About the Book:
Title: Stealing the Dragon’s Heart
Author: Kiersten Fay
Series: Dragon Lords #4
Page Length: 394
Publication Date: Aug. 25, 2021
Synopsis: A tormented dragon shifter encounters his greatest temptation in this sizzling new Dragon Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Kiersten Fay.
Aidan never intended to enter Phase Nine, a deadly race through the universe that had once cost him everything, but he’d made an impossible bargain. While gearing up for the challenge, he is surprised to find two extra crew members aboard his ship, one of them a mysterious female named Onnika who tempts him beyond reason.
Onnika’s special brand of magic has always been the key to her survival…and the reason she and her sister Caryn are constantly on the run. While escaping a ruthless band of outlaws bent on exploiting her powers, she entangles herself with a dangerously handsome dragon shifter named Aidan and an infamous race that could ultimately lead her home. With everything on the line, she must use every devious trick in her book to gain Aidan’s trust while concealing her true identity.
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Stealing the Dragon’s Heart is an action-packed, exciting, and swoon-worthy paranormal romance and the fourth book in the Dragon Lords series. The book has an incredible cast of characters, and I love Onnika and Aidan, the protagonists. They are both compelling characters, and they had tremendous growth throughout the story, both as individuals and as a couple. Onnika is funny, impulsive, protective, and smart. She’s a survivor who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. She’s disarming and endearing at the same time, and she has a vivacious personality. Aidan is a bit more reserved. Both have secrets and are slow to trust, and both have traumatic pasts that they are still dealing with. Their characters are fleshed out well, and both have great character arcs.
I also love the found family aspect of the story. Aidan and the crew are so fun and funny and comfortable with each other. They are great friends and a strong unit, and there is a trusting, loyal bond that ties them together. The comradery of the crew is one of my favorite aspects of the book, and there are many laugh-out-loud moments with them. Onnika and her sister fit in so well with the group, and it’s wonderful to see two women who have been alone for so long mesh with this fun, loyal, and honorable group of friends.
Of course, my absolute favorite part of the story is the swoon-tastic romance! The relationship between Aidan and Onnika is super sizzling! They don’t meet under the best circumstances, as she stole from him and then snuck onto his ship with her sister, but their chemistry is undeniable from the start. Onnika pushes all of Aidan’s buttons, and she really gets under his skin. He is often torn between wanting her and wanting to get rid of her.
Aidan struggles to trust Onnilka, which is to be expected considering how their relationship began, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward her. His grief over the loss of his wife and fear of going through that again also holds him back. Onnika, in turn, struggles with her feelings too. She has had a difficult life of betrayal, abuse, captivity, and loss. She and her sister also carry secrets, and Onnika and won’t risk their safety. This creates a lot of angst between Onnika and Aidan as both unsuccessfully fight their feelings, and I loved every chemistry-laden second of it!
On top of the fabulous characters and romance, there’s also an epic space race, which is exciting and dangerous. I found this aspect of the story so interesting and unique, and I couldn’t wait to see what dangers, puzzles, and obstacles Aidan, Onnika, and the rest of the crew would face as their journey progressed. In addition to the race, Onnika and her sister are being chased by some nefarious people throughout the story, and their lives are in mortal danger. This makes the space race even more dangerous and suspenseful and leads to some action-packed, intense scenes.
Though this is the fourth book in the Dragon Lords series, it can be read as a standalone. By reading the series from the start, you definitely get a better feel for the unique universe Fay created, as well as the connections between characters in all four books, but it is not necessary to read all books to enjoy this one. That being said, if you like steamy and captivating paranormal romance, this is a great series! Thanks so much to NetGalley and Kiersten Fay for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance!
- The found family/crew.
- The action!
In the infinite void of his life, the only thing he had was the festering wound wedged around his heart.
If you’re always watching the past, it makes it difficult to see the present clearly.
If I’ve stolen his heart, I’ll have to see what I can do about healing it.
This is a great story for readers who like enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance with tons of action, excitement, and well-developed characters. Plus, the romance is amazing!