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Friday, December 17, 2010

Dragon’s Stone by Jane Toombs

Dragon’s Stone by Jane Toombs
Darkness of Dragons Book Three
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Historical
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

A man with a dark side, in love with a woman. A woman with her own worries, who barely tolerates him. The pair are thrown together to perform the impossible task of dealing with the evil and immortal Black Dragon—their only ally a Siamese cat. A puny trio facing impossible odds. Especially when the man’s dark side manifests itself and turns him into a danger to his own allies. Their other adversary, a witch, who is on the dragon’s side, adds another complication to an already seemingly hopeless task. How can this man control his dark side, convince the woman to love him and seal the dragon’s fate?

The evil of the Black Dragon is leaking as the wards weaken. David and Tima can’t be there to stop it, so David calls his cousin Ellis to step in and help. But it takes three to stop it, and Ellis believes that the darkness of his father’s blood will betray him and help the Black Dragon break through.

When Gwen hears David’s message on her voice mail, she heads up to join Ellis at Enid’s cottage. As the darkness grows stronger, Ellis fights his attraction for Gwen, believing she will never love him like he loves her. When Louhi, the evil witch, casts a lust spell, Gwen seduces Ellis, and fulfills his greatest fantasy. But there are hidden secrets that soon reveal themselves in shocking and surprising ways. Can Gwen and Ellis, along with the cat Nala, be able to defeat the Black Dragon once and for all? Can Gwen and Ellis find love together, once all the spells are done?

This is the third book in the Darkness of Dragons series by Jane Toombs, and it is the most intriguing of them all. It takes the reader back to a time when the Black Dragon was free, and the steps taken to imprison him. The family dynamic that brings Ellis and Gwen back to the cottage to face the weakening wards and encroaching evil is well depicted. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, and the way Ms. Toombs allowed the relationship between Ellis and Gwen to develop.

I liked watching Gwen mature in this story. She came into this as a slightly spoiled young woman, knowing what needed to be done, but wishing someone else could take responsibility. I enjoyed watching her develop a true admiration for Ellis, and her ability to finally see him for the man that he was, instead of the pest he has been in their youthful days. When she stopped being self centered and finally saw the big picture, she learned so much more about herself, and her role in things.

Ellis is not the typical hero. He isn’t gorgeous and sexy like the two dragon shifters, David and Vran. And the beast in him scares him. But he is smart and determined to stop the darkness, no matter what. His secret love for Gwen keeps him grounded in some way, and it is what will bring out the best in him when it is needed most. I think the growth of Ellis as a man is the best part of this story.

There are several very surprising angles to this story, and the fight against Louhi and the Black Dragon is just one aspect of it. There is a strong sense of romance and destiny here, and the fight for the happy ever after is marvelous to read. Do they defeat the Black Dragon forever? You will just have to read this one to see.