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Posted August 19, 2014
Wildfire by Mina Khan is one of those fantastic books that can’t be pigeonholed into just one genre. It is a paranormal mystery love story with no sex and cowboys, sheriffs and crazy bad guys and friends. Because of this it may never see your bookshelf and that would be a shame because this is a heck of a story. Well written, fast paced, I couldn’t put it down. This is one book that is worth reading past your bedtime.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2014
This is the first book i have from this author.I received this book at a release party,wasn't too sure about a dragon shifter but very glad i read it. Well written, interesting,romance and mystery thrown together .I love paranormal books and toss in cowboys and texas i will look for more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2014
I received a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wild Fire will definitely not only ignite your fire but take you on a wild ride as well. Lynn is a dragon shifter who has recently been thru numerous tragedies. She wakes up in the dead of the night with a horrible feeling that someone she loves is in danger and heads off to protect them. Things start to spiral out of control and she meets Jack in one word YUMMY! She is instantly attracted to him but has reservations. There are a rash of fires near where her friend Jen lives and she stays on to investigate and see if she can help in anyway. I can’t really say more without giving away the whole story but let me just say this: this story is packed full of romance, lies, deep buried secrets and so much more. I can’t wait to see if more books will stem from this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love the dragon shapeshifter angle. The author does a great job with the storyline and the characters are well developed. I fell in love with Lynn and other characters and at the end of the book was wanting more. This is one of those books that can be classified under numerous genres and will appeal to a lot of readers. This is a definite read and I can't wait to read more from this author.
Posted February 20, 2014
I was pulled into this story immediately by the concept: a small asian girl who shapeshifted into being a big, scary, oh-yes-I-can-kick- butt dragon. The story started right off with the action, and I was sure it was going to be right up my alley. And then...not so much. Apparently, dragons are horny practically all the time (not the person, the dragon, so it's natural to be eyeing up everybody as a potential sexual partner, even if you do suspect them of arson). The book was really well written, it really was, but I think I would have enjoyed it more without quite so much dragon lust! However, it was a very different kind of paranormal romance, so big points there. I do recommend it if you like the idea of a dragon-shifter, a little mystery and a little lustiness. I got this book free in exchange for an unbiased review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2014
Lynn Hana Alexander is a Japanese American dragon-shifter tormented by fleeting memories of her grandmother’s death by fire. She feels enormous guilt for her grandmother’s death becauseLynn failed in saving her.
So… when she sees her friend threatened in the same way in a dream, she doesn’t think; she shifts into her dragon form and rushes to her from her apartment in Houston to her friend’s home in relatively small Paradise Valley in west Texas. Once she arrives, she immediately smells the musky scent of a male dragon nearby who calls to her and brings back memories of when her grandmother died. She is determined to find and bring this rogue dragon to justice as she feels that he’s also connected to her grandmother’s death.
Lynn was a journalism major in college and, after the fire, her friend, Jen, encourages her to write a story about Jen’s fire to gain some publicity for what has been happening in Paradise Valley and hopefully help bring the arsonist to justice. After submitting her story to the paper, she’s offered a job as an investigative reporter, takes it, and starts investigating. Lynn quickly discovers that Paradise Valley is being plagued by fires which reinforces her resolve to actively pursue tracking down the dragon responsible. Being a relatively new dragon, she flounders in her investigation as she’s not adept at deciphering who is and who is not a dragon, but she perseveres.
This story is primarily a paranormal mystery with cowboys and dragons. Solving the mystery of who is setting the fires is paramount. Additional subplots include Lynn’s confusion over her developing dragon side, her amnesia over what really happened when her grandmother was murdered, and her poor relationship with her mother who keeps encouraging her to renew her relationship with her ex-fiance who Lynn had found to be cheating on her. Within the mystery of all the fires, Lynn seeks to discover who and what she is.
There are romantic elements also. Jack Callaghan is a hot fireman and a nerdy cowboy – his family has lived large in the area for years, and Jack serves as a part-time volunteer firefighter. He meets Lynn at Jen’s fire and continues to show up at each of the successive fires. She is shocked when they first meet as he is the same person that she has been dreaming about. They are mutually attracted to each other, but Lynn worries that he may be the arsonist rogue dragon. Henry, a smooth-talking city developer, is also at the fires and he’s also attracted to Lynn. Both men distract her from her primary purpose and she has to fight her own hormonal urges arising at the most inopportune times.
Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. I was drawn to the book by the paranormal aspect and the author utilizes those elements uniquely well in the story. I loved the dragon/cowboys aspect and thought it worked very well. The story was good and the characters were well-developed. My one issue with the book was that I wasn’t able to fully connect with Lynn, so I enjoyed the mystery but didn’t really develop sympathy with the heroine.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal mysteries.
