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Monday, November 10, 2014

Release Day Book Review: Dragon Heart (Rocky Mountain Shifter Series 0.5) by Susan Arden + exclusive giveaway

Dragon Heart
Best Selling Rocky Mountain Shifter Series
Book 0.5
By: Susan Arden
Print Length: 277 pages
Publisher: Crimson Romance (November 10, 2014)

Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family's political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or categorically claim her life and sensual nature as hers to rule.

She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man--a dragon shifter who's too dangerous to resist . . .

Former Navy SEAL Drake O'Connor personally guaranteed he'd protect his buddy's daughter to the death. But when his explosive chemistry with Shay finally boils over and they end up in bed, her family's political enemies are the least of their problems.

Because although Shay doesn't know it, she's crossed a line with Drake that will alter their future for an eternity . . .

Sensuality Level: Sensual
Dragon Heart is the first book in the RMS series.


Dragon Heart is an awesome opening to a new PNR world from author Susan Arden. I was  drawn into this world of alpha-male dragon shifters and couldn't wait to read what would happen next!   

Drake is one smoking hot male, no really he can breath fire. Yikes. But it's all worth it when he falls for the wildly fun Shay. She's a bit too naive at times and it gets her into some hot water. This aspect of her bugged me, but that aside she was well written and had plenty of heart. Living a sheltered and pampered life can do that though, so I brushed off those bits and kept going. 

There's tons of entertainment in this story and in-depth dialog, so if you like character interaction you wont be disappointed! Attention to details and setting a stage are all displayed in each chapter. Susan makes you feel like you're right in the mix with each scene!  

Things get heated up between these two love birds, so hold on and get ready for the romance! Overall, this was a very satisfying read that had me rushing to the end! 

Getting 4 "don't have a cow!" Sheep

“Do you have the slightest inkling of what you’re asking for … I’m an alpha dragon, Shay.”

Even if her experience was nil, sex was sex. Sure Drake was frickin’ hot. Sex with him was probably off the charts … but still sex. Wasn’t it?

She stammered, “We’re not mating. So you’re wrong about lasting out the full moon. We can do it once. We’re hardly two shifters falling head over heart hard. No one said anything about you claiming me as your mate. As long as you keep your fangs clear of my neck, we’re kosher. Okay?”

He stared back at her like she’d just announced she had the power to walk through walls. “Shannon, there are still irrefutable issues. This is a no-win situation for both of us,” he whispered, closing his eyes as though that might sever the bond between them.

“Why?” she demanded. “Because you served under my dad a million years ago. So what? And now, who gives a rat’s ass if you work for my parents? I’m not looking for forever, just once.”

He opened his eyes; fire and heat swirled in their depths. “Is that what you’re telling yourself or trying to get me to believe? What would you have me do? You don’t understand the gravity of us in bed. We’d be on the run. Penniless.”

“I get that this is going to torrentially rain on some plans. I don’t care about the money. I’ve got my own destiny.”

“Kitten, with your Prada purses, designer lattes, and chauffeur driven Bentley, how far do you think you’ll get without your daddy’s credit card? Ever made your own bed, fixed your own meal … shot a gun?”

Her eyes widened. “Stuff. Details. I’m not afraid.”

“Your parents—hell, the justice councils on two continents would hunt us down. Not to mention Shawn and Richard. Collectively your brother and father will go ballistic.”

What Drake said had a sliver of truth, but eventually Mom and Dad would get over her not marrying Dimitri. And the justice councils didn’t matter diddly-swat. She and Drake weren’t breaking any laws. In six months, this would blow over and la-de-da, everyone would forget about this idiot idea of using her as leverage to join forces with the Mediterranean Council. Let them find another leopardess to broker—someone who actually had political aspirations. She would be happy, single, and have her accounting career. And Shawn, he’d understand. They were close as siblings—felt each other’s life force.

No way she’d marry Dimitri. This was her life—her way. A one night fling and voilĂ . That was her happy ever after, minus the lovey-dovey goo. Getting hitched—in love or not—was so not her plan. Leave that to the other leopardess shifters in her family.

“I’ll learn to take care of myself. You can teach me.”

“Big talk for a little girl who goes around with a security team. Sweetheart, wake up and smell the Folgers.”

Susan Arden (AKA Susan D. Taylor)

"I love to laugh. More than anything in the world, humor is food for the spirit."

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. Previously, a teacher in the field of special education and biology, now Susan pursues her dream of writing fiction with several releases this year. Crafting sweet and spicy tales, she writes hot love stories across romance genres including contemporary erotic, Western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener.

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  1. I don't know. What get's a dragon shifter's attention???

  2. I'd brush the dragon's teeth :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'd be his sacrifice!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks for the review, adding this to my wishlist. I do like the addition of the heat level to the review. I would bring a big bottle of barbeque sauce with me ...

  5. Oh, I'm going to assume you're actually going to give me a dragon shifter. I really want one, so I'll rush out immediately and enroll in that pole dancing class and the belly dancing class I would like to take so I can apply those skills in the bedroom. I'll also take martial arts so I'll be able to have his back during times of crisis. Also, that class should strengthen my hands and arms so I'll be able to give longer and deeper massages. I want to be able to please my shifter, you know. I'll also do some serious research into the dietary needs of the dragon. I need to be able to prepare proper meals for my shifter man. Just let me know if you'd like more details...I'll give you lingerie descriptions, too, if you like...

  6. I would give him my secret stash of precious jewels.

  7. I have always adored dragons and I can't get enough of them!!! I'm putting this on my Amazon wish list right now. Thx for this opportunity!!!

  8. Is the dragon shifter Benedict Cumberbatch? because there's not much I wouldn't do for him :)

  9. I would flash some shiny bling at him, and run...the chase wouldn't last long but would be fun!

  10. I'd entice him with lots of moonpies and my huge stack of precious books ...shhhhh, don't tell Jake