So I'll still be picking up the next book in the series, but will just mentally prep for a headache next time. View all 6 comments. Katherine I love your example of the dialogue. I kept trying to figure out what the characters were actually saying to each other if you take out all of the int I love your example of the dialogue. I kept trying to figure out what the characters were actually saying to each other if you take out all of the internal monologue and wow, it did not make sense.
I haven't noticed this problem nearly as much in Cooper's next book. Julie Just finished Izzard's memoir earlier in the week, so extra points for awesome Izzard reference!
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Jul 05, AM. Dec 15, ttg rated it liked it Shelves: reviews , m-m. This started as a cute story for me, but ultimately turned into a very frustrating read. The char This started as a cute story for me, but ultimately turned into a very frustrating read. The characters of Arthur the boy and Bertie the dragon are very appealing. Discovering that dragon can shift into a hot human form and is incapable of talking to him without flirting makes things a little difficult though.
Also, I think the cover is very cute and does a neat job of capturing the MCs. What was harder for me: There were a few things that made this a frustrating read. I kept feeling all the characters were talking with each other, but having separate conversations. That, and so much thinking between statements. Which was probably the hardest part for me besides the confusing dialogue--I found the story and its progression very dull.
I wish for such a long story, that some more conflict or plot points were added to help keep things going. And I like sweet and warm and fuzzy, but just with something else added. I found the dialogue also confusing sometimes in that book, but I think the mystery and the crime-solving added a little more structure and fire to the narrative. That being said, you do not need to read Some Kind of Magic to enjoy this book. All you need going into this book is an open mind that dragons and other magical creatures exist in our everyday lives.
If you like urban fantasy romance reads and are okay with a very slow burn romance, this may work very well for you. View all 3 comments. Sep 10, Tanu Gill rated it it was amazing. Such a sweeeeeet story it was! It is definitely going on my to be re-read shelf!! I could read it possibly times more!!!!!! I am absolutely giddy after reading it!!! View all 4 comments. Mar 08, Vivian rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance-pn. Smoldering hot.
Bertie has got the slow burn down pat and poor Arthur is about to self-combust, and he's not alone. This is flirtation taken to the torture level; I think I held my breath for a good portion of the book. Dear, precious Arthur. Bertie might be too considerate for such a shy soul, I know I wanted to bind them together until they finally resolved the tension.
I had to be patient, which I despise, but eventually I was rewarded. This book requires hot chocolate and a good blankie Smoldering hot. This book requires hot chocolate and a good blankie to truly appreciate. Dec 15, Mandapanda rated it really liked it Shelves: various-romance. I love this delicious slow-burn paranormal romance about struggling, pure-of-heart Arthur McArthur and the powerful and flirtatious dragon-shifter, Dr Philbert Jones. The attraction crackles across the pages as the two MC's navigate their misconceptions, mistrust and feverish imaginings to find out what a dragon's treasure really is.
I love the intense way this author writes and I think her style 4. I love the intense way this author writes and I think her style is improving with every book I've read. View all 11 comments. Jan 03, Emma Sea rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , shifter. Felt like a bit of a slog. Possibly not my book. EDIT: Also, I'd steer you towards Tiya Rosa's review , as she has a similar opinion to mine about some aspects of the book, although overall she liked it more than I. Jan 05, Heller rated it liked it Shelves: mm-pnr , mm-alt-historical , mm-fantasy , mm-dragons.
I loved them. This is definitely a slow burn romance and loaded with charm. Loved the concept and the characters. Any issues that I had have to be with Cooper's writing style. It just doesn't quite work for me in a way that I felt a bit detached from the storyline.
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Still, a wonderfully romantic tale about a boy and his dragon. Great title. I finished, wrote my review and then had a serious OMG moment. I really just read the book wrong. I think there are two ways to read this book. I unfortunately was reading the book as a romance. And yes, it is, but it is not the kind I am used to and because of what my brain was thinking I totally missed the point. Here is what I wrote first. I am totally torn by this. Part of me gets it, I really do. I felt all of it and was completely caught up in this beautiful, romantic tale, but the other part of me is screaming in frustration.
They never talked. Nothing was really explained and sometimes big romantic gestures don't cure all. Arthur spent all his time thinking but never saying. Bertie never said anything. It was all gestures and quotes without explanation and Arthur, not knowing Dragons scrambled the entire book. I don't even know if at the end he understood how they got there. Totally stealing this from Otila because it is so, so fitting. And then the light bulb went off.
