Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
TV writer Teddy Greist thinks he’s met the perfect guy. The man with the unusual name of Song Smith is so wonderful, Teddy couldn’t have written him better. He’s sexy, soulful, full of ambition, and—oh, no, Teddy soon realizes—just a little bit crazy.
Just as Teddy’s getting comfortable with the idea of being in love and having his hit show Oahu P.D. on the air at the same time, Song suddenly confesses to some weird family curse, then dumps Teddy faster than a bowl of soggy chicken dumplings.
Song is wild about Teddy, who’s changing his life in so many ways. But will Teddy still love him in return when he learns just how demented Song’s family really is? Can their budding romance survive the twisted tale of his father’s disappearance? And what will Teddy say when it becomes all too clear it has a lot to do with strings, sealing wax, and other fancy stuff?
Oh, and one more thing—it’s all about a dragon, too.
Can I just say that the way this author took the song “Puff the Magic Dragon” and twisted it to create a family curse and Dragon god was very unique. It was something I would never have imagined. I really liked her creativity in this aspect!
The story itself, however, was a bit slow for me. I felt that too much time was devoted to the mundane (work atmosphere and a weak female supporting character) and not enough time allotted for moving the story forward. For such a short story, a big chunk of the tale was devoted to setting things up but not enough of that was setting up the right things. I spent most of the first half wondering if I would ever discover the point of the story and wondering why Song was behaving so weirdly and seemingly out of character. Yes, I knew he was hiding something about a dragon, but there were only hints and stalling tactics and angry behavior. I just didn’t understand where the story was going.
Song finally got his head out of his ass and revealed his secret to Teddy. It was a great twist, as I said before, and was very interesting. I liked the dragon but I wish more time would have been devoted to this part of the story. By the time the dragon was revealed, I was relatively bored and the short climax was over before I could be pulled out of that boredom.
I think some of you will like this tale. It shows the everyday life of an established couple and describes many local haunts in Hawaii. I just found that It lacked action and forward movement. It either needed less buildup or to be longer so that the Dragon could be more fully explored.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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