Friday, August 26, 2016

4 Star Review plus Giveaway for I Like Big Dragons And I Cannot Lie by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie Series: The Dragon Series #1 Author: Lani Lynn Vale Genre: Paranormal Romance
Keifer Vassago, The Prince of Dragons, has enough on his plate without adding a brunette with a bad attitude to the mix Fate has a way of screwing all his plans, though, whether he wants them screwed or not. One second he’s fetching his brother from yet another situation that could possibly compromise the Vassago name, and the next that brunette is grabbing his assets. Blythe isn’t after anyone’s assets, though. She’s a good girl. All she wants is to graduate from nursing school, get a job, and move out of her hell hole apartment. What she does not have time to deal with is a sexy bearded man that accuses her of grabbing his junk. She tries to forget about the encounter, but fate’s a cruel bitch. One second she’s a normal college student barely living paycheck to paycheck, and the next she’s setting her panties on fire with powers from an ancient immortal dragon. To add insult to injury, she’s hearing voices, and none of them are figments of her imagination. Blythe’s life is turned upside down, and Keifer forces her to adapt even though she doesn’t want to. She likes her life just the way it is. Not to mention she wants nothing to do with that arrogant asshole. She doesn’t care that he rides a dragon. She also could care less about his stupid beard, and his sexy eyes. Yeah, who was she kidding? She wasn’t convincing anybody.

Lani Lynn Vale is known for her contemporary/suspense romance and she's pretty good at it. She has decided to change things up and venture into the world of paranormal and fantasy. It's a huge leap, especially when you've built your whole career on one specific genre.

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

I woke up to my lower half on fire.
At first, I thought it was just an aftereffect of my dreams, but when I finally peeled my eyes open, I could smell smoke.
When I opened my lids and looked down, it was to literally find my panties on fire.

I screamed and rolled; rolling so far in the bed that I hit the floor and kept going.

By the time the fire was finally out, my panties were burned to ash. However, my skin was perfectly fine. In fact, the hairs that I’d planned on having waxed later in the week were gone.
It’d given me a fire waxing…minus the wax.

“What the fuck?” I yelled, staring down at my now hair-free mound.

My eyes widened and I looked around. Was someone in the room with me?
I started reaching for the lamp but couldn’t find it. There was a pile of things beside the bed that I’d knocked over in my haste to get up. I could only assume that the lamp was one of those things.
“Light, light, light,” I chanted, shifting through the things on the floor.
My candles that I had interspersed around the room all lit at once, and I screamed.
“What the hell is going on?” I shrieked.
Macy started hammering on the wall, or her boyfriend. Whatever. Fuck her.
I narrowed my eyes at the wall.
That stupid heifer! I’m allowed to scream if I want to. She fucks day and night, and she’s going to bang on my wall to get meto quiet down?
Master Farrow has always had excellent stamina with the ladies.
I froze, turning around and scanning the room.
“Who’s there?” I asked nervously.
A deep, rumbly laugh filled my head and my eyes widened.
“Holy mother of God, get out of my head!” I yelled.
The voice in my head continued to chuckle. Oh, this is almost as good as when Prince Keifer came into his powers. He didn’t shriek like you do, though.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

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