THE DRAGON MASTER by Allyson James
Series: Dragon #3
Penguin: Berkley Sensation
Released: November 4, 2008
Page Count: 281
Rating: Liked it
Carol Juan never really believed in her grandmother's old-world tales of dragons and legends . . .
. . . until she was set upon by a wildly sensual man sporting a blazing red mane - and nothing else. He is Seth, a fire dragon summoned into this world by a dangerous mage who is seeking to ignite his own evil ends by devouring Seth's fiery powers. What the fire dragon seeks is a life mate, a human female who can help him to explore the pleasures of the flesh.
Seth inflames more in Carol than the untapped magic surging inside her - and only she can save him from the mysterious mage who is guarded by an equally sinister cabal. Arousing Carol's latent Dragon Master powers is only the beginning. Now she must risk her own life to save the fire dragon lost in her world - the man she has come to love and desire.
I loved the first two books in the series, but this one I had a hard time connecting with. This was probably because Carol was a lesser secondary character in the first two books, and Seth was not in them at all. Unlike with Malcolm and Saba in The Black Dragon, I had no prior attachment to Carol and Seth.
That said, James is a master of the paranormal, and dragons in particular. This series has only confirmed her place on my list of auto-buy authors! Dragon romances are few and far between, but she manages to pull it off really well without going into the realm of unbelievable. (Well, after taking out the whole dragon bit!) The whole backstory of The Order of the Black Lotus, Carol's mother, the Dragon Master, and even Seth's past experiences, was expertly interwoven with present-day suspense to create a sexy, action-packed romance. I can't stress enough that lovers of unique paranormal storylines will love this series!
It was incredibly disappointing to discover that this is the last in James's Dragon series. Hopefully one day she will return to this world so we can fall in love with the characters all over again. Until then, well, I'll just have to console myself with her backlist of other amazing books.
Note on the author: Allyson James is the author of one of my favorite urban fantasies, Stormwalker. She has also written a ton of other great romances under the name Jennifer Ashley. If you haven't yet read anything by her, make sure to put her on your check-out-soon list!