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It has been a while but today I’ve got a new book review.

*****

cover35072-mediumGriffin Cadogan is surprised when Avani Monroe, the sworn enemy of his dragon family, walks into his gym. With his mating phase approaching, the dragon shifter wonders why she risks coming into enemy territory. Yet the dark-eyed temptress shocks him even more with an outrageous demand: She wants him to help her have a baby.

After her mother’s dragon line was annihilated by the Knights, Avani vows to continue her unique dragon breed-and the registries indicate that Griffin is the best candidate. Determined to mate, Avani plans to use her seductive beauty and powerful scent to entice Griffin. The big, strong Welsh man will make for a fitting partner . . . if he doesn’t kill her first.

When they spar over the terms of her proposal, Griffin and Avani can’t deny the intense, primal attraction they feel for each other. But as they become closer to creating a child, the lovers can hear danger encircle them as loud as the clapping of wings. The dragon slayers are coming . . .and they’re gunning for Griffin, Avani, and the entire dragon race.

Red Hot Dragon is sci-fi erotica at its best (I’m calling it erotica but you might think it is just a really hot romance) – it’s steamy, sexy, and sweet but with just that right amount of fantasy.  It’s not a very long story, a little over 50 pages, but it packs a lot of sizzle into those pages.  There’s a little bit of danger involved, but like with Lopez’s Dead Sexy Dragon it is mostly about Griffin and Avani coming to terms with their changing relationship – they’ve gone from enemies to lovers (& potential parents) to mates in a very short time. 

But for having so few pages, Lopez manages to fill them with a lot of goodies.  Avani is hesitant to get into a relationship with anyone, especially Griffin, but we get a good feeling for the reasons for her fears.  Griffin’s reasons for not being involved with anyone are much easier to understand – his job is very dangerous – but you can’t always control the heart.  I really enjoyed getting to know these two and watching them fall in love.  Lopez gives them great chemistry and, of course, you can’t ignore the scorching sex scenes. It might be a little flowery for some but it’ll definitely raise your body temp a few degrees! 

It is not as heavy on the paranormal as perhaps some would like, but Red Hot Dragon is the perfect choice if you are looking for a fast, super-sexy read with a little out of this world element.  And we get a peek at the story for the next book and it looks like it is going to be a doozy. 

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