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Grace Carlyle's world was about to change . . .Deep in the jungle on the trail of her missing brother, Grace never expected to find a secret world populated by mythological monsters -- nor guarded by a sword-wielding being whose beauty put mortal men to shame.Darius en Kragin belongs to a race of shape-shifting warriors sworn to guard Atlantis and kill all travelers who stGrace Carlyle's world was about to change . . .Deep in the jungle on the trail of her missing brother, Grace never expected to find a secret world populated by mythological monsters -- nor guarded by a sword-wielding being whose beauty put mortal men to shame.Darius en Kragin belongs to a race of shape-shifting warriors sworn to guard Atlantis and kill all travelers who stray within its boundaries. Yet when Grace stumbles into his realm, he finds himself tempted to betray his centuries-old vow.Now their forbidden love will either bring their worlds together -- or tear them both apart....

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ISBN : 9780373770571
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Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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Heart of the Dragon Reviews

  • Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
    2018-11-20 09:05

    Meh. An unconvincing romance in the middle of an unoriginal story. I just didn't see any reason for Grace and Darius to end up together. I never bought the love at all. I've just seen this done better.***Edit***I read a review of a different book by KimKirt today that mentioned how there's something that rubs you the wrong way about a book that just bugs you and keeps you from fully enjoying the book. Unfortunately there were several with this. But one that I feel I should mention concerns a couple of sex scenes. So if you are easily offended, read no further.******* Still with me? ********************** OK, Good. But you've been warned. *********Our dear little innocent Gracie is a virgin. A sexy twenty something virgin who goes tramping around in the rain forests of Brazil in lace panties but that is another problem. I'll also forget for a moment that she has no qualms about giving a dragon some oral sex but has never heard of the '69' position. 'You want to lick me and I want to taste you. Too bad we can't do that at the same time. What is this marvelous thing you have just invented?! We'll call it the mutual oral gratification position!' Puhleaze. But the pebble in the shoe that kept me from even enjoying the sex scenes was the virgin aspect. So Darius has three fingers buried in Grace, finger banging away till the cows come home. Then when he goes to actually enter her for the first time with his cock he discovers that she's a virgin. Seriously? Either dude has the thinnest three fingers of anybody ever created or he's as big around as my forearm. If the latter is true, anybody who hasn't given birth in the last 24 hours would feel like a virgin.So in a book about dragons, vampires, and the lost city of Atlantis why quibble about the sex scenes? Well, Ms. Showalter may have carte blanche in developing her own world, but when you write about the real world there is a right and a wrong.

  • valee
    2018-11-18 09:54

    5 STARS !!I just LOVED this book. It wasso good, just the best thing I have read in such a long time, marvelous , PERFECT!If I had had a clue this series was this good I have read it much sooner. As the AVG rating of this book was 3.88 I just thought I would not like it at all. I just started with it because I was missing paranormal romance terribly! I was pretty sure I had read all the ones worth reading so you can all imagine this was a huge surprise for me! I wasn't aware of how much I was missing this genre till now that I got another taste of it. When paranormal romance is well written it just drives you insanely addicted and wont let you stop reading it until you've read all the books in the series. I just know this series will be a new obsession of mine, I mean I was already hooked by the first 2 chapters,LOL. Moreover, I was told the next books are even better, how will I be able to stop now until I read them all?In this installment we get to see an introduction to this new Atlantis world. One of the things I love the most about this genre is this, when an author creates a whole new world from nowhere and makes you feel like it's the best thing ever. I just wanted to belong to it, and when I feel that way I know I have found a read that will keep me captivated forever. In this world we get to read about a land sunk down into the see with many different creatures who are not worth to live with the humans. We have Vampires, Dragons, and so many more species, but not the ones you are used to read about, but new species. That's what I loved the most, to get to know more supernatural beings I was not related to. I just hope we get more of them in the future. The Dragon warriors were definitely the best addition to this series. I don't know how I can find sexy as hell hot warriors changing into real dragons but I do,LOL. I loved the plot of this series.But if that was not enough to captivate you, you get to read about an incredibly SEXY Hot as hell warrior as a hero and a strong determined hilarious woman as heroine. They were great individually, but together they were just dynamite. I adored them. I almost never, ever enjoy first books in a series because they give us too much information and little romance, but boy this book had it all! I just could not get enough. I already loved Gena Showalter because of her LOFU series, but an author able to give me more than a fav series becomes an obsession for me. Can't wait to read the next installment.

