Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Soul of Smoke

Soul of Smoke Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book and put it down a few times before powering through the rest. In the end, though, I wound up both loving and hating the story of Kai and Rhys.

Kai was out climbing mountains (as one does) when she finds an injured woman that changes her life. Unable to just let a battle rage around her without defending herself, she ends up defending an injured dragon and being forced to move in with them. There are some gruff characters, but Kai ends up mostly stir crazy and insanely drawn towards her dragon-in-distress, Rhys. Rhys, however, comes with a bunch of extra baggage. Not only is he the kind of their dragon group, but he also knows that he will lose support if he becomes heartsworn to a human. It should be easy enough, right? Just don’t touch her and you’ll never heartswear. Through a series of unfortunate events, they end up touching and he still fights against his biologic imperative, giving Kai the chance to reject him over and over.

Kai goes from my favorite to my least favorite more than a few times in this book. She is selfish, but kind, and then can be quick to temper, too. Rhys is a frustrating beast too, what with all his hiding and secret decision-making. These two would make a great pair in the end, but we get a bit of a cliffhanger on that matter. The other unlikely couple ends up oddly happier than the stars of this book. I guess it pays to be the supporting cast in this case.

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