Publisher: Victory Editing
Publishing Date: October 2016
Publishers Description: Suspended from working as a tax collector in her draconic family’s protection racket, Dakota is assigned a secret mission from her grandfather. A foreign queen has offered a grave insult to Dakota’s grandfather by running a vampire dinner cruise off the coast of the Mabiian Islands, and his retribution must be swift.
Review: This is made for the YA/Hipster crowd and/or the romance reader as the reviews are mainly in that direction (if you know what I mean). Everyone has super speshully talents and our heroine, Dakota (really?) is hot and in high school and the big Rex prince-dude wants to bang her.
While the writing is technically sound there were some issues with phrasing to expedite the scenes (actually 58x, growled 18x) and the story line lacked depth with the usual betrayals and near death experiences. The characters never fully develop because they can’t. If you’re already super hot looking with special talents the only way to go is down. So Dakota is never fully realized as a character because she is too busy shjtting daisies and getting her neck sucked on.
There is a dumb love-triangle that will soon manifest itself as the focal point in successive novels. I will even bet the author on that. Although Dakota retains a good sense of self, she still gets chills and thrills from the two man-hunks which drives this novel into the tattered realms of YA romance novels, which are cheap and tawdry by design. Dakota had her life as an agent/operative/enforcer for her family and might have been well served by continuing with that story line- as an independent young woman without all the additive gunk.