  • Carmen
    2018-11-27 09:55

    Darius en Kragin is a weredragon who lives in Atlantis. Atlantis is populated with mythical beings, apparently. Weredragons, vampires, nymphs, and Formorians. Darius is assigned to guard "the mist" (a portal between the mortal realm and the realm to Atlantis). It's his job to mercilessly kill any man, woman or child who comes through the portal. Although Darius vomits after killing his first human being, he spends three centuries doing this job, brutally murdering anyone who comes through the portal. In order to do this, he's shut down all his emotions. Not only does he not feel anything, but he's suppressed his ability to see color, to taste, and to smell. All in order to keep himself as the heartless killer he has to be to protect his people.You see, Darius' family was slaughtered and his mother and three sisters gangraped and killed by humans who came through the portal. Atlantis is a rich city full of jewels and gold. Greedy humans would love to plunder and exploit it. Because of his family's deaths, Darius knows how important it is to kill indiscriminately and protect his home. That's part of why he was chosen for the job.Grace Carlyle is searching for her missing brother in the jungles of Brazil. Her brother sent her his journal and a dragon medallion. No one's heard from him in weeks. Grace doesn't hesitate to jump on a plane and start hacking through the jungle to find him. She is a thrill-junkie, although the book paints this as not a result of an adrenaline addiction, but instead because something (man-shaped) is missing in her life. She is a flight attendant by profession. Grace Carlyle always hoped she'd die from intense pleasure while having sex with her husband. Well, she wasn't married, and she'd never had sex, but she was still going to die.And not from intense pleasure.From heat exhaustion? Maybe.From hunger? Possibly.From her own stupidity? Absolutely.She was lost and alone in the freaking Amazon jungle. Of course Grace enters the portal to Atlantis and is confronted with Darius wielding a sword, ready to kill her. But he can't bring himself to do it, mainly because (to his shock) he's seeing Grace in full Technicolor. To her credit, she tries to shoot him dead, but unfortunately her gun is out of bullets because she tried to shoot the guide who stole her backpack and left her stranded in the jungle.This being a romance novel, they feel an instant attraction for each other.The book goes on from there: war between vampires and weredragons, greedy humans trying to plunder Atlantis, the search for Grace's brother Alex, etc. etc. etc....Showalter goes a bit darker in this book than she did in her previous two novels. Gone is the fluffy, almost comedic tone. She's introduced more serious topics: rape as revenge, rape as a tool of war, and killing innocent people (even children!) to protect your world. I don't like this dark tone (although her later books will be even darker than this) and I yearn for her previous lighthearted fare.I like the fact that Showalter creates a double relationship in this book - just like she did in The Stone Prince. Not only are Darius and Grace falling in love, but Alex and Teira are, too.Again, a virgin heroine. This almost always annoys me, it's such a trope. Although Showalter introduces a bit of a twist in this novel, making Darius into a man who has had sex with numerous women but never kissed one. This is a different kind of trope - one called if-I-don't-kiss-people-then-I-will-be-able-to-stop-myself-from-developing-feelings-for-them (see also: films: Pretty Woman; Rust and Bone) and I've never seen it applied to a male before. So that was interesting. It's also really strange that Showalter presents her heroine as a thrill-seeker, but one that for some reason has never had sex. o.O It was like when I read DIVERGENT and it turned out orgies, casual sex, and drugs were NOT on the menu at Dauntless. Although I do understand that the Divergent Trilogy is aimed at teens. In this case, Showalter creates this scenario simply in order for Darius to be Grace's first, last, and only lover - therefore cementing his "ownership" of her more completely. It's unnecessary and I found it slightly annoying.I like the 24-year-old heroine. She speaks three languages. She's a short chubby redhead (I imagined her as a chubbier version of Merida from Brave - they talk a LOT about her wild curly hair in the book) with green eyes and she's a fighter. Usually women in romance novels are weak or unskilled in fighting, but Grace is strong. Not only does she carry a gun and know how to use it, but she knows basic self-defense. All romance authors CLAIM that their heroines are feisty and possess a fighting spirit, but Showalter actually has Grace carry out these actions, which made me happier. She fights numerous times in this novel. Grace's chunky little body also made me happy - I'm bored stiff of heroines who don't think they're attractive because they're "too thin" and "too tall" aka a runway model. *rolls eyesOh. And Darius has healing saliva. I'll just let you contemplate the implications and possibilities of THAT on your own. o.OConsent. Gena Showalter is pretty careful about consent in this novel. You can see this illustrated by Grace and Darius's first kiss together. Darius asks Grace for permission before kissing her - vastly different from the usual scenario of the hero forcing a spontaneous kiss on a reluctant heroine. The sex is all consensual (there's not much of it - our couple doesn't have sex until 85%). Consent is super-important to me and non-consensual sex in romance novels (on the part of the hero, not a villain) makes me rabid. Romance authors on a whole seem to view consent (specifically, asking for permission) to be very un-sexy, but that's not true. Asking for permission can be one of the sexist things ever if done correctly.The only part that was slightly questionable in the whole novel was when Darius casts a relaxing spell on Grace so that she doesn't freak out to find him in her bedroom in the middle of the night, but that was not too serious in my eyes.Tl;dr - This is a well-written romance novel. There are no deep thoughts or fascinating character development or brilliant writing. That being said, it's thoroughly entertaining. Showalter succeeds in creating another world and her protagonists are likable. What little sex is in the novel is good sex. 3 real stars, 5 romance stars.I own this book in Spanish.P.S. I forgot to mention that Darius "saves" himself for Grace. How? By not having sex? Don't be ridiculous. Of course he's slept with tons of women! But he's never "allowed" any of them to give him a blowjob. Only Grace gets that "honor." o.O This is strange to me in so many ways. For one thing, the idea of a man having lots of sex but not letting a woman go down on him seems almost inconceivable. For another thing, it's obvious Showalter's constructing a way for her manly man to also have a bit of virginity to "give up" to the heroine. Third, Showalter is a romance novelist who acknowledges that blowjobs exist and always writes them into her sex scenes - a lot of romance (not erotica, romance) writers like to pretend that blowjobs don't exist, in order to make their sex scenes more of a female fantasy. OH! And don't forget he also had his first kiss with her. So he's been having lots of sex with females - but only sex with no blowjobs and no kissing. o.OP.P.S. Darius has a tendency to rip Grace's clothes off all the time. I mean, literally, rip her clothes off. They're shredded. While I'm fine with this, I really do hope that he's replacing these clothes for her! And not destroying her nicer tops. Not to mention bras! Bras are expensive, dude, you can't just be tearing through them right and left. Jeez. You'd better be buying her a new wardrobe on a regular basis, Darius. *glares*FIVE ROMANCE STARS

  • Kaila
    2018-12-14 04:42

    Ugh, that was horrible. Let's tick off all the formulaic things, shall we?1) She's a redhead. Now, I have a real soft spot for redheads, being one myself, but at one point she actually says she had never met anyone who went for the red hair and freckles thing. Girl, you have obviously never been outside.2) She's a virgin, although HE has bedded lots of ladies. None of them ever meant anything, of course.3) They "bond" through some spell so that it's like they're married before they actually do the deed.4) He is super possessive, to the point of telling her brother he can't touch her (he does begrudgingly allow a hug after some manly posturing).It wasn't even sexy. It was mostly really bad story. They finally do more than kiss and eye each other smolderingly on page 310. That was so many pages of shitty story. And it goes without saying that there is no character development, but that is hardly why I read this book.Not nearly enough dragon sex, obviously.EDIT: I forgot that he also teaches her what 69 is."I want to give you oral pleasure," she says."Me too," he says, "Let's do it at the same time.""BUT HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE TEACH ME THY WAYS OH DRAGON LORD."So she's a mid-20's sexy sex pot virgin who doesn't know what 69 is who can take being finger banged by THREE fingers and only when he actually decides to do some sex does he realize she's a virgin. AFTER the sex, he realizes it, not during. This entire genre obviously has no memory of what being a virgin is like. Very true to life.

