Review: Dragon Games by Jory Strong

Posted November 28, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: Dragon Games by Jory Strong
Dragon Games
by Jory Strong

3 Stars


Released: November 2012
Series: Supernatural Bonds #8
Published by Ellora's Cave
 

 

 

 

This is my first read by Jory Strong and I enjoyed her writing style and voice ~ Under the Covers

Tielo the dragon decides on hosting a poker party to lure potential human mates to the club, Drake’s Lair. This is where Tielo meets his mate, Lyra, a schoolteacher who is interested in the high stakes of the game Texas Hold’em to win money for a family in need. However, despite her good intentions, she doesn’t understand just how authentic the role-playing of the members as dragons goes until she becomes the object of their desire.

This is my first read by Jory Strong and I enjoyed her writing style and voice. DRAGON GAMES delivers a strong start where the author creates distinct personalities for both the hero and heroine. My only issue with this is the fact that this novella is only 76 pages and our protagonists don’t actually meet until around page 40. For me, 30 pages isn’t enough to create a believable romance and this is where I think the book faltered a bit. If this were a full-length novel, then I believe that the author would have been able to explore their desires more deeply and penned a stronger romance. Unfortunately, everything seemed very rushed in the end, even with a wonderful start.

I also wished to see more dragon antics. Most of the focus was on the poker game and the seduction, so readers don’t really get a full on taste of what Strong’s heroes could potentially be. Again, I only wish the story was longer to further explore this avenue.

All in all, DRAGON GAMES is a quick, sexy read. While not the strongest in plot or romance, it does deliver strong characters and scorching sex scenes.

*Review Copy provided by publisher

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About Jory Strong

Jory has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. When she's not hunched over her computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding her horses, or hiking with her dogs.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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erinf1
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Thanks for a great review! That’s the problem that I have w/ novellas too, it seems like it’s so rushed sometimes and if’s it’s a great story, I’m still disappointed that the author didn’t flesh it out more.

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I’m usually OK with novella because I understand how limited word counts can be, but this one didn’t seem well developed enough IMO. Thanks for checking it out, Erin!

Aly P
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Wow, so short? I don’t know if, as you said, I could believe the HEA of the couple.

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Hey Aly,

I’ve read some stories that were 50 pages long and had a nice HEA but for this particular title, I think the author simply waited too long to have the hero and heroine meet. As a result, she had to play catch up a bit.

Annette C.
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Thanks for the review Ann, it sounds interesting will have a look at this series.

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I hope you enjoy!

Lori Meehan
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Wow that is a S.S. thanks for the review.

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Thanks Lori!

Timitra
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Ooooh I love dragon stories-thanks for putting this on my radar Ann!

Tina F
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Nook price is $4.76. Too much for me for a novella.

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love jory strong…I’ll check this out!

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