Monday, September 10, 2012

Review of HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY by G. A. Aiken

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
(The Dragon Kin, #6)
by G. A. Aiken

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G. A. Aiken
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dragon Shifter

Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Zebra
Length: Novel
Reading Level: Adult

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From the Publisher:

Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I'd have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.

If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn't need it -- namely me -- I'll let him. Because while I'm trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I'm going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...


Éibhear the Contemptible, formerly Éibhear the Blue, has been fighting in the Ice Lands for ten years. He's a member of the Mì-runach, a deadly military strike force made up of warriors who won't follow orders. His "niece" Izzy, with whom he has a bittersweet history, is now a General in Queen Annwyl the Bloody's army. When Éibhear hears that his sister is going to escort Izzy home, he volunteers to escort her instead. Izzy doesn't need an escort or want to hear Éibhear's apology for his treatment of her ten years ago. And thus starts Izzy's campaign to drive a dragon crazy.

Once they reach home, Izzy is tasked with traveling to the Desert Lands to meet her maternal grandmother, who is a witch. Izzy has to evaluate her grandmother's suitability to teach her sister, Rhiannon, to control her growing, deadly Magick. Éibhear goes along to protect Izzy, and they find much more than they were looking for.

Éibhear is unappreciated by his family in How to Drive a Dragon Crazy. It's played for comic effect, but it's also sad because he's truly a hero. Izzy is a deadly, kick-butt heroine who is still a bit nuts. She's more sympathetic in Crazy than she was at times in the past. 

After many books and many story years, readers can rejoice that Izzy and Éibhear finally get their story. Although their history was gut-wrenching at times, Aiken plays their rocky courtship in How to Drive a Dragon Crazy with a lighter touch. The story is infused with humor--tongue in cheek, deadpan, silly, and laugh out loud humor.

The brothers, their mates, the twins, sister Rhiannon, Queen Rhiannon, and Annwyl the Bloody all have roles to play in the story. A new character is introduced. The brothers are comic relief, and the Queen is wise. Rhi, Talon and Talwyn are on the cusp of change. Their future stories are set up at the end, along with a new direction for Annwyl.

But above all, enjoy How to Drive a Dragon Crazy for Izzy and Éibhear's long-awaited tale.

Happy reading!

The Dragon Kin books and short stories in G. A. Aiken's preferred reading order:
  • Dragon Actually
  • About a Dragon
  • "Can't Get Enough" from Everlasting Bad Boys
  • What a Dragon Should Know
  • Last Dragon Standing
  • "Dragon On Top" from Supernatural
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me
  • How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
Dragon Actually
About a Dragon
"Can't Get Enough" in
Everlasting Bad Boys
What a Dragon
Should Know
Last Dragon Standing
"Dragon on Top" in
The Dragon Who
Loved Me
How to Drive a
Dragon Crazy

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