  • Sammy
    2018-11-22 02:52

    Summary: Red-headed virgin is bedded by a supernatural sex god. Oh, and some other stuff to do with Atlantis happens in the rest of the story. This is the kind of book you leave at home so that no-one knows what you're reading. It was pure romantic trash. Have no desire to pick up the next book in the series.

  • Cyp
    2018-11-20 04:48

    This book was a pure whine-fest. The plot was horrendously predictable, and the heroine is a major whiner, and a B with an ITCH. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with her? She's like those anorexic, cheerleader whiner-babies that is totally unsatisfied with her life. And don't get me started on the male protagonist. He was an emotional wreck when he saw her, all "i should kill you but i cant cause i get all tingly with this insta-love shit that i still dont want to acknowledge is love thing". Dont get me wrong, im more than fine with insta-loves(what's not to love and all right?), but you've got to build and elaborate it, not just go straight into the face sucking. And so it was downright draggy and uneventful that i stopped reading quite soon after i picked the book up.Here's how far i got: Darius shed any and all emotions he might have had way back ago after seeing his family get killed and having had his first kill(who was a totally innocent person who just so happen to have stumbled upon the entrance to Atlantis). Grace is a starved, lost girl in the Amazon jungle with a rifle in hand, and who has no qualms using it whatsoever(really? yeah because you go around shooting guys in their asses everyday in your very unfulfilling life like you just did earlier in the book right? totally understandable). She isnt happy with her life(have i said that already?), and is out being an adrenaline junkie when her tour guide, of sorts, bolted on her, taking with him all her supplies including food and the makeshift shelter. She stumbles upon this whole bunch of human-like apes which is a rip off of the funny baboon scene in Tarzan, and all of a sudden, this weird dragon necklace that her brother gave her started glowing and tugging her to this cave. She wandered further into the cave and got transported to Atlantis where she meets Darius at the cave entrance/exit. Both of them gets these lusty feelings INSTANTLY and omg..Yeah and so Darius managed to bring her to his private chambers in his palace(yes he is the king of the palace) and they knocked it off with lots of french kissing.I stopped there. Cause it was filled in between with SOO much inner whining and draggy parts that i literally rolled my eyes(and i dont do that often cause i have a manly rep to protect ok..)and closed the book and was like, ah f*ck..this is a hell of a disappointment(sorry for the language. I think long term reading Hellion's reviews and the f word is flowing out of me like nobody's business). Because i had such high expections for this book which had an effing lot of plot potential. And i say effing lot cause apparently im a sucker for cool, reclusive, high-flying/status guys who fall for that one special, mortal girl with spirit. And Showalter is a rather renowned author with a hell lot of books to decorate her biography(ok awkward phrasing, but you get what i mean).The female protagonist, Grace Carlyle, isnt endearing, at all. She's really like a crazy, wild and unappreciative brat who keeps getting into trouble and looking for hot sex(yes it was explicitly stated), and i dont get the lovey dovey chemistry that should be there(and this love or lust at first sight is hardly an acceptable excuse), like in Firelight by Sophie Jordan, that one i loved, and craved for more, but this one is just pushing it.The male protagonist was ok...........weird, cool, but not ideal(maybe my impression was sullen-ed from all those repetitive "should i?but i shouldnt..Should i?but i shouldnt..SHOULD I?" oh god just effing make a freaking decision. My first impression of him wasnt bad tho..it just went down a steady steep decline as i progressed further into the book. but just freaking MOVE ON, dude. i should too..sigh.) There werent many side characters other than Darius' underlings. But they didnt really shine all that much..And especially with their rebellious, disrespectful attitude, it totally destroyed Darius' image as a commanding and well-respected king.To sum it all up and tho i cant help repeating myself: Whiny. Draggy. Uneventful. Disliked female protagonist. Unendearing male protagonist(maybe just a little huh, not so unendearing). Not much plot building. Not much chemistry in the relationship. Appallingly predictable plot. Bad book. Did not even reach a quarter of the book. Painful reading process. And i repeat PAINFUL.

  • ◊♦ Naomi
    2018-11-28 06:00

    Heart of the Dragon is one of Gena's first book I believe and while it wasn't bad at all, you can definitely tell it's someone's first. I actually really enjoyed myself for the most part, the universe she created is very mesmerizing and my curiosity was piqued. But the last 20% or so were botched, rushed and I was a little disappointed because of that. The book went in the right direction but at the last minute changed course and it went from a solid 4 stars to a simple 3 for me.I liked Darius a lot, typical alpha-male hero, very me-man-you-woman and I love that to be honest. He's the guardian of the mist, meaning he's guarding the entrance to Atlantis, his world, and has to kill any humans who comes through it, bad or good. He's been doing this for three hundred years and because of that he feels no emotions, he sees no colors, simply does his job without second thoughts. I also liked Grace, not as much as Darius, the heroine is always harder to love—for me—for some reason but she was alright. She's looking for her older brother, in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, all alone. Okay, I admit, that's completely stupid. Anyway, she stumbles upon a cave and through the mist, that's when she meets Darius, who's ready to strike her with his sword, literally.What I really loved about this story was the world Gena created. It's super mysterious and I immediately wanted to know more about it. Which was a bust, kind of, because most of the story takes place outside of Atlantis in the real world. I like the real world enough but I want more sexy, scary creatures who're ready to mate. Like, seriously.Still, I liked the story but as I've said, I was disappointed with the ending who felt rushed, like we missed a big part of it. Young Gena still liked steamy sex, which was a relief, we don't get much of it but the wait was worth it... Sixty-nine.I am so looking forward to the next book, hopefully I'll get to see more of Atlantis and the different creatures that live in it.

