REVIEWED by Caroline
SERIES: Werewolves and Dragons
AUTHOR: Kim Dare
NARRATOR: Chris Clog
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 20 Hours 40 Minutes
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2017
As the landlord of The Dragon’s Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He’s a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him any more, and nobody catches him off guard.
When Bayden rides up to The Dragon’s Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it’s easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who’s about to get himself killed.
But, there’s more to Bayden than meets the eye. He’s no silly little boy, rich or otherwise, and werewolves aren’t easy to kill.
The first thing to note is this book is long! The audio weighs in at just under 21 hours but because the story draws you in right from the start you barely notice. I first read this book over two years ago and it is definitely one of those stories you can keep going back to and enjoying as much as you did the first time.
Kim Dare sets up quite a dark world where being able to shift into a wolf means you are seen as ‘less than’ by many people. There are rules and they are not meant to make a shifters life easy and they are certainly not kind. These rules and peoples poor attitudes do not make the shifters out there happy members of society. Gone are pack names, gone are packs and gone is any sort of adequate protection.
Family circumstances and the rule that says no more than two wolves can live together mean Bayden has had to move out and live by himself. He is sullen, bad tempered and really slow to trust. He needs cash for his family and the easiest way to get it is to fight for it and it’s one such fight that brings him to the attention of Axel, owner of a pub that houses a Motorcycle Club that goes by the name of The Black Dragons. It’s interesting to watch a friendship form between a wolf that doesn’t trust and a tough man that has no idea how wolves behave or react.
The BDSM is light as the men work towards a D/s relationship but just who they are makes that extremely difficult. There is no magic formula in this story so the ending is realistic even if not exactly what you were hoping for. Two years ago I was looking forward to the next book in the series – I am still looking forward to it and remain ever hopeful.
Chris Clog is a new narrator to me and although not one I would hurry to return to he was actually perfect for the story. I listen to a lot of audio books but I really struggle if the narrator is not American which is odd given that I am not American J. It wasn’t him – it was me honestly!