Feel the Burn: Dragon Kin #8 by G.A. Aiken with Excerpt and Giveaway

Feel the Burn: Dragon Kin #8 by G.A. Aiken with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my review of Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken, the eighth book in her Dragon Kin series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three Print Copies of FEEL THE BURN

Book Review:

I was a latecomer to G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, and while I’ve accumulated (ok – hoarded) the earlier titles in the series, I’ve only read one prior to Feel The Burn.  Meant to be read in order, I did some digging and asking friends who had read from the beginning to fill in the few gaps that I needed, but those were reasonably few.  And this title just brought forward the elements that I adore in these stories: arrogant, spoilt and snarky dragons, human love interests that give as good as they get and the sense of fun that just leaps from the pages.

Gaius is a King, and quite long-winded. That just makes his rants and whinges all the more amusing for me: like one giant two year old who covets ALL the toys As a rebel King, he has allies and foes alike, but doesn’t shirk from the next fight, and is wholly involved in the plots and plans.  There are moments his over-the-top arrogance drove me nuts, but it so fits him, and this series, that it is a momentary niggle.

On the other hand, Katchka, daughter of the Steppes is that sort of uber feminazi that just seems to have an attitude about ALL things male, whether or not, as she claims, women can do everything a man can. I’m not a huge fan of the strong and oft-repeated rhetoric from her and her kin, but the relationship between she and Gaius is actually quite amusing. Secondary to the action and plotting, the story moves forward quickly, and it goes without saying that there were twists and turns galore. As I’m not wholly familiar with each earlier element, the surprise factor for me was never ending, and most of those twists felt as if they made sense and added to the story.

A large cast, frequent POV changes, moments that alternate between funny, silly and logical and this story fits right into the mix. I will say that my plan is to dive into this series from the start to get a real ‘feel’ for everything, I just know that would have improved this reading experience for me. I would think that fans of the series will love this book, and for people looking to start a dragon story, this is a great series – start from the beginning and just escape into the world and the humor that Aiken develops so well.

Feel the Burn: Dragon Kin #8 by G.A. Aiken with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Feel the Burn
Author: G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #8
Also in this series: Light My Fire
Published by: Zebra
ISBN: 1420131613
Published on: 24 November 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 376
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 54 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

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Gaius Lucius Domitus, Iron dragon and the one-eyed Rebel King from the west, rolled that one eye and continued out of the back halls of the Senate and toward the royal palace. He had important plans to make and he didn’t have time for yet another discussion about his poor kingly skills.

“I think you’re a fool to do this.”

“Thank you, Auntie. I appreciate your confidence.”

“Don’t get that tone with me.”

“What tone?”

Lætitia Clydia Domitus grabbed Gaius’s arm and yanked him around. She was a small She-dragon and ridiculously tiny in her human form, but there was a power to her. There had to be in order for her to have survived as long as she had. There were few who had survived Overlord Thracius’s reign while openly loathing him, but Lætitia had managed. Somehow.

“First off—” she began.

“Gods,” Gaius groaned. “There’s a first off.”

“—you shouldn’t be walking around these streets alone. You’re the king now. That makes you a clear target. Second, you’re king now. You can’t run off on stupid errands every time you get a bug up your ass. You have an empire to rule.”

“An empire that will no longer exist if I don’t get control of my cousins and, more importantly, squash the rise of Chramnesind cults.”

“I don’t disagree with you, but I don’t know why you need to go yourself. You have dragons and men at your disposal. Why do you not use them?”

“Why? Because I trust no one. Except my sister.” When his aunt groaned and rolled her eyes at the mention of Agrippina, Gaius gently pulled his arm out of her grasp and walked away.

“Wait! I didn’t mean it like that.”

“Yes, you did.”

“No. I didn’t. I love your sister—” Gaius snorted at that, and Lætitia gripped his arm again and yanked him around to face her with even more strength than he’d given her credit for. “Do not, boy, question my loyalty to you or your sister. Ever. You two are the only thing left of the one sibling I adored, and that means something. But your sister went through hell. Absolute hell. And she hasn’t recovered from it, no matter how much both of you want to pretend that she has. So leaving the throne in her claws while you go off to be the hero king seems a . . . risky decision at best.”

“Well then . . . I guess . . .” Gaius glanced off, pretended to think a minute. “You’ll just have to give her your guidance while I’m gone.”

From the corner of his one eye, he saw his aunt desperately try to hide a smile. It wasn’t an evil smile. She, unlike most of his kin, was not evil. But, for the first time, she felt she’d be allowed to use her knowledge and skills directly rather than behind the scenes, which was usually where one could find her. Her machinations had been legendary, but they were often attributed to one of her other siblings. Of course, it was her willingness not to be openly involved that had kept her alive this long.

“Your sister,” Lætitia finally said, “won’t like that.”

“Of course she will,” Gaius lied. “She respects you, Auntie.”

“Good gods, Gaius Lucius Domitus!” she cried out. “You’re just like your father—such a

liar!”

 

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About G.A. Aiken

A.K.A. Shelly Laurenston

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken lives on the West Coast and spends most of her time writing and making sure her rescued Pittie doesn’t love everyone into a coma. When she’s not writing about sexy dragons, she’s writing about sexy wolf, lion, tiger, and other fang-filled predators under the name Shelly Laurenston.

Find out more about this New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors books at www.shellylaurenston.com.


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