  • Laura
    2018-12-11 05:54

    Oh, buen señor. Yo realmente quería amar el libro, en serio. Gena te.presenta los eventos y los personajes de una manera tan atractiva que de verdad te metes en la historia. Pero eso no me ocurrió con éste libro. Al principio creí que me iba a llegar, hubieron varias cosas que me entretuvieron y me gustaron, a medida.de que el libro avanza me llegué a aburrir (el tiempo que Grace estuvo retenida en el palacio fue muy pobre y predecible). Luego de eso el libro tomó fuerza y el hecho de que Darius fuera a por ella y todas las experiencias de él me gustaron muchísimo. El final, ah, no me gustó como Gena presentó la idea de que Grace iba a salir y luego BAM, está retenida. El final podía haber sido mucho mejor. Con todo y eso leeré los otros y veré.

  • Felicity Heaton
    2018-12-01 04:44

    I went into this book not expecting much which is perhaps why I got so much out of it. Just like how I really enjoy a movie when I go into the cinema with zero expectations about the film. We enter the book in the past, with Darius as a child taking on the role of a guardian responsible for killing anyone who enters through the portal in his palace. Understandably he’s a little reluctant to kill, but he’s driven by a need to protect his dragon people and Atlantis from the kind of brutality that his family suffered. This teasing glimpse of a feelings-laden Darius really provided a sharp contrast to the man we meet shortly afterwards—a battle-hardened and emotionless killer.Grace Carlyle comes face to face with this beast of a man when she is sucked through one of the gelatinous portals and into Atlantis during her search for her missing archaeologist brother, Alex, who had sent her a package containing a medallion shortly before disappearing off the face of the planet. Grace’s first reaction to the hulking great monster of a man that is Darius is the same reaction I had. Hubba hubba. The man is a god, and it’s because of him that I fell hard for this book.He’s a super-sexy warrior with everything a female reader wants in that type of hero—strong, protective, possessive, and deadly. Plus, he had the added bonus of being so cold and detached. I love it when a heroine has to work to prise open a man’s closed-off heart and release his emotions as well as his sexual desire. It’s explosive when that happens, and it certainly happens with a bang in this book.Showalter mercilessly teases with a series of “almosts” that had me panting for the hero to give up his inane obsession with his duty and his need to not get involved with Grace and kill her instead. I admit, I was miffed when the suitably strong and unwilling to give up on finding her brother or getting into Darius’s pants Grace went home rather than submit to the delicious dragon warrior, but I guess it helped to show Darius’s commitment to having her as his… or was that his commitment to killing her?The only downside to this book is that we’re reminded several times too many about Darius’s duty to kill Grace, and some parts of the book just didn’t feel right. Nothing between the hero and heroine was out of place, but hopping into the head of her brother and a female dragon threw me a bit as I didn’t want to read about them. I wanted to stay with the sexy Darius and his would-be mate, Grace. I also felt the sudden relationship between Alex and his female dragon was a bit forced considering that Darius had earlier observed that Javar, another dragon, and this female had been very into each other during their marriage-of-sorts. I think it probably would have been best as a separate story that happened afterwards, but you’ll have to read the book to see what I mean as I don’t want to give any spoilers. I also felt that the dragons could have been described more clearly when they transformed into their beastly counterparts. I didn’t really get a feel for what they looked like and whether they retained any sort of human features or how big they were as dragons.The big fight at the end was good, although I would have liked more action as it was resolved quickly and fairly easily, or perhaps just better description would have sufficed and I would have been satisfied.In terms of writing style, there were a few instances where I had to read a sentence over a couple of times to make sense of it, but I find that happens to me a lot in Showalter’s books, so I can’t moan too much about it. The writing is very Harlequin too. It’s hard to describe but has that Harlequin light and easy feel about it. Not too dark. Not as dark as I like.All in all, this is getting a four star review from me because I really did fall hard for Darius. He’s worth reading this book for… honestly… go get yourself a copy or borrow one from a friend / library.

  • Brandy
    2018-12-02 09:55

    A Gena Showalter se la conoce por otra serie títulada "Los señores del Inframundo" de la que ya he hablado en alguna otra ocasión. Esta novela adolece de las mismas características que la antes citada, novelas pseudoeróticas donde el sexo es el ingrediente principal ya que aparece cada tres párrafos. Al menos, la de los Señores tiene la particularidad de que cada uno de los hombres tiene un demonio que le supone un problema a la hora de encontrar pareja, y eso lo hace más ameno al lector. Sin embargo esta serie, y en concreto, esta novela, no es más que la típica del género donde el chico de turno está como un tren: alto, fuerte, sexy y demás adjetivos calificativos que se enamora a primera vista de la prota femenina que va en busca de su amante bandido, en este caso caballero dragón.La sinopsis nos cuenta como Grace, la "intrépida" viajera se ve envuelta en un mágico viaje que la llevará a Atlantis, y a los brazos de Darius, el guerrero que guarda el portal de entrada.No me quiero quemar en exceso porque la culpa realmente es mía por intentar negar la realidad. Y es que más que novela parece el guión de una peli mala.Me encuentro nada más empezar, con un prólogo que... tela. No te enteras de nada, no hay explicaciones del cómo, porqué, le buscas la coherencia y no la encuentras. Me dió la impresión de que o faltaba algo o las palabras las habían puesto al azar. Llego al primer capítulo, y la sensación continua.. Estoy en un palacio, se supone que en Atlantis, con seis o siete guerreros que están en la comida, bromeando sobre la seriedad de su rey y sobre las pocas diversiones que tienen, y de golpe y porrazo, Darius nota la presencia de un viajero que está cruzando el portal y deja la comida para ir a matarlo con la espada tipo Conan. Pos vale..De repente, me encuentro en el papel de Grace, que, atención, está sola en la selva brasileña buscando a su hermano como si la selva fuera un parque de atracciones.. enga ya. El guía que le ha mangado todo lo que llevaba y ella se pone a andar por ahí de cualquier manera hasta que por arte de magia, tachannnnnnnnn, se encuentra cruzando el fatídico portal. Cuando llegué a este punto, ya lo veía venir, pero decidí seguir.Primera mirada y ya están los dos poniendose calientes y con ganas de hacerlo. A partir de ahí, lo único que leí fueron excusas varias de Darius para hacer caso omiso del juramento. Escenas tórridas alrededor de camas y mesas, y entre medio una subtrama con el hermano de la protagonista provocando su propia historia romántica y una trama de suspense, o algo parecido, en la que los terribles humanos y su codicia pueden llegar a conquistar la ciudad perdida de Atlantis con ayuda de los vampiros.Tres días para acabar una novela que por su extensión debería haberme costado máximo tres horas y es que no puedo con esta clase de novelas. Entiendo las tramas románticas y como a cualquiera me gusta notar el feeling de la pareja protagonista, la tensión sexual entre ellos, y como no, las escenas de cama, sean o no con muchos detalles, pero esto es exagerado. Las escenas eróticas son las únicas en las que la autora se ha centrado dejando a su alrededor una trama tannnn pobre que dan ganas de llorar. Más que nada porque esta idea de los atlantes guererros contra vampiros, en una ciudad perdida por la que sólo se accede mediante portales y demás, en otras manos podría haber sido una novela maravillosa.La verdad es que por el momento tengo suficiente lectura para no tener que echar mano de nuevo de esta serie.A los únicos a los que podría recomendar este título sería a los fans de la autora. Aunque si se ha leído alguno de Los Señores del Inframundo, este le va a decepcionar.

