Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review for Dragon Mist by David Burnett with a Giveaway

As the third daughter of a third daughter, dragon-shifter Christine Drachen must mate with a human. 

Not all human males are genetically compatible with dragon shifters, and suitable matches are rare in old Charleston. Christine, though, has identified James to be an appropriate match. Even humans who acknowledge the possibility of dragons cannot believe that one can be both a dragon and a human, shifting between the two. As a result, Christine must attract James without fully revealing her true, shifting nature until he has committed to mate.

James gradually discovers what Christine is. She shows him the gold dragon she always wears around her neck. He notices the prints, statues, and tapestries of dragons that decorate her family’s home. Strange noises emanate from behind the Drachens’ house during a party, and James believes he actually sees a dragon, one wearing a necklace like Christine’s. Christine’s last name, Drachen, means “dragon,” and, while she jokes her entire family is composed of the creatures, James begins to suspect there is more to what she says than a simple attempt at humor.

Finally, though, he sees her shift.

To protect their species from persecution, dragon-shifters silence any human who sees one of them shift, and the most practical method is generally death. The rule is absolute. But Christine has fallen in love with James. How can she protect her family without killing the boy she loves?

My Thoughts…

I am a fan of David Burnett but this is the first paranormal book by him and I was intrigued at how he would take his talent of writing books that I cannot put down into this genre.   It was unique and interesting to see his take on the world of dragon-shifters.    He took an 18 year old who should be enjoying life as a teenager before she has to grow up and brought her into a world where at 18 you find your mate, a person who will accept you as a dragon shifter and understand that it is a secret that must be kept.  

Christine knew what was expected of her as the third daughter and was willing to do what was needed but I liked that she was doing it on her terms.   She didn’t just accept that Richard was the right person for her, she found someone who she cared about, who she loved and hoped that James would be able to understand the world that she came from.   James kept things interesting.   I think he had a case of the brain knew more that it could make sense with and it took time for him to put the clues together.     He was careful with passing judgement and he investigated that clues as they were given to him.   I liked that he didn’t run away nor did he just accept all that was thrown at him.    He trusted his gut, loved Christine, and worked through his doubts asking the right questions.

Dragon Mist in an interesting take on dragon-shifters in the real world and how one girl keeps with traditions of that world while making her life her own.     

Dragon Mist is a story of boy-meets-girl, with a few non-human characters, high stakes, a bit of magic, a little humor, and an abundance of romance. One-click it today!

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About the author
David Burnett lives near Charleston, South Carolina, where he walks on the beach almost every day and photographs the ocean, the sea birds, and the marshes that he loves. Three of his four books are set in Charleston, and he has always enjoyed the Carolina beaches.

David enjoys photography and has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During trips to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen, and Kismul Castle on the Isle of Barra, the home of his McNeil ancestors.

He reports that he went to school for much longer than he wants to admit, and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two children and a blue-eyed cat named Bonnie.

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