Title: Dragon on Top
Try a little dragon tenderness.
I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.
As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…
Previously published in Supernatural.
Author: G.A. Aiken
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: What a Dragon Should Know, Light My Fire, Feel the Burn
Published by Zebra Source: Author
Published: October 27, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Dragon on Top is my first foray into the Dragon Kin series and I’m not going to lie, I did struggle and waffle back and forth with. It wasn’t so much the story itself, which it did take me a bit to warm up to. There seems to be quite of world building I have missed not having read anything in this series before, so I can only guess on everyone’s backstory. Some were easier to figure out than others. I pretty much gave up figure that out and just went with the flow. If I didn’t think about it too much, it was a fun read. I got the story and the relationships, for the most part, were entertaining. The part I struggled mostly, that kept me from really enjoying this book: Character names.
I can’t stand it when I run into a character name I can’t pronounce. It distracts me to no end. Every time I come across a name I can’t pronounce, even in my head, I sit there trying to figure it out. Normally, it’s just one name and I usually end up calling that character by something else. However, in Dragon on Top, darn near every character (Except Bram) had a name I couldn’t wrap my tongue around. That was just a constant distraction and it prevented me from enjoying what had potential for a great read.
Of all the dragons in the book, Bram was my favorite. Smart, suave, in the land of brutishness, he was almost nerdy but I still enjoyed him. Glheanna, not so much. She’s supposed to be a soldier and I felt at times she came across as more dumb barbarian and less smart warrior. It wasn’t a constant dislike of her. I did enjoy the interactions between her and Bram. Their dialog was snappy and funny at times. But when she was all out solider, especially with her brothers, that’s when I liked her the least. I do like my female characters being strong, but in this case, it was too over-bearing.
I know it sounds like I didn’t like Dragon on Top but in reality, I found it not that bad. It had some seriously funny moments, “Please don’t hug me. Please don’t hug me”, and plenty of action to keep things exciting. It just had a few points in it that kept me from losing myself in the story. I’m not completely writing this series off and may try one or two more in the series to see if it was just this book or if it’s me. I’m really hoping other titles appeal to me a bit more because I love a good dragon story.