This should be read like a fairy tale more than like a romance. I realized if I had just focused on being told a story about Dragon lore and noticed how the lore itself was being woven into the story I was reading I think I would have felt so much less frustration. I smiled bigger.
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I went back and re-read quotes and the mini stories and just felt lighter and happier. I was able to go back and actually hear everything Bertie was saying; seeing that he was weaving his own tale with Arthur and that the gestures were enough. But, I am still only human and seriously needed like one more chapter. I wanted to see the results and I felt let down by not getting to see at least one day in the after, the happily ever after. But then I remembered, with tales of Dragons, rarely did the story tell you if they lived happily ever after. I am not a Dragon though!! I want to read the HEA!!
Especially the fairy tale variety. View all 10 comments. Sep 15, Ariadna rated it did not like it. After being charmed by the screwball vibe of Some Kind of Magic , I was totes ready to dive back into the Beings in Love series. Like many others, I was ready to enjoy the romance between a fearsome but noble dragon shifter and the human who was the dragon's literal treasure.
Unfortunately, the story was so deeply unsatisfying that I ended up doing a mental about-face after I finished it. Bertie, the dragon, was OK. I had a difficult time feeling any kind of empathy toward Arthur. He was, simply pu After being charmed by the screwball vibe of Some Kind of Magic , I was totes ready to dive back into the Beings in Love series.
He was, simply put, TSTL. The pacing was glacial and the many possibilities that the story would've taken never came to fruition. Not recommended. View all 7 comments. Nov 04, Vanessa North rated it really liked it. Audiobook review: My rating is purely for the story--a sweet romance between a young man, Arthur, and his dragon-shifter boss. There was plenty of interspecies angst, and when they finally view spoiler [ seriously FINALLY hide spoiler ] got to the sexy times, there was definitely some bitey fun to be had there.
I really enjoyed Cooper's worldbuilding and characters. I would recommend the book--in a readable format--to fans of biting shifter stories and fairy tales. That said: the narration was too Audiobook review: My rating is purely for the story--a sweet romance between a young man, Arthur, and his dragon-shifter boss.
That said: the narration was too slow. I listened to the entire audiobook at 1. I also cringed every time Bertie spoke, because the fake English accent was more comical than sexy. It definitely created some dissonance when Arthur was going on and on about Bertie's sexy voice. So, 4 stars for R Cooper's charming story, even if the audio recording was not my favorite. View all 13 comments. Mar 02, Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it liked it.
Interesting, imaginative, and different , there is, nonetheless, something just off about R. Cooper's writing.
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I really liked the characters, and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the lore Cooper crafted, but the narrative wasn't something I could easily immerse myself in. Jan 05, leigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge , owned-dsp. Bertie the dragon is gorgeously described and his personality in human form embodies all the legends of his mythical species.
He is charismatic, charming, disorganized, possessive, and hopelessly susceptible to the innocent allure of his assistant, Arthur. Arthur is human, heroic, flawed, and protective. For his dependent sister's sake, he needs to make a success of his job while struggling with his 4.
For his dependent sister's sake, he needs to make a success of his job while struggling with his nearly overwhelming attraction to Bertie. The men are a puzzle to each other and neither communicates well, but they persevere. There is little plot but their relationship and Arthur's slowly growing understanding of the nature of dragons. Cooper's prose has a unique voice which sometimes causes the reader to raise an eyebrow and track back to read that paragraph again. For me this worked, as it reflected Arthur's own hesitance and confusion; and also because this short novel is too beautiful to be hurried through as a simple and facile romance.
Highly recommended. View 1 comment. Mar 10, Kaje Harper rated it really liked it Shelves: comfort-reread , fantasy , m-m. This is very slow-burn, mixed with confusion and self-doubt, to the nth degree. And it's still a really cute, sweet story of a nerdy research assistant hired by an untidy scholarly dragon to work on the dragon's book.
Arthur the human's lack of self-worth is mostly sweet, Bertie the dragon's possessiveness and yet inability to speak his mind is hot and cute, and the story worked for me. Archived from the original PDF on Sarum Hall School.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Languages Add links. The story is charmingly told, but it's in the visuals that Dragon really distinguishes itself: Witness the creepily beautiful scene in which, as Hiccup and his dragon soar over the ocean, hundreds of dragons begin materializing out of the fog around them. This is the type of movie that I want my hypothetical, future children to watch, because it's imaginative and exciting and alert to the possibility of beauty in the world.
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