Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Dragon Lore Series by Ann Gimpel
The DRAGON LORE SERIES is enjoyable paranormal romance. It incorporates dragon and Celtic lore, passion that is quickly ignited, along with a bit of adventure. The way that the dragons and their humans are bonded is a unique twist and gives a new spin on shifters.
In HIGHLAND SECRETS Angus and Arianrhod are paired to find out what is happening to the dragon shifters who are disappearing. Angus and Arianhod are both less than thrilled at being tossed together but their attraction quickly pulls them together. However, there are things that are keeping them apart that have to be resolved first. There are secrets, dangers, and lots of passion in this first installment.
In TO LOVE A HIGHLAND DRAGON Lachlan and his dragon Kheladin wake to find themselves in a completely different and more complicated time. Not only have the people changed but there's technology beyond their imaginations that are common place and unremarkable to everyone but them. Stumbling upon Maggie is their one saving grace in the beginning. Maggie has a unique perspective and is able to accept what she is figuring out about Lachlan much easier than the average person would have.
I enjoyed both books and am looking forward to reading book 3 DRAGON MAID which was just released October 5th. The sexual attraction in these stories happen pretty fast so there is definitely an element of insta lust, but don't let that discourage you! This series is wonderfully written, has depth, and the characters are all fleshed out well. The world building along with the added lore and magic makes you want to stay in the stories for as long as possible. The Dragon Lore series offers a storyline with substance to go along with the steamy romance and provided everything that I want in a paranormal romance.
**I received ARCs in exchange for an honest review.**
Highland Secrets (Dragon Lore Book 1)
Furious and weary, Angus Shea wants out, but no matter how he feels, he can’t stop the magic powering his visions. The Celts kidnapped him when he wasn’t much more than a boy and forced him to do their bidding. He’s sick of them and their endless assignments, but they wiped his memories, and he has no idea where he came from.
Dragon shifters are disappearing from the Scottish Highlands, and the Celtic Council sends Angus to investigate. He meets up with Arianrhod, legendary virgin huntress from Celtic myth, in Fire Mountain, the dragons’ home world.
Arianrhod prefers to work alone, mostly because she harbors a dirty little secret and guards her privacy for the best of reasons. She’s not exactly a virgin, and she’d be laughed out of the Pantheon if the truth surfaced. Despite the complications of leading a double life, she’s never found a lover who tempted her to walk away from her fellow Celtic gods.
Attraction ignites, hot and so urgent Arianrhod’s carefully balanced life teeters on the brink of discovery. Angus is everything she’s ever wanted, but he’s far too close to her Celtic kin to keep her secret safe. Angus wants her too, but she’s a Celt. He’s hated them forever, and she’s part of everything he’s lain awake nights plotting to escape from.
Can they risk everything?
If they do, can they live with the consequences?
To Love A Highland Dragon (Dragon Lore Book 2)
A dragon shifter stirs and wakens in a cave beneath Inverness, deep in the Scottish Highlands. The cave’s the same and his hoard intact, yet something’s badly amiss. Determined to set whatever’s gone wrong to rights, Lachlan Moncrieffe ventures above ground—and wishes he hadn’t. His castle’s gone, replaced by ungainly row houses. Men aren’t wearing plaids, and women scarcely wear anything at all, particularly the woman who accosts him with unseemly banter. What manner of wench is she to dress so provocatively?
In Inverness for a year on a psychiatry fellowship, Dr. Maggie Hibbins watches an oddly dressed man pick his way out of a heather and gorse thicket. Even though it runs counter to her better judgment, she teases him about his strange attire. He looks so lost—and so unbelievably, knock-out gorgeous —she takes a chance and stands him a meal. Lachlan’s shock when he picks up a local newspaper at a pub is so palpable, Maggie jumps in with both feet.
She knew something was off, but the hard-to-accept truth bashes gaping holes in her equilibrium. He looks odd, sounds odd, acts odd because he’s a refugee from another era. Her half-baked seduction scheme takes a hike, but her carefully constructed life is still about to change forever. Born of powerful witches, Maggie runs headlong into the myth and magic that are her birthright.
About the Author
Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent and a vagabond at heart. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 30 books to date, with several more planned for 2015 and beyond.
A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.