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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kindred by Rebecca Goings

Kindred by Rebecca Goings
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (84 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

When an ordinary woman discovers she’s anything but ordinary, her life becomes an amazing journey into the land of dragon-shifters, and into the arms of the Crown Prince himself.

While caring for her dying grandmother, Alana Capria hears the most shocking news of her life. She’s not human, she’s a dragon-shifter. Not only that, she’s from the extremely rare and powerful House of the Sun, brought to Earth as a baby to save her from assassins.

Rionshalintaris is her betrothed, the Crown Prince of Dragoran, and a blue dragon-shifter from the House of Ice. He’s been looking forward to bonding with Alana ever since they were children. Rion is overjoyed she has returned to Dragoran, and is most eager to claim her as his own.

But the red dragons of the House of Fire endeavor to kidnap Alana in an attempt to overthrow the Crown. Can Rion protect the woman he loves and bind Alana as his Kindred before it’s too late?

Dragon stories have always captivated me. There is something so powerful and majestic in the form of winged creatures who rule the sky. In Kindred, author Rebecca Goings provides something new and fascinating to enjoy, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about Alana and Rion; two dragon-shifters, aka Dragoran, destined for one another.

Before Alana’s grandmother passes away, she imparts a secret. Alana isn’t human at all, but a rare Dragoran of the House of the Sun. Now, the time has come for her to travel to her true world and embrace her betrothed, Rion, from the House of Ice. Disbelieving and afraid, Alana rebukes her grandmother’s declarations as nothing more than a bought of dementia. It isn’t until she discovers her grandmother’s journals, crammed with details about the varying kinds of Dragoran’s and their Houses, that she begins to believe and takes the steps necessary to claim her birthright.

Venturing through a magical mirror embossed with dragons, Alana is shocked and awed by the world that awaits her – as well as the breathtaking face of the man who proclaims to be Rionshalintaris – her soon to be Kindred. Terrified and uncertain, Alana’s fears are put to rest when Rion vows to take his time and introduce her to this new reality that is foreign and strange. As she is guided through the world she has never known, her heart opens to the man who promised to love and defend her at birth. But all is not safe, and when Alana is taken by a Dragoran from the House of Fire, Rion will have to kill him in order to lay claim to the woman he loves.

Kindred is an interesting story that is well-written with attention to detail. Ms. Goings has a knack for creating a setting that you can envision as you read, while her characters light up the page and captivate the audience. Alana’s reactions upon arriving in a dragon world are believable yet comical, and her first conversation with Rion is equal parts sweet, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Although the declaration of love on Alana’s behalf seemed rushed, there was little else out of place. This is definitely one of those stories you’ll enjoy from start to finish, with enough surprises and shocks along the way to keep you on your toes.

Dragon fans do not want to miss Kindred. Be sure to put this fantasy romance on your TBR list.