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Monday, March 26, 2012

Sapphire Dare by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace

Sapphire Dare by Tianna Xander and Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Instead of going back to Earth after one of her targets shoots her with a poison-tipped dart, Sapphire takes her mother’s advice and seeks out the greatest healer their people have. How was she to know that just being near him would send her senses reeling and tie her stomach into knots? When five males arrive to convince her that Galen is not the right dragon for her, will Sapphire run for cover or will she fight alongside the dragon male who saved her life and preserved her freedom to choose?

Dragons don’t mate like humans. The males fight over the females. Once a male “marks” her, she’s his for life. Sapphire is not really impressed by that. She thinks she has the right to pick her own mate. Good thing Galen is strong enough to fight off the other male dragons while she “decides.”

This series has been fun to read. The authors create very strong dragon characters and imbue them with honor, a firm sense of right from wrong, and a dedication to their duties. They are fighting fit and fast enough to win most fights. It’s like watching gladiators fight.

The standard theme through this series is that the dragon swans are being sent out to retrieve humans who have left earth. Originally they were either sent there as punishment or they volunteered to go due to religious beliefs, an urge to adventure, or for personal gain. Sounds a bit like Australia, doesn’t it?

This is something I could see happening in the distant future, so I like the concept. Especially since they have to retrieve the humans because the protective space about Earth is beginning to give up and they have to maintain balance.

The conflict between dragons and humans adds flavor and excitement to the story. I just wish they’d make the story a bit longer and explore the new relationships further. The novella length is short and while complete, it leaves me asking for more. The authors make the dragon relationships amazing and forceful which gathers your attention and entices you. You can tell the authors are working their way up to some spectacular conclusion down the road. Finding out about each new dragon swan and her dragon is well worth the read.

Why not grab this series and settle down to read about a world in the future where dragons and humans live together uneasily and an apocalypse could come to pass one day?