Title: Oh, My DragonSeries: The I Like Big Dragon Series #3
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2017
Cover Design by: Cover Me Darling
The reclusive Ian barely participates in life, only doing so when his powers demand that he use them or pay the consequences. It seems that there’s not a single person on this planet who doesn’t want something from him, but the pain and suffering of others is nearly unbearable at times, leaving him no choice but to act.
That is until Wink unwittingly walks into his life, completely unaware that she’s stepped straight into the dragon’s den.
Wink is just trying to get home after a long day of work. Her plans for the evening do not include stumbling upon a man with blood on his hands hovering over a dead woman in her hallway.
There are three things that someone in Wink’s position should’ve done in that instance.
- Slowly back away from the hot, bearded killer and run the other way.
- Call the cops.
- Not come back until the scene was safe.
Instead, she stops, takes a picture—drawing the man’s attention to her—and then takes off at the speed of a fat, blind and possibly intoxicated penguin.
Ian tries to let her go, but the moment that she runs, every single one of his predatory instincts surge to the surface and the hunt is on. Ian always catches his prey, this time is no different. What is different is that, for the first time in his life, he is consumed with the need to keep his catch.
Ian’s story is the one I’ve been waiting for…primarily because Lani Lynn Vale has kept his character quite mysterious. He’s isolated himself from the rest of the dragon riders, and despite how crucial Ian’s been in saving the mates of his fellow riders, he’s still perceived as an outsider…not quite belonging anywhere, preferring to be by himself, if only not to have to deal with each and everyone’s pasts with one simple touch.
But like all other dragon riders, Ian has a pre-destined mate, and even though he’s known for some time who that person is, he’s kept his distance, partially because of his solitary lifestyle but also because the danger and chaos that comes with being a dragon rider’s mate isn’t something he wants to put her through…too bad Wink makes it impossible for Ian to stay away from her not only because he’s incredibly drawn to her but also because Wink unknowingly places herself in a dangerous situation – one that forces Ian to come to her aid and sets their bond in motion, allowing Wink to enter a world much different than the one she’s only ever known.
I love that as Wink is being educated about the life of a dragon rider, readers learn right along with her, and as Ian’s powers become hers, we see just how strong and perceptive she is and how she complements Ian in all of the best ways, figuring out why he is the way he is and helping him to realize that his life doesn’t have to be as lonely as he made it because when he really looks at his life, he’ll see that he’s never truly been alone…
New insights are gained in Ian and Wink’s story, not just about the dragon riders’ enemies but also about other powers that can help just as easily as they can harm. And while it’s unclear if there will be more stories in this fictional dragon world, I, for one, still have many questions that need to be answered and am very intrigued by Jean Luc and his abilities as well as what will happen to Keifer and Nicolai as well as their mates.
I adore the world Lani Lynn Vale creates in her I Like Big Dragons series, and while paranormal elements are a huge part of what makes this series so intriguing, the close relationships that the characters have as well as the conflicts and issues that they face, outside of the supernatural ones, are relatable enough to find a bit of common ground between the characters and Vale’s readers.
4.5 Poison Apples
She sniffled, and I looked up sharply.
And to my horror, I saw the first tear slip down one cheek.
Another tear soon followed.
“You’re crying?” I asked in outrage.
I didn’t handle tears well.
There was something about them that had the power to undo me.
“You can ignore me,” she said. “It’s just hormones.”
“Hormones?” I asked.
“You know…hormones. It’s that time of the month. It just happens,” she said flippantly.
“So there’s no reason for the tears…you’re just doing it,” I observed.
“It happens. A lot. Sometimes I cry because I need to, like after I’ve seen a sad video on YouTube. Or sometimes I hear a song that I really like, and the beauty of it moves me to tears,” she explained.
“So you’re crying now, not because anything’s amiss, but because you’re a girl,” I said. “Do I have that correct?”
She shrugged, causing me to sigh.
“That means nothing to me. If you’re going to speak girl, you’re going to have to give me a cheat guide or something. I never had a single female in my life, besides my sister, and that was a very long time ago,” I told her.
She glared at me, the tears gone.
“You’re not very nice,” she observed.
I knew that.
I couldn’t help it, either.
“I was raised in an orphanage,” I said. “I have absolutely no tact. If you want hearts and flowers, you’re going to have trouble getting that from me.”
“Who says that I want that from you?” she challenged. “I’ve only known you for a very short period of time. Not even long enough to form a valid opinion of you or your character.”
“Did you look in a mirror yet?” I asked her.
She stiffened and squirmed.
“No,” she lied.
My brows rose.
“You didn’t?” I asked. “Not even a little bit?”
She was cute when she lied.
Her nose had a small upturn to it, meaning I knew exactly when she started to lie because a little crease would appear on the bridge of her nose as she concentrated on what to say.
“Fine,” she snarled. “What’d you do to me?”
“I have no fucking clue,” I said honestly. “Magic, I guess.”
She pursed her lips in disgust.
“Seriously?” she asked. “That’s all you’ve got? Magic?”
“I don’t know what else to call it,” I told her.
“Prove it,” she challenged.