Monday, June 2, 2014

The Queen's Wings by Jamie Schmidt


By Jamie K. Schmidt
Release Date: 5/27/14
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Save the Dragons.

Long ago, the Cult of Humanity sacrificed the Dragon Queen, crippling the breeding process.  But now Carolyn hears the voice of that long dead queen telling her that she holds the key to breaking the spell that will free all the female dragons.
 FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years.
 He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. A never-ending line of suitors forms, but she only wants Reed. Too bad he doesn’t want in on the competition. But when the Cult kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her in an effort to make the curse against the female dragons permanent, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.

Kathie's Review:

This was FUN! Carolyn is nuts, at least everyone around her, humans and dragons, believe she is anyway. In this time and place, which is contemporary, people know about dragons. Have known about them for ages. The thing is, due to a curse and some magic, only male dragons are born or shift when a human reaches puberty. There are only five Queen dragons, and even all of the eggs they lay hatch males. 

So while it would be "nice" if Carolyn was a shifting Queen, no one believes she really will. Even though the bloody writing on her spare room wall and the fact she keeps waking up naked on her roof should lead people to believe her, no one does.

Until she spits acid on a couple of drakes. Yeah...good times! Then everyone wants to kidnap or kill her. 

She's got a long dead dragon in her head, one who wants to jump the very hot Jack, and she has the dragon she's lusting after hating her because she's still human. 

Yep, what a ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the dragon shifters and the mystery of just what was happening in the dragon world. While this one is steamy, I thought the love scenes were just a bit "rote" and nothing special. I found myself skimming, a lot. I wanted to get back to the dialog and the action, which were lots of fun.

I sincerely hope that Ms. Schmidt has more to come with looks at other Emerging Queens!

*Thank you, Entangled and Jamie Schmidt, for the opportunity to read The Queen's Wings.

Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.
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