Release Date: November 24, 2015
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War makes strange bedfellows.
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.
Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
Here's the thing: I don't like the Daughters of the Steppes.
All of the women and men in these books are annoying, brash, and selfish.
And I love them!
But for some reason, these Steppes just annoy the hell out of me. They come from a society that believes men are helpless, stupid, and too emotional to make their own decisions. Which, admittedly, sounds funny, right?!
And it is...for about 20 seconds. Until you realize that these women never really break their prejudice against men. So. Yeah, it's kinda the way I would feel about a male who thought the same thing about women. Unless he changed his tune, I wouldn't be rooting for him to 'get the girl' in the end.
Feel the Burn's saving grace (for me) was that I'm so invested in finding out about this Final Battle between Annwyl and this cult, I can kind of tune out the voices of these ridiculous Steppes women. Sadly, that means the romance is purely background noise, at this point.
Fortunately, there's a lot of new information, and plenty of interesting characters show up to keep the story moving forward.
Abominations, FTW! <-- You gotta be a fan of the books to get that one.
Honestly, I don't know how many more of these books I want to read, so I'm kinda hoping that Aiken wraps this shit up sooner, rather than later.
But knowing me, I'll keep on reading these to the bitter end. Maybe the next book will have a better female lead?