Review: Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter

Posted December 21, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter
Heart of the Dragon
by Gena Showalter

3 Stars


Released: 1 September 2005
Series: Atlantis #1
Published by Harlequin Books
Pages: 372
Format: eBook

I liked this book…but I didn’t love it. ~ Under the Covers

When Grace Carlyle sets out to find her brother in the middle of the jungle, what she doesn’t expect to find is the mythical land of Atlantis and its gorgeous guardian Darius en Kragin. Darius is charged with guarding one of the portals to Atlantis and killing any who enter, be they man, woman or child. But he can’t seem to destroy Grace when she stumbles through to Atlantis; her fiery red hair the first colour has has seen in centuries and her bravery touches his long neglected heart. However, it may already be too late to guard the entrance to Atlantis as they discover evidence that one of the other portals has been breached.

I liked this book…but I didn’t love it. I think, unfortunately, that Grace and Darius are going to enter the vast realm of couples I have read and although I liked them at the time, they are easily forgotten and never thought of again. I know this is hardly encouraging, but I did like Heart of the Dragon and if I had some spare time, I would continue reading this series.

What I liked about Heart of the Dragon was the idea or Atlantis, it is basically used as the gods scrap yard and they tossed in their the races they created that they no longer wanted, creatures like nymphs, vampires, shape changers etc. Darius is a dragon-shifter, in fact he is king of the dragon shifters and as cold as ice. I enjoyed watching him thaw around Grace’s spunky and warm personality as they fall in love. There is also a bit of a secondary romance happening in the background with Grace’s brother as well as some action as the vampires conspire to kill off the dragons.

This isn’t my favourite book by Gena Showalter, I much prefer her Lords of the Underworld series, but it was a quick, romantic and fun read.

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review.


I felt the same way….liked but ot loved :/