Monday, 6 January 2020

Mini Reviews: Dragon's Lair & Arrow's Hell By Chantal Fernando


The Wind Dragon's MC books are the type of MC books that are heavily focused on the romantic relationships and the brotherhood within the MC. They're not super violent (there is some) and any major shady business the club is involved in happens 'off screen' and isn't a key component of the story which I like... Some MC "romances" really dive down a rabbit hole of depravity but the Wind Dragon's does not.
A warning though: The books are super sexualised and the guys can be whorish assholes who treat the women they are not involved with like sex toys without feelings.

The series reminds me of Joanna Wylde's Reapers MC books in that they have the perfect balance between the darkness and light.

Both Dragon's Lair and Arrow's Hell are full-length novels told from an alternating pov between the two main characters and both books have a happy ever after with no cliffhanger. 

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When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.
Or should I say, someone?
Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.
I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.
And I’m screwed.


This is the type of MC book I like!
It's a little bit gritty, but it's not mired in darkness.
The biker bad boy is a little bit of a moody, broody, asshole but he's all squishy in the inside for his girl and his girl is a firecracker with a brain.

I didn't like how Faye and Dex came together as adults (he picked her up a couple of days after she dumped his brother's ass for cheating on her) but I loved them as a couple.
I loved their history and I loved their chemistry.
They were sweet and sexy and a lot of fun to read about.
Faye is not the type of girl you'd expect to become a biker's old lady but she quickly fit right in and the bonds she built with the rest of the brothers was a highlight for me.

As a whole, the book was far from perfect. The characters could have done with some fleshing out and the plotline and execution could have been less messy but it was entertaining enough that it didn't bother me as much as it probably should have.
I liked the men of the Wind Dragon's MC and I want to read more about them.
I'd like to read more about what makes them tick and I want to see them get their HEAs!
If future books in the series could come with a bit more substance then that'd be the cherry on the cake for me but I'm going to keep reading regardless!

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Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.
I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits. No one tells me anything. Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.
And worst of all: the members of the MC are off-limits.
When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again.
When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me. And that my brother doesn’t kill him…


This book wasn't as good a read as book one.
I found the way Anna's brother (Rake who is part of the MC) babied her with his overprotective controlling absolutely infuriating.
I didn't like how Arrow was determined to keep his distance from Anna (despite being completely gone for her) and did some pretty shitty things to try and maintain that distance which backfired spectacularly.
I didn't like that Anna was supposed to be an intelligent woman  - a PhD science student - but acted like she barely had two brain cells to rub together more often than was tolerable.
However!
I enjoyed the banter between all the characters. I loved Anna and Lana's friendship and the bonds between the brothers.
I enjoyed Anna and Arrow's relationship and I liked them as a couple despite my grumbles above.
It was super easy to sink into the book and just enjoy it, even when it annoyed me, and it was such a guilty pleasure... The kind of book where you think you probably shouldn't enjoy this but do anyway.
There are so many things I wish had been done differently but if you're looking for an MC romance that has a good mix of drama, hilarious ridiculousness and intense chemistry then give it a try.

14 comments:

  1. I really want to try more MC romances (I think I’ve only read one or two). I think it’s a sub-genre I would enjoy but I guess I need to try a few by different authors to see what works for me. Looks like I need to add Chantal Fernando to the list! Any other recs?

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    1. Kristen Ashley's Chaos series is romance heavy with alpha heroes but lighter on the illegal MC shenanigans (they're 100% legitimate with a little vigilante justice on the side) so that's a good one.

      I like Joanna Wylde's Reapers but they're a little bit grittier and the MC guys are definitely rough around the edges... The romance is also a little bit difficult sometimes but there is a longish novella called Shade's Lady that I ADORE and I think captures the best of her series.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed the first one so much, despite some reservations about how the characters came together
    ;/ sorry the second one wasn't as good.

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    1. Me too but it could have been worse, I still enjoyed it. :)

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  3. Oooh i love when I happen on a guilty pleasure series. I just read it and love it even with all its imperfections. This sounds fun. I love bromance with guys and when his girl bonds with all the brothers. ♥️

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    1. MC books (the good series anyway) tend to do bromance and brotherhood well.

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  4. Sometimes guilty pleasure books are the best kind!

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  5. They both sound like good books.

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  6. Bummer about book two not being as good! Second Book Syndrome? I love banter between characters, but "infuriated" is not how I want to feel while reading a book (unless it's deserved). Although, you're making me want to read a book with a sexy cover. ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. The actions of Arrow were hard to accept/understand sometimes. :(

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  7. MC books are super iffy for me. Dragon's Lair sounds like a maybe though.

    Karen @ For What It's worth

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    1. They're definitely a hit or miss for me. Some of them are too dark and shady... There's an art to writing good ones, I think.

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