Title: I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie Series: The Dragon Series #1 Author: Lani Lynn Vale Genre: Paranormal Romance
I'm a huge fan of Vale's and couldn't wait to read this book. I have to admit that with my excitement, there was a little skepticism. Upon reading it, I realized that the author does have a good thing here.
The story is about humans and dragons. Dragons roam the earth and humans are their riders. They have a deep connection and are able to communicate telepathically. The enemies are called purists. Uber religious people who basically feel that dragons are an abomination. Unlike Vale's other books, it seems this series will have a common enemy that will carry over to each book. So reading each book as a standalone is most likely an impossibility.
The storyline was a little shakey at first. It was almost like the concept was being forced at you. You can tell that this was new for her. I applaud anyone who is willing to try something outside of their comfort zone.
The hero of this book is Keifer, Prince of Dragons. He is to be king but us reluctant to take the throne. Why? Part of him feels he doesn't deserve it. His father was a great king but he died. Now Keifer has to step into his shoes. He's basically doing the job of king, minus the title. I can understand Keifer's reluctance in ascending the throne. His pops was supposedly a badass king who everyone loved. Stepping into his place means that he has a high standard he must reach. It means he has to be as good, if not better than his father. That in of itself would leave me sweating.
Keifer has an ally, Blythe. She's human. They meet unexpectedly and create a tidal wave of changes that begin to happen to them. Blythe knows of dragons but doesn't know of all the magic that goes with them. So when magical things begin to happen, she thinks she's going crazy. I don't blame Blythe for reacting the way she do. Let's be honest, she actually takes it better than the rest of us. I probably would have went screaming for the hills.
When Blythe and Keifer come together, it's like an explosion. These two are meant to be. I loved reading about them and can't wait for more about these two.
Vale did a great job with this book. You can tell some of her contemporary romance writing bled over into this story. With some books it wouldn't work but with her it does. By creating a good mix of genres she is able to open her books up to a new wave of readers. I think this is going to be a fantastic series that will only get better as it progresses.
4 out of 5 Stars
“Oh my heavens to Betsey, I was given an opportunity to have a sneak peek at this bad boy from Lani Lynn Vale. First, I love that Lani's style of writing that balances family, feels, and loyalty with lots of life follows through into this series.” - Author Chelsea Cameron
“'I Like Dragons and I Cannot Lie' is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best PNR I have EVER read!!!” - Gi’s Spot Reviews
“Holy freaking crap!!! This book is absolutely nothing like I expected and everything I could ever want in a paranormal. This is Lani Lynn Vale’s first foray into paranormal and let me tell you she knocked it out of the park.” - Devious Book Blog