I have never read a male/male oriented shape shifter/vampire book before, so this was a first for me. It took me a bit to get into because of the names of the characters and the towns and lands, but that didn’t last long at all. Instead I found myself drawn in, turned on, and in love.
The Dragon’s Lover is the story of the budding relationship between Ryu, a dragon half-breed dragon shape shifter and vampire. Takumi, his fated partner and mate is a shape shifting fox. The two have been determined to be mates for life, but Takumi has issues with trust, as well as self-knowledge, so is afraid to let himself go into the relationship headfirst, but asks Ryu to go slow. He also loves his mentor, Mikimo, and has thought that he wanted to be an acolyte for the priesthood. But when he discovers that his blood and the blood of the vampire Ryu are matched as mates, it brings much confusion to his mind.
Ryu, Takumi’s mate, is a man with a heart and soul, is in love with Takumi, and has determined that Takumi is worth it, and will allow him all the time he needs, which is unusual for a vampire. His love is so strong that it will eventually win Takumi over for eventual matehood.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it, most of all, very romantic. Marie develops her characters very well, so you feel for both of the main characters, and the brothers and priests that complete their circle of friends and relatives. Their pasts are developed so you understand why Takumi is shy and doubtful, and why Ryu is willing to give Takumi all he needs, despite it being against his nature. Along with the romance is a quick, easy plot that brings the book together and makes reading The Dragon’s Lover a real pleasure. I enjoyed it completely.
Book Description Ryu, a dragon shifter and vampire, has found his mate, a man he already has strong feelings for, but he knows his confession is going to take Takumi, a fox shifter, by surprise. In a few days time, Takumi will be taking holy vows, and Ryu and his brother set out to stop him from doing so. But when they arrive, they find the temple in an uproar because the leader of the order has been kidnapped by a demon. Takumi is distraught because of the abduction of his mentor, Mikimo, and seeing his good friend Ryu gives him great comfort. Takumi had long ago given up hope of anything happening between him and the powerful vampire, so Ryu’s revelation leaves him shocked and confused. As they search for Mikimo, Takumi consents to become Ryu’s lover, but he remains reluctant to acknowledge their matehood. As they fight side-by-side, will Takumi open his heart and accept the love the gods have ordained for him, or will he hold back because he’s afraid of being hurt?
The Dragon’s Lover (The Year of Stars) was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by GGR-Review