Myrna Banks has had a rough day. Working as a dragonspeaker for DRACIM (Dragon Relations, Arbitration, and Cooperative Interspecies Mediation) can be challenging. With sobbing humans, nasty dragon eating habits and a boss from hell her days aren’t usually wine and roses, but today is especially difficult as the ex-lover who disappeared from her life a year ago, after stealing sensitive information, has just shown up out of the blue. When he vanished all of a sudden her heart was broken and her pride stung, but the worst was that Trian’s theft has left her demoted and working for a boss who is completely incompetent. She’d love to tell him to get lost, but since he happens to be the head of security for the Dragon Lord Relobu she is going to do her best to grin, bear it and hope that he will eventually just go away. When a dinner invitation to Lord Relobu’s estate turns nasty fast Myrna has her chance to help head off a dragon war while at the same time moving into a different job for DRACIM. The only problem is that she must work closely with the man who has her heart and head at odds with each other.
The world is a different place since the discovery of dragons shortly after WWIII. Humans aren’t the ruling class anymore and must serve the whims of the bigger, scarier dragons. Most electronics don’t work and riding in a plane in a sky dominated by big, flying beasts isn’t such a good idea. But Myrna has an affinity for these mythological creatures and is excited about this opportunity to be the first human to work as a mediator between different factions of dragons. As she and Trian travel to China and navigate through a household of enemies to find Lord Rebolu’s missing science team, they soon realize that their mission is more dangerous than they thought and the fate of all dragons might just rest in their hands.
Never Deal with Dragons is a fast read, with a wonderfully likable heroine. Smart, smart-assed, funny and completely willing to admit when she is in over her head, Myrna is an appealing first person voice. Trian kind of got on my nerves with his evasiveness and cocky behavior while dealing with the woman he abandoned only a year earlier. He did eventually grow on me and I waited with baited breath to see if he and Myrna would patch up their differences and rekindle their romance. He hurt her badly when he left and she has a hard time figuring out how to deal with him. Trian’s been keeping a secret and when it finally comes out while he’s trying to protect Myrna, she’s hurt at first, but then manages to overcome her feelings to listen to what he has to say. Their romance is more sweet than sexy and I was a tad disappointed that there weren’t some more in depth love scenes. Or at least more than one love scene.
I found the world building so refreshing and well thought out, and loved the fact that this was very different from most of the dragon PNRs I’ve ever read. This is definitely a light read, action packed, full of humor and interesting characters. I think fans of Shelly Laurenston and Katie McAlister will like this new take on dragons. It might not be as sexy as I would have liked, but it was a lot of fun and that’s always a good thing. Final Grade- B-
I sighed. It was hopeless. He was my kryptonite.