Review: Drantos & Kraven by Laurann Dohner

Posted October 19, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Drantos & Kraven by Laurann Dohner
Drantos
by Laurann Dohner

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 22nd 2015
Published by Laurann Dohner
Pages: 375
Format: eBook
 

” I haven’t fallen in love … however, I am in like with it.”
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Call me lazy *distantly hears shouts of “lazy”* but I have decided to review the first two books in Laurann Dohner’s VLG series within one review. There are a few reasons for this, one may be the aforementioned laziness, but it actually has more to do with the content. Whatever I want to say about Drantos I know I want to say about Kraven and vice versa. They were very similar books taking place in almost the exact same time frame between a duo of sisters and a duo of brothers. I’m not trying to say the books are interchangeable, although someone harsher than I could perhaps justify that statement, but I found that I liked them about the same amount and for similar reasons.

So, VLG (Vampires, Lycans, Gargoyles) Dohner’s new series. I am a huge fan of hers, mainly because I have fallen in love with her New Species series and I put a call out on Facebook a while ago asking for someone to point me in the direction of something similar. A very helpful person asked if I had read her VLG series. I hadn’t. So I started it. I haven’t fallen in love with like I have the New Species series; however, I am in like with it.

I am going to divide this review neatly into what I did like and what I wasn’t as sold on:

The World

So, this one straddles the line, I don’t think that the world makes much sense, however, it wasn’t so dissonant that I couldn’t enjoy the story and it also wasn’t so silly that I could shake my head fondly and then move on. It straddled that middle line where it niggled at the back of my mind. But, I wanted to like it. I especially wanted to like it because I was intrigued by the gargoyles. We’ve all seen vampires and lycans before and it’s hard to do anything original, however gargoyles are less explored territory.

The Romance

The romance was typical Dohner…gorgeous muscle bound alpha male and the tiny female who has to put up with him. I suck this stuff up. Each couple had good chemistry and sex at weirdly inappropriate times, which made me like the book that teensy bit more for its silliness. There was also an added dose of humour with each couple which kept the book nice and light.

Will I read on and would I recommend it?

Yes and maybe! For the first, I will read on because I want a gargoyle hero in my life and would be interested in how Dohner does this. As for recommending it…I’m not sure, it isn’t the greatest example of PNR, but it is fun. Conclusion: I still miss New Species and VLG didn’t quite manage to fill that hole in my reading life.

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About Laurann Dohner

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

I'm a full time wife, mother, and author. I've been lucky enough to have spent over two decades with the love of my life and look forward to many, many more years with Mr. Laurann. I'm addicted to iced coffee, the occasional candy bar (or two), and trying to get at least five hours of sleep at night.

I love to write all kinds of stories. I think the best part about writing is the fact that real life is always uncertain, always tossing things at us that we have no control over, but when your write you can make sure there's always a happy ending. I love that about being an author. My favorite part is when I sit down at my computer desk, put on my headphones to listen to loud music to block out everything around me, so I can create worlds in front of me.

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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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I tried her new species and don’t think it was for me so may pass on this series

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Great review Suzanne! I have a lot of this series on my tbr gr list. I love vamps and dragons the most.next wolf and other cat shifters but I do have a thing for gargoyle’s too!! Shared on all my socials!!

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I tried her new species and don’t think it was for me so may pass on this series

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Great review Suzanne! I have a lot of this series on my tbr gr list. I love vamps and dragons the most.next wolf and other cat shifters but I do have a thing for gargoyle’s too!! Shared on all my socials!!

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I totally enjoyed the New Species and wish Ms. Downer would write about some of the other characters.
As for the VLG series… they are slow to get into. I have enjoyed the series and read all so far. I wasn’t sure at first if I would commit to VLG, it was just …”different”. I am ambivalent abou VLG, but I will continue to read cause I have to know what happens! I adore Laurann Dohner… and especially her New Species!😊

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I totally enjoyed the New Species and wish Ms. Downer would write about some of the other characters.
As for the VLG series… they are slow to get into. I have enjoyed the series and read all so far. I wasn’t sure at first if I would commit to VLG, it was just …”different”. I am ambivalent abou VLG, but I will continue to read cause I have to know what happens! I adore Laurann Dohner… and especially her New Species!😊

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.