Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The seventh book in the Highland Dragons series opens as Kaiser and Perth, two members of the black dragon counterintelligence caste, are trying to meet with the chieftain of the MacDuffan clan. As they wait for the chieftain’s return the next day, Kaiser decides to get some intelligence by bedding the son of the chieftain. Perth meanwhile, refuses the advances of Hamish, one of the MacDuffan clan’s lead warriors. Instead, Perth decides to go to the stables to check on his horse, which has a reputation of being aggressive to people whom she does not know.
Aodhan is an apprentice to the stable master. When Master Doohan realizes that Aodhan is more talented at handling the horses than he is, he makes Aodhan’s life miserable. However badly Doohan treats him, Aodhan puts up with it since his father bartered his services to the stable master and feels he cannot let his family down.
When Perth gets to the stables, he sees a young man skillfully handling his horse. As he approaches Aodhan, Perth realizes that the young man is an asda, or human compatible to mate with a dragon. As the rules of courting asdas have recently been changing, Perth decides to try his luck in wooing the young man. After having a late dinner with Aodhan, Perth homes his caste leader will back his claim of Aodhan as his mate. Now he has to hope that the apprentice will accept the world of dragons.
Perth’s plans of a normal courtship are cut short when Kaiser informs him that Hamish has told the chieftain that Perth was seen near the entrance of the chieftain’s daughter’s room late last night. Even though false, Kaiser suggests that Perth leave the area. Not wanting to leave his potential mate with the abusive stable master, Perth convinces Aodhan to run away with him. When Perth is forced to reveal his true form to Aodhan, the young man says dragons are only tales. Can Perth calm Aodhan’s fears and show him that life with him would be better than the existence he now has?
While I usually enjoy the books in this series, I thought there was something missing with this one. The romance between Perth and Aodhan was as usual for this series well done. Readers new to the series are caught up in the author’s world building through Perth’s answers to Aodhan’s questions about dragons. However, unlike previous books, the conflict (Hamish’s allegations) just did not seem equal to dragon fights or potential clashes between dragons and humans. In light of the times though, Perth’s concern about Aodhan’s reputation in the clan regarding same sex couples does make sense.
The cover art by Angela Waters once again delivers. In the foreground is young Aodhan shirtless. In the background is Perth’s dragon. Ms. Waters never fails to deliver gorgeous covers for this series.
Series: Highland Dragons
- For a Dragons Touch (Highland Dragons #1)
- For a Dragon’s Protection (Highland Dragons #2)
- For a Dragon’s Treasure (Highland Dragons #3)
- For a Dragon’s Protection (Highland Dragons #4)
- For a Dragon’s Redemption (Highland Dragons #5)
- For a Dragon’s Healing (Highland Dragons #6)
- For a Dragon’s Persuasion (Highland Dragons #7)