By: G.A. Aiken | Other books by G.A. Aiken
Published By: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Published: Nov 07, 2008
ISBN # 9781605042329
Published By: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Published: Nov 07, 2008
ISBN # 9781605042329
Word Count: 98,828
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc), Rocket, Epub
Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken - Romance>Werewolves/Shifter eBookIt’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.
Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger.
And just wait until you meet the rest of the family…
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Warning: This book is the ebook reproduction of the print book released September 2008 from Zebra. No changes have been made from that version.
This book was previously released under a different title and author name by Triskelion publishing.
Reader Rating: 4.8 (32 Ratings)
Heâ€™d heard the sounds of battle for quite some time. But, as always, he ignored it. The wars of men meant nothing to him. Never had. But those same sounds right outside his den? Well, that did stir him to move.
His tail unwound from around his body and he slowly moved to the entrance of his home. He didnâ€™t know what to expect and was not sure he even cared, but things were pretty boring right now and this just might prove interesting. Or, at the very least, provide dinner.
The blade entered Annwylâ€™s side, ripping through armor and flesh and tearing through organs. Blood flowed and she knew she was dying. The soldier smiled at her cry of pain, which only brought out the telltale rage Annwyl had become famous for.
She raised her blade and, with a cry of pure bloodcurdling fury, swung it. The steel sang through the air as it swiped through the man, separating his head from his neck. His blood slashed across her face and arm. The other soldiers stopped. They had handily disposed of her small band of warriors without much trouble once they had them backed into this desolate glen. But she never allowed them an easy path to the killing blow. Until now.
Her lifeâ€™s blood drained from her body and she knew her time grew short. Her vision hazy, she felt weaker and lighter. She struggled to breathe. But sheâ€™d fight as long as she had breath in her body. Annwyl raised her sword, clasping the handle in both bloody hands, and waited for the next attack.
One of the men stepped forward. She could tell by the look on his face that he wanted to be the one to take her head. Present it to her brother so he could keep it as a trophy and warning to others who would dare question his reign.
She watched him move with assured slowness. Clearly,he also knew she was dying. Knew she couldnâ€™t fight much longer.
Her legs shook as her strength fled, and her body ached to lie down for just a few minutes and sleep. Just a little nap. . . .
Annwylâ€™s eyes snapped open and she realized the soldier was that much closer. She swung her sword and he easily parried the blow. He smiled and Annwyl would give her soul for just one last surge of strength to wipe that smug smile off his face.
The soldier looked back at his comrades, making sure they were all watching before he killed her. But he left himself open. And one thing her father always taught her . . . never let an obvious opportunity pass by. She ran him through with her blade, slamming the steel into his stomach as his head snapped back around to look at her in horror. For good measure, she twisted her sword in his gut, watching in satisfaction as he opened his mouth to scream but left the world with nothing more than a whimper.
She yanked her blade out of him and he dropped to the ground. She knew that would be her last kill, but she would still die with her blade raised. She turned to the remaining men but they, to her surprise, no longer found her of any interest. They looked past her. Into the cave she now stood in front of.
Annwyl tried to figure out what new trick this could be, but she never took her fading eyes off the men in front of her. Even as the ground shook under her. Even as they backed away from her in obvious horror. Even as the enormous shadow fell across her body, completely blocking out the sun.
It wasnâ€™t until the men screamed and began to run that she glanced up to see black scales hovering just above her. When the scales moved, as a large breath was inhaled into even larger lungs, she finally looked back at the fleeing soldiers.
The stream of fire flew across the glen, destroying trees, flowers, and, eventually, men. Using her sword now to prop herself up, she watched as the enemy soldiers were engulfed in flame, their bodies writhing as they desperately fought to put out the fires that covered them.
A small sense of satisfaction rippled through her, even with the knowledge that she would be next. As the screams died away, Annwyl again looked up to find the dragon now looking down at her. He watched her with obvious curiosity and made no move to blast her into oblivion. At least not yet.
â€œIâ€™d fear you, Lord Dragon,â€ she got out as the little strength left fled her body and she dropped to one knee, her hand still holding her blood-covered sword. â€œIf I werenâ€™t already dying.â€ She gave a bitter half-smile. â€œSorry to deny you that tasty morsel.â€ She coughed and blood flowed onto her chin and down her burnished steel armor. Annwylâ€™s body dropped to the ground. And, soon after, she felt herself moving. She didnâ€™t know whether her soul had passed over to the land of her ancestors or into the mouth of a beast, but either way she was done with this life.
Reader Reviews (7)
Submitted By: lurker1 on Jan 4, 2016Oh my, I loved this story. Annwyl the Bloody is the perfect match/mate for Dragon Fearghus the Destroyer. Their interactions were hot and the chemistry sizzled. It was a fantastic story albeit pretty violent, but having a nearly psychotic heroine will do that. All of the secondary characters are amazing and highly individual. This story had me laughing and thoroughly entertained. I'd Highly Recommend.
Submitted By: vayld on Jan 10, 2013I have read, and re-read, this entire series several times over now. The books are snarky, funny, and very hot
Submitted By: happy on Jan 8, 2013realy good story
Submitted By: busynzmum on Jan 4, 2013This was the first GA Aiken book I bought - I have since bought the whole series! I love the humour and the strong heroines that she writes as GA Aiken and Shelly Laurenston. The book focusses on an unlikely couple getting to know each other. Not lots of graphic sex, but quite a bit of violence, and a really passionate romance.
Submitted By: beckwithpa on Oct 25, 2011Fantastic!!! I love a strong heroine in a book. This book was really funny, even the bloody, gruesome parts. I've never laughed so hard over a psycho warrior woman. The hero was fantastic too. He was deadly, but had such a fun side too. Also, this book contains a short story at the end about the hero's parents, which isn't quite as good, but "hey" two stories for the price of one.
Submitted By: blueisland23 on Sep 19, 2011I really enjoyed these two stories. Although I would read the second story first and then the 1st story. I totally recommend these stories as they are entertaining, well written and each character is well defined. I totally recommend these stories!
Submitted By: mc05 on Aug 23, 2009I loved this book. I have already read it twice. It has a wonderful and compelling story line. It has a strong and some what insane woman character, that I love, and a man/dragon who loves her for it. Its thrilling, suspenseful,great battle scenes,and of course Love. Buy it you won't be disappointed.