Lynn Hana Alexander is a Japanese American dragon-shifter tormented by fleeting memories of her grandmother’s death by fire. She feels enormous guilt for her grandmother’s death becauseLynn failed in saving her.
So… when she sees her friend threatened in the same way in a dream, she doesn’t think; she shifts into her dragon form and rushes to her from her apartment in Houston to her friend’s home in relatively small Paradise Valley in west Texas. Once she arrives, she immediately smells the musky scent of a male dragon nearby who calls to her and brings back memories of when her grandmother died. She is determined to find and bring this rogue dragon to justice as she feels that he’s also connected to her grandmother’s death.
Lynn was a journalism major in college and, after the fire, her friend, Jen, encourages her to write a story about Jen’s fire to gain some publicity for what has been happening in Paradise Valley and hopefully help bring the arsonist to justice. After submitting her story to the paper, she’s offered a job as an investigative reporter, takes it, and starts investigating. Lynn quickly discovers that Paradise Valley is being plagued by fires which reinforces her resolve to actively pursue tracking down the dragon responsible. Being a relatively new dragon, she flounders in her investigation as she’s not adept at deciphering who is and who is not a dragon, but she perseveres.
This story is primarily a paranormal mystery with cowboys and dragons. Solving the mystery of who is setting the fires is paramount. Additional subplots include Lynn’s confusion over her developing dragon side, her amnesia over what really happened when her grandmother was murdered, and her poor relationship with her mother who keeps encouraging her to renew her relationship with her ex-fiance who Lynn had found to be cheating on her. Within the mystery of all the fires, Lynn seeks to discover who and what she is.
There are romantic elements also. Jack Callaghan is a hot fireman and a nerdy cowboy – his family has lived large in the area for years, and Jack serves as a part-time volunteer firefighter. He meets Lynn at Jen’s fire and continues to show up at each of the successive fires. She is shocked when they first meet as he is the same person that she has been dreaming about. They are mutually attracted to each other, but Lynn worries that he may be the arsonist rogue dragon. Henry, a smooth-talking city developer, is also at the fires and he’s also attracted to Lynn. Both men distract her from her primary purpose and she has to fight her own hormonal urges arising at the most inopportune times.
Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. I was drawn to the book by the paranormal aspect and the author utilizes those elements uniquely well in the story. I loved the dragon/cowboys aspect and thought it worked very well. The story was good and the characters were well-developed. My one issue with the book was that I wasn’t able to fully connect with Lynn, so I enjoyed the mystery but didn’t really develop sympathy with the heroine.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal mysteries.
– Reviewed by Linda