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Title: Dragon Actually
Author: G.A. Aiken
Publisher: Published September 1st 2008 by Zebra (first published 2004)
ISBN: 9781420103731
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It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destr It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...

30 review for Dragon Actually

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    ☠ Impromptu buddy reread with my MacHalo Freaks ☠ And the moral of this reread is: yes, dragons still do it better. And no, nothing beats bloodthirsty, batshit crazy warrior princesses. Nothing. Well Kate Daniels probably does, but she doesn't count. It wouldn't be fair on her fellow fictional characters. Anyway, I've decided that if I can't be Kate Daniels or Shanti when I grow up, I'll be Annwyl the Bloody. Why? Because this: “Do you not listen to our daily meetings about the state of your land ☠ Impromptu buddy reread with my MacHalo Freaks ☠ And the moral of this reread is: yes, dragons still do it better. And no, nothing beats bloodthirsty, batshit crazy warrior princesses. Nothing. Well Kate Daniels probably does, but she doesn't count. It wouldn't be fair on her fellow fictional characters. Anyway, I've decided that if I can't be Kate Daniels or Shanti when I grow up, I'll be Annwyl the Bloody. Why? Because this: “Do you not listen to our daily meetings about the state of your lands?” “Of course I don’t. They’re dead boring.” “Not everything can involve bloodshed, Annwyl.” “Can’t you come get me when there is bloodshed? Otherwise just leave me alone to read.” Bloodshed, books or nothing. Annwyl, a girl after my own heart. [Original review] This is a silly book about horny dragons, homicidal damsels in little distress, broad-chested horny hunks and batshit crazy with horny tendencies dragonesses. They have sex share lovely moments, they have sex live in dens, they have sex fight each other, they have sex battle other dragons to reclaim their kingdoms, they have sex walk around naked a lot, they have sex argue and they sometimes have sex fall in love. The chicks kick ass. The guys are as male as it gets. Pure, mindless dragon fun. That's what this is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dija

    It's so embarrassingly delightful when a book I've mentally marked as nothing but porn manages to completely stun and amaze me. Make no mistake, Dragon Actually is mostly fictional porn. But it's also a sweet, funny, and lovable story about a grumpy alpha dragon and his vicious yet vulnerable mate. And since it's been ages since I've made a list-review, allow me to make one now. Dragon Actually managed to catch me off-guard by: 1. Making me laugh-out-loud (for real) after every other scene, whic It's so embarrassingly delightful when a book I've mentally marked as nothing but porn manages to completely stun and amaze me. Make no mistake, Dragon Actually is mostly fictional porn. But it's also a sweet, funny, and lovable story about a grumpy alpha dragon and his vicious yet vulnerable mate. And since it's been ages since I've made a list-review, allow me to make one now. Dragon Actually managed to catch me off-guard by: 1. Making me laugh-out-loud (for real) after every other scene, which means I enjoyed this book a lot more than I was anticipating. 2. Giving me an X-rated version of Toothless for my oh-so-innocent daydreams, because it's impossible to imagine this guy doing anything besides eating fish, chasing light, and flying: 3. Ruining all other paranormal creatures for me, because now nothing but a hot dragon prince will do. 4. Creating a heroine with guts, wits, morals, and brains whom I never got annoyed with. 5. Introducing a large yet memorable cast of dragon royalty I can't wait to read more about. 6. Inserting a great short story on the unexpected love between a certain spoiled dragon queen and her scary consort, that I actually liked more than the main romance. And finally: 7. HOT DRAGON SEX. 'Nuff said. 3.5/5 stars For more reviews, visit my blog.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    This book is funny. Like beware of reading it in public because you will look crazy by cracking up out loud- funny. Nobody wants to look that crazy... We have Annwyl the Bloody as our heroine. She meets the dragon, Fearghus the Destroyer, as she is lopping off heads of the enemy soldiers and dying herself. Fearghus saves Annwyl's life and she is living in his cave while she recuperates. Apparently, it's a nice cave, as far as cave's go. Feargus even sets her up with a bedroom, and there's an indoo This book is funny. Like beware of reading it in public because you will look crazy by cracking up out loud- funny. Nobody wants to look that crazy... We have Annwyl the Bloody as our heroine. She meets the dragon, Fearghus the Destroyer, as she is lopping off heads of the enemy soldiers and dying herself. Fearghus saves Annwyl's life and she is living in his cave while she recuperates. Apparently, it's a nice cave, as far as cave's go. Feargus even sets her up with a bedroom, and there's an indoor cave-lake where she can swim with her dragon friend. Yeah, not sure how comfortable I would be swimming with a dragon... Of course the dragon and the girl fall in love. But, she has a problem. She is also falling in love with the knight that the dragon has sent to train her. This could be an awkward triangle - especially when one of them can just incinerate the other - problem solved. Luckily, though, the knight is also the dragon. He's a shifter. Thank goodness too, because if there was going to be some weird dragon-human sex, I was out. No monster-porn for me. I mean, sure, I like blue alien porn, vampire porn, and werewolf porn, but I'm waaaay above the monster-porn. Yeah, my standards are super high. Well, it's not from me! It must be from the guy behind me.. The best part of this book is the witty dialogue. Everyone is funny and spouting out sarcastic quips, even the bad guy. Lorcan rubbed his head. "Am I asking too much to want the little bitch dead? Am I?..All I want is for her to suffer a painful, horrifying death. And for her head to be on a spike in front of my castle. That's all I want." Sounds so reasonable when he says it like that. Also great is the relationship that Fearghus has with his dragon family. He and his siblings fight but they will also do anything for him. And, sure, he cut off the tail of one of his brothers and is constantly asking if he can kill his family, but hey, who doesn't want to kill their family once in a while? Especially around the holidays? Come on, admit it! "Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you kill our family." Fearghus shook his head. "They just keep irritating me." "I know. But, that's what most families do. Irritate." But, really, everything in this story was enjoyable. It is just a super fun burrito covered in awesomesauce.