Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Forged in Steele (Brac Village #8) by Lynn Hagen

Forged in Steele (Brac Village #8)Forged in Steele by Lynn Hagen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This is a 4.5.

I must honestly admit that I have a love-hate relationship with the books of Lynn Hagen. I love the series she creats and the characters, I hate that sometimes there are books that are just not "there" for me, and yet I keep reading her books and love to hate some.

This one, I must be honest again, I absolutely loved!

Steele Avery is as lazy as the day is long. When the mates of the Den show up for a night of partying, Steele and his brother Paine follow the group into the demon realm. But what started out as a good time ends with Steele being bitten by the club owner, Diablo, who claims to be his mate.

Diablo Teslow is a dragon shifter. He has been tucked away in the demon realm for over twelve hundred years. He is content with running his strip club until a beautiful cheetah shifter walks into his life.

Now that he has bitten Steele, Diablo must defend his mate against the Dragon Hunters, a group of supernatural creatures created for one purpose only, to exterminate the entire dragon race.

But Diablo is not only fighting the Hunter. His mate was taught that letting another man top him was a sign of weakness. Diablo must find a way to claim Steele or remain alone for the rest of his life.

I got scared when I read the blurb of this one, especially when it meant that I had to plod my way through an obviously lazy and obnoxious character. Imagine my surprise when I found this book to be better than the rest of the books of this particular series! In all honesty, I rate this book a 4.5, just for the dragons! And of course, how could I forget the curse, how it was removed and such the resulting action-filled pages right after that.

Not only were the two main characters well written, but this one involves dragons and a dragon egg. I don't want to leak any spoilers for those who have not read this yet, but I still am curious about that egg. Those who read this know what I mean: HOW!?!?!??!

If I have to ask one thing: I wish Ms. Hagen would write an MF story about the witch and the dragon king. That would be such an interesting addition to this series.

Of course, I can already hear the yells and the growls of other readers and fans out there who are MM purists. But really? Wouldn't it be an interesting plot for Ms. Hagen to write about?

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