Aisling Grey has just started her job as a courier and on her first run she finds the customer murdered, and the gold dragon statue she is supposed to deliver is stolen from right under her nose. The thief is Drake Vireo, who turns out to be a dragon in human form, and not only a dragon but the leader of his sept. Aisling also discovers she is a Guardian but she has no idea what that means. All she wants to do is to clear her name, because the police suspect she is the killer; and to retrieve her dragon statue from Drake so she won't be fired from her job. Things aren't easy though, because Aisling has a tendency to run straight into things without all the information. I agree with reviewer Cherie B. from Wilminton, MA who says Aisling "is a bit of a dunce at times, and the stupid-ness of her actions aggravated me". Ditsy would be the word. I have read another Katie MacAlister novel before this one - The Corset Diaries, which I didn't enjoy as much because the main character had annoying traits. In this case Aisling was much better, though they both have the tendancy to babble, speak without thinking, overlook the obvious, and make witty quips. For the most part this worked for her. I think the humor was a large part of what was enjoyable in the book, though in some occasions I felt like the writer could have held back on joking: it was laid on a little thick, especially some of the snarking between Aisling and her sidekick demondog Jim. Anyway, this was a fun novel and I enjoyed the world MacAlister created. I would recommend it as something cheerful to read and will read the next two.
I stumbled upon this book on the PBS site after looking for books similar to the Southern Vampires Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. I didn't know what to think from the reviews on the site. Some people gave it a good rating, others not so much. However, it was much more than what I was expecting.
What exactly was I expecting? A light, fun read, with fantasy, action and adventure. I wanted humor and romance. I wasn't looking for depth or sophistication. I wanted light entertainment. And that's what I got. Like Sookie Stackhouse, Aisling is a hands-on heroine. They both have powers. They both have trouble following them everywhere. If you liked the bedroom skills demonstrated by Sookie's lovers, you won't be disappointed by Drake.
So if you're up for a happy, light read, you'll sure enjoy this book.
This was my first book by MacAlister and I really enjoyed it. Some of the paranormal terminology was a bit confusing, but that was just for me. LOL I will continue to read more of this series.
This is the first book that I have read by this author - and it definitely won't be the last. The story had everything - action, adventure, steamy love scenes, magic, comedy and quirkiness. Aisling is a woman whose life has been far from perfect - and she is finally getting her act together with a job as a courier. Her first assignment is to deliver a package to Paris - but as with her life, nothing is ever easy. She meets sexy Drake - finds out that she is a guardian - and is wanted for murder. As she tries to clear her name, she fumbles through everything as she learns about her new role - and her attraction to Drake.
This is a great story - I highly recommend it - I love it so much that I just ordered the other 3 books in the series and I cannot wait to start reading them.
Both my daughter and I have enjoyed the Aisling Grey (and her Green dragon) series and are now looking forward to starting the next trio dealing with the Silver dragons. Katie MacAlister has a wonderful sense of humor.