Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen
Series: Dracim #1
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.
As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive–and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
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I was in the mood for a dragon book and what did I find on Netgalley but NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS, Lorenda Christensen’s debut with Carina Press. It was kismet. NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was the perfect read: a great mythology, interesting characters, an unpredictable plot, and strong writing.
Let’s start with the mythology. Christensen has created a really original mythology. In this world, dragons came into existence as an unexpected side effect to the search for the cure for cancer. In the near future, a doctor manages to cure cancer, mixing human and reptile DNA along the way. His assistant disposed of the samples by pitching them into an incinerator and poof, dragons! Humans didn’t realize they existed until ten years later, when they were well into breeding. Humans quickly found themselves at the whims of dragons, some of whom are more benevolent than others.
The leading lady in NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS, Myrna, works for DRACIM, Dragon Relations, Arbitration and Cooperative Interspecies Mediation. She was a rising star until the incident mentioned in the description so her meet-cute in NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS is less cute and more bitter and resentful. Her extreme unease makes for some great reading, and really sets the pace and strong emotions for the rest of the novel. Trian inspires super emotions in Myrna and their relationship has a lot of ups and downs.
NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS also has an engaging and unpredictable plot. Myrna ends up working with Trian — quite reluctantly — because it’s a great opportunity for her to get her career back on track. It’s a storyline that places them in great physical danger and a lot of emotional strife, making this a really gripping novel. I was honestly surprised by some of the twists in the plot and I do love it when an author can throw me an unexpected moment.
All in all, NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS is a great paranormal romance and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, sexy read.