Dragon Rising by Jaime Rush (The Hidden #0.6)

Dragon Rising by Jaime RushAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Clues left by her missing father lead Lyra to a gorgeous, mysterious Caido, a descendent of fallen angels. When she discovers that his brother is also missing, she’s determined not to let the exasperating man shut her out.

The last thing Archer needs is an emotional Dragon at his side, especially one whose heat reaches beyond the icy walls he, and all Caidos, must erect for good reason. Working together? Smart. Falling in love? Foolish…and inescapable.

In preparation of her new upcoming series “The Hidden”, Jaime Rush has released another short, one sitting read in Dragon Rising. This is yet another short novella that has started the world building in which Rush will settle her series. While I thought at times her writing was chaotic and some of her explanations confusing, I did like the novella overall. It continues where the first novella left off, however this time following Kirin’s sister and her quest to find out what happened to their father. I would not recommend reading this one unless you read the first novella.  As it was I had some trouble envisioning some of the elements, so if you haven’t read the first one you may end up lost and not liking this one at all.

Lyra is our dragon. Fiercely protective of those she loves and desperate to prove her fathers innocence in the case of her brother’s girlfriends mothers disappearance (follow that one?). She goes to a Caidos in order to further her search for answers and meets Archer, an incredibly beautiful man whose angel ancestry comes with a horrible curse of pain at anothers touch or feelings.

Archer lives a life of solitude for a good reason. When Lyra appears that reason is put to the test as she awakens long buried emotions in him along with blistering pain. His search for his brother makes her assistance unnecessary but her stubbornness means she isn’t going anywhere. His brothers disappearance and her fathers must be connected and all clues point to a vicious Caidos who may be working with evil magic.

Their romance is fast…incredibly fast…coming in at roughly 12 hours.  But hey, love at first sight and all that jazz I suppose. However short it was I thought the author did a pretty good job at conveying the transformation that Archer had to go through in order to succumb to his desire for Lyra. I’m not sure I bought how easily the book ended for Archer though based on the stories of other Caidos following his same path in the past. It was too easy for him…not to mention how they had to basically bind themselves to each other FOR LIFE after a mere 12 hours. But okay, I’ll get on board because it’s a novella, I liked them together, and I am a huge sucker for a happily ever after.

I also thought that for a man who couldn’t feel emotions he seemed to fight awfully well. Isn’t fighting ALL ABOUT EMOTIONS? Rage, protectiveness over Lyra, angst, fear…I could keep going but you get it. Anyway, if emotions cause him pain he sure hides it well while he fights and afterwards I would expect him to be incredibly drained and yet nothing. It was almost as if the author wrote herself into a corner and wasn’t sure how to get back out of it.

Dragon Rising had some issues but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I am eagerly anticipating a fell length book when the author will have more time to set up her world and give the reader more insight. I am intrigued but I think the world needs to grow in order to keep the audiences attention. I am hoping a full length book will give the author that opportunity.

I give Dragon Rising by Jaime Rush 3.25 stars!

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