One pint sized human female who’s had too much to drink, not enough sleep, and absolutely no patience meets one stubborn dragon shifter with an attitude.
Bastian claims Acasia, his unwilling bride, after she spends the night carousing with friends. She’s not happy, he’s pissed off, and with a curse from a goddess thrown in, you’ll see Bastian breathe fire.
Add secrets, treasure, and unimaginable heartbreak for an emotionally humorous read and discover why Dragons Don’t Cry.
She wasn’t like Bethanne. She didn’t cringe from me or cry. My new bride was fearless, or maybe crazy. I’d actually laughed when she threatened to puke on me again. She didn’t know it was a laugh, which I was grateful for. But nonetheless, I threw back my head, bellowing like a fool. I believe it’s been hundreds of years since a bride entertained me so much on the first day I’d claimed her.
This one was different, and if I didn’t guard my heart, it would break again. I couldn’t live through that pain. But, gods, I was lonely.
Acasia. I said the name in my mind. A beautiful name for a beautiful woman. Her hair was so blonde it was almost silver. Her tiny body reminded me of a pixie. Her face, delicate with small features, made her blue eyes seem larger and almost disproportioned. But it worked, making her even more desirable. I’d felt her as I flew nearer to the claiming field. The pull toward this one human woman. My mind zeroed in on hers. It was always like that. One stood out… one chosen for me. I couldn’t stop it any more than I could stop my heart from beating. Though I tried. I swore I wouldn’t show at that field, wouldn’t claim my bride.
But loneliness drew me there, to her. Gods, she wasn’t my true mate, and I would mourn her someday like I mourned the others who came before her. The thought was a crushing weight. I flew through my kingdom high above the trees, mountains, and lakes. I spotted a herd of bison. Their hide was tough, but tongue, heart, and liver succulent. A gurgle of fire exploded with my laugh. I didn’t know what the female would do when I brought one of these hulking beasts into my eating tower, but I wanted to find out.
Review by Courtney
Thousands of years ago humans made peace with the dragons from another realm. They came to an agreement that every 25 years the dragons could claim one virgin bride to return to the dragon realm. After a night of drinking with her friends, it is time for Acasia to stand next to them and face the dragon who will make his choice at the claiming. The idea of the claiming sickens Acasia, but when the red dragon makes his descent and lands in front of them, she finds herself drawn to him, and without hesitation, she steps forward when he calls her name.
Dragons Don’t Cry was a very fun read. I loved the fantasy, the romance and the wit. Acasia was a fun character. She wasn’t afraid to back down and her sarcasm, humor and teasing made the story so much better. Bastian has this brooding, grumpy quality, but with Acasia we find this fun, carefree side to him. I could almost imagine him rolling his eyes at her every time she has a smart comment.
I wish there was more detail to the story, just to make it a little longer, because I enjoyed it so much. It was really good, I just wanted a little more. I really hope the series continues to follow Acasia and Bastian or we that we get to see more of these characters. I gave Dragons Don’t Cry 4 out of 5 books.
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