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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cara and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

Cara and the Draca by Louisa Kelley
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (126 pgs)
Other: M/F, anal sex, sex in shifted form
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Meadowsweet

Cara is haunted by the recent memories of a warehouse explosion that took the life of her best friend and caught her in the blast. Urged by friends to experiment with tattoo to cover the burns scars on her shoulder, Cara heads for the mysterious tattoo shop in Portland everyone is talking about.

Aedhan, the gorgeous tattoo master, leaves her senses reeling and her knees weak. Just the touch of his talented hands brings relief and a sense of release from her pain. His charming, eccentric ways, combined with his tangerine hair and odd accent, create an intoxicating mix. To her delight, the incredible tattoo he expertly lays over her scar hides everything--and makes her long for more of his healing touch.

Soon she is pulled into an erotic journey of unimagined delight, terror and transformation. Dragons? In Portland? Really? Oozing sex and magic? Yet, something isn’t quite adding up. Is Aedhan really telling her the truth about what he’s doing in that shop? But she's so crazy in lust and wonder, it's hard to care.

Shape-shifter Aedhan fully intends to follow the rules of his secret mission, number one being no sex with the human women in Portland. Then Cara shows up at his shop and her sweetness and delightful freckles almost stops his heart. When he perceives the sorrow in her life, he is consumed with the need to know more. Who has hurt her? After he gets a taste of her blood on his tattoo needles and discovers the extra special something in her fluids, he decides he must see Cara again, even if it means breaking the rules.

And that's when things start to go terribly wrong...or perfectly right for Cara and the Draca.

Magic spells, shape-shifting dragons, secret missions, what's not to love?  And this book has all that and more:  romance, steamy and hot sex, and tattoos, just for a bit of added spice. Cara and the Darca is book two in Louisa Kelley's Daughter of Draca series.

Dragons are looking for a way to rebuild their population, traveling from their secret sanctuary out into the world they search for women who are part Draca. Aedhan is sent to Portland and through a tattoo shop he scouts for compatible women, enter Cara a woman scarred by an incident involving another Draca, she comes to heal, to receive a tattoo, which will cover up the scar and allow her a fresh life. Romance, danger and intrigue ensure.

The book is well written, flows well, and the plot line does not have any major inconsistencies. The story stands on its own. I have not had the opportunity to read the first book and I had no issues following the storyline.

While the story line had a unique twist to it, character development could have had more depth. The characters met, fall in love, but Cara is incredibly accepting without any real issues. Most people, even those who love the paranormal would be a little less accepting and more freaked out when confronted with the reality of it. 

At 126 pages, it is a quick read and perfect if you want some quick spicy romance. I have a whole library of these books because there are times when you just want to lose yourself in the story, without any remarkable or crazy things. In that, it absolutely excels in my book and definitely has my recommendation.

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