Dragon Mine by Jaime Rush (The Hidden #0.5)

dragon-mine-by-jaime-rushAvailable: June 4th 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

His Dragon, her magick, a dark mystery, and hot sparks!

Kirin is summoned home to Miami when his father goes missing–the man who ruined his life, and his relationship with Elle, by being a suspect in her mother’s disappearance. When he runs into Elle, sparks fly, especially when he discovers her father is missing, too. Suspecting that their disappearances are linked, they must combine his Dragon power and her magick to find the truth in the darkest shadows. But as their desires flare again, can their burning passion overcome their past—or the danger that the future holds?

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In preparation of upcoming series Jaime Rush gives us a short intro into her new world with Dragon Mine. I’ve read a few of her books in the past but I always felt something was missing. When I received this one for review I was skeptical I would like it but when I saw it was rather short, even for a novella, I figured I had nothing to lose.

Kirin and Elle have a sordid past filled with love, regret and betrayal. When Elle’s mother disappeared and all the evidence pointed to Kirin’s father and an affair gone wrong, Elle expected him to back up her claims. Instead he sided with his sister and Elle broke up with him. Now six months later Kirin’s dad has disappeared and the prime suspect is Elle’s father who was blinded by rage over the thought of his wifes betrayal.  What her father set loose is an entity he can’t control and the only two people that can stop it are Elle and Kirin. If they can manage to work together and get past all the pain….and the unexpected heat that flares once again.

While I enjoyed this one I wish it would have been a bit longer. The author just sort of jumps head first into this world and I wish she would have spent a bit more time explaining the inner workings of this new place. The world is full of all kinds of magical beings, humans, angels and Gods in which readers are supposed to immediately identify with.

I love the idea of dragon shifters and since Kirin is one, I enjoyed that aspect. I also thought it was unique that while he was powerful he also wasn’t overly large. Rush also does an excellent job with the imagery, with Kirin, but with everything else as well. Elle was a harder sell for me. Though I understood why she would be hurt by Kirin not buying the story that his father had a hand in her mothers disappearance, she seemed not able to understand his point of view at all. I mean she was talking about his father. When it becomes evident that her own father has conjured an entity that seems to have a hand in Kirin’s fathers disappearance she is apologetic but I wanted Kirin to rage at her a bit over the turned tables. Guess he’s the bigger person because he does not. Karma. It’s a bitch.

The novella ends incredibly abruptly with nothing really tied up at all. I was a bit shocked at the lack of any type of conclusion but I guess it sets up the first full length book nicely. Too bad that book isn’t out until this Christmas. By that time I’ll have forgotten the story arc and I’ll have to re-read. I typically like novellas to give me some closure. I didn’t get that with this one but I enjoyed the introduction.  Rush definitely ensures that if you like this one you’ll be back.

I give Dragon Mine by Jaime Rush 3.75 stars!

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for your insightful review! I just wanted to let you know that the spin-off novella that completes the missing father story arc comes out Oct 1. For some reason DRAGON RISING hasn’t been listed anywhere, making people conclude that the December book finishes it. Further, the first two novellas were originally scheduled to release closer together but got pushed two more months apart. The Dec/Jan/Feb books are all loosely tied to one arc but are very much complete.

    Cheers!
    Jaime Rush

    1. Well that’s good to hear…wonder why it’s not listed on Amazon yet? Don’t ya just hate the publisher time tables? So after this completion of this novella in Oct you have 3 more in this world Dec/Jan/Feb? I look forward to it 🙂

      1. Until I read your review, I didn’t realize that the conclusion some would make was that they’d have to wait until Dec to finish the story. Yikes! So I’ve been trying to make that clear to all 🙂 The second novella is supposed to be listed today. I have NO idea why it’s not available, other than it slipped through the cracks. So yes, three more books! I’m very happy with the back-to-back. Cheers!

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