This is a book I would describe as way too busy. Though it’s action packed, there’s just too much to deal with in one story – from dragons, other worlds, kidnapping, scattered references to the legend of Camelot, to constantly running from things out to get them, I was tired when I finished reading. Talk about pressure…sheesh.
Title character Rion’s diplomatic mission to earth isn’t going as planned and in order to save his planet, he needs action fast. His plan hinges on his best friend’s sister, a dragonshaper with telepathic capabilities that he may be able to exploit to his advantage. His plan is simple: Seduce her into trusting him and then kidnap her to his world where she can communicate with dragons and enable them to take back their planet from the cruel Unari regardless of the cost. Unfortunately, the best laid plans often go awry.
Marisa Rourke’s life is changing faster than she realizes. She left her old job as a reporter in Florida and is now employed to communicate with dragons in order to guide their aggressive natures. When her brother’s best friend suddenly becomes interested when he’s never shown interest in her before, she’s skeptical, but unable to resist entirely. However, once he kidnaps her and puts her life in danger, she has no choice but to depend on him to get her to safety.
Together, the two have to survive to get to Rion’s home planet of Honor. Once there, although Marisa doesn’t trust Rion, she begins to understand the plight of the people of his planet and she fears what will eventually happen to earth and other planets if the Unari succeed with their plans. As Rion’s secrets and motivations are made apparent, she begins to realize who he is truly is and, as Rion realizes her bravery and generosity, he realizes he can’t give her up.
As I wrote at the top of my review, this book is busy – way too busy. There are too many people after them and way too many complications. Also, as I didn’t read the first story, I wasn’t completely sure how all the Camelot references fit into the story, making them seem completely out of place and complicated filler. Towards the end of the story, the Holy Grail becomes a plot device that was completely unneeded. And also, without going into too much detail, there is the issue of world-saving sex and the appropriate timing of this sex. Granted, it’s fantasy, but I just couldn’t suspended reality quite enough to buy into it.
On the positive side, it’s an action packed story with constant momentum. Also, the characters are well developed and complex (though maybe a little too complicated). I constantly wanted to flip the pages to see what would happen next – always a good thing when reading. There is plenty of sexual tension and attraction to go around, though I had a problem with the timing of some of these instances.
Ultimately, Susan Kearney’s Rion isn’t terrible, but it’s not good either. If there weren’t so many complications, it would have appealed to me more – maybe.