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    This series, this series... I love Annwyl!!! Just LOVE her. She is so crazy, stubborn, snarky and fearless. She has no brain-to-mouth filter, something that I find very attractie to my heroines. She is such a badass and she keeps getting crazier as the books progress. Fearghus is good as well. All hot and powerful but Annwyl steals the show IMO. Found this pic somewhere... This book is awesome, at least I believe it is. Full of funny moments and action, without any angst and turmoil and all that bor This series, this series... I love Annwyl!!! Just LOVE her. She is so crazy, stubborn, snarky and fearless. She has no brain-to-mouth filter, something that I find very attractie to my heroines. She is such a badass and she keeps getting crazier as the books progress. Fearghus is good as well. All hot and powerful but Annwyl steals the show IMO. Found this pic somewhere... This book is awesome, at least I believe it is. Full of funny moments and action, without any angst and turmoil and all that boring stuff. Some would say that the emotional chemistry between the characters isn't there and it would probably be true but I love it nonetheless. The dragon family is HILARIOUS. My favs are Gwenvael and Éibhear. This is not much of a review but I'm too bored to write sth better!;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    3.25 stars As cringe-worthy as that cover is, it does a good job of depicting what this book contains. Chesticles. Male chesticles. Male DRAGON chesticles. All up in this mofo. Because dragons are allergic to clothing. I somehow missed that this book contains two totally different story lines. The first 60% focuses on one couple, and then BOOM, a second couple is introduced. Whereas the first couple have an actual story arc (which is filled with hilarity as well as hawt schmex), the second couple 3.25 stars As cringe-worthy as that cover is, it does a good job of depicting what this book contains. Chesticles. Male chesticles. Male DRAGON chesticles. All up in this mofo. Because dragons are allergic to clothing. I somehow missed that this book contains two totally different story lines. The first 60% focuses on one couple, and then BOOM, a second couple is introduced. Whereas the first couple have an actual story arc (which is filled with hilarity as well as hawt schmex), the second couple...didn't really. It was pretty much straight dragon porn (thankfully in human form) with some growling and arguing thrown in for good measure. So, as much fun as I had while reading this, I just can't bring myself to give it more than three stars. Because when you get right down to it, this is little more than brainless, mindless fluff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Orient

    DNF at page 156. A dare so kindly provided by an amazing GR friend of mine: Edge of Bubble :) Luv ya sis, but one day you’ll be the death of me :D To begin with, I’m a terrible reader when it comes to romance. There was a time when I breathed with historical romance, until it was an overload and I ran for UF and thrillers for recovery. But the romance I read was nothing compared to “Dragon Actually”. I must give credit to the beginning of this book, it started good, with a fight, a kick-ass hero DNF at page 156. A dare so kindly provided by an amazing GR friend of mine: Edge of Bubble :) Luv ya sis, but one day you’ll be the death of me :D To begin with, I’m a terrible reader when it comes to romance. There was a time when I breathed with historical romance, until it was an overload and I ran for UF and thrillers for recovery. But the romance I read was nothing compared to “Dragon Actually”. I must give credit to the beginning of this book, it started good, with a fight, a kick-ass heroine and a dragon. I thought: Yay, what more can a girl like me want? Exactly, if the book stayed like that at least for 75%, I would have finished it with eye rolling of course, but still finished. The problem is that I received 75% of smut and only 25% of fighting and funny spices instead while I read. I think the best way to hide the flaws of a weak story is to spill some endless pages of annoying and pointless smut. If I took away all the smut, I’d get not much left and that’s a real problem. Characters: Annwyl and Fearghus (Lord Idiot) both have awesome backstories, they are skilled in fighting, are scarred emotionally and physically, woot for that! They can proceed in a great lets-make-everything-bloody-and-gripping way as they both have potential as fighters, but instead I got interaction between Lord Idiot who is mainly ruled by his mating desires and a supposed to be kick ass heroine who thinks with her lower part. I think that both of them lacked a proper development as characters, they needed to be more multilayered. I liked other characters in the story, starting with the dragon kin, battle comrades and ending with the great villains. They weren’t fully fleshed-out, but at least they had more going on :) It was strange for me as the final fight between good and bad happened so early in the story and I felt like I lost the little entertainment I had with this book. It was a struggle to read further. To sum up it was a bad experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀

    Meet Annwyl The Bloody Her past times include chopping off people's heads.... ...And reading books “Not everything can involve bloodshed, Annwyl.” “Can’t you come get me when there is bloodshed? Otherwise just leave me alone to read.” Bloodshed, books, or nothing! Finally a heroine with guts, wits, morals, and brains!! She is so crazy, stubborn, snarky, fearless! And she definitely speaks her mind “Fearghus didn’t say anything. He wanted to see her reaction. She didn’t speak for several momen Meet Annwyl The Bloody Her past times include chopping off people's heads.... ...And reading books “Not everything can involve bloodshed, Annwyl.” “Can’t you come get me when there is bloodshed? Otherwise just leave me alone to read.” Bloodshed, books, or nothing! Finally a heroine with guts, wits, morals, and brains!! She is so crazy, stubborn, snarky, fearless! And she definitely speaks her mind “Fearghus didn’t say anything. He wanted to see her reaction. She didn’t speak for several moments. Then, “I’m freezing me tits off. Where are the books?” Sometimes authors overdue these characteristics and it comes off as just