  • Sophia
    2018-12-08 02:47

    I love the idea of taking the premise that Atlantis is real and still here though hidden so I was very eager to read this series. This first book also hit one of my other favorites- dragons!!!Darius is a stone cold dragon warrior king and guardian of the portal to the human world. He is sworn to kill any who stray through the mist into Atlantis. After three hundred years, a lone woman becomes the exception when he is attracted to her and cannot find it in himself to kill her right away. He must find out why she possesses a dragon pendant that she should not have.Grace Carlysle has come to the Amazon jungle to find the whereabouts of her brother. He sent her his diary and a pendant just before he disappeared searching for the famed lost city of Atlantis. Grace loves adventure, but now that she is lost and without a guide she just wants to find Alex and go home. But adventure is not through with Grace because she accidentally stumbles through the mist into the cave of a dragon warrior. The warrior, Darius questions her about the pendant and her purpose for being there and doesn't like 'I don't know' for an answer. Grace finds herself in awe of the fact that she is in a dragon's castle in Atlantis, but it is the feelings that Darius brings to the surface in her that she finds overwhelming. It is not enough to keep her because she needs to find Alex whom she suspects is still in danger.While Grace searches for her brother and Darius tries to figure out what is going on as well as agonizing over the decision that he must fulfill his guardian vow and kill Grace while they both struggle with their attraction, other forces are at work plotting the downfall of Atlantis and make themselves rich. It will take Grace's knowledge and Darius' strength working together to save the day.I really enjoyed the world building in this one and hope for more stories involving the other races of Atlantis. The plot was exciting much of the time though it switched over for the character development and for the romance. This one was a good story, but its pacing wasn't as smooth. It wasn't bad or boring, but just noticeable like when Darius is dealing with the other warrior's ennui issues or the gaps in Alex's story regarding his escape attempts and such.The characters were very likeable. I think writing good characters whether hero, villain or sidekicks is a trait of Gena Showalter's. I loved Grace's feistiness that is just right. She is vulnerable particularly when it comes to her appearance, but she doesn't let this feeling keep her from trying for something with Darius. She may not be a paranormal, but she is tenacious. It is telling how she desires to help Darius and does, but accepts her own limitations reasonably when its time to let him use his gifts.As to Darius, he cracked me up in certain ways. He is the epitome of arrogant warrior male in certain respects. Through much of the book, he has an untenable problem. He loves Grace and knows that it is Grace that gives him reason for living- her very presence assails his senses, but his vow requires that as a guardian that he must kill her because no outsider may enter Atlantis and live. Darius is tender, loving and protective of Grace while at the same time he is guilt-ridden, distant and even grumpy. Darius sees Grace as the most beautiful and a sweet woman deserving of happiness and she is his to love and protect though he is not too arrogant that he won't accept her help where he can.So it was a good start to a series and I look forward to seeing whose story is next.Paranormal fans will enjoy this book.

  • Tania
    2018-12-13 03:07

    ***PLEASE NOTE: I don't normally put so many spoilers in my reviews but needed to in order fully explain why this book only got two stars from me. If this is going to bother you please read no further***In all honesty this read like two books - the first half was great, setting up a really strong male lead, an interesting world and a potentially strong female lead. The second half of the book went... wrong somehow. Aside from the very relevant point PhotoJim makes in his review, there entire second half of the book felt rushed and out of sync. For me it was too complicated and tried to introduce too many new story lines. Example - in the first half we meet Darius and set up his back story. We meet Grace, whom Darius is supposed to kill but because of a necklace she wears, doesn't and captures her instead. There's some great chemistry between the two and a funny wager amoungst the other dragons about making Darius either smile or loose his temper. It's well written, engaging and well paced.In the second half - Grace escapes, is aided by Jason and Agronauts, is drugged and barely escapes a sexual assult, gets back home and picks up her brothers mail. There's something about a postcard from her dad who's dead which is really a clue from her brother(????), Darius find her in NY after declaring war against the human / vampire aliance who killed his friend and his friends army, Darius and Grace work together to find her brother, discuss her dads wood working ability and order 20 kevlar vests over the internet. They mate for life (and please refer here to PhotoJim's comments), return to Atlantis defeat the human army, we find out that Grace gets captured and nearly drained by vampires, Darius turns into a dragon and gets shot but it doesn't bother him - so we didn't need those vests afterall - and they live happily ever after. Oh, and the brother escapes with the help of the wife of the recently murdered friend and they decide to get married.See what I mean?

