Curse of the Dragon


FAIRYTALE:  Daine, the Master of his crumbling keep, has been alone for centuries, tortured every night by fire for his sins. Until Lilya is brought to him on the wings of a dragon. A gentle but outspoken Gypsy-born, she is a beauty with no comparison—and she is his. She may be his captive and the key to ending his curse, but time is running out. The beast inside of him wants her underneath him to devour every part of her, but he dare not if he wishes to be free. Does he take what is his and live with the curse until the end of time? Or does he sacrifice her life to end his pain? 

An adult retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Curse of the Dragon” blends an old classic with erotic dragon shifter romance. The book is relatively short at around 140 pages, and the pacing reflects this with lust at first sight turning into love in a matter of days. Despite a lot happening in those few days, and the heroine almost killing herself multiple times by doing basic tasks, nothing truly happens. The author relies on telling versus showing with much of the development happening in large paragraphs of character’s reflecting rather than actions and dialogue. The romance is also tainted due to the hero contemplating sexually forcing the heroine shortly after they first meet. Overall, between that and the barely veiled Stockholm Syndrome, the novel has a definite feel to it that will only appeal to a specific audience. For those looking for a quick, steamy read, this novel would do well.

Arec Rain