Naked Dragon

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Naked Dragon

A Works Like Magick Novel, Book 1

McKenna Greylock is pretty desperate for a handyman. She has ninety days to turn a crumbling Victorian house into a bed-and-breakfast or she'll lose the property that has been her family's for centuries. She goes for help to her distant cousin, Vivica, who runs Works like Magick, an employment agency in Salem, Massachusetts, because she needs a man who's willing to work hard and take orders from her and Steve, her contractor, for minimum wave and room and board. Vivica sends over Bastian Dagronelli to help McKenna. He's a hunk of man who definitely has the strength and agility to help her get the house in order. But Bastian is not only a man, he's kind of a dragon in human form. Turns out, he's from another dimension and was sent over by a goddess to defeat an evil crone so his other dragon brothers can come to Earth, too.

And the plot thickens.
But the only way Bastian can accomplish this is by finding his heart mate and from the second he lays eyes on McKenna, he think it's her. However, wooing her won't be easy. She has been hurt in the past and is skittish around men as can be. She hides her emotions behind a wall that Bastian is determined to crumble in whatever way it takes. McKenna might be attracted to her new handyman but she's determined to get her house ready for the inspector and Bastian has his work cut out for him because if McKenna can't open herself to him and accept his true self - dragon scales and all - the least of their problems will be turning the house into a B&B. 
Naked Dragon was one of those books that from the beginning I was confused about. It wasn't that the plot was too confusing to follow, not at all, but that I didn't know how to feel about it. I didn't hate it but I never felt quite that interested in what I was reading. I didn't feel emotionally invested in the characters, nor did I particularly care about what was happening to them. I feel like there was something missing, that connection between the reader and the story that makes us cheer for our favorite characters, which I didn't have, and makes us want them to live happily ever after. However, I did enjoy some parts of the story. McKenna's interaction with her friends, for one. She's very caring and will do anