The heroine is a weeping silly spineless mess so you really never feel any real connection to her Guy saves her and has treated her well he shows some interest a lady nut job runs off screaming in a unfamiliar alien world only to be captured and require saving from the very alien that saved her before They have sexual contact was too quickly and at a time when you d least expect them to since you know danger and her suffering from heat exhaustion Also it s like the author wants you to like Calista so much that she makes the other characters unnecessarily unlikeable like Lana and Rosalind I don t like wimpy female leads so Calista ruins what could have been a good book.
I liked this story.
the heroine was weak for an Alpha Dragon to pick she could have used backbone and to stand up for herself w her fellow humans I liked the Dragon Alienhe was strong, smart, kind, but protective Not Every Alien Is An Enemy, Even If He Kidnaps You Calista Is Happy With Her Life Of Scientific Research She Has No Need For A Man, She Has Her books, Her Friends, And Her Work Things Are Fine Until Her Ship Is Attacked By Space Pirates And Crash Lands On A Desert Planet With Heat So Intense She And Her Friends Can T Survive Without Help Ladon Is A Zmaj Warrior Resigned To A Life Alone, Who Only Desires To Protect His Treasures His Hopes For A Mate Faded Long Ago, Yet When He Meets Calista Something Stirs It Takes No Than One Look To Know That She Belongs To Him He S Been Alone For So Long But She Is The Ultimate Treasure And He Will Protect Her Now There S Only The Small Problem Of Her Living Long Enough To Understand A Devastated Planet, A Mysterious History, Space Pirates, And Threats Environmental And Alien Beset Them On All Sides The Sexy Zmaj Warrior Will Have To Battle The Planet S Ultimate Threat In An Epic Effort To Obtain The One Thing He Knows Calista Needs To Survive Then Maybe They Can Begin To Come To Terms With The Feelings They Create In Each Other But Will The Other Humans Accept This Huge And Alien Looking Dragon Warrior Or Will They Find Him Just As Big A Threat As The Rest Of The Red Planet The Future Of Both Their Races Depends On It Alien Dragon S Baby Is A Full Length Scifi Novel With A Happily Ever After Ending, Plenty Of Steam, Bloody Battles And Alien Human Intrigue It Is Standalone And Has Been Co Written By Newcomer Miranda Martin And One Of The Hottest Science Fiction Romance Authors Out There, Juno Wells I was in the mood for a sci fi romance and had this recommended to me A story written by two completely new to me authors and several good reviews for what I thought might just be run of the mill alien captures human Hmm well yes and no actually Calista is part of a crew on a voyage to find a new home she s third generation and I will be honest here and say it doesn t really feel very futuristic to this reader at all They are attacked and the ship breaks up leaving Calista and fellow survivors on an inhospitable planet with creatures out of nightmares or even Dune Now our heroine just happens to be a botanist and is sent out to scout for edible plants and just why she s sent out completely alone is beyond me because hey that s a downright stupid thing to do Well you know I intimated that the planet wasn t really suited to sustaining human life forms and yep Calista struggles to walk let alone explore but unknown to her someone is watching A planet devastated by war , with few survivors but those left have adapted to their harsh environment One such is Ladon, not a shifter exactly but this alien has wings and a tail plus scales so to Calista he looks like a dragon Now their first meeting is not exactly a case of shaking hands but Ladon is very keen to explore the new piece of treasure that he has claimed Although I hasten to add that even though this story is adult Ladon is no brute to force the issue and the couple get to know each other in spite of obvious language difficulties Yet still there remains the problem of Calista getting back to her friends although she has no idea that without help from Ladon the planet they have crashed on will kill them all So it didn t feel like I was reading a story about people hundreds of years from now but nevertheless I did get sucked in There are possibly too many references to popular culture but the authors pass that off as crew members devouring old Earth movies , videos and books Plus there s a very strange female general in it who felt very out of place and unfortunately she isn t really explained so I m left wondering about her Maybe she s an alien Still I mustn t digress from the story and I think most readers will fall a little for the lonely but sweet Ladon Calista can t stop talking and her dialogue is very funny as she struggles to understand her new situation I think the fact that Calista doesn t see herself as attractive and hadn t really wanted a man made her romance with Ladon all the poignant It s not sloppy though , funny yes, sexy too but most of all an interesting take on what it is to be completely out of your comfort zone I think the fact that we get first person narrative from both central characters really added immensely to my enjoyment Ladon isn t the only native on his planet though so I m off to see what else the authors have written for Series I ve found a new crack obsession My definition of crack is a crazy balls out premise, an alien hero different color and or unusual appendages are a MUST , a tried and true romance formula and a fascinating verse that captures my interest Boy, has the Dragons of Tajss delivered Does it have its flaws Yep Do I give a flying zemjla Nope, not even a little bit.
