Sep 28, 2010
THE PAGAN & THE PEN BOOK REVIEWS
Title: Dragon’s Curse Author: Nancy Lee Badger
Author Site: http://www.nancyleebadger.com/
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Length: Mini Novel
Writing Ability: 3
Overall Card Rating:
Reviewed by: yadkny
About The Book: Brianna MacLeod has accompanied a shipload of her guardian’s friends to a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She eludes these Highland hunters to keep her innocence…and her gift of sight. Her attitude against falling for womanly desires changes when she nearly drowns. Saved by the talons of a terrifying winged beast, she awakens—naked—in a cave, beside an unusual man.
Cursed by a vengeful witch to transform into a dragon at inopportune times, Draco MacDonald hides on this deserted island to live alone: until he plucks a servant girl from certain death. Fueled by jealousy, and tempered by fear for her safety, he succumbs to an unfamiliar desire to mate. Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.
Set in 1592 on the Scottish island of Staffa, the cursed hero battles a ghostly witch, a hunter set on rape, and his own growing desire for a young woman with premonitions of his death.
The Review: Draco is a dragon shifter cursed to be as such by a witch years prior for something Draco didn’t do. Brianna is a ward of the laird of Clan Macleod and has gone to accompany her guardian on a hunting trip, but there is another reason for the laird wanting to keep her close at hand. Brianna has a gift of being a seer. Her visions are to be used for his benefit and not to be advertised to any one else or they might think she is a witch.
The relationship between Draco and Brianna was a very sweet romance. I did feel that it was a kind of rushed romance in that the characters fell for each other fast without some of the sexual tension and frustration I find helps build a relationship so that the characters learn more about each other before being intimate. Having both Draco and Brianna as virgins was a nice surprise in that usually it’s the female that is the virgin while the male is the experienced alpha. In this case I didn’t think that Draco lost any of his masculinity by being a virgin and it only added to the sweetness of the romance between the characters.
The imagery that Nancy Lee Badger portrays in this story is fantastic. I really fell into the atmosphere quite easily. Although the individual characters are well developed, the plot lacked depth. However, I would still recommend this book to readers that are looking for a sweet romance with a paranormal twist.
Pagan Elements: None.
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