annoying but Annywl really pulls it all together with an honest desire to help her people and kill anyone who messes with her plan “And then Brastias saw the girl do something he would never forget. She kicked the beast. Right in the knee. Brastias and Danelin exchanged glances. “Well, you always thought she was insane,” Brastias offered. “I didn’t think I was right.” “You lying toe-rag!” she yelled up at him. So with Annwyl the Bloody as our awesome heroine, she meets the dragon Fearghus the Destroyer as she is lopping off heads of enemy soldiers but also dying herself. And now enter the mythological creature that both inspire and infuriate her!!!! Dragons Fearghus the Destroyer is a grumpy alpha dragon that wishes on several occasions he had just kept on napping instead of saving the crazy warrior . Something I really appreciate is the author really nailed the personality of a dragon that thinks himself above everything and everyone. However, Annwyl drags him back into the world and even tries to recruit him to help take down her brother, Lorcan. Lorcan rubbed his head. "Am I asking too much to want the little bitch dead? Am I?..All I want is for her to suffer a painful, horrifying death. And for her head to be on a spike in front of my castle. That's all I want! Of course Annwyl and Fearghus's relationship develops and they have some great moments. “Did you just throw a book at me? In my own den?” “Yes. And I’d throw it again!” Fearghus scratched his head in confusion. He’d never met a human brave enough—or stupid enough, depending on your point of view—to challenge him. “But,” he croaked out, amazed, “I’m a dragon.” “And I have tits. It means nothing to me!” With jokes and sassy comments that had me actually cackling with glee(I love dragons wayyy 2 much) “Higher beings, eh? It must be nice.” “You need not feel jealous. You are much better than most humans.” Annwyl laughed outright. And Fearghus realized how much he loved to see her smile. “Why thank you, oh mighty dragon.” She curtsied low. “Now. Now, Annwyl. No need to curtsy. A simple nod of your head and absolute worship will be more than enough.” Fearghus and his relationships with his family was amazing and absolutely hilarious. It was like regular sibling-teasing but to a whole new level Sure he cuts off the tail of one of his brothers and keeps asking if he can kill them, but doesn't that just say how much he likes them? “Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you kill our family.” Fearghus shook his head. “They just keep irritating me.” Overall a great book with excellent world-building and character development that promised more crazy adventures with the rest of Fearghus' family

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    GA Aiken is a big name in paranormal romances, both under this cognomen and also as Shelly Laurenston. This was my first time reading her, and I had a positive experience. What I liked right away about this story was the nice flow of the narrative. I was in a big reading slump where it seemed like it was harder to read books and get sucked in, and I liked how easy it was to fall into the world of this book. Aiken has some very good humor, and not afraid to make it involve some physical interactio GA Aiken is a big name in paranormal romances, both under this cognomen and also as Shelly Laurenston. This was my first time reading her, and I had a positive experience. What I liked right away about this story was the nice flow of the narrative. I was in a big reading slump where it seemed like it was harder to read books and get sucked in, and I liked how easy it was to fall into the world of this book. Aiken has some very good humor, and not afraid to make it involve some physical interactions between the characters. Along the lines of The Three Stooges and Bugs Bunny, to be clear. I do have to say that her female characters stand out with their brash, tough nature. I liked Annwyl a bit more than Rhiannon, even though I acknowledge that both were shaped by their environment. Annwyl is the real deal when it comes to being a warrior. She didn’t earn her name of Annwyl the Bloody for no reason. Let’s just say that few will survive a sword fight with her without coming away about eight to ten inches shorter on the top. They are a good match for the heroes, meeting these big tough guys toe to toe. In some cases even more vicious at times. The other thing I enjoyed a lot were the dragons. I liked the descriptions of them and their lifestyles, although it was quite disconcerting for them to talk so casually about eating humans and gleeful in killing them in various ways. Yeah, I know dragons probably view humans the way we do cows. But still…. Anyway, if one has a ‘what if’ about the lifestyles of the big and scaly, then Aiken will hook you up. What I think was a bit too much for me was the graphic depictions of violence. In a way, I think it works for her, considering this harsh, brutal world of warring humans and dragons. On the other hand, I am a bit squeamish when it comes to descriptions of men getting gutted and their entrails falling out. And people getting squished to a pulp. If you can get past this, a reader will enjoy the action elements and the fact that the heroines go to battle hardcore. Readers who like their romance on the hot and steamy side will not be disappointed. I am not into BDSM at all, but the chains that featured heavily in the second story certainly made things interesting. Overall, quite satisfied. I liked Annwyl and Fearghus’ story a bit more, but the story of Fearghus’ parents (Rhiannon and Bercelak)’ famed courtship was very good as well. I will read more in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    edge of bubble

    Buddy read *more like buddy torture =p * with lovely Orient and Craig This is the book that made me fall in love with PNR. It is a light and funny read with a nice plot. Books get way more funny and a bit more complex plotwise as the series progress. I'll gloat talk more after buddies finish their reading =p

