Title: Vampire Dragon
Author: Annette Blair
Series: Works Like Magick #3
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Magic, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 22nd – 24th May 2020
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: That is how I learned ‘trick dick’.
In Salem, Massachusetts, the Works Like Magick employment agency matches clients in need with magical temps. This time it brings two heart mates together, but when neither is who they appear to be, true danger could be even closer than true love…
Darkwyn, a former Roman warrior turned dragon, has landed in the 21sst century – in stark-naked human form – needing the help of Works Like Magick to build a new life. His first job is as a bouncer in Drak’s Place, a club for local wannabe vampires. But that’s just a cover – his real assignment could kill him.
Bronte McBride is on the run from the mob with her twelve-year-old nephew, Zachary. They both know too much, and a place like Drak’s offers the kind of anonymous protection they’re seeking. Darkwyn has what it takes to protect – and serve – even when he begins to suspect that his vulnerable charge, a woman he recognizes as his heart mate, isn’t everything she claims to be. Then again, Darkwyn has his own secrets. And now, as the past catches up with both of them, nothing less than ultimate chaos will be the next thing these guarded new lovers are destined to share.
I didn’t love this as much as the first two books in Works Like Magick. I think because I was still hanging out for a story featuring Vivica. And I found this a bit of a sad conclusion to the ending of this trilogy – normally the final book rounds out the battles that are being faced. But this is still very open ended with more dragon brothers due to come in and Killian still on the run… it’s a great story, but everything just felt a little unfinished.
Although I didn’t necessarily love this story as much as the first two tales, I did absolutely adore Darkwyn. He is difficult, contrary and not the most stable of characters. I love that he’s a little ADD with his approach to learning about how to acclimate to the rest of the world. I also love that he begins his romantic relationship with Bronte within the first few chapters where the other couples took a little longer to get there…
The setting for Vampire Dragon, whilst not my favourite, was one of the more humorous settings. It was one which felt beautifully ironic and kitschy… I did spend a lot of the time trying to figure out if the vampires in this story were actually real or just people posers. Then the masks just made it more and more kitschy as time went on. Not a bad setting and backdrop – but definitely not one that I completely adored and wanted more of.
Whilst I had a few concerns about this story, mostly in that it didn’t quite make my expectations, I did also seriously enjoy it. Puck the parrot is just adorable and hilarious. Bronte and Zack are the perfect beginnings to a family when Darkwyn joins. And the moments of bliss and relationship that develop throughout the story are just fun. Mostly, I loved Darkwyn – he was scattered, jumpy, and yet single-minded right the way through. A good little ending to a trilogy, I just need to get over my obsession with Jayden and Vivica…