Dragon Heart

Dragon Heart

by Susan Arden


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Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family’s political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or claim her life and her sexuality for her own.

She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man—a dragon shifter who’s too dangerous to resist . . .

Former Navy SEAL Drake O’Connor personally guaranteed he’d protect his buddy’s daughter to the death. But when his explosive chemistry with Shay finally boils over and they end up in bed, her family’s political enemies are the least of their problems.

Because although Shay doesn’t know it, she’s crossed a line with Drake that will alter their future for an eternity . . .

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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ISBN-13: 9781440586972
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Dragon Heart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable and exciting storyline with steamy scenes aplenty . Many other detail hint at a continuation of this story , perhaps with additional characters populating this same fictional universe. Look forward to future books by this author.
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I enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like it was written by a 13 year old. The scenes and dialog are choppy and disjointed and the female character is clearly retarded. It doesn't seem possible that an adult could have written this book.
KittyWoods88 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Like: I liked the secondary characters enough that I'm hoping there is more books coming. The heroine is impulsive. Dmitri got what he deserved as did his associates. I'm interested in finding more about Jinni.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel contains scenes so hot that they sizzle, they also fit well into the story, advancing the plot.  There is also lots of suspense and action.  Arden combines it all for an intricate and wonderful story.  The suspense and romance go hand in hand with this one.  I could not only visualize the scenes that Arden was describing, but could also smell, taste & feel them.  It was fantastic and drew me fully into the story.  My heart was on the line throughout.   The heroine was one of those individuals that you can’t help but love, in spite of the fact that she routinely had me wondering if her head was screwed on quite straight at times.  She definitely got herself into some rather confounding situations.  Paired with an alpha to the alphas for a counterpart, this story was well casted.  Arden develops her characters as humans, their animal counterparts, and as shifters.  The multifaceted development allows readers to get to know them on multiple levels.  I did find myself questioning a couple of things about what it meant to be a dragon and such, but nothing that really affected my enjoyment of the story itself.   As a whole, this was a great read that will stand out in the sea of paranormal romances.  It was my first novel by Susan Arden, but I can guarantee that it won’t be my last.  Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Andrea4421 More than 1 year ago
I found a new paranormal author to love! This book starts out slow but picks up momentum. The characters Shay and Drake make you feel for them and the situation that they are in. I love the places and way Susan paints the scenes.
Katie_Kenyhercz More than 1 year ago
I am all about paranormal romance, and this book hit all of my favorite things about the genre. Shay, the heroine, is strong in every respect, and she challenges Drake like no one else could. He's a handful for her too in more ways that one ;-) From the beginning it's fast-paced and ultra steamy. The love scenes like the characters are extraordinary and supernaturally hot! Your pulse will be pounding until the very end.
Little-White-Tiger More than 1 year ago
I have found another new to me favorite author. I enjoyed this book very much. So much spunk from Shay and so much love and protectiveness from Drake. He had so much patience for her and all the trouble she was always causing him, it was great. Just cannot express how much I really liked this book. And then toward the end has a surprise that was thrown in and that just made it that much better too. Sure did not see that coming. I am sure looking forward to reading the next book and read Shawn and Diane's story. I know that it will be just as good as this one.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!! **Author gifted the ebook in exchange for an honest review The cover doesn’t fit my idea of Drake because the model doesn’t look tough enough.  I love the dragon though :) I really love this series and every book I’ve read so far :)  This is the best of the series so far because it had tons of action and intrigue.  It does have a ton of very steamy sex scenes, so this is a very adult book.  Shay is really head strong, and I hate to say it but makes many stupid decisions that had me yelling at her in my head.  It sort of reminded me of that commercial where the guy says let’s hide behind the chainsaws….lol!   Drake is sexy and amazing, and he has his hands full with Shay and her shenanigans.  There are lots of my favorite characters in this book as well as my favorite place to hang at The Den.  You learn a lot about Quinn’s partner and his family in this book. Susan is amazing because you can totally imagine everything happening and the story grabs your attention from the start.  I can’t wait for more in this series.  I know I have book 4 to read already and can’t wait. I don’t like to tell any major plot points because I think it should be your journey to enjoy :) I think if you are a shifter lover, you will love this book.  If you are already a fan of Susan Arden, you will definitely want to read this book.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Dragon Heart by Susan Arden Leopardess Shay Barclay rebels against her arranged marriage to ancient leopard, Dimitri Necrodemas, by spending the night with Ex-Navy SEAL and dragon shifter Drake O’Connor. But will one night be enough? Shay is an intriguing heroine.  She is stubborn and determined.  She starts out a bit naïve and grows a lot throughout the novel.   Drake is a sexy alpha male.  I like that he is not one to conform and will fight for what is his.  He is smart and strong willed.  I appreciate that he will go to great lengths to protect his family. I enjoyed that Drake’s crew consist of phoenixes.  They seem like the perfect friends for a dragon: They both fly and are fire-retardant. There was a lot going on with the plot that kept the story interesting. The bad guys kept you guessing about what they would do next.  Shay and Drake have multiple obstacles to overcome.  Dragon Heart is well-written and very descriptive, making it an enjoyable read. 
