The Queen’s Dance
The Emerging Queens Series,
Jamie K. Schmidt
Genre: Paranormal the QueensRomance
Date of Publication: 5/23/16
Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
After newly shifted dragon Queen, Margery Cooper, is rescued from smugglers she has a choice to continue to hunt down the story that nearly killed her when she was an investigative reporter or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Remy “Champ” Champlain is first on the scene and assigned her protector while she sorts out her affairs. He wants nothing more to get back to his solitude and his small town, but as an unclaimed dragon he doesn’t get a choice.
The Queen is his responsibility until her court is formalized. He wants to settle her down right away, but she has this wild hair up her Queenly butt to find out who is smuggling dangerous drugs into the country.
Sparks fly between them, but as she’s a sky dragon and he’s a water dragon, well she can’t swim and he can’t fly and those aren’t the only differences they’re facing.
Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.
Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?
She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.
“Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.
While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.
“Shit,” she gurgled.
She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.
Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.
A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.
She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”
“Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.
Read on to find out more about the wonderful Author, my review, and a giveaway!
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. She has two other series with Loveswept: Hawaii Heat, in which the first book Life’s A Beach is the perfect staycation to Maui, and The Sentinels of Babylon, about members of vigilante Motorcycle Club and their old ladies. Her dragon paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing, has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.
An avid knitter and jewelry maker, Jamie is never bored. She can often be found with a mug of tea on the computer flanked by her little dogs & fluffy white cat. You can follow her on twitter at @Jamiekswriter or on her author page on Facebook. When she’s not writing or crafting, Jamie loves playing games, everything from board games to strategy card games, console and online MMORPGs.
I have just been scoring out of this world (is that a mixed metaphor) on books to review this year so far!
This book was absolutely adorable, with just a splash of heat. I haven’t read anything from the dragon-shifter genre before, and I’m glad I started with this one (#3 in the Emerging Queens series). I was happy right off the bat, because THE QUEEN’S DANCE was set on Lake Champlain — right down the street from where I live! And the hero’s property is on South Hero, where every traveler getting off the NY-VT ferry has to travel. It was so exciting! Like when rock stars say the name of your town on stage. 😉 HELLO LAKE CHAMPLAIN!
I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, but I still felt like I knew the characters who presumably came from previous books fairly easily, but I think I’d feel for them more if I read the first two books first. Not the writer’s fault, of course. The heroine and hero in this story were enchanting, the idea of dragons not at all silly (I’ve heard some people say that about the genre. Well, I firmly disagree.) I loved all the action, the magic, not to mention the sex! Mile high club, ya’ll!
With all the dragon’s and the romping and the sexing, there is a solid conflict and a number of serious storylines supporting what might otherwise be just fluff. For a fairly lighthearted paranormal, there are a few moments that make you wonder if all will really be okay in the end (no spoilers, but: it’s romance, of course things will work out! Or will they?)
I would say the only thing that might have twanged a bit was the way the writing style occasionally became choppy. That could very well be the fact that I’m a lover of long, flowing (i.e. run-on) sentences. It did throw me off during some of the sex, however. It can be jarring to read very short descriptors of movements and touches within lovemaking (or screwing. 🙂 This flaw wasn’t egregious, though, and most of the rest of the writing was lovely. You can’t help but fall in love with Remy and Margery in the end.
Overall, I give THE QUEEN’S DANCE a hearty:
4 Batty Moons!
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