2.5 stars

Viki’s Review: I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie by Lani Lynn Vale

Series: I Like Big Dragons #1
Published: August 17th 2016 by Lani Lynn Vale
Synopsis: 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.

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I really like the author’s books but this one fell flat to me. Sorry, sorry. I wanted to love it but couldn’t.

The story is from Blythe and Keifer point of view, and about their relationship, love and struggles in a world where dragons are real.

Blythe is a financially strugling nursing student with not a lot of friends and a nonexistent lovelife. Then she drops into Keifer already crowded life with dragons, dragon riders, Purist fighting.
Keifer is a protective, sexy male spicemen but his life is ruled by responsibility and a heavy sense of duty. Their relationship progresses really quickly but it helps to see their is more to life.

My problems with the story were:
– I think Lani Lynn Vale wanted to create a complex character in Keifer but she wanted to much. I mean he is a billionaire, a famous eligible bachelor, he is a dragonrider royalty, oh and an MC president. And there are elements from the shifter world with mating and such. It just doesn’t fit together. At least in my opinion.
– Their fast progressing relationship isn’t presented in the best way. On occasions it felt like I only get the fragment notes of their life.
– Most importanly I miss the explanations of the world the author created. How it really works, who are the Purist and why are they doing what they do. And on and on. There is a couple of short sentence about it, but not nearly enough. It’s more like we should already know these without it being written down.
– And one thing I’m really missing is one of the reasons I love the author works. She creats elaborate and deaply developed, connecting main and supportive characters. In this book I can’t find it, the supportive characters, who are a family in this case, are barely mentioned.

Overall there is a great and interesting idea behind the story, but I think it needs a little bit more work to be perfect. However my praises to Lani Lynn Vale, for an author to publish one or two book per month I can imagine the amount of work. She puts in it. To the usual one or two per years.

RATING

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