The Lure of the Dragon (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #1)

Anna Lowe
Narrator: Kelsey Osborne

PARANORMAL:  Tessa has a normal life until the day she stumbles into the dangerous world of shifters.  Forced to flee to Maui, she finds refuge with a group of trustworthy shifters.  When Tess meets Kai, a dragon shifter, she finds herself drawn to him in a way she did not know was possible.  Kai, although willing to help Tessa, is determined to keep his distance, knowing from experience the consequences of trusting a human.  What he does not account for is the strong pull his inner dragon has towards Tessa, and Kai finds himself in not only an outward battle to keep her safe but also an inward one to protect his own heart.

Ms. Lowe builds an interesting world, drawing the reader quickly into an action packed and steamy story.  Although the characters are interesting, Tessa and Kia have little depth, which may leave the reader struggling to connect with them.  The pace and plot move quickly and deliver an interesting tale but cannot make up for the lack of back-story and foundation the story truly needs.  Although the main plot wraps up by the end, this book is best for those who intend on continuing in the series.

The production quality for the audiobook is well done, with no hiccups through the entire book.  Unfortunately, the narration itself falls flat.  Ms. Osborne does little to distinguish between any of the characters, making it rather confusing with the switching of perspective.  With the amount of romantic scenes, the length of each scene and the in-depth detail may be uncomfortable to some.  Overall, the quality of writing and storytelling may endear a reader to these characters, leaving them with a great need to know where the rest of the series will go from here.

Amy Cefoldo