Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review – ‘Sacrificed to the Dragon’ by Jessie Donavan


In exchange for a vial of dragon’s blood to save her brother’s life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He’s tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There’s only one problem—he hates humans. 

Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other. 


Melanie lives in a world where dragons exist. Humans have hunted them for centuries and now their numbers are so low the dragons have made a pact with the humans. Since dragon blood has magical healing powers, the humans agree to give up their women (men, too, I think) who are genetically compatible to bear dragon offspring in exchange for dragon blood. It’s a win-win. Humans get the healing blood; dragons repopulate their race; there’s no more war. Too bad there are some evil humans (dragon hunters) who still attack and kill dragons to sell their blood and body parts on the black market.
Melanie agrees to live with the dragons and sleep with one of their eligible men continuously for at least six months, or until she gets pregnant. She just never expected her assigned dragon male to hate humans and take that anger and hatred out on her. She agreed to this to get the blood needed to save her brother’s life. She’s selfless and will do anything for her family.
Tristan is so consumed by his pain, rage and guilt over what his mother and sister suffered at the hands of humans that he can’t give Melanie a chance. He wants nothing to do with her, other than get her pregnant, but his attraction to her is wild and frenzied. She’s his dragon’s mate, and he hates it. He treats her horribly to begin with but she’s a strong one and doesn’t take any of his crap. They slowly start to trust one another and Tristan learns that not all humans are monsters.
The book is well-written but the POVs jumped back and forth multiple times in the same chapter. The jumps were properly marked, however, and I never became confused as to who POV I was reading. The pacing could be tighter but I liked the plot. The characters were believable. Tristan’s and Melanie’s love seemed real, not forced, and their sex was super hot. The side characters of Bram, Samira and Arabella were great additions. All the loose ends were tied up except for one (what happened to Cait’s baby?) but everything of importance between the main couple was taken care of.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book for free on Amazon and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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