Book Review: Matching Dragons by Rachael SlateMatching Dragons by Rachael Slate
Series: Chinese Zodiac Romance #6
Published by indie author on November 17, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Nothing—and no one—will stand in her way
Kadence Thorne will do anything to save her sister, even risk the fury of her seductive new Lotus League partner, Lok. But she didn't join the secret league of assassins to become a Lotus, and failing the entry test was only the beginning. As punishment, they're sent to the island of the Eight Immortal, Han Xiangzi. Only through offering the Immortal a trade he can't resist can she find a cure for her sister. And Lok? Well, he'll just have to tag along for the ride.

An outcast in one world, a fugitive in the other
Amongst his dragon kin, Lok of the Shenlong Dragons is an azure-scaled beast, capable of manipulating the skies to his every whim. In the human realm, he is Lok Smith, a powerless human who must conceal his true identity at all costs. Falsely accused of murdering his den-mates, Lok has spent the past century searching for their killer—and a way to clear his name. When the Matchmaker offers him her aid in exchange for joining her Lotus League, it's a chance Lok can't refuse. Even if it means being paired with a woman as intoxicating as she is infuriating.

Pushed to the edge of passion
Kadence's search brings Lok dangerously close to exposure. Even worse, there's a treasure hidden inside Kadence, one that he—and every other dragon—will do anything to possess. When Kadence's schemes throw his plans off-balance, Lok will have to straddle both worlds and pray they don't collide.

It’s been a while since I revisited Rachael Slate’s Chinese Zodiac fantasy romance series, and I found that not only did book 7 just get released, but I’d missed reading book 6 when it first came out. So I figured, why not go with a back-to-back review of both? After all, it would be great to catch up, plus both books feature heroes who can shift into dragons! So here’re my thoughts with book 6, Matching Dragons

One thing I’ve come to expect of characters from this series—and indeed characters from all this author’s books—is that you get a pairing of heroes. What I mean is that both the main characters tend to be fierce in their ideals, their causes, and their passions, and as a result they don’t so much as fall in love as fling themselves into it. Of course, the wily mystical Matchmaker who plucks strings of fate like a harpist savant helps push them over the edge into lust and love.

But that hero coupling is as true for Matching Dragons as it is with others in the series. Kadence is on a mission to save her sister’s life, while Lok is determined to find the villain who murdered his den-mates, proving he isn’t guilty of the crime himself. He’s drawn into her quest even though it puts him at risk from the authorities he’s been running from since childhood. Naturally, they bicker a lot. Naturally, they all but light the pages of this book on fire. And naturally, when they come together, it’s with a bang—literally and figuratively.

This book is a fairly short read (Amazon lists it at 104 pages), so you can easily get from start to finish in one sitting, as I did. The world-building and immersion isn’t quite as involved as the first couple of books in the series, but I think it’ll work as a standalone, since most of the other characters don’t factor into this. But you’ll want to make sure you read this with the fan on—or a cool drink of something alcoholic on hand—as it’s got Slate’s signature steamy style all over it.


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Chinese Zodiac Romance Series Reading Order

1. Trancing the Tiger
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2. Rematch
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3. By the Horns
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4. Match Me Later
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5. Reining Him In
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6. Matching Dragons
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7. Never Match a Dragon
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About Rachael Slate

Rachael Slate resides on the West Coast of Canada with her husband and two children—or as she likes to call them, her own little blended world. One of the best parts about sharing in her husband’s Chinese-Malaysian culture is definitely the food—and the awesome celebrations!

Rachael writes stories that blend the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you’ll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the capable women who challenge them. And always, scorching hot romance.

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