Review: Dragon Fire, Angel Light by Shara Godwinson

William is a dragon shifter who, despite having lived for over two thousand years, has never found a true love. When he meets Evyn, a quirky musician/journalist who wants to be a real photographer, he immediately finds him irresistible.

But Evyn’s a little supernatural too, and an evil brotherhood and a band of soul reavers are after him to destroy his pure soul.

Can William protect his love from evil?

Oh my.

I’m always drawn to dragon stories and I loved the blurb for Dragon Fire, Angel Light. The beginning was promising, set in the time of the Battle of Hastings, the language was formal, a little stiff, but it fit the historical setting. Fine, we’re good. As dragons live for centuries, the story moves ahead with the same characters to modern times and from there on out, the story just fell apart. Well, to be honest, it didn’t fall apart, as it never got off the ground.

We’re introduced to William in the beginning and he meets and falls for Evyn, so we are told and therein lies the problem we’re told everything but shown very little. I never did get the connection between William and Evyn even though I was told they were soul mates. There was little to no relationship building on page and this ended up being one of the least romantic romances I’ve read. The stilted language and clinically described sex scenes were off-putting at best. I was convinced at this point that the romance could not be the apex of this story, but was secondary to the paranormal battle that was coming between the Brotherhood and the “Monsters”.

At one point William agrees to have Evyn locked up “for his safety”. I guess? And William can’t deal, so he bails for a couple of weeks and Evyn is left, chained up as a virtual prisoner in a cage with no explanation, no answers. Evyn has told William about his past, including similar treatment by his family growing up, so on what planet or alternative universe is this OK for the love of your life? William finally gets his guts together, returns and Evyn forgives him in a matter of moments. I mean, What? How? More importantly, WHY?

There was a lot of references to past hurts and trauma, all of which seemed to be mentioned then dropped with no resolution, including Evyn’s imprisonment. The references seemed to be used and therefore cheapened to make some kind of point but they were not necessarily relevant. The story was trying to have a hurt/comfort plotpoint without the comfort to balance the hurt. William’s relationship with Mark, the dragon he had relations with in one form or another through history was piecemeal and inconsistent. William suffered domestic violence and torture at the hands of Mark and their resolution was brushed off so quickly it added nothing to the story or to William as a character. Why was Mark even still around? It made no sense.

The introduction of secondary characters, with incomplete storylines, would have led me to believe that there are more stories to come, but there is no alluding to it, therefore many secondary’s served no purpose to the plot. So many of them were killed off (with no sadness or mourning by the MC’s, like AT ALL) or left hanging so when I went to the next page and saw “Epilogue”, I was honestly confused. Nothing was really resolved. The bad guys were not defeated, and again, many characters were left with no wrap up, it’s like the author just got tired of the story and decided to end it where it stood.

I was disappointed that the execution of the story didn’t live up to the blurb.

That cover though? Gorgeous!

**a copy of this story was provided for an honest review**

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