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    3.5 stars, but rounded up. Review also found at: https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres... So, reading and writing this review has given me another an opportunity to Google Jason Momoa pictures, since he reminds me of the male lead character, Fearghus (who is a SEXY dragon shifter). On one hand, this was a pretty typical fantasy romance, but it also had some high points that put it above your average, tropey love story. Annwyl is a 21 year old virgin, but she grew up with an abusive father and brothe 3.5 stars, but rounded up. Review also found at: https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres... So, reading and writing this review has given me another an opportunity to Google Jason Momoa pictures, since he reminds me of the male lead character, Fearghus (who is a SEXY dragon shifter). On one hand, this was a pretty typical fantasy romance, but it also had some high points that put it above your average, tropey love story. Annwyl is a 21 year old virgin, but she grew up with an abusive father and brother and spent all her time learning to be a warrior, so she could eventually take the throne and save her people from evil tyranny. Annwyl is pretty bad-ass. She says what she feels, does what she wants, and knows what she wants. That is refreshing. There is little angst. The sex scenes are very steamy (and there are a LOT of them). Fearghus is a fun romantic hero. He's also got LOTS of sexy dragon shifter brothers, so that means lots more books in the series! HAHA - His sister, Morfryd is awesome as well. Another strong female character in a romance. Imagine that. So, if you like PNR or fantasy romance, you'll probably like this. It's got all the "good stuff" (raunchy sex scenes) plus a plot plus strong characters you don't want to bitchslap. That's a win in my book! Where's book 2?!?! *goes to find it* Buddy read with my MacHalo dragon lovers. Even Sarah liked it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Clearly I am a fool for waiting so long to start this series. The first book in the series is actually two stories in one. So here are my thoughts on each: DRAGON ACTUALLY – 5 stars Annwyl the Bloody is a warrior chick who simply does as she pleases. Though a mere human, she is a force, igniting passion and determination in her battalion as she leads them into possible death. Her greatest enemy is her own brother, Lorcan. A sadistic brother who gets off on suffering, Annwyl must do everything in h Clearly I am a fool for waiting so long to start this series. The first book in the series is actually two stories in one. So here are my thoughts on each: DRAGON ACTUALLY – 5 stars Annwyl the Bloody is a warrior chick who simply does as she pleases. Though a mere human, she is a force, igniting passion and determination in her battalion as she leads them into possible death. Her greatest enemy is her own brother, Lorcan. A sadistic brother who gets off on suffering, Annwyl must do everything in her power to take her brother down. While I hated Lorcan with a passion, I loved Annwyl with the same intensity. She is probably my new favourite heroine. She was mighty, strong, and with her trigger happy temper, she made this read highly enjoyable. However, when she is injured in battle, a black dragon saves her from her demise, nursing her back to health in his den. With the help of his sister Morfyd a witch healer and dragon, Fearghus gets up close and personal with Annwyl. Their love progresses slowly in this book. I liked how there was the distinction between romantic love and friendship, though it seems that Annwyl developed feelings far deeper than friendship with Fearghus later on. I loved that G.A. Aiken incorporated witty banter alongside some serious asskicking. It was the perfect balance of light hearts and bloody gore. There is also a side romance between Morfyd, Fearghus’s sister and Brastias, the general. Though we don’t actually see anything happen with them, it was nice to read their sexual tension. CHAINS AND FLAMES– 4 stars In DRAGON ACTUALLY, readers are introduced to Fearghus’s mother, Rhiannon and his father, Bercelak. This short story is of how they met and fell in love. Princess Rhiannon has a big ego. Basically, she thinks she is the shit. But when her mother tells her that her mate will be Bercelak, Rhiannon feels like she’s been bitchslapped several times. Surely this can’t be happening. She’s a princess and Bercelak is not of royal blood. But....it happens and Rhiannon finds herself in Bercelek’s quarters. As a human. Bercelak was interesting to read about. He was a grumpy old bastard in DRAGON ACTUALLY, but I liked his teasing tone in this book. Added to that is the fact that he’s a Dragon Dom. Yep, you read that right. And no, there’s really no such thing as a Dragon Dom. I made it up, but if anyone had to be described as a Dragon Dom, it would be B. What can I say...chains and whips excite him! While Rhiannon was a complete raging bitch most of the time, I thought she matched Bercelak well. This book really got its claws into me because I just want to finish writing this review so I can read the next one. Hope this suffices. If not, then read the damn book yourself and write a better review , because really, it seems that no words can really express how much I enjoyed this read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    I am soo disappointed with this book. It really is 2 short stories, or 1 almost-novel length story, and 1 short story. I read the first, and refused to read anymore, so it's on the DNF shelf. A warrior named Annwyl has spent the past 2 years trying to defeat her cruel evil brother, gaining her the nickname Annwyl the Bloody. She is almost killed in front of a dragon's lair...Fearghus the Destroyer, but he is fascinated by her, and as she heals, she falls for him. By day, a knight comes to her to I am soo disappointed with this book. It really is 2 short stories, or 1 almost-novel length story, and 1 short story. I read the first, and refused to read anymore, so it's on the DNF shelf. A warrior named Annwyl has spent the past 2 years trying to defeat her cruel evil brother, gaining her the nickname Annwyl the Bloody. She is almost killed in front of a dragon's lair...Fearghus the Destroyer, but he is fascinated by her, and as she heals, she falls for him. By day, a knight comes to her to help her train and learn to hold her infamous rage at bay, by night she and the dragon talk and read. She has no clue they are both Fearghus. Sounds good right? Wrong. It took me forever to find this book, and I've heard pretty good things about G.A. Aiken. (TBH I really enjoy her alter ego Shelly Laurenston's Pride series, so this was extra disappointing for me) I almost didn't finish it. The writing was awful, the dialogue awful and the story was stupid. I almost gave up twice, and I definitely did not read the second story. I was so so saddened that it had some potential, but really, it was poorly written. :( I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because the fight scene at the end was captivating. I liked Fearghus' mother the queen. Her story is the one at the end, and yet I couldn't even bring myself to read it. I don't mind sexual tension or the "I love him, does he love me?" plot, but this was so poorly done I couldn't even get into it. I liked the dragons a lot, but I won't bother reading any more of the dragon kin books, which is a shame. It was the writing style that I didn't like, as well as the lack of good dialogue. I get it was supposed to be funny, but for me, it just...wasn't. A shame

