Dragon Mist by David Burnett is a paranormal story with a twist. I will not go into the details as to what makes this different from all the other paranormal stories I have read. However, this much I will say; it was an interesting, suspenseful and adventurous story.
The hero and the heroine are as different as night and day. Yes, Christine is a dragon shifter and James is human, but their differences goes beyond their physical appearances. Their personalities are so far apart, one wonders what could attract these two each other. They gave credence to the term opposites attract. James was painfully shy and lived a sheltered life while Christine was free spirited and adventurous.
The story began in San Francisco, where we see Christine living a communal lifestyle for the summer. However, after finding herself in a dangerous position she journeyed back home. During her journey, she met James who rescued her from arrested by the police. The moment his hands came in contact with her body, she recognized he may just be a potential mate. To confirm if this so he would need to be willing to touch her intimately.
When I first started reading, I was thinking this book is not for me. However, the more I read the more involved I became in the events as they unfolded. There were moments throughout the story where I found myself chuckling.
I found the author’s take on the dragon species interesting. Their view of humans is unflattering, but it does not stop them from mating with one if they have to. Christine is the third daughter of a third daughter; therefore, she is required to mate with a specific human. If a human should see them shift, the poor soul faced certain death.
I found the romance lacking. The author spoke of connection between James and Christina, but I did not feel this chemistry. He rescued her; they hung out a few times, and she gave him a partial glimpse into her world but it was not enough to convince me they were in love. The suspense and the fantasy more than made up for the lack of romance.
Although I had a great time with the story, I found the buildup the end disappointing. It felt rushed and it could have done with further development.
Despite the issues I had with romance or lack thereof and the build up to the ending, I still found this to be an enjoyable read. Fans of fantasy and the young adult genre will enjoy this unique tale.
As the third daughter of a third daughter, dragon-shifter Christine Drachen must mate with a human.
Not all human males are genetically compatible with dragon shifters, and suitable matches are rare in old Charleston. Christine, though, has identified James to be an appropriate match. Even humans who acknowledge the possibility of dragons cannot believe that one can be both a dragon and a human, shifting between the two. As a result, Christine must attract James without fully revealing her true, shifting nature until he has committed to mate.
James gradually discovers what Christine is. She shows him the gold dragon she always wears around her neck. He notices the prints, statues, and tapestries of dragons that decorate her family’s home. Strange noises emanate from behind the Drachens’ house during a party, and James believes he actually sees a dragon, one wearing a necklace like Christine’s. Christine’s last name, Drachen, means “dragon,” and, while she jokes her entire family is composed of the creatures, James begins to suspect there is more to what she says than a simple attempt at humor.
Finally, though, he sees her shift.
To protect their species from persecution, dragon-shifters silence any human who sees one of them shift, and the most practical method is generally death. The rule is absolute. But Christine has fallen in love with James. How can she protect her family without killing the boy she loves?
Dragon Mist is a story of boy-meets-girl, with a few non-human characters, high stakes, a bit of magic, a little humor, and an abundance of romance. One-click it today!
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About the author
David Burnett lives near Charleston, South Carolina, where he walks on the beach almost every day and photographs the ocean, the sea birds, and the marshes that he loves. Three of his four books are set in Charleston, and he has always enjoyed the Carolina beaches.
David enjoys photography and has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During trips to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen, and Kismul Castle on the Isle of Barra, the home of his McNeil ancestors.
He reports that he went to school for much longer than he wants to admit, and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two children and a blue-eyed cat named Bonnie.