  • Lina
    2018-12-03 08:00

    Benernya buku ini berpotensi 5 bintang kalau saja :- Ceritanya lebih banyak tentang mitologi atlantis dan penghuni-penghuninya. Padalah gambaran sekilas tentang atlantis di buku udah cukup keren.- More deep characters rather than standard characters, lebih suka Darius yang dingin dan kaku yang sebelum ketemu Grace lebih keren dan coba kalau Grace digambarkan lebih galak, keras kepala dan ngga terangsang setiap kali ketemu Darius, pasti lebih keren. Tapi setelah ketemu karakternya malah pada jadi std dan ketebak semua. - More action, less romance :DTapi ups, hehehe saya tidak boleh protes, karena ini bukan novel fantasy, YA dan sejenisnya, ini novel romance dewasa, sejenis Harlequin Nocturne. Ya bolehlan bacaan ringan buat guilty pleasure. Tapi sebagai novel romance dewasa, rada kecewa juga karena gambaran cinta disini lebih bersifat nafsu daripada cinta karena hasrat. Terus soal cover, saya pernah melihat cover aslinya dan untuk kali ini saya lebih suka cover lokal. Hehehe, kebanyakan cover novel-novel Gena Showalter pasti cowo topless dengan otot liat dan perut kotak-kotak. Ada kalanya tepat tapi ada kalanya ngga banget, hehehe

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2018-11-22 03:49

    Buddy read with Maru.January 2013 read:Favorite quote:“You saw the violence of my past,” he said, mistaking her silence. “You know the things I’ve done and can guess the things I will do. I’m asking you to accept me regardless. If you can do this, I will give you my life, my riches and my vow to always protect you.” The last words left his lips with all the desperation inside him. With all the longing. With all the need.Her expression softened; her lashes dipped to half-mast. “I don’t need your riches,” she said. “Only you.”

  • Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
    2018-11-25 02:39

    Meh. An unconvincing romance in the middle of an unoriginal story. I just didn't see any reason for Grace and Darius to end up together. I never bought the love at all. I've just seen this done better.

  • ★Moonrise Books
    2018-11-23 02:00

    Before Gena Showalter’s hit series, Lords of the Underworld, there was Atlantis: a series about an undersea world inhabited by immortal, mythological creatures, including dragons, nymphs, shape shifters, and more! The first installment, Heart of the Dragon, introduces us to the shape-shifting guardian of the gates of Atlantis, Darius en Kragin. Vowed for centuries to protect his dragon kin and Atlantis itself Darius has seen his fair share of wayward humans, lost in the jungle’s mist, slip through the gates of his hidden world. And it is his job to see that their discovery ends at the gates through which they have entered. But when a human girl with hair the color of fire falls at his feet, Darius becomes frozen in fear. Before this human girl, it has been centuries since Darius has experienced color, and the sensation is overwhelming. Sensing a more profound meaning to this mystery, Darius sweeps her up and steals her away to his private lair, keeping her arrival a secret. Grace Carlysle’s brother had been missing for a few weeks when, out of frustration, Grace decided to take matters into her own hands. She was thirsty and exhausted when her guide stole her belongings, leaving her alone in the jungle to fend for herself, with nothing but the clothes on her back and the unusual charm necklace from her brother. Unsure as to whether or not she was hallucinating, Grace became disoriented in a cloud of mist and slipped into a great cavern, revealing on the other side a fearsome man with crystal eyes, wielding a sword, and studying her every move. Now, in his secret lair, with vast walls of water through which dreamlike creatures appear, Grace becomes acutely aware that this is definitely not a dream. She plots to escape, but not before meeting with the great Darius, face to face. And when she unwittingly calls upon the mysterious forces of the charm, she makes her escape. Realizing the seriousness of his errs in judgment, Darius follows Grace to her home in New York City. Putting his life and all of Atlantis at risk, Darius must navigate his way in a new land where his powers are limited and his sacrifices great, in order to ensure that Grace never reveals what she has witnessed. It is an enormous task, particularly when Darius begins to develop feelings for Grace, but one he has vowed to uphold. But when world’s collide things shift, and Grace begins to understand the meaning behind her brother’s disappearance. Likewise, Darius discovers the hidden meaning of his quest, and the true dangers he must face. Does he save Atlantis, or does he risk it all for the woman he loves?I enjoyed this book! The characters were well developed and the plot had some nice twists and turns. The only thing I found myself longing for throughout the book was more Atlantis—such a great world to play in! I would have easily given it 4 stars, had the story included more of this awesome underwater world. I will definitely continue reading the series, in hopes of finding more adventures in this unique world Gena Showalter has created.

  • Jas
    2018-12-16 02:07

    I am a huge fan of Gena Showalter, I love her Lords of the Underworld series, her Alien-Huntress series, and even a couple of her stand alone books. So while I think that Heart of the Dragon was good, in comparison to her other work this book was booooring. What I admire about GS is that she makes you fall in love with her characters and with the world she creates. There is always someone or something to connect to in her stories and she usually has a fast pace that makes the book flow. All of that was lacking in this book. I hated her main character Grace. I thought she was all over the place and I didn't know why and I didn't know anything about her. She was boring. Her main guy, Darius, had more depth to him, but even still--I never felt the romance or the connection between these two, so he was a little blah as well. Plus, I think the time span of this book was like, 2 days? Maybe? So for Darius to completely change the way he has behaved for the past (300?) years, seems unlikely to me. I also wish GS would have shown more of her secondary characters (like she does in her other series) but, nope, not much there either. In spite of all this, I didn't hate reading this book. The premise was very interesting and I plan to continue the series. And if nothing else, GS does know how to write a sexy scene!

  • Angela
    2018-12-10 04:46

    8 January 2016: $2.99 on Kindle

  • Varied Books
    2018-11-30 09:55

    5/12/17 sale .99.

