This author is so good, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. This week you get two books for review by Ophelia Bell.
A little about Ophelia first:
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
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Animus (Sleeping Dragons Book 1)
For Erika and her team of Ivy League-educated archaeologists, trekking through a hot, wet jungle and penetrating the depths of the elusive dragon temple they’ve been hunting is all in a day’s work. Little do they know that once inside, their minds and bodies will become immersed in centuries-old magic, the tantalizing effects of which they are powerless to resist.
In spite of her attempts to prove she still has control, the magic compels Erika to begin a series of rituals to revive the long-sleeping denizens within the temple. Uncertain what to expect, her desire wins out when she sets eyes on the figure she is meant to awaken—a red dragon bound in the form of a beautiful man frozen in jade but definitely ready for her attention.
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Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.9 Stars
Animus made me fall in love with shapeshifting dragons! I’ve never read a story like this before, but a friend suggested that I take a look at this one. I’m willing to read just about anything, and when I saw erotica and dragons I figured why not. The cover is intriguing, and promises some steamy action. It did not disappoint, and Ophelia Bell has done a splendid job with Animus (Sleeping Dragons Book 1).
The story opens with great writing and lots of good phrases and word choices that sucked me right into the scene. I’ve often wondered how authors introduce sex with dragons and other shapeshifters, and I think Ophelia Bell did a fantastic job of making me believe in the concept. If for a brief time, I felt the possibility that hot dragonshifters are possible.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I wanted more characterization. Enough was given to make me want to find out more about them, but when the book ended I wanted more of their history within the story.
The sex is steamy hot and drives the story. I love how Ophelia worked her magic to show why the sex drives the story, but I think maybe another thousand words or so for the characters would have really sent Animus over the edge to raw perfection.
I wanted it to be longer. I was surprised when the story ended, and it felt a little abrupt. And, it made me want to read the next installment all the more. I was expecting more of a novella so we could really get to know the character’s individual stories. Don’t get me wrong, Animus is a fantastic story, and it’s extremely well written. I just think it could be longer for a better ending. I cannot wait to read the next installment.
I recommend Animus to lovers of dragons, shapeshifting, hot sex, and a quick read.
RA Winter’s Review: 4 Stars
The story for Animus centers around a young girl who is following her father’s research into dragons. She believes they were real once and walked among us.
In the first chapter, she finds the temple and these erotic statues of dragons. Now, her porter says she can awake them… in the naughtiest way possible.
This book is very heavy erotica, it’s not for the faint of heart. Erotica drives the story along, it’s the only way to awaken the dragons.
Ophelia doesn’t pussy foot around the sex here, it is deeply meshed into the story. It drives the story along with each beat. If you like more story than erotica, this might not be your cup of tea. That being said, it is very well written and original. As always, the sex is great.
I did like the story line, it was a wonderful way to weave in the shifter elements of the dragons. In the first book, two are awakened, but we don’t know the consequences nor do we know if the others will awaken. That comes in the rest of the series.
Ophelia has an engaging style that keeps you reading and wanting more. If you love fantasy/paranormal/shifter/erotica, this book is for you.
Night Fire (Rising Dragons Series Book 1)
Rafe and Rowan’s Story
Rowan grew up believing she was an outcast, but found her place in the world nonetheless. Or so she believed. Her unusual features attract a very unusual and attractive man when she’s in a night club looking for a new sexual diversion. What she doesn’t know is that this man knows more about her than she knows herself—he knows what she really is. She falls in love with him in the process of opening her eyes to the world she really belongs in. But his love may not be enough to make her stay.
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Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.9 Stars
Once I finished reading Animus, I had to have more of Ophelia Bell. Night Fire hit the spot. The cover promises a romance, and it does deliver. I loved where the characters met and how they met. The instant chemistry between them was palpable, leaping off the page and grabbing me. After that, I couldn’t put it down.
This is a fast, delightful read with lots of steamy scenes. I don’t want to give anything away, and this is a dragonshifter story, so I have to mention the how they shapshift is amazingly done. For a non-believer in humans changing into dragons, I’ve been sucked into the notion by Ophelia’s writing.
My score of 4.9 is because I wanted to see more characterization, more of their story. I was prepared for the fast ending, however I still think this could be lengthened a tad more for a 5 star experience.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, steamy sex, and dragons.
RA Winter’s Review: 5 Stars
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