Dead Sexy Dragon
Author: Lolita Lopez
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central)
Date of Publication: August 6, 2013
The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep, especially since he’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.
But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is an added bonus.
Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And what the hell is going on in the basement at night?
Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere.
First off – this is a very short, quick read (25,000 words), so I didn’t expect much characterization, etc. And yet, Ms. Lopez completely blew me away. Her world building as far as her dragons was great.
Cora is a bit of a twit in some ways (she made a couple of stupid mistakes), but she did own up to it and wanted to move beyond the problem. Her primary goal is to keep her bakery open, or at least feasible, despite having some rather nasty people after her. She’s been attracted to Stig and knows he’s a fighter thanks to his service with her brother, and so she turns to him for protection when the loan shark collectors come calling for her.
Stig’s a warrior all right. A warrior who is also a dragon. And man, he was a heck of a sexy dragon. He’s going through his heat phase when Cora shows up. During his heat, he’s forced into his dragon form and will go bonkers if he doesn’t have sex to procreate, so he chains himself in a cavern beneath his cabin in the woods.
They have a nice set of erotic dreams Cora’s first night, but by the second, she goes exploring and finds the chained dragon/Stig.
There isn’t a lot of room in this book for subplots or anything else, but it really REALLY didn’t need it. There’s clear connections to future books, and I loved how Cora and Stig found their way to be together. I hope we get to experience Cora, at least as a secondary character, as she gets used to her new role in her newly expanded world.
This book totally deserves a 4-star rating.
Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.