  • JESSICA ~Snuggly Bear Paws~
    2018-11-29 04:06

    Not one of my favs. Kinda glad I read LOTU first. Might not of read them at all if I hadn't. This fell short of my expectations of her writing. Srry Ms. Showalter.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2018-12-04 09:52

    When Grace Carlyle sets out to find her brother in the middle of the jungle, what she doesn't expect to find is the mythical land of Atlantis and its gorgeous guardian Darius en Kragin. Darius is charged with guarding one of the portals to Atlantis and killing any who enter, be they man, woman or child. But he can't seem to destroy Grace when she stumbles through to Atlantis; her fiery red hair the first colour has has seen in centuries and her bravery touches his long neglected heart. However, it may already be too late to guard the entrance to Atlantis as they discover evidence that one of the other portals has been breached.I liked this book...but I didn't love it. I think, unfortunately, that Grace and Darius are going to enter the vast realm of couples I have read and although I liked them at the time, they are easily forgotten and never thought of again. I know this is hardly encouraging, but I did like Heart of the Dragon and if I had some spare time, I would continue reading this series. What I liked about Heart of the Dragon was the idea or Atlantis, it is basically used as the gods scrap yard and they tossed in their the races they created that they no longer wanted, creatures like nymphs, vampires, shape changers etc. Darius is a dragon-shifter, in fact he is king of the dragon shifters and as cold as ice. I enjoyed watching him thaw around Grace's spunky and warm personality as they fall in love. There is also a bit of a secondary romance happening in the background with Grace's brother as well as some action as the vampires conspire to kill off the dragons. This isn't my favourite book by Gena Showalter, I much prefer her Lords of the Underworld series, but it was a quick, romantic and fun read.

  • Stine
    2018-12-08 07:48

    The only reason I read this book was because of the word "Atlantis". I've always liked the Atlantis myth and I found the concept for this book quite intriguing. Unfortunately it wasn't all that great. Basically there's this woman who is lost in the jungle and accidentally finds her way to Atlantis. And then there's the dark and brooding man that has never felt love, guarding the entrance. It doesn't take a genius to know where this is going. I liked the concept about Atlanis being a place for all kinds of creatures, and that's basically the only thing I liked about this book. The plot was cliche. The heroine annoyed me so much that I almost didn't finish this book at all. Her stupidity just kept getting worse. I mean, haven't she read any books or watched any movies??? Sometimes when a guy tells you to do something to keep you safe, you actually do it. Unless you have a death wish or actually have some sort of supernatural powers. And her brother... I won't even touch that subject. But still, this book wasn't all that bad. It was an okay read, but I won't be reading the rest of the series unless I get extremely bored.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-12 04:41

    3 Stars...It was okSo I have tons of Showalter books that were given to me by a friend who's obviously a big fan...but I just don't understand why. I don't think I've ever rated one of her books above a 3 Star so maybe I'm just not "getting it". Creativity is there, but there just seems to be something missing in every book I pick up. I will say though that HOTD was one of the better one's I've read by her so I'll for sure give the second in the series a shot.

  • Exina
    2018-11-29 05:05

    Not enough of• action,• world-building,• information about the supernatural beings of Atlantis,• twists and turns,• delineation of emotions.Too much of• slushy sentimentality,• half-hearted erotica,• superficiality,• hasty events.But no need to worry, I still love Lords of the Underworld! :)

  • Chippy *Moves Like Jagger* Marco
    2018-12-10 03:03

    Damn hot! Jumping onto the next Gena Showalter book like an old man on Viagra!

  • bells ♡
    2018-12-10 02:05

    *3.5/5*

  • Christy Stewart
    2018-12-08 05:46

    "I've got a cracker jack idea for the cover, boss.""What's that, Smitty?""The back of some broad with a tramp stamp.""Perfect! You sure do know how to market to the ladies, pal."

  • Danielle
    2018-11-18 03:55

    3.5 stars I feel so bad about giving this book such a low rating. I love Gena Showalter books and never giver her less than a four stars, but this one I had to give three and a half stars not because I didn't like it, but because Darius and Grace were my least favorite couple out of all the Gena Showalter books that I have read. I just didn't love this couple or romance. It just wasn't this gut wrenching, angsty read that pulled at my heartstrings. My heart just wasn't touched. The potential and the elements were there just I wasn't feeling it. I guess because there was less friction or back and forth there where they were fighting their attraction to one another. It just was almost too smooth for them. I wanted a little more punch. I was also surprised how late it was in the book until they came together, which would have been okay but there needed to be a lot more build up and anticipation. I mean it was there, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat with bated breath, waiting for them to get together. Instead it was just a foregone conclusion, and that lessens the excitement of the romance. With that being said, the love scenes were good. They were sexy and tender. They were two soul mates coming together. It was beautiful seeing their feelings for one another in physical way. I loved that they made vows to each other before their first time, showing that this was an act out of love not lust. I wished there were a few more of these types of scenes in the book. That would have increased the excitement of their romance. While the romance wasn't overall exciting, the rest of the plot was. There I was in the edge of my seat. I waited with bated breath as the plot went along. I wanted to know what was going to happen next as I got more and more information. I was in suspense as the danger crept closer and closer to Darius and Grace. Also I wanted to know where Alex, Grace's brother, was and just all the mystery surrounding that. I loved that element of this book. In fact the plot was just really interesting, and I enjoyed it. That was spot on for me. Overall the plot was good and exciting, the romance for me was not. I was more interested in the suspenseful and dangerous plot than Darius and Grace's romance. Everything else just overshadowed their romance. In fact I was more interested in her brother's romance than hers. It wasn't that I didn't believe that Darius and Grace weren't meant to be because it they were, but was just the development behind it. There just seemed to be a lack of something. It wasn't exciting enough for me. It was too easy. The friction wasn't quite there for me, and there was a lack of intensity at least in an emotional level. I was just expecting so much more especially with the threads presented there, but it kind of fell by the waist side. It just didn't touch me like I thought it would. I needed more of something.

