Tuesday, 30 December 2014

[REVIEW] Taken (Dragon's Egg #1) by Rennie Leigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Recommended for: Mpreg fans
Read from December 21 to 25, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1 

The generic storyline didn't stop me from liking it and I did enjoyed its premise quite a bit since it involves male pregnancy my all-time favorite theme. And the the dragon's reproductive system reminds me of another mpreg book called 'Acquainted with the Night' due to its almost similar impregnation technique of which by the way is like watching a birthing scene. Yet at the same time it made me wish for a prostate of my own.

I am happy that this time around the shifters involved aren't those overexposed furry kinds but of the scaly variety instead. While this is a shifters mating story whereby insta-love is common place like almost a given thing it is certainly refreshing to find the couple being rather rational with the attraction and deals with it realistically instead of tearing at each others clothes and sticking it in at the first opportunity. Much as I appreciate the slow burn romance I did also lament the long wait for some carnal action to take place. Almost half of the book was spent on courtship.

Although the book comes along with the BDSM tag, it was more like a garnishing on the side than anything substantial. The author was so very careful handling that extra seasoning that vanilla readers would not have problem reading it.

I find Sebastian a relatively likable character. Most of the humor comes from his cute awkwardness and straightforward personality. As for Gavin his alpha mate, his personality puzzles me sometimes. He lack the presence of an authoritative figure which he is supposed to be since he is a Dragon Lord with tons of underlings. He is too weak-willed to be a good leader.

While the story is considerably engaging the character's personality isn't very inconsistent. It's harder to connect with them when they are acting like they have multiple personalities when that's not supposed to be the case. The pacing needs a bit of fine tuning. And there is also some repetitions, typos as well as some plot-holes. Things like these isn't something I would expect from a non-indie published book. The publisher's editors should have polished all these rough edges before releasing the book.

Despite the hiccups I am still game on continuing the series as I am hoping for more breeding and impregnation scenes. An actual birth scene would be added bonus. I doubt Sebastian would be in the next book since series like this usually would leap onto different sets of couples for each installments. The most we could hope for was for Sebastian and Gavin to make more cameo appearances in future books within the series. I would miss seeing a very pregnant Sebastian being pampered by his overprotective mate.

This could have been a 4 stars but I would have to stick with a 3 stars for now.

Artwork by: The Queen of Owls
Art Title: Thorin/Bilbo Mpreg

Title: Taken
Author: Rennie Leigh
Publication Date: December 17th, 2014
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-63258-709-1
Type: Novel, 53,690 words
Genre: Alternative (M/M), BDSM, Contemporary, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Mpreg

[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Consensual BDSM Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, capture, sex in partially shifted form, spanking, flogging, cropping, sex toys, HEA]

Life is simple. The only thing Sebastian Michael needs is a steady paycheck. Sebastian values his independence too much to let his secretive brother, Ed, pay his bills. He tried selling his paranormal romances with little luck. Looking for a steady job, he soon stumbles into a dragon's den pretending to be a BDSM club. Gavin Thorvald, the dragon lord and club owner, recognizes Sebastian as his mate and begins to woo the sweet human. Gavin worries about how to explain a dragon's reproductive cycle while Sebastian fears his past is catching up with him.

At the same time, hunters are attacking and Ed is taking an interest in Sebastian's new life. Just when Gavin has everything he wants, Sebastian is taken from him by the hunters. Gavin fears the worst as he heals from the hunters' attack. Once healed, Gavin begins a race against the clock to find his mate and save their egg.


* Reviewed on December 30th, 2014

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