author knows her character well and comes up with clever names such as “Catriona the Pure” or “Catriona the Siren”.

One of my favourite parts was their first bedding together. It was wild and a bit crazy due to the presence of others (they had to ensure she was a maiden) but it had an undercurrent of tenderness that turned me to mush.

Jianne Carlo gives apt descriptions and with the command she shows of the language, she creates a tone which easily transported me into the character’s world. Dragon Slayer is a quick read which will submerge you in a fabulous epoch.

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