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the first book in a new series by this author. I really enjoyed it! Shay Barclay is a character that I really didn't take to at first, because she came across as a spoilt brat rather than a desperate leopardess. However, as the story unfolded, I softened towards her, because she lost her attitude and became a bit more humble. Drake O'Connor is a character full of charisma and machismo, with a huge ego to boot! In fact, a typical alpha character. He is the "blacksheep" of his dragon family, as he refuses to tow the family line. I really liked this character. He is uber sexy and smart. I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romances and have read hundreds of them over the years, so when I was given the opportunity to read this one, I snapped it up with glee! The story is a typical paranormal romance, but there are a few surprises in store for the readers. I loved the heat between Shay and Drake, but felt it was a bit one-sided in favour of Drake in the beginning, because a dragon mates for life and Shay wasn't interested in "forever". However, as the story unfolded the imbalance between the two evened out. I really enjoyed meeting Noah, Grant and Evan, Drake's team mates, who happen to be phoenixes. I also enjoyed meeting the Jinni who looks after the O'Connor dragon horde. He is quite a character!  This story is an erotic paranormal romance, so there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely explicit. The heat level is turned on " high" and fairly scorches the pages! I felt that the sub-plot became a little lost due to the many bedroom scenes. I can understand that dragons and leopardesses have high sex drives, but I would have liked a bit more danger or threat from the villains in the story, or a more exciting challenge for Drake to attempt for his bonding ceremony. Nevertheless, the story was entertaining and ended satisfactorily.  Susan Arden has written a fantastic erotic paranormal romance. I loved her fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful. This is the second book I have read by this author. The first one was a contemporary romance, which I loved, but paranormal romances have always been my favourite genre. I will definitely read more of this author's books in the future. Due to the hot sensual bedroom scenes, I do not recommend this book to younger teenage readers. However, I recommend this book if you love spicy, HOT paranormal romance novels. - Lynn Worton
JolliffeJH More than 1 year ago
'Dragon Heart' sizzles with fast-building heat, as sexy dragon shifter Drake, sheds his gentlemanly aura and gives Shay what she craves on a sultry summer evening. Leopardess shifter, Shay, is happy, her plan to lose her innocence to her dragon crush has worked but she is ill-prepared for the fatalistic consequences. Their first meeting is all about the physical and the eroticism of these scenes will make you hot and searching for a dragon of your own. Sassy, vulnerable Shay makes some hot headed decisions, which endanger her happy ever after with Drake, and ultimately, it is so much more than red hot passion that keeps Drake and Shay together. This romantic adventure plays out against a background of shifter politics and dark Fae magic. Vivid characters, with easily recognisable human flaws are easy to visualise. They ramp up the suspense and keep this story rolling, at a rip- roaring pace. This fusion of paranormal and fantasy romance is guaranteed to keep you enthralled. Dragon Heart is a classy, erotic tale, full of kick- ass action and passionate romance. I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  I was giving this book in exchange for an honest review. I want to start out stating that I love how Susan writes and I have most of her books, but I think this book moved to the top of my favorite list. The way that Susan paints the scenes in her books is like I am living it. That is the best kind of author in my opinion. This story is about the coming together of a leopard (Shey) and dragon(Drake) shifter. Things seem impossible for the two and they fight there growing attraction until Shey’s parents drop the bomb that she is to marry an old creepy leopard shifter that she can barley be in the same room without her skin crawling. Shey has had a thing for her brother’s friend for awhile and he is her protection on her trip so she decides to try and seduce Drake because she knows its her only way out of this wedding. Drake has been fighting his feelings for Shey since she came home after graduation and he is stuck watching over her. After Drake and Shey give into their feeling one thing after another happens.  Shey is a strong independent women who knows what she wants and what she don’t she isn’t going to let her parents run her life even if she has to run and she does but it not all about the whole marriage it’s also her feeling for a certain dragon shifter one she knows she cant have for keeps, plus why would she want to be tight down by another man after she got free of the old one. We learn the Shey isn’t just a spoiled rich girl that everyone seem to think she is, she moves on with her life and does what needs to be done. But she still can’t get Drake out of her head and it looks like he will be there for some time.  Drake is a sexy as sin dragon shifter that is really a bad ass. After the night with Shey everything feel apart but there is one thing that has stayed with him and that is the memories on their night together. After five months Shey’s brother asks him to track down Shey and get her home because things with humans and shifters are going to hell in a hand basket. When Drake and Shey reconnect the fireworks fly we learn some new thing about both and a few surprises alone the way. This story is mostly about Drake and Shey’s relationship but I think an important part of the story is what Shey and her family have gone through and what they have to over come and a family. Drake too has his own family issues that need to be addressed. All and all this book has romance (and a lot of hot dragon love scenes), bickering, hardheadedness,it shows how much people will go through to help family/friends in need, and coming together ;) (pun intended lol) I hope that you pick up Dragon Heart and enjoy it as much as I did.  Some quotes that I loved: “Geez. All of you. Fold it and hold it. This isn’t some preternatural pissing match.”                                             -Shey(god I love her mouthiness)  “Speaking of past experiences, it was perfect being in back of you”                         -Drake(omg did I read that right did he just say that to her!) “You came. I always will. You’re part of my mind, heart, soul, he rumbled”                                                 -Drake to Shey (swoon)     
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* This is the first book by Susan Arden that I've read and I really enjoyed it. At first I thought the book might be part of a series but it very soon started to flow and I was swept away by the story of Shay Barclay leopard shifter and Drake O'Connor ex-Navy Seal and dragon shifter who is her and her families security head. Shays parents are pushing her to marry an old powerful man Dimitri and Shay has no intentions of doing so. Shay has been hot for Drake for years but now she needs to lose her innocents then Dimitri will no longer want her. Drake is there and she wants just one night with him and she'll be on her way to make her own life. Drake fights it until he can no longer keep from taking what he's wanted for so long. Even when he tells her it will be more then a night or weekend of passion and he will always find her she leaves him at the end. Months later Drake finely locates her, her family needs her and Drake is in for a surprise. Can he leave her in the end? My only problem with is book was that towards to middle it went from a strong PNR to a bit of a corny PNR. I was a bit disappointed but I still enjoyed the book and I will defiantly read more by Susan Arden.