Series: Never Deal with Dragons #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Carina Press on 4 August 2014
Reading Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Carol Jenski, the best friend of Myrna (book #1’s heroine), got severely injured in Budapest by a dragon. When she wakes up in hospital, she finds out there has been an attack on DRACIM in Tulsa and she is the prime suspect. Rather than explain her actions to the authorities or even an angry dragon lord, she goes on the run with a dishy reporter.
Carol is not that likeable. She’s a whiner and is far more concerned about losing her luscious locks and looking ugly than she is about being identified as a mass murderer. Still, even superficial people deserve due process and I couldn’t relegate Carol to the TSTL category without finishing the book. Carol did shine in a few places when using her specialist abilities as a dragonspeaker but she irked me more than she entertained me. Her attachment to her boyfriend Richard was admirable at the start but became nonsensical as his sleezy ways were revealed.
Journalist Daniel wasn’t much better than Carol as he blackmailed her into helping him get evidence for his story, taking advantage of her head injury and general inability to think sensibly. He did redeem himself over time but I needed more of a back-story to understand why he acted the way he did and to get more emotionally invested in him.
Dancing with Dragons was pretty unevenly plotted. The intrigue and political shenanigans in India were the highlight of the book and I relished every page. Unfortunately this section was sandwiched between a fairly fanciful escape from Budapest and an overly fast denouement. I actually enjoyed the world building more than Carol and Daniel’s relationship because it was unpredictable and felt fresh – no easy feat considering how many PNR and urban fantasy books I have read in the last few years.
So where does that leave me? I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous one but I still enjoyed it enough to want to stick with the series.