Review: Lure of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

May Contain Spoilers

I have been struggling to finish a book recently. This happens every few months; I begin to feel overwhelmed by Real Life, and I’d rather mindlessly play Crafty Candy than try to concentrate on something to read. When this happens, I usually shift gears to shorter romance, and since I’m in the mood for shifters, I grabbed Lure of the Dragon when it popped up on KU. The promise of balmy island breezes, sandy beaches, and dragons had me hooked.

Tessa is on the run after her new employer sprouts claws, pointy ears, and a nasty disposition. Saved by her neighbor, she is told to flee from Arizona to Maui, where a group of ex-military guys will keep her safe. And oh, yeah, they are shifters. If that doesn’t panic Tessa, I don’t know what will.

While the plot is fairly predictable, the setting was fun and the characters were likeable. Tessa feels immediate attraction for Kai, a dragon shifter, who instantly goes on alert when he sees Tessa at the gates of the estate that serves as the base of operations for his group of friends. Kai knows instinctively that Tessa is his fated mate, but he fights the knowledge because Tessa is a human. Humans are fragile, and with the danger surrounding her, he’s afraid he won’t be able to protect her. I liked Kai, though I thought his reversal about getting involved with Tessa was too abrupt, but with the short length of the story, I’ll give that a pass.

While I didn’t think there was a lot of chemistry between the protagonists, and that is the problem for me with fated mate plotlines, this was a fun, escapist read. Tessa manages to get herself into a major pickle, which leads to shifter battles, the villain being villainous, and Kai swooping in for the save. I wish Tessa hadn’t been so gullible, but then we wouldn’t have had aerial battles between the dragons. Or Tessa finding the key to her inner strengths.

Lure of the Dragon probably won’t stay with me for long, but it was a quick, fast-paced read. It’s the perfect beach read; light, sexy, and not overly deep. I haven’t really made use of my KU subscription, so I’m going to try to squeeze more reads from the service into my schedule. Since I’m in the mood for UF and PNR, I feel like I’ve hit pay dirt with KU. While Lure of the Dragon wasn’t a total success for me, I did enjoy it enough to read the next two books in the series, because I liked Brody and Hunter the best out of the five heroes.

Grade: 3.25

Review copy obtained from Kindle Unlimited

About the book

Nothing is forbidden to this elite corps of shifter bodyguards and private investigators…except falling in love.
Good dragons? Bad dragons? Twenty-four hours ago, private chef Tessa Byrne didn’t know about the terrifying world of shifters. Now she knows too much, like the fact that a ruthless dragon lord is determined to claim her — forever. Tessa flees to Maui, where sunny skies, swaying palms, and a handsome stranger conspire to play tricks with her heart. Can she truly trust Kai Llewellyn and his band of battle-hardened shapeshifters to save her from a gruesome fate?
Don’t trust a human, and never, ever fall in love with one. Those are lessons Kai learned the hard way. But Tessa is different. Her emerald eyes mirror the mysterious pendant she wears, and her flaming red hair makes his heart race. Is his inner dragon just greedy for a new kind of treasure, or is Tessa his destined mate?
ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling new series set on the tropical shores of Maui. Each story is a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like Magnum, PI and smoldering hot, alpha shapeshifters, you’ll love these books!