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Friday, December 27, 2013

{Book Review with Giveaway} DRAGON CRAVING by Livia Olteano

Dragon Craving (Otherworld Summons #2)
by Livia Olteano
Length: 230 pages
Edition: ebook
Part of a series; can be read as stand-alone

The world holds few secrets for Oracle Elana Anderson, or as her fans know her, Ela Deville. Successful author of paranormal romance, Ela has a secret: not all her paranormal characters are quite that fictional. She hardly expected she'd trigger a chain of events that might bring about the end of the world via a pesky dragon. Rendered blind to visions of him, Ela’s only way to save her world is to keep the dragon close…very close.

Obitus, the only awake dragon in the Otherworlds, is determined to get back the magic that was stolen from him and secure his position for a good thousand years. Becoming Akai’s new guardian after getting rid of the current one is the best way to it. But that means getting Ela on his side. He’ll bargain and maneuver his way there if he has to, but ends up tormented by the desire to have her for real.

In a game of deals, half-truths and irresistible cravings, does one heart have to break in order for the other to save the world?

 I had read the first book in this series, GARGOYLE ADDICTION, earlier this year. (See my review here). I really enjoyed it and enjoyed the cast of characters as well. I was excited to be offered a chance to read DRAGON CRAVING from the author directly and I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more, than the first!

The Otherworld Summons series is great in that you can read each book as a stand-alone. While the characters cross over into this second book, I could envision someone reading it and enjoying it just fine without having read Karla & Kann's story.

This book focuses on Obitus, the dragon Karla summoned and released from his prison in order to save her own life. Back in our human realm, Obitus and Karla have a friendship going on that Kann and Ela, Karla's favorite author who happens to be the Oracle of Akai (human realm), just cannot seem to understand. In fact, Ela is constantly fighting her own attraction to him, believing him to be the worst sort imaginable. Obitus...the Destroyer of Worlds. He must've been imprisoned for SOME reason, right?

Obitus meanwhile is searching for magic, his magic, so he can wreak revenge on Naum, the person he trusted who betrayed him and imprisoned him. We learn a lot from Obitus about what really happened, about what the guardians TRULY are, etc. A lot of information without being lectured; it all unfolds in the course of the story.

The sexual tension and pulling of heartstrings between Obitus and Ela is wonderfully written as is the pace of this novel. Once I was able to get a little time to myself to read, this was a fast, enjoyable nugget of a book that made me smile as the ebb and flow of relationship woes and highs pulsed.

I cannot wait for another book in this series; something tells me we're going back to gargoyles. Maybe? Hopefully? ;) 

The author is graciously giving away one ebook set of both novels, mobi/epub only. Good luck! 

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