A mishmash of different fantasy sci fi components that we ve seen in shows from Dr Who to Beetlejuice, this is a series that goes for some serious issues like xenophobia, racism, etc and there s danger everywhere, but it s the details that tend to make me giggle There s a generation ship that is hurtling through space, minding its own business, when it is attacked by space pirates and crash lands on a planet called Tajss Everything, and I mean everything, is designed to kill and or eat you, not necessarily in that order It s hot AF so the human body is NOT designed to survive on this planet.
For example, there s an ongoing debate between the Star Wars vs Star Trek fans, Dr Who references and a big worm y thing that will kill you but all I could picture was this Basically, all the fixins for a cracky kind of sci fi rom read This will appeal to fans of the Ice Planet Barbarians type of romances If that s your jam, get a taste of this Zmaj jelly I think you ll like it.
BOOK SPECIFIC Review Calista and Ladon Lay dun Story follows the intro to sci fi crack 101 Survival is paramount, except for some questionably timed romantic interludes during the heroine s severe dehydration and threats from everything that s trying to kill her A little ridiculous and not the strongest writing and yet I was hooked.
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Total rip off ice planet barbarians.
DNF1st Too many modern day movie references for me to honestly believe this story takes place in the distance future, a future where the heroine is a third generation passenger on a ship.
2nd The writing style was confusing at times Example a pirate blocks the path of the heroine and her friends Suddenly he has a hole in his head Never explained how it got there It s just there and the pirate is ex machina style dead There were a lot of instances like this where things weren t explained well enough3rd The reactions and emotions of the characters weren t ever believable or appropriate for the situation their ship is under attack by pirates, let s have all major characters cracking jokes and talking about scenes in Star Wars They ve crashed on a desert, alien planet and instead of being understandably freaked out or scared they re arguing if it resembles Tatooine or Vulcan.
4th They just crash landed on a desert, alien planet and none of the characters are even DIRTY let alone INJURED They never made it to the life pod They were literally in a hallway, the scene faded to black, and when they woke everyone is scattered on this planet not at all injured There s a woman who was wearing a white, flowing dress and her dress wasn t at all dirty not a hair was out of place and she stood tall and perfect Uhm did none of you actually crash land here Or were you beamed down I didn t understand this.
This is probably nit picking since it s literally a short story about Alien Dragons but the fact that I ve read way stranger alien stories that came out way BETTER and believable than this shows that s not an excuse I d suggest Ice Planet Barbarians The plots are similar crash landed on a planet with extreme temperatures only to be saved by aliens etc but the author does a better job of making the plot and characters believable The writing is also ten times better.
So my friend CC called this a knock off of all our fav blue alien series and I just thought that, Yeah okay, it might be a knock off but between sexy blue aliens and hot as hell dragon men, I would always go for the dragon How could I resist So did it seem similar YES Ridiculously similar.
Based on what I just read, if I ever end up in a situation where I have to choose between blue horned aliens and dragon men with wings, to spend the rest of my life with I m going with the sexy blue horned aliens.
It wasn t bad per say, just a lot less fleshed out It ended and I thought I was missing pages, it was so abrupt Other than the MCs, none of the side characters were endearing Maybe Jolie cause she was nice but I m totally not interested in continuing the series.
Another 2 point fiver Boy am I on a roll
5 starsI was in the mood for a silly entertaining sci fi romance, also Dragon s Baby reminded me of the Ice Planet Barbarians, but this one was short of the mark The beginning was fun and engaging, I especially liked the scene where the cheeky old man forgot his ID and was outrageous and funny Things quickly deteriorated as soon as they got boarded by space pirates, crash land on a desert alien planet and no one was injured even though they were all without safety gear and passed out in the hallway of the spaceship Things are not explained or are overlooked The reactions of the characters were off They cracked jokes and argued about Star Wars and Star Trek in the middle of life threatening situations and it wasn t funny or quirky.
My number one pet peeve in this sub genre The language barrier trope carried on until near the end of the book, leaving me feeling bored with their clumsy attempts to understand each other All that effort and word count could ve been used to develop character and plot Sigh There s another pet peeve here, the clever heroine who is actually dumb The heroine, Calista, is a Botanist researching a new strain of wheat, but for an intelligent woman she sure acts dumb e.
g wandering aimlessly in a new scorching planet and almost dying of dehydration and heatstroke running away from the hero for no good reason and being attacked by animals and needing to be recued again and told off like a naughty child by the hero.
The hero, Ladon, is a Zmaj warrior an alien dragon with a surprise in his talewink wink and last of his kind As soon as he sees Calista, he rescues her and looks after All her needs He also thinks of her as his treasuredefinitely a swoon worthy heroexcept, he touches the heroine in a fully intimate way without her permission, while she s unconscious A definite no no This whole molesting an unconscious female under the guise of curiosity saving her life is fast becoming a trope in this sub genre and it s not okay It s not romantic It needs to stop And just because the heroine is later attracted to him, it doesn t excuse his actions I know this is a light fluffy read, still, consent is important between adults.
The characters were not well developed, the plotthere was not much of a plot, just romance The romance and side characters were bland and forgettable and the ending was abrupt and left me feeling like several pages were missing from the book It was a disappointing read The sequel might be better but I m done for now.