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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    In a future where humans are almost extinct, werewolves fight to

    In a future where humans are almost extinct, werewolves fight to retain their meager hold on their lands against the dragons who rule the skies. War is the inevitable outcome of this world. And the war’s backdrop, and the hardship to werewolf families and warriors, is painted through the eyes of a damaged fifteen-year veteran, Devin Owen. Rescued after five years in Dragon prison, he is finally home and unprepared to deal with freedom.

    Lena Knox is the werewolf next door. Well, not exactly. She lives across the street. But several years younger than Devin, she’s watched him, knowing him to be her mate. Not that the Owen brother of her heart has had a chance to notice her. Until now. Lena didn’t waste the interim years on superficial flings and adventure. Providing for her aging parent’s welfare and hoping Devin will come home from the wars has taken every spare moment. Now that is about to change—she hopes.

    This is a short novella, but what I liked about it was that it offers a good snap shot of the magical world. The focus understandably on Devin, what happened to him during the war, and what he struggles with upon his return. We get the pieces of the dragon war that are relevant here, not a dump of the entire circumstance. Just enough is presented to keep us wondering how this came to be.

    In the development of the relationship, Lena is certain of Devin’s role as her mate, but she reacts in a mature, if heartbreaking manner, when he offers no returned assurances. She’s a strong young woman. She has waited for years for the one man who was destined for her and she’s worked her butt off in the meantime. She can make hard choices for herself and she retains her compassion and loyalty even during the hardest of times. The romance begins with a sexual spark, but friendship, mutual support, and love develop without the crutch of ‘mating lust’, which made for a great tale.

    What I liked: The characters, the intrigue of what happened to bring these two people together, how strong they both are in spirit and will. I really enjoyed Devin. Who wouldn’t love a soldier who has given his all and still struggles to find a way to give more. I also rooted for Lena to find a way to heal the broken parts of Devin so they could have the joy they both deserved.

    What I didn’t like: I’m realistic, a short novella isn’t going to build the whole world or lay down huge descriptions. This was a teaser intro story for a new series. And it worked. I enjoyed FOREVER, Dragon Wars enough that I’m going to wait for the next, hopefully full book, in this series. I also hope we see more of Devin and Lena.

    Rebecca Royce is a new author for me and I have to say that I enjoyed this book and appreciated the opportunity to read it for review.

    So final check:

    Fantasy – Yes, an interesting world with plenty more to look forward to.

    Great characters – Yes, Devin is an honorable warrior ready for dragon battle round two. Lena is strong enough in loyalty, bravery, and determination to match him.

    Romance – Refreshingly, it was not overdone in the sex department. Just enough sensual and sexual excitement, with a nicely developed bond to make this outcome believable.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Forever: The Dragon War is a novella length story that has every

    Forever: The Dragon War is a novella length story that has everything you want in a great paranormal romance packed into a easy to read in one sitting length book.

    Devin is a veteran of the Dragon Wars and has come home after being held for 5 years in a dragon prison, Lena the little girl next door is all grown up and she has been waiting for him, she knew since she was 7 years old he was her mate.

    Ms. Royce has written a fantastic tale of a world where humans have been extinct for 100's of years and werewolves are now the norm. With our hero a war vet with the were equivalent of PTSD, damaged sense of smell, broken leg and unable to shift we can almost relate on a real life level with his character. Lena is in a situation where the mate she has waited for doesn't recognize the link, she has aging parents and a junky sister and brother-in-law so once again very much a character we are able to connect with. When get a whole load of sexual tension and several burning up the sheets scenes to round the story into a great erotic paranormal romance. 
    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    I enjoyed this story immensely. Devin is a broken man who is jus

    I enjoyed this story immensely. Devin is a broken man who is just trying to get by each day after the Dragon Wars. 
    Lena is a woman to get the man she believes in her life mate. 
    The journey for the two of them isn't easy, but with each giving a little they find they can't live without each other. An other world tale that keeps the reader entertained.

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