Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Stranded with the Cajun by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Stranded with the Cajun
Series: Captured by a Dragon-Shifter
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, fantasy, romance
Release Date: 1st October 2015
Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Stranded in the Bayou with a dead guide, photographer Lori has no idea what she's going to do only to be rescued by a Lizard Man. Drake was fed up with only the royals being able to go through the portal and win brides, and so he sneaks through hoping to find his fated mate. From the moment they meet there is something between the pair, but misunderstandings and cultural differences can cause problems...

It seems like ages since I've read one of the books centred on the Draig (dragon shifting aliens) and I'd forgotten quite how much I loved the society and the customs surrounding them. Captured by a Dragon-Shifter is set in the modern era, but is the past compared to the Dragon Lords series, and as such humans don't know of the existence of aliens (particularly not ones that shift into dragons).

I really liked the way that differences in culture were brought into play. This was both Drake not understanding things that Lori said, and Lori not quite understanding what Drake meant. Drake's accent was brought up, as was the fact that Lori didn't recognise some of the places he was talking about. It sounds like a really little thing to mention, but I think the attention to detail here is part of what makes the characters seem to have realistic reactions.

There was definite chemistry between Lori and Drake, of that there was no doubt. But there was more to their story than just the chemistry. They both had to learn to trust one another, though Drake's Draig beliefs did make it easier for him to accept Lori as his mate.

As always, Pillow writes an enjoyable story, and I was pleased to be back in the Draig's world!