  • Merve Özcan
    2018-12-04 02:54

    Darious ,Javar'dan sisin koruyucusu olma görevini alır.(annesi öldürülmüş babasıile birlikte kız kardeşleri tecavüze uğrayıp öldürülmüş. çünkü başka bir koruyucu görevini doğru yapmamış) Darious bu görevi isteyip istemediginden emindegildir. Ayrıca koruyucu olmak sisi gören herkesin öldürülmesi demektir ve bu onunn için zor bir karardır.Javarın ailesini hatırlatması üzerine sise hayatını ve ölümünü sunar(yemin eder) ve ilk defa kılıcını birine saplar ve bundan sonra görevinin bu olduguna karar verir 300 yıl sonra Darious çok somurtkandır.tek düşüncesi görevidir.Vampirlerin harekete geçmesi ile savaş yerine stratejik bir yöntem aramaktadır. ve Adamlarının onu kalpsiz olarak gördüğünü öğrenmektedir. kendisi ise, katil oldugunu bilmekte ama kalpsiz olduğunu düşünmemektedir Adamlarının huzursuz olmasından dolayı bir aksiyon ararken, bir asker Dariousa ilk bir şahit ile tepki verdiren kişinin kazanacagı biryarışma önerir ve Dariousun itirazına rağmen kabul edilir ve meydan okuma başlar. Darious sakinliğini bozmadan halleder. Grace Carlyle Amazonda kaybolan bir NYlidir.hayatında bir şeyler eksiktir.Yeni bir şey deenemek için Amazona gitmiştir.Alex(kardeşi) Amazonda olan bir portalda Atlantisi aramaktadır. Grace i hava alanından almayınca Grace, bir rehper kiralar ama rehper onu soyar. Grace dolaşırken yanlışlıkla Atlantise açılan portalı bulur. ve Darious ile karşılaşır.tam Grace i öldürecekken vaz geçer.ona karşı bir çekim hisseder. büyülü sözlerle aradaki d,l farklılıgını kalsırır ve gülümsedigini farkeder. alexin Grace e verdigi kolye Darious a tanıdık gelir ve onu alır. grace i sorguladıktan sonraonu kendi odasına götürür ve yataga bağlar. Darious adamları ile konuştuktan sonra odasıne geri döner.(bu yer denizin altında) Grace boş durmamıştır iplerden kurtulur ve D yi yaptıgı iple düşürüz kaçmaya çalışır, başarısızlık sonuçtur. D G yi yataga yatıırır. G nin ellerinin yalan( tavana kaçma çabası içinde iken tırmanır ve yaralar. tükürük iyileştirirç) D'nin boynundaki kolyeerden birini fark ettirmeden alır. biraz sohbetten sonra D G'yi biraz daha sorgular.sonra aralarındaki çekim artar öpüşürler.ama D suçluluk duyar çünkü G'yivöldürmesi gerekmektedir. D gider. G kapıyı dener nucizevi bir biçimde açılır.artık kaçmakta özgürdür. dışarı çıkar ve kaçarken egzersiz yapan altı tane savaşçının ortasına düşer ve yakalanır.kendisinin D ye ait oldugunu söyler.oradan çıkar gezerken D ile karşılaşır. ondan kaçar sislere gider portaldan geçerken kolyeyi kayıp eder. Amazonda alexin şirketinden birileriyle karşılaşır. G evine döner. Alexin evine gider ve ondan not bulur ama not şüphelidir. D G'yi bulmak için görevini geçici olarak başka bir askere bırakkır. bu arada Javarın korudugu portalda silahlı adamlar vardırç D bu silahlar konusunda G'nin yardımını almayı düşünür.ayrıca adamlarına savaş için hazırlık yapmasını söyler. D G'nin evine gider onu orada sorgular ve kaçmaması için onunla bağlanır. biraz öpüşürler falan :D sonra D G'yeihanet edeceğini düşünür ve geri çekilşir. kolyeyi sorar G ona siste kaybettigini söyler. D'nin gücü azaldıgı için magaraya geri döner ve G'yide alır. orada Gnin silahını bulur ve soru sorar. G'den bilgialır. nları evine götürür ve kendi kolyesinin özel gücünden bir defaya mahsus olmak üzer Alex'e bakar ve onun kaçırılmış ve hırpalanmış oldugunu görür. G ondan kardeşini kurtarmasını ister ama D yapamaz çünkü onunla hiç bir bagı yoktur.G kardeşiinin günlüğünü D'ye gösterir ve onu D'ye okur. sonra D onu ağzından ateş çıkararak yok eder. ve G sonunda onun ejderha olduguna inanır. Alex patronundan kolyeyi çalmıştır ve onun tarafından kaçırılmıştır. uzun bir süredir hapis tutulmakta ve oradan oraya sürüklenmektedir. hapis oldugu yerde Teira adlı bir kadın vardır(javar'ın karısı) onun kocası ve emrindeki askerler öldürülmüş ve evindeki mücevherler duvarlardan sökülmektedir. az buçuk ingilizce öğrenmiştir. ilk başta Alex onun hafiye oldugunu düşünmüştür ama elinde silahlı bir adamın onu zorla götürmek istemesi ile gerçekten korktugunu anlamıştır. Teira götürüldükten sonra Alex'in patronu girer ve ona kolyeyi sorar.(pislik)Jason Alexi tehdit eder.görüşmeden sonra Teira Alexe kaçabileceklerini söyler ve çaldıgı kolyeyi gösterir. D ve G takip edilirler. Dadamı konuşturur ve Alexin patronun takip ettirdigini öğrenir. onu ziyarete gideler ama asistanı vardır. Gene Alexin durumu hakkında palavra sıkar. Teira ve Alex kaçarlar .tam vampir yemi olacakken D'nin adamları gelir ve onları kurtarır. D kendi ile barışır ve g yi öldüremeyecegini kabul eder. G ona zaten aşıktır.hayat arkadaşı olurlar. ve G artık artlantislidir. bunlar Jasonun ofise girerler. orada Atlantis mücevherleri ve Javarın işke görmüş forograflarını bulurlar. eve giderler ve D ağlar,kaybettiği ailesinin yasını tutar. D ve adamları Gnin aldıgı çelik yelekleri giyer ve savaşırlar tam savaş biterken D Gnin tehlikede oldugunu hisseder ve vampirlerin inine gider. orada Jasonu parça piçik eder. alexi kurtarır.Alex ve Teira hayat arkadaşı olmuştur. G iyidir. vampirlerle geçici ateş keş yapılır.NOT: kitap çok güzeldi. akıcı, anlaşılır, yaratıcı, eylenceli, ejderha esprileri renk katmıştı.Kitabın sonuna doğru çok "seni seviyorumlar" vardı ama olur oda yani :D 3 4 kişinin bakış acısından anlatılmıştı o yüzden hiç sıkılmadım güzeşdi. 2 kitabı okuyacagım şimdi. happly ever afterları seviyoeum :D

  • Megan
    2018-12-09 03:56

    meh..