By: KD Jones
The Blurb: Elite Warrior Markus traveled a long way from his home world of Drakonia. This new planet called Earth is strange and the people even stranger.
He was there for one reason, to find more of his people and to protect them from enemies old and new.
What he didn’t expect was to find a mate that both he and his dragon wanted to bond with.
Things just got more complicated but he was a dragon shifting warrior, he could handle anything.
I honestly had every intention of enjoying this story. I liked the premise and was intrigued by an alien/shifter crossover. And I've enjoyed other series by Ms. Jones.
But, sadly, it was not so.
Yes, this is a short story...basically a novella at only 81 pages. So I did expect the action and romance to progress quickly (instant love). But, I also hoped for it to be a little deeper and more engaging.
Although our main characters, Markus and Val, are fine and have several redeeming qualities, they felt very 1 dimensional. The dialogue was also flat, "matter of fact" and a little juvenile.
Having said that, I do think the plot was interesting. I also think the conflict between certain characters and the twists it revealed are going to help arc one story to another. But, I just think it could have been executed better. Even though this is science fiction and fantasy, I still expect things to make some sense and I just had so many questions.
A few small bones to pick: It bothered me that these aliens, from an entirely different planet, used months and years to measure time. Before they even leave their home planet and find Earth, they know that it will take exactly 10 years to get to a new planet through certain worm holes. Really? It also bothered me that Markus's sister's name is Destiny. This is a very specific English word and name. I find it very hard to believe that an alien race, who has no knowledge of the English language, would use this name.
I understand that sometimes a reader is only looking for a short story where they can rush through the fluff to get to the good stuff (hot sex scenes) and this book would certainly fit the bill. There was no disappointment in that department. Unfortunately, it lacked in other areas.
I am a fan of Ms. Jones and have enjoyed her Earth Evolution and Galactic Cage Fighter series. So, if this doesn't sound like something you would want to try, I do recommend checking out the others.
What did you think?