Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dragon's Lair (Wind Dragons MC #1) by Chantal Fernando

3 "How About Sirius?" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.

And I’m screwed.
Okay, let me start this off by explaining how freaking excited I was to get my hands on this book. First off, the title, Dragon’s Lair, I mean who doesn’t like dragons?? I LOVE them, I even have one tattooed on my back…yeah, yeah, real original I know, but that just shows you how much I like ‘em. Second, Motorcycle Club, again…who doesn’t like a good MC story?? I’m a huge SOA junkie, even got a SAMCRO hoodie for Christmas. I wear it every chance I get, it totally makes me feel bad ass, even though I know I’m a complete poser and could never really be comfortable or welcome in a MC, because 1.) I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually been on a motorcycle much less driven one, 2.) I’m very verbally opinionated, 3.) I actually like to wear clothing over my bra and panties, a lot of them in fact, 4.) My personality is nothing short of bitchy on a good day and…errr, sorry, completely straying off topic here... *clears throat*… Okay, anyway, I really like the idea of bad ass bikers and hot alpha men, so MC books draw me in like a moth to a flame. Therefore, when I came across this book, I was ecstatic and had ridiculously high hopes, unfortunately, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

What I was expecting when I picked this book up was, a dark, angst-filled, romantic tale, involving motorcycle club life, alpha men and determined women. What I got was, a somewhat humorous romantic(ish) tale with some motorcycle club life, some alpha men and a whiny, food-addicted woman. The potential was there, but just when I thought things would get good, the story line fell short over and over again. I have read several books involving motorcycle clubs, so I may be overly critical when it comes to reviewing this, but MC life isn’t fartsy unicorns, skittles and rainbows. It is dark, dangerous, a lot of times unethical and brutal, so if you are going to delve into the MC life, with me you either have to go hard or go home. A lot of my fascination with this genre is because of the gritty, raw material and the potential it has of provoking some very powerful emotions from me. Because I will never be brave enough to enter into the MC world in reality, I want a book that is brave enough to take me there, that will remind me why I will never be a part of a MC, but also remind me why I am so fascinated with it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Dragon’s Lair, made some attempts towards the dark and dangerous and I did appreciate those moments, but it never really connected with me and instead of gritting my teeth and throwing the book around, like I love and am known to do while reading a good gritty novel, I was mainly just twirling my hair and giggling here and there. Unfortunately, neither of those reactions is really what I wanted or was expecting from this novel.

So overall, this one didn’t do it for me. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just wanted more from it. I will suggest that if you haven’t read an MC novel before, this might be a good one to start with. It does take a look into the MC world and it does provide a good love story, but if you really like grit and angst, there isn’t much to find in this one. It definitely has the erotic aspect down though, so no worries in that department, I did find myself blushing more than a few times.

Happy Reading, until next time…

I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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