  13. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This rating and review is based solely on the first story in the book, Dragon Actually and will be updated when I read the second story, Chains & Flames. Dragon Actually, the first book in the Dragon Kin series, is my first G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston read and so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this author. To be honest, I thought the first half of the story was OK. There was a lot of humor, but not much depth to the plot or characters at all and, truth be told, I don’t think th This rating and review is based solely on the first story in the book, Dragon Actually and will be updated when I read the second story, Chains & Flames. Dragon Actually, the first book in the Dragon Kin series, is my first G.A. Aiken/Shelly Laurenston read and so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this author. To be honest, I thought the first half of the story was OK. There was a lot of humor, but not much depth to the plot or characters at all and, truth be told, I don’t think there was supposed to be. I found myself becoming bored with the back and forth wise cracks between Annwyl the Bloody, Fearghus the Destroyer and Morfyd the Witch, and was really ready for something more. About the time I had convinced myself that skimming was an acceptable form of reading after all, and that despite what I've been telling my daughter, I would not go to hell for skimming, things really started to pick up and I became completely invested in the characters, even though Annwyl was, more often than not, annoying. My favorite parts of the story involved the Dragon family. I truly enjoyed Fearghus, and found myself wanting him, after more than 200 years of life, to finally find happiness, even if that meant that it had to be with Annwyl. Fearghus’ family was very entertaining! I enjoyed the banter between the siblings and parents, and the childhood rivalries that carried over into adulthood. All of those stories were introduced early on in the book, but were fully developed during the final half. Again, those were the things that made this book a fun, and at times, laugh out loud, read. The halfway mark was also about the time that we finally got to see some real depth of emotions from our hero and heroine. Ms. Aiken was able to make me feel Fearghus’ sorrow, and his longing for something he had never even known was missing from his life – love. And as things start to come together, we better understand Annwyl’s need for revenge, and her hesitancy to allow her heart to be claimed by any man. But the claiming of her body was another story. The sexual scenes in the book were very hot and plentiful. The bottom line – Don’t let the 3 star rating discourage you from reading this book, because I feel that Dragon Kin, as a series overall, has the potential to be super, and for this reason I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Sexual content: Vaginal and oral.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Actual Rating 2.5 stars It's fine. The relationship development was a bit fast for me. I don't really see where they fell in love. Friendship, sure I can see that, love, no. The romance needed a deeper unfolding. The problems, or added plots surrounding the romance were a bit absurd and underdeveloped as well and that made me lose interest in the story, even though I found the beginning interesting. I have to say that it is nice seeing a warrior woman in a paranormal romance book. It is promising Actual Rating 2.5 stars It's fine. The relationship development was a bit fast for me. I don't really see where they fell in love. Friendship, sure I can see that, love, no. The romance needed a deeper unfolding. The problems, or added plots surrounding the romance were a bit absurd and underdeveloped as well and that made me lose interest in the story, even though I found the beginning interesting. I have to say that it is nice seeing a warrior woman in a paranormal romance book. It is promising that we are seeing more and more of this models everyday. Bye-bye damsel in distress.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    If I were to write a review in Annwyl's words, it would be this: Oi! This book is bloody brilliant! Wow this book is a definite fave! Love Fearghus and Annwyll and their magical world of dragons and fierce battles. Not to mention the secondary characters are great too and I look forward to getting to know them better in the following books. I haven't had a good laugh in a while and this book, had me giggling like an idiot! Superb!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    This one surprised the hell out of me. It was pushed on me by Abby because she likes to torture me is the greatest friend ever. I would have never read this book. The cover is ridiculous and I was told it was dragon porn. Sorry, not my cuppa. But then the some of the other MacHalo ladies got in on the conversation and if you don't already know, they like their stories a little smutty sometimes. Just for the record, this is more of a shifter PNR, not at all monster porn as I was led to believe, an This one surprised the hell out of me. It was pushed on me by Abby because she likes to torture me is the greatest friend ever. I would have never read this book. The cover is ridiculous and I was told it was dragon porn. Sorry, not my cuppa. But then the some of the other MacHalo ladies got in on the conversation and if you don't already know, they like their stories a little smutty sometimes. Just for the record, this is more of a shifter PNR, not at all monster porn as I was led to believe, and I am VERY thankful for that. So anyway, I ended up reading this. And it was really fun and funny. I liked the main characters as well as almost every single side character. The sexxy times were appropriately steamy and to round out the required elements there was plenty of action and violence so it wasn't just all romance and snuggles. I may have a mild obsession with dragons so my opinion completely biased, just as a word of warning, but I really enjoyed this and immediately moved on to the next in the series. I wasn't quite as impressed with the prequel that was included with this book, but it was free and it was still better than some other junk I've read