Dragon Heat by Allyson James

Synopsis (from amazon): Lisa Singleton has an unusual roommate-a fifty-foot dragon named Caleb who has glittering scales and a bad attitude. Little does she know that Caleb is actually a powerful warrior sent to protect her from those out to steal her magic and destroy the world. Or that Caleb can take the human form of a sexy hunk. Now, if he doesn’t stop distracting her with those gorgeous bedroom eyes, they may not have time to stop their enemies before all of existence is wiped out. At least Lisa and Caleb will have savoured every last minute.

Review: I usually don’t like books which feature more than one couple, since I think this distracts me from the main story. In this book, however, the second blooming romance (if it can be called that, after all Saba was enthralled with the black dragon through magic) was a blessing. Malcolm was a much more interesting character than Caleb. Whereas Caleb seemed insipid and one-dimensional, Malcolm showed more facets of personality and was altogether intriguing. Even though he was the villain in the piece, I was inclined to root for him and the rest of the world be damned (literally).

The love scenes between Caleb and Lisa were particularly uninspired. First they were constantly interrupted…how often do you "need to talk first" or can a cell phone ring? How bothersome! Then when they finally got together somehow the scenes always felt to me like some kind of intermezzo that was squeezed into the story, because, after all, it is classified as a romance. They were strangely unconnected to the story. I also didn’t feel tension between the two protagonists, even though it was said to be there constantly.

The last third of the book turned out to be quite enjoyable. Finally Lisa and Caleb stop blundering into situations. Finally it is revealed what on earth is going on here and what Lisa’s legacy is.
Still the fact remains that there wasn’t any particular connection between the main couple. The scene that satisfied me most in that respect is one between Saba and Malcolm in which he explains to her why he doesn’t want an emotional connection with her, her reaction to this and in turn again his reaction to hers.

Why Lisa left for the past even though she knew Donna would be coming soon is another thing that bothered me. She shouldn’t have done that, leaving the others exposed and she knew that. But she "had" to go for some reason. Well, yeah, the reason is that had she not gone the whole revenge plan of Donna’s would have been non-existent. Still, it didn’t make sense that she left knowing the situation at the time.

Conclusion: I didn’t care too much for this couple, but I’m totally intrigued with Saba and Malcolm. That is the reason why "The Black Dragon" is already sitting on my shelf. So I suppose I have to give Allyson James some credit after all.

One more word about the book cover. Really, does anybody think those covers will encourage people to buy those books? Can it get any cheesier than that? I have no idea where they dig out those guys, but please, spare us in the future. The cover on "Dragon Heat" might reflect Caleb in certain ways (I won’t go into great details here), but the cover of "The Black Dragon" is an insult to Malcolm’s character. I don’t need a hunk on a cover (and I mean hunk in it’s broadest sense) in order to imagine a hunk, after all.


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