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Paranormal Romance Book Review: Touch of Ice (Dawn of Dragons Book 1) by Mary Auclair (Review #4)


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Dawn of Dragons
Mary Auclair
Pararnormal Romance
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Lenka Trnkova

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Synopsis

He is as cold as ice. She is the salvation that will melt his heart.

When Endora is faced with her daughter’s terminal illness, she takes the only chance she’s got. She braves the potential risks and signs a mating contract with the Delradon Draekon Lords, intent on using the payment to buy the aliens’ cure to save her daughter’s life.

Lord Aldric Darragon rules over his land with an iron fist until one day the only woman who is genetically compatible with him agrees to his offer of mating. As his all-consuming passion for Endora explodes, an ancient threat looms heavy over humans and Delradons alike. With the lives of everyone he cares about hanging in the balance, Aldric has to fight the demons of his past if he wants to defeat the enemies of the present.

Publisher’s Note: This gripping sci-fi alien romance has it all: dragons, passion and tension. It also contains explicit themes and is intended for adults only.

The Review

A sci-fi paranormal romance with interesting setup in a world dominated by dragons.

Earth as we know it was taken over by an alien race of Delradons, among which the most powerful are the dragon lords – the Draekars. While trying to protect the land and their inhabitants, as a race they face difficulties with procreation.

Therefore, all women, human and Delradon along, are genetically tested for compatibility, and the mating contract are impossibly lucrative. When Endora’s daughter, Tallie, is on the verge of death and she cannot afford the cure otherwise, she agrees to a mating contract. However, she is compatible with the High Lord himself, and they finding way to each other is no easy task with all the secrets and dangers present.

At first, I was really excited with the story. I flew through the pages, devouring the story and getting to know the characters. I could understand the motives easily, understand their behavior and choices, and was looking forward to see what would happen next. But then, around midway through the book, this abruptly changed.

The story felt wrapped up with one of the major issues resolved giving off the vibes like there is not much to be expected. This despite there were still some serious questions left unanswered, and judging from the length of the book, it was clear that much is going to happen yet.

Nevertheless, it never got that much exciting again, and I felt like reading a weaker sequel to the first half of the book instead of what should have been the more exciting part. I simply reached the climax of the story in its half.

I also could not understand some of the behavioral aspects anymore, and got gradually annoyed with Endora. I could understand the need to protect her child and keep her secrets before the mating contract, but afterwards? Why did she keep the fact about her marriage secret? And why, in fact, would such a serious fact be totally overlooked and in the end, neglected as something totally insignificant?

Another infuriating things about Endora were her constant suspicions, doubts, and coming to conclusions without thinking, especially when it comes to Aldric. He was open with her, trying hard to earn her trust, and it was she who kept dangerous secrets, yet she constantly suspected him and doubted him. Projecting her guilt? Intentionally driving something between them to get separated? And then she usually made something stupid, even out of her character, and endangered not only herself. I simply could not reconcile this second-half Endora with the first-half one.

One more point to the plot and the character role, while in the first half the tension and mystery was built nicely, readers have no problems to identify the antagonists and solve the mystery far sooner than the protagonists. Everything was so clear- no surprise and no mystery. That was a bit disappointing.

However, despite the negatives, I very much appreciated the world building. I loved the bond between dragons and their Draekons, the world where such potent magic was possible and the magnificent creatures with real soul roamed. I liked the futuristic elements and how the details clicked with one another to create a believable and complex world. I also liked the general premise and the ideas woven into the plot. I am only sorry that some aspects spoiled the experience for me in the end.

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