Review – I Dream of Dragons (Boston Dragons #1) by Ashlyn Chase

April 2, 2016 Review 1

Review – I Dream of Dragons (Boston Dragons #1) by Ashlyn Chase

THE HEAT IS ON
When Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out-until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There's only one problem: Rory's new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave 'her' apartment matter how steamed he may be...

AND SPARKS FLY
Amber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink...or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?

Title: I Dream of Dragons
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Wild Irish Dragon, Never Dare a Dragon
Series: Boston Dragons
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: My Wild Irish Dragon, Never Dare a Dragon
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher
Published: April 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’m extremely torn as to how to write this review. I really could have gone either way with this read, but ultimately decided to “award” the Author for her creativity in the story line. As paranormal/fantasy reads come and go, you would expect to be pulled in to a world where magic is ever present. Although there were magical elements and beings, I honestly feel like this fell a little flat in that category.

Rory is the leader of his Dragon clan/family in Ireland. When his family is accused of a crime they didn’t commit, they are forced from their homeland, finding themselves in Boston. After bumping in to Amber in front of the “special” store they are looking for, they move in to a paranormal hotel, only be stuck living in the same apartment with non other than Amber (I know this sounds confusing, but stay with me).

Amber is a flight attendant who becomes randomly selected by Mother feakin’ Nature to become a modern day muse (this is quite honestly the only paranormal “thing” we get to experience for the first half of the book). After Amber is approached by Mother Nature, she quickly learns that she needs to move out of her current apartment because it’s being renovated. Another muse suggests the paranormal hotel, flash forward to being stuck with Rory in the same apartment unit.

While being stuck together in the same unit, Rory and Amber start becoming acquainted. When I say start, I mean that this is a very. slow. process. All the while, Amber is getting used to her new muse powers and Rory is having his sisters buy him clothes, food, etc. Oh, and back in Ireland, one of the sisters’ finance starts looking for her after she goes missing. He ends up in Boston along with the people who originally cast Rory’s family from Ireland, all in hopes to find their treasure.

Look. Let’s be honest here. The title indicates Dragons are in this story. We don’t even get to experience one of the Dragons shifting until 75% in to the story…and it’s not even RORY, the main character. We don’t even get to experience some of the other entities in the paranormal hotel until just about the same spot in the book (other than one nosy ghost). For me, too many entities to deal with without even getting to enjoy them, not enough shifting and certainly not enough Dragon.

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About Ashlyn Chase:

A multi-published eBook author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire.

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Excerpt

Amber, along with the other flight attendants, boarded the plane from Iceland back to Boston. She noticed a young red- haired woman with her adorable daughter— the resemblance couldn’t be missed— seated in her first class section. She thought she heard the woman explaining to the little girl that she could have snapped her fingers and they would have been home instantly, but she didn’t want the girl to think that was the normal way to get around. The little girl nodded and her big, blue eyes didn’t blink, as if the explanation made perfect sense to her. It made no sense to Amber. She must have misheard. All was going well until a bit of turbulence ruffled the plane’s smooth path. Amber happened to be standing next to the mother and daughter’s seats.

The captain announced over the intercom, “Sorry, folks. We seem to be experiencing a bit of rough air.” At that moment the plane bounced dramatically, and Amber braced herself against the passenger’s seat and the overhead bin. “No shit,” she muttered under her breath. The woman giggled as if she had superior senses and had heard the inappropriate comment over the engine noise. “Please be sure your seat belts are fastened,” the captain continued. “Flight attendants, return to your seats and buckle up. It’s going to be a bit bumpy.” The woman seemed to be glancing at Amber a little more frequently than she’d expect— almost sizing  her up. Oh well… If she’s going to lodge a complaint against me, it will take the decision to quit or not to quit out of my hands. Amber had been flying the skies ambivalently for several years. After high school, she didn’t have the money for college and didn’t know what her major would be, so rather than waste her mother’s hard- earned money, she’d decided to go to work. She figured as soon as she discovered her passion, she could go to college and by then she’d have a bunch of money saved up for school. Maybe it was time…

 

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