Dragon Warrior by Janet Chapman
Pocket (February 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
Favorite Lines: ““Omigod, my underwire worked free and poked you in the eye!” she cried in dismay. Utterly humiliated now, she tried to get up so she could go jump in the ocean and drown herself.” (p. 102)
Maddy Kimble has no time for a suitor—not with caring for her spunky nursing home patients, her shy nine-year-old daughter, her widowed mother, and her rebellious teenage brother. William Kilkenny’s stunning lack of modern dating protocol doesn’t help. The man is uncouth and outrageous—a towering, drop-dead, breathtakingly hot warrior. Who refuses to give up.
William is secretly a ninth-century Irish nobleman formerly trapped in a dragon’s body. All Maddy knows is that lately, she can hardly resist the urge to lose herself in his powerful arms. But as their uncontrollable passion grows, eerie occurrences in her small coastal Maine town begin to rouse Maddy’s suspicions about her lover. He begs her to trust him, but how can she surrender—body and soul—when she fears the danger he poses to her yearning heart?
Dragon Warrior is book two in Janet Chapman’s Midnight Bay series. It’s a satisfying story about an independent single mother and a man who considers himself incapable of love finding their happily ever after. It’s possible to read the story as a stand alone, but the first book, Moonlight Warrior, introduced both characters. It also showed William longing for Maddy at a distance. There are several tongue-in-cheek comments referencing events from book one. Chapman does an excellent job of recapping the high points of the first book, but I think Dragon Warrior funnier having read the first book.
I read the book last night and am still crackin’ up laughing at the clumsy and craziness that seemed to attack Maddy when things were heating up.
Jumping back into the dating scene isn’t easy and Maddy has the broken Wonder bra to prove it. Maddy’s fear of committing to the wrong man keeps her running from William for most of the book. Thankfully William enjoys the chase and does his best to wear Maddy down through the use of her patients at the local nursing home. Those secondary characters are awesome!
They make the story work. Without them I never would have believed William wanted forever with Maddy. A long tumble with her, sure. But it’s his interactions with her elderly friends that showed he was capable of giving and receiving love. He showed an inner beauty that matched his sexy exterior.
Less to my liking were the storylines about Maddy’s brother and that of the harbor seal. I won’t go into details, but neither felt fully fleshed out. I felt like an easy way out was taken, but that could very well be because they will be followed up in the next book, Mystical Warrior.
Overall: I’m glad I read Dragon Warrior and I look forward to reading Mystic Warrior. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yep.