Friday, September 14, 2012
Romance Book Review: G.A. Aiken's How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
Author: G. A. Aiken
A five heart review for G.A. Aiken's latest in her Dragon Kin series. There were times I really couldn't stop laughing while I was reading this book and I felt like I had a perpetual smile on my face. Just when a serious moment in the book would take place someone would come in some off the wall comment would be made that would have the reader laughing again. Now this book isn't for everyone. There are some pretty bloody scenes and the dragons and the humans are constantly battling with someone else or each other. Also, while the author does move around a lot in this series, I really do think that it would be more enjoyed if the reader read the other books in the series and became more involved in the lives of the supporting characters.
In How to Drive a Dragon Crazy, the love story of Éibhear the Blue and Isabail the Dangerous is told. Both character have been supporting cast throughout the series. Éibhear the Blue is the youngest son of the Dragon Queen and Isabail, or Izzy, is the step-daughter of Éibhear the Blue's brother.
Izzy has been in love with Éibhear for years. She's totally given up on him, especially since he called her a whore in front of his entire family because she slept with his cousin. After the of one of his comrades in the last book, Éibhear went a little crazy and started on a killing spree. He became hard to work with and it caused his family to send him away to one of the most feared units in the Queen's army.
For ten years he stayed away from Izzy and his family, but his commander feels it is time to head home and for Éibhear to visit his mother. But going back will not only put him face to face with his mother, but also the brothers who appear to hate him and his Izzy, the one woman he could never forget.
Izzy isn't too please when Éibhear shows up to take her home in his sister's steed. He finds her in the mist of a battle that she wants to complete and really she isn't too happy with him to begin with. After taking away her fun Éibhear and Izzy head home with a few of his friend and Éibhear's cousin Brennie.
When they get home Izzy decides to take on a mission, but Éibhear can't let her go alone and decides to take his group of feared warriors on the trip. Meanwhile it will give the two time to deal with the past and maybe the future.
Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.
If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it—namely me—I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...