|The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name! |
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
Celyn the Charming is a personal guard to the Queen…and asker of endless questions. But what the charming dragon hides, even from himself sometimes, is the smart, strategic mind he has. Sure he may annoy his family to death with his constant curiosity and questions, but it’s all information he takes in and uses when needed most. He doesn’t just annoy his family, oh no no no. He also gets under the skin of a Rider, Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains (we shall just call her Elina from this point forward), who is sent by her leader to kill the White Dragon Queen. It’s a death mission since everyone knows Elina will fail and die trying to complete this task. But she has her honor, dammit, and she will take her death should it come. Yeah, it doesn’t. The dragons pretty much find her so adorable for even trying and when Celyn is asked to put her someplace safe he does. And then forgets about her for nine months. Now Annwyl needs her in order to get a meeting with the Mother of the Steppes Riders, Anne Atli, and she asks Elina to do this. Little does Annwyl know, this is another death sentence since no one from Elina’s clan will listen to her much less her clan leader, her own mother, who just needs one reason to be able to kill Elina. And she gets it but not before both Celyn and Elina’s sister jump in to help. Hell breaks loose and what follows is pure entertainment and mayhem: a dragon and a tough ass Rider mate, assassinations are attempted, Annwyl gets the crap beat out of her, and shows up back home bloody and carrying two eyeballs. It’s status quo for this crazy, hilarious, unique series by G.A. Aiken.
If you’re familiar with this series, and really I’d recommend starting at the beginning with this one, you already know that romance doesn’t take center stage. There’s no woo’ing, there’s no big romantic gestures, there’s really no romance to speak of. And Light My Fire almost takes that to another extreme. Elina is one tough woman, living in a culture where one woman has many husbands and having battle scars and being warriors is something that’s seen as strength and power.
But Elina is a bit of a black sheep. She’s tough, she’s strong, she’s blunt about what she wants, but she doesn’t have that kill instinct. She enjoys the strategy and was looked down upon in her clan for that. But now, being with the dragons who are all about the “soft, decadent life” as Elina calls it (and she doesn’t mean that as a compliment) she’s accepted for who she is. Annwyl especially takes a liking to her, for as much as Annwyl can like anyone, and Elina finds a home that she never expected to have with the dragons.
Like most Daughters of the Steppes, she’d been taught that men served three purposes – breeding, child rearing, and trash removal.
Elina and Celyn are tossed together when Celyn is ordered to accompany Elina on her journey back home to try and arrange the meeting Annwyl wants. It’s during this trip that romance blooms. HAHAHA, nah, it’s during this trip that they get down and dirty in the forest, because well for Elina, Celyn is right there and she doesn’t want her own hand to be tired with a fight on the horizon. I mean, really, this couple has straight up dirty sex, no sweet talking, no big lead up to the big moment. They have sex, they bond in a weird way and then, boom, mated! It’s by far, the least couple-centric story in the series. Celyn and Elina spend a lot of page time together, but as far as the “relationship” goes, it just happens, period. And in the crazy way of this series, it completely works.
What did take center stage was the world building storylines that led up to multiple assassination attempts on some of our favorite characters. War is still right out there on the edge, and at book’s end, Annwyl just learned of a new little twist that will swing the favor to her side. But we get to see what her now adult twins are up to (hint – it’s no good), what the younger generation is doing and the powers they’re coming into. If you thought Annwyl’s twins were scary, just wait until you meet Dagmar and Gwenvael’s 5 youngest daughters. One word – CREEPY. I still find myself completely fascinated with the series and this world as a whole. I love seeing how all the characters that we’ve come to know, as well as many new faces, are being worked into the mix.
This series is laugh out loud funny. The things that are said, the crazy situations the dragons put themselves in have me laughing out loud. It’s a story and series full of snark, sarcasm and I’m sure I had a smile on my face during the whole book. It might not be the type of humor and story that everyone will enjoy, but this reader absolutely does. For a very different take on a paranormal world you must give this series a shot. Everything about it hits just right for me and it never disappoints when it comes to the fun, crazy antics I’ve come to expect from everyone involved.
Dagmar turned her head and came nose to leggings-covered cock with some male.
“By all reason,” she squeaked, slapping at the groin that had been right by her face.
“Ow!” she heard her mate snap. “I thought we decided you’d treat my hair and my cock like they were the most important things in your world…since they are.”
“I never agreed to that, and stop shoving the damn thing in my face.”
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Zebra Books
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*