recently so this was still a win for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Ohhh eeee! Grab a glass of water and sit down with "Dragon Actually" by GA Aiken (AKA Shelly Laurenston) and you'll laugh out loud when you're not fanning yourself. This book actually contains two related stories. I'm tagging this as erotica because of the frank descriptions and plethora of sex in the book. And boy is it good! Annwyl the Bloody isn't really sure she likes her nickname. All she really wants to do is kill her brother the wacko, blood-thirsty king and get back to living without look Ohhh eeee! Grab a glass of water and sit down with "Dragon Actually" by GA Aiken (AKA Shelly Laurenston) and you'll laugh out loud when you're not fanning yourself. This book actually contains two related stories. I'm tagging this as erotica because of the frank descriptions and plethora of sex in the book. And boy is it good! Annwyl the Bloody isn't really sure she likes her nickname. All she really wants to do is kill her brother the wacko, blood-thirsty king and get back to living without looking for a blade headed her way. She's become the leader as well as the heart and soul of the rebellion against her brother and killed more men than she can count. But it looks like her time has come when she's ambushed by a group of her brother's soldiers. Oh well, at least she'll go down fighting! Next thing she knows, she's in a bed, in a cave, and there's a dragon TALKING to her! Fearghus the Destroyer likes his name. It means humans leave him alone. He's perfectly happy to sit quietly and read and -- what are those loud noises? HUMANS! OH well, he'll just step outside and give them a scare...maybe have some baked human for lunch! Just one left and it's a beautiful female!! She doesn't seem to be scared. How interesting... I gobbled this one down in one sitting and now I'm just tapping my toes waiting for GA Aiken's next release, "About A Dragon" coming in December 2008. Aiken has done a great job of combining hot sex, humor, and the paranormal. The added bonus of the short story about Fearghus' parents is the icing on the cake. So get off your duff and go pick up "Dragon Actually" by GA Aiken. I absolutely loved it and I think you will too!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    Dragon Actually: 5 stars I really enjoyed reading about Annwyl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer. She's a slightly insane warrior chick (think a beheading hardcore Xena) who has only her fellow soldiers as sort of friends. They're all mainly terrified of her, and no love in her life. Fearghus is a cranky hermit dragon who likes no one, barely one or two of his siblings. Annwyl ends up at F's cave, he nurses her back to health & thus their friendship begins. It's lovely to see these two "t Dragon Actually: 5 stars I really enjoyed reading about Annwyl the Bloody and Fearghus the Destroyer. She's a slightly insane warrior chick (think a beheading hardcore Xena) who has only her fellow soldiers as sort of friends. They're all mainly terrified of her, and no love in her life. Fearghus is a cranky hermit dragon who likes no one, barely one or two of his siblings. Annwyl ends up at F's cave, he nurses her back to health & thus their friendship begins. It's lovely to see these two "terrifying" people see the mushy lovey truffle center of each other. And it's humorous, as is everything by this author. Chains & Flames: 3 - 3.5 stars This is about Bercelak & Princess Rhiannon - Fearghus' parents. It's their romance. I liked both characters, but it wasn't something I'd reread. I definitely didn't enjoy their sexual encounters. Bercelak is into BDSM and likes to chain the ladies up. The dialogue between the two is fun. Otherwise, not really my cup of tea, romance wise.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    4.5 stars I see from the other reviews that this seems to be a Love It or Hate It kind of book. I'm firmly in the Love It camp. I guess it depends on what you were expecting from the novel? I was personally hoping for nothing more than brain candy, and I certainly wasn't the least bit disappointed in that regard. I thought Dragon Actually was humorous and entertaining, and the bonus story Chains and Flames a wonderful add-on to the overall experience.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    Thoroughly entertaining diversion from the sh!t show that is our world Series: Yep Sexy times: Yes but nothing out of the ordinary. Everything felt normal and silly. Plan on reading more by the author: YES! Synopsis: This is actually two stories / novellas in one - Annwyl and Fearghus - I love his name. So perfectly dragon. And Rhiannon and Bercelak, who just happen to be Fearghus' parents. Basically, Annwyl's brother is a very evil toddler of a man who is out to kill his sister who happens to be Thoroughly entertaining diversion from the sh!t show that is our world Series: Yep Sexy times: Yes but nothing out of the ordinary. Everything felt normal and silly. Plan on reading more by the author: YES! Synopsis: This is actually two stories / novellas in one - Annwyl and Fearghus - I love his name. So perfectly dragon. And Rhiannon and Bercelak, who just happen to be Fearghus' parents. Basically, Annwyl's brother is a very evil toddler of a man who is out to kill his sister who happens to be leading a rebellion against him. She's cornered, run through and ready to die. Cue the dragon. Cue the rescue. Cue the dragon who's a shifter. Cue the relationship between the dragon and a whole other relationship with the man. And don't forget, cue the battle scenes. The second story begins with Rhiannon's horrid Queen mother - what is it with dragons and their serious family issues? If there was ever a call for therapy... - has decided to strip her of her powers, ability to shift and drop her right in Bercelak's lap. Well B has had his eye on R for years, decades, etc. And he's all about getting his princess. Cue the silly dragon kin, because this is GA =). Cue the elistist Rhiannon. Cue the low born dragon giving the princess what she likes but doesn't want to admit. Cue the showdown with mamma. Why it did or didn't work for me: It worked. It was typical silly GA and a complete escape from the horrors of the news. It was fun. It was a bit adventurous. It was a lot of comedy. After reading the first little novel in this story - which I put down and picked up like 50 times over six months - I was not expecting to like this one as much as I did. Excited for the next one. Signed, Where are my dragons?