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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Topaz Dare by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace

Topaz Dare by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace
D.A.R.E Project Book 2
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Topaz has been enjoying the small freedoms that each assignment for retrieval has given her. When confronted by deadly insects that have already killed her targets she has to choose running for her life or finishing her job. She is assisted by another dragon who offers her an option for her time off. He will take her to visit her sister if she will spend some time getting to know him, and part of her is only too delighted to happy to take Kirai up on his offer. Dragons, kidnapping, giant bugs, poisons and meeting a sister she thought dead make for quite the short layover for an active D.A.R.E. agent.

Topaz is a swan dragon and retrieves humans from the outlying worlds they’ve moved to, be it for research, punishment, a new life or just adventure. The humans tore holes in the dimensional barriers to travel to the other worlds and they must be brought back. But Topaz didn’t expect to step out of the portal and encounter huge ant-type creatures who think she looks good enough to eat!

This is the second book in this series, but the authors have written the stories well and each can stand alone. Dragons have always fascinated me, and Ms. Xander and Ms. Grace have created an interesting species of dragon. The females are human shaped and beautiful creatures. The males are handsome, strong, and can transform and fly. They also live a long time.

The authors use this second story to expand the overall plot of the series. That helped answer the questions I had after reading the first book in the series (which is a very good read, too). Their dragons are strong, willful, and mate for life. They also have a lot of pride. No matter which world they visit, the girls seem to find themselves in life threatening situations. The story flows well.

Reading about the mating rituals and finding out how the dragons live is part of the charm of the story. The romance is heated and there are more males than female dragons, so the competition is tough.

While these are fantasy creatures, their emotions are human and it is easy to relate to them. Ms. Xander and Ms. Grace make you care about them and their families. This was a very good read, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. There is lots of room for further development of the story and new worlds to explore. Why not visit the world of dragons with me?