Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.
NOTE: This is the entire first story arc of the Stonefire Dragons, complete with a HEA and no cliffhangers.
Essentially, it's the story of Melanie offering herself for six months to a Dragon in the hopes of becoming pregnant. Her payment is a vial of magical Dragon blood that she hopes will cure her dying brother. Very little is explained as to why the Dragons need human females so it could simply be birth rates of Dragon females are declining or even a distinct lack of fertility, but for whatever reason, Melanie will have the option of staying after her contract expires or leaving her child behind.
Tristan is a broody guy with very little reason to trust or indeed even like humans but reluctantly agrees to step up and try to help perpetuate his clan. His attitude to Melanie right from the start is less than welcoming but his inner Dragon has a completely different opinion of her, leaving Tristan well and truly stumped!
Hmm, I could see that Ms Donovan tried hard to make Tristan a jerk but honestly, he didn't seem that bad. Melanie is clearly supposed to be strong and feisty but to me, she just came across as normal but then again, I am used to kick ass urban fantasy heroines. I didn't like that Melanie is portrayed as almost saintly as she goes around offering kind words, a friendly shoulder, and even a pat on the head (not kidding!) and seemingly being this caring and understanding woman who can do what others have failed to do.
Yet, I really like Tristan's Dragon. What can I say? So often shifters have an inner beast they communicate with and Ms Donovan gives us that, but she gets down to the nitty gritty. The Dragon has base instincts and doesn't understand subtlety or compromise. He's a bull-headed animal that struts about like a demanding toddler! All he understands is freedom, flight, hunting, eating, and with Melanie around the need to protect and procreate! Yes, cue many instances of "mine" and frequent rutting!
I do think the ending made this a worthwhile read for me as until then, the romance wasn't working for me. Happily, we meet the couple about seven months later and by then I could believe they had worked through things and truly found love. It wasn't exactly what I expected if honest, but I'm sure there will be many readers who enjoy these Dragons and the situations they find themselves in.