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    OK.. now I'm kicking myself for not reading this series earlier! I really enjoy Shelley Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken's writing. This book did not disappoint. I loved the 'time' or 'era' that this story takes place in. I like that Annwyl (The Bloody) is very 'crass' and has no etiquette whatsoever. She has been raised by men, had to fight like a man to survive, and has to kill her only brother in order to restore justice to her kingdom. Fearghus (the Dragon) The Destroyer is also just as crass, and st OK.. now I'm kicking myself for not reading this series earlier! I really enjoy Shelley Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken's writing. This book did not disappoint. I loved the 'time' or 'era' that this story takes place in. I like that Annwyl (The Bloody) is very 'crass' and has no etiquette whatsoever. She has been raised by men, had to fight like a man to survive, and has to kill her only brother in order to restore justice to her kingdom. Fearghus (the Dragon) The Destroyer is also just as crass, and stubborn, and irritable, but somehow Annwyl compliments him and makes him a better man/dragon. ..Of course Fearghus' dilemma is that He doesn't know if or how to tell Annwyl that He can 'shift' into a human, and that the 'knight' that has been preparing her for battle against her brother is really him. And Annwyl's dilemma is that She's falling in love with the Dragon, but 'wants' the knight *wiggles eyebrows*... so she feels like she's betraying the Dragon when she 'sleeps' with the knight, but doesn't think that the Dragon and her are physically compatible. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the two main characters, and Fearghus' siblings are hilarious! I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the next book in the series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    A buddy re-read with the MacHalo Freaks... Because life is all about the DRAGONS! " “Lorcan rubbed his head. “Am I asking too much to want the little bitch dead? Am I?” It seemed Hefaidd-Hen learned long ago not to answer certain questions. “All I want is for her to suffer a painful, horrifying death. And for her head to be on a spike in front of my castle. That’s all I want.” ― G.A. Aiken, Dragon Actually " This is a wonderful, funny, sexy and bloody book, and OoooOO JOY, it is just the beginning! A buddy re-read with the MacHalo Freaks... Because life is all about the DRAGONS! " “Lorcan rubbed his head. “Am I asking too much to want the little bitch dead? Am I?” It seemed Hefaidd-Hen learned long ago not to answer certain questions. “All I want is for her to suffer a painful, horrifying death. And for her head to be on a spike in front of my castle. That’s all I want.” ― G.A. Aiken, Dragon Actually " This is a wonderful, funny, sexy and bloody book, and OoooOO JOY, it is just the beginning!!! As always, my favorite thing about the book, apart from Annwyl, is that it does not take itself seriously - it is there to entertain, not to make us think profound thoughts and help us solve world hunger or peace in the Middle East... It just is! And I love every violent bit of it!!! " “Do you not listen to our daily meetings about the state of your lands?” “Of course I don’t. They’re dead boring.” “Not everything can involve bloodshed, Annwyl.” “Can’t you come get me when there is bloodshed? Otherwise just leave me alone to read.” ― G.A. Aiken, Dragon Actually " What else is there to say???

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gio

    DNF No Rating Just Can't.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I saw this book in the bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I am so glad that I did. This book was hilarious! As I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get into it. Annwyl's personality kind of rubbed me the wrong way at first. She grew on me eventually though. I thought Fearghus was pretty adorable. He tried so hard to be cranky and antisocial but couldn't get past the urge to hang out with Annwyl. I thought it was funny when he ended up being jealous of himself. He end I saw this book in the bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I am so glad that I did. This book was hilarious! As I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get into it. Annwyl's personality kind of rubbed me the wrong way at first. She grew on me eventually though. I thought Fearghus was pretty adorable. He tried so hard to be cranky and antisocial but couldn't get past the urge to hang out with Annwyl. I thought it was funny when he ended up being jealous of himself. He ended up shooting himself in the foot when he let his deception go on for so long. He couldn't figure out how to tell her without her flipping out. I really liked the interaction with the rest of the dragons. The stories about the pranks Fearghus and his brothers played on each other were funny. I look forward to reading more about them in future books. I loved that Annwyl held her own when she came face to face with Fearghus's father. I wasn't sure how things would fall with her being the only human around a bunch of dragons. I definitely laughed at all the interactions that Annwyl had with Fearghus's mother. I loved when she asked Annwyl if she was jealous of her chain. My score for this book doesn't reflect my opinion of the bonus short story featuring Fearghus's mother and father. I didn't know it was included so I don't think it's fair to lower my rating just because I didn't think it was very good. I didn't really find the dragon on a leash thing sexy but that wasn't my biggest gripe with the story. I felt that the characters were underdeveloped and flat because of the shortness of the story. There wasn't time to learn about the characters or start to care about them. It felt like every time I blinked they were at a new stage in their relationship. It was irritating. I think I'll stay away from books with short page counts in the future.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    3 it-served-its-purpose stars. Recently I have been reading lot of thriller and horrors so I needed something to cleanse my reading palate. Something light and fluffy. I started with KD #1 but really got bored with it. Then I started reading this and got what I wanted. Fuffy Dragon romance with hot knight on side. This could have been easily a 4 star read but (view spoiler)[ angry sex (hide spoiler)] really put me off. I never understood the appeal and it is such an alien concept to me. Otherwise 3 it-served-its-purpose stars. Recently I have been reading lot of thriller and horrors so I needed something to cleanse my reading palate. Something light and fluffy. I started with KD #1 but really got bored with it. Then I started reading this and got what I wanted. Fuffy Dragon romance with hot knight on side. This could have been easily a 4 star read but (view spoiler)[ angry sex (hide spoiler)] really put me off. I never understood the appeal and it is such an alien concept to me. Otherwise, it is very good PNR. I am still debating to read the rest of the series...only time will tell.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    Dragon Actually is pretty much something. I don't really know how to describe it other than: porn. Yup, lots of porn. However, there's also some other moments that are sweet, funny, and downright enjoyable. Now this is also a love story about a dragon and his mate. Annwyl is basically a breath of fresh air. She was such an amazing MC. I absolutely loved her because she was so freaking relatable. She was downright crazy, stubborn, snarky, and beyond fearless. Again, super lovable and a god damn b Dragon Actually is pretty much something. I don't really know how to describe it other than: porn. Yup, lots of porn. However, there's also some other moments that are sweet, funny, and downright enjoyable. Now this is also a love story about a dragon and his mate. Annwyl is basically a breath of fresh air. She was such an amazing MC. I absolutely loved her because she was so freaking relatable. She was downright crazy, stubborn, snarky, and beyond fearless. Again, super lovable and a god damn bad ass. Then there's Fearghus, which is a super awesome name by the way. I would never name my children that.. but hey it's still cool. He's an okay kind of MC.. but honestly if this book just contained Annwyl I would've been happier. Now the romance was hot and amazing. Bring on the dragon smut guys! Besides that, you will probably laugh a ton.. or cry a ton if you laugh way too hard like I do. I really enjoyed this book and these characters that I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next book. Bring it on guys!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is actually 2 novellas. Dragon Actually The better of the two. This had a more likable hero and heroine. I found the dialogue immature and irritating at times, but overall it was a decent story filled with good paced action, love and conflict. What I didn't like was how the heroine had no problem screwing the knight, when she loved the dragon. Ok even if it is they were the one in the same, she didn't know that.. so I lost respect for her. She also was too over the top bloodthirsty and compl This is actually 2 novellas. Dragon Actually The better of the two. This had a more likable hero and heroine. I found the dialogue immature and irritating at times, but overall it was a decent story filled with good paced action, love and conflict. What I didn't like was how the heroine had no problem screwing the knight, when she loved the dragon. Ok even if it is they were the one in the same, she didn't know that.. so I lost respect for her. She also was too over the top bloodthirsty and completely unromantic. Chains and Flames I disliked the hero immensely, as well as the heroine. Not only is he an arrogant rake but is a total ass as well. He "supposedly" loves the heroine and yet he screws a bunch of women (before he claims her) and brags about it to her later on. And what the hell was up with the centaur? He's oogling her on his way to claim the h? Please. Douchebag! Oh and lets not forget how he chains the h in a collar and cuffs.. although it's not technically raping her because she doesn't tell him to stop, she clearly fights it. I loathe how he constantly degrades her both physically and verbally but the dumbass h allows it. Oh how I hate the excuse of having a "tratiorous body. " Both stories are very sexually explicit, and this first is violently graphic..which is not what brings my rating down becase I don't mind it. What brings my rating down is the loss of logic in both stories. They are to say the least somewhat entertaining, but the writing needs work, and the author needs a bit more maturity in the dialogue.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Merve Özcan

    Gerçekten harika bir kitaptı. Çok eğlenceli, komik, aşk dolu, biraz vahşi... Kitap bir arkadaşımın tavsiyesi, onun okuması ile listeme girdi. Tabii türkiyede de çevrilmesinin büyük etkisis oldu. Her ne kadar içinde bir kadın ve erkeğin aşkını beklesemde bu kadar komik olacağını ummamıştım. İçindeki kardeş kavgalarını okuması gerçekten çok zevkli. Vahşi derken Ejderhaların insanları kızartıp yemesi ve Kanlı Annwyl'ın adını haketmesi gibi olaylrdan bahsediyordum. Kabul edersiniz ki savaşın olduğu ye Gerçekten harika bir kitaptı. Çok eğlenceli, komik, aşk dolu, biraz vahşi... Kitap bir arkadaşımın tavsiyesi, onun okuması ile listeme girdi. Tabii türkiyede de çevrilmesinin büyük etkisis oldu. Her ne kadar içinde bir kadın ve erkeğin aşkını beklesemde bu kadar komik olacağını ummamıştım. İçindeki kardeş kavgalarını okuması gerçekten çok zevkli. Vahşi derken Ejderhaların insanları kızartıp yemesi ve Kanlı Annwyl'ın adını haketmesi gibi olaylrdan bahsediyordum. Kabul edersiniz ki savaşın olduğu yer kansız olmaz. Türkçeye çevrilen kitapta iki hikaye var mı bilmiyorum ama bunda var. Yok edici Fearghus ve Kanlı Annwyl'ın hikayesinin ardından Fearghus'un annesi ve babasının nasıl tanıştıkları ondan ötesi nasıl mate(eş) oldukları anlatılmış. Ondada ayrı bir güldüm. Fearghus ve Annwyl'ın hikayesinde en çok hoşuma giden şey bir dere yada ırmak denebilecek alanda Annwyl'ın Fearghus'un(ejderha halinde) kuyrugunu Bungee jumping yapmak için kullanması oldu. Fearghus yalnız yaşamayı tercih eden bir ejderhadır, Bir gün magarasının önünde Kanlı Annwyl'ı ölmek üsere bulur ve onun hayatını kurtarır ama sorun şu ki her geçen dakikada ona dahada aşık olmaktadır. Annwyl ise abisini öldürmek zorundadır ama bunun için yeterice güçlü değildir. Ejderhanın tanıttığı bir şövalye ile çalışmaya başlar ama aralarında bir çekim oluşur. Annwyl bir yandan Ejderhaya ihanet ediyormuş gibi hissederken bir yandan da şövalyeye karşı koyamaz. Tabii ikisininde aynı kişi olduğundan habersizdir.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aileene

    Kate said: " One of the best dragon books. It's funny, violent, and smexy times. " And Aileene was like: Would Kate and this book turn skeptical Aileene into a dragon-book whore? Or would it leave her unimpressed again and in return incinerate Kate's dragon-smut lovin' derrière? Stay tuned. Reading commences sometime soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    This was my first dragon shifter book, and now I want a dragon of my own. ;)

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