Series: I Like Big Dragons Series #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 19, 2016
Cover Design by: Cover Me Darling
Nikolai Vassago has a plan.
His day starts out fairly normal. Get up, kick some ass, fondle his beard, take some names.
One second he’s participating in a normal every day mission, and the next he’s saving the one woman that fate has promised him for the rest of his life from the grips of a criminal mastermind.
Nikolai can’t say he’s altogether displeased with what he’s given, though. Not with that gorgeous brunette that would soon be warming his bed.
The same can’t be said for Brooklyn.
Living in a commune most of her life meant she wasn’t exposed to all of life’s craziness. The moment she turned eighteen, she was off and running, experiencing all of what life had to give.
That means she sometimes jumps in feet first, not thinking about consequences until the deed is already done.
Nikolai rescues her from a fate worse than hell, throwing her on the back of his dragon and flying off into the night.
He’s a go-with-the-flow kind of man. Brooklyn, however, is not.
Having been caged for the first eighteen years of her life, she wants nothing more than to be free to do what she pleases, consequences be damned.
Nikolai, however, has different ideas, and he’s not above using his masculine will to prove to her that she’s exactly where she needs to be.
Lani Lynn Vale’s contemporary dragon world continues to come to life as more details about its people, their powers, and their dragons come to light. In book two, readers get Nikolai and Brooklyn’s story, but Keifer and Blythe are very much a part of the storyline as well. Keifer is now the King of the dragons, and he and his pregnant queen are doing all they can to keep their people safe in their war against the Purists, but as the danger gets more intense and their enemies start using their own against them, protecting his kingdom, his family, and his dragons becomes even more difficult for Keifer, but what he grows to understand in Dragons Need Love, Too is that his mate and his brother and his mate will fight for those they love and the world they cherish.
The circumstances that bring Nikolai and Brooklyn together and the subsequent bond that takes place is definitely unexpected and actually quite difficult due to the condition that Brooklyn is in when Nikolai finds her. But readers witness Nikoali’s connection take place and the subsequent pull that she has on him, and even though he keeps that knowledge to himself for a while, those who matter, like his dragon, Perdita, know what has happened, and makes sure that Nikolai respects the mate bond and fights to protect the broken girl who has now become the most important person in his lie.
Brooklyn is quite the feisty princess once she regains her strength and gets a feel for her new life and what it all means. For the first eighteen years of her life, she has never had the freedom that now stands before her and she refuses to forsake this opportunity. But she also must learn her place under her king and mate’s guise, which means that there will definitely be growing pains and adjustments to contend with, but now that Brooklyn has a family who loves and supports her, it’s clear she will do what’s best for herself and those she loves, even if it does ruffle some feathers now and again.
The main conflict in book two still revolves around the war with the Purists and the men who wish dragons and their riders as well as their loved ones great harm. Keifer now reigns over his kingdom and he does so with everyone’s best interests in mind, but as this threat continues to grow as well as his wife’s belly, he’s torn with what steps to take and where he is needed most, which forces both Nikolai and Brooklyn to step up and help their king when they’re needed the most.
The one dragon rider’s story that I would love to get is Ian; he has been quite the recluse in the first two books, and I truly what to understand why people are told to stay away from him and why/how his past seems to be holding him back from connecting with anyone else. And it seems like I’m going to get my wish in the next book in the series!
Dragons Need Love, Too does a good job of continuing the storyline of book one as well as exploring the relationship between Nikolai and Brooklyn, and because both the risks and the mate bond occur simultaneously, it’s interesting to see just how much one affects the other, which definitely ties the story together quite nicely.
4 Poison Apples
“This is an all action paranormal romance with lots of dangerous family drama. One family is over protective the other is full of dangerous killers. Add in dragon magic and hot sex , you get a book you can’t put down.” ~Warrior Woman Winmill
“…this series is just so different. It’s a breath of fresh air, and it draws the reader in right from the start. I can’t recommend this book and this new series from Ms. Vale highly enough.” ~Red Cheeks Reads
“This book was witty, entertaining, serious, and funny all at the same time.” ~Swoon Worthy Books
I don’t know why I never expected Nikolai to be able to fight.
He had the muscles.
He worked out.
He was aware.
But he never struck me as fierce.
I wasn’t thinking that anymore, though, as I watched him beat the ever loving shit out of his opponent.
He never used a single one of his powers to accomplish it, either.
He did it all with sheer strength, force of will, and knowledge.
He was divine.
All we were supposed to be doing was buying some supplies for the house.
It’d been over two months since I’d woken from my coma, six weeks since he’d told me I was his mate and even longer since the housekeeper had stocked the kitchens.
I’d never been so happy to leave the confines of a house.
I would’ve been happy with going in a plain old car; but, today, Nikolai had taken me on a motorcycle, of all things.
I’d always wanted to ride on one but had never had the courage to ask for a ride.
Today, though, I’d practically begged Nikolai for us to take it.
He’d argued that a truck would hold more groceries, but I’d been adamant.
I didn’t even know why, either.
Just the thought of being in the open air, outside the confines of the sanctuary, turned me into a giggling mass of excitement.
And I was sure that nothing would ruin this day…but I’d been wrong.
Since I was now watching my man get ganged up on by five men.
My uncle’s cronies could ruin my day, as evidenced by the stupid goon trying to slash Nikolai’s face off with a fuckin’ saber sword.
I’d at first tried to help Nikolai, but his insistence that I back up and stay the hell out of it had been loud and clear, even when he hadn’t actually said any of those words out loud.
But he’d been awesome at screaming them inside my head like I was a disobeying three-year-old, rather than a twenty-six-year-old grown ass adult who knew how to wipe her own butt.
I watched with the brick wall of a convenience store at my back.
Nikolai’s bike was on its side where he’d dumped it.
My arm was scratched, and a strange throbbing sensation was going on with my ribs.
Funny enough, I hadn’t remembered ever hitting my ribs. Nikolai had been extremely careful about laying his bike down as we slid.
He’d also made me wear protective clothing, such as a brand new pair of motorcycle boots. A leather jacket with padding in the elbows and back, as well as a pair of pants that were supposedly flame proof.
I was glad he’d forced me to wear them now; but a scant hour before, as I’d been getting dressed, I’d been reluctant.
“Duck!” Nikolai screamed.
Then, I was seeing nothing but black. Everything around me was black.
“Nikolai!” I whispered frantically. “I can’t see!”
Strong arms, the arms that I was coming to care for in the short few days that we’d officially started to ‘date,’ wrapped around me.
“Shh,” he breathed, so low that I couldn’t be sure that he said anything at all.
Grab the bike, he whispered through my brain.
I moved my arms forward and grabbed on to the bike, feeling him shift as he got on. Then he pulled me on behind him and a loud roar sounded as he turned over the engine.
“Hold on,” he rushed.
I held on.