- Reviewed by Linda
Posted December 2, 2013
Wow, this book has a great twist on fantasy and mystery. It's very interesting on how she weaves dragon shape shifters, into a texan setting. Love it. Plenty of detail, and a very interesting story line. So worth the money i paid for it, and i hope she writes sequels, or at least continues to explore this genre. Love your work Ms. Khan, Great job and keep the books coming :DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2013
As a bit time lover of old school fantasy stories, I always love when I see dragons and magic brought into more contemporary story lines. Mina Khan does the wonderfully with her dragon-shifter, Lynn Alexander. She's not some little petite dragon - she's the real deal and could probably eat you whole if she got angry enough. After experience a series of somewhat prophetic dreams she flies off to check on her friend Jen and finds her house about to go up in flames. When she senses the presence of a powerful male dragon in the area she wonders if he might be the cause of the blaze, which is just one in a string of what looks like arson.
I loved Lynn. She was just the right mixture of tough and timid, confidant and unsure, all at the same time. Just when she thinks she has everything finally figured out, a series of events changes everything putting her friends, both new and old, in great danger. She will need to learn to trust and balance the dragon in her in order to save everyone.
Through all this mystery and detective work, she meets a few eligible bachelors - all of which could be the bad guy. When her heart settles on the one that looks the most guilty, she resolves herself to finding proof and living with her broken heart. I think the only small part I didn't like about this was at times her best friend, Jen, got a little on my nerves. This is a great story for lovers of crime drama, romance, or fantasy.
Posted October 26, 2013
Even while Lynn struggles with guilt over her grandmothers death she jumps to help her friend when fire is threatening her. She is a shapeshifting dragon and while that helps her she still struggle to figure out who is behind the fires. She is having some troubles because she is tempted by a hot fireman and a smooth city developer. She has to keep her dragon hormones under control if she is going to help her friend. There is a mystery to solve and Lynn needs to take the time to get over her grief as well.
I really enjoyed this book as it's not the typical shifter book. For one the shifter is a dragon and there isn't a ton of that out there. Another thing is this book doesn't rely heavily on the romance. While it is there the mystery is more to this story to me anyways. Lynn is a wonderful character that will stay with you till the end. You really get to know her and what drives her. Her friend Jen is someone else I loved. She seems like a real person and as Lynn is helping her she is also helping Lynn cope with things. They make good friends as they seem to settle each other in ways. Jack and Henry both have great qualities but you are never sure whether they are the good guys or the bad ones until the end. The author does a great job with all of the characters. The mystery is one you get the more you read. I will say at one time I thought I know who did it only to be wrong. I kept turning pages to see if I was right. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last as she does a phenomenal job with this book. Recommend for anyone who loves a book with dragons, mystery or just want a great story.
Posted October 24, 2013
Posted October 17, 2013
This is the first book that I've read of Mina Khan's and I must say that it did intrigue me. I am looking forward to reading any of her other books. I have liked reading books about shape shifters for years now but you don't read about dragons often. And that made this book different from the rest. I liked that there was back story and some flashbacks to help explain what has already happened so the new reader won't feel left out at all. Though I could see where Lynn was coming, from past pain and traumatic events involving someone she was close either, I felt that she fought so hard to be separate from others that it made her feel almost awkward to try to integrate into her friend Jen's town. The craziness of the plot kept me turning the page and trying to guess who the fire starter was. Can't wait to read her other books now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2013
I love books that shift and twist genres, and Mina Khan excels at this. I'll post a longer review later, but for now I have to say that this novel is paranormal in a way that no other paranormal I've read, it's romance with some serious sexual tension, and in case that's not enough, the backbone of the story isn't the romance or the mystery arsonist, but family, tradition, and acceptance of who you are and where you came from. So yeah, there's also a lot of great character development here. It's a quick read because you can't put it down till you're done - be prepared to stay up all night if you start it after work. I was lucky. I had a long, long, long plane ride to devote to this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2013
Really great shape-shifter story. I liked the whole concept and the characters involved all except for the villain of course. The story kept me guessing on who the villain was for the first part of the book and it's nice to not have it so obvious at the beginning. It doesn't hit me so much as a romance because of the suspicion keeping the heroine and hero separated even though there is an attraction and sexual tension between both. It comes off as more of a fantasy with sparks of romance, but the story was still very good and kept my attention which is hard to do when Supernatural is on ;3.
My only complaints about the book is that there are some areas where mindspeaking is involved but the words are not italicized or made any different from the normal text so it caught me off guard, there are some punctuation errors towards the end of the book, and finally I wish it was longer! I didn't want the story to end and I wanted to see more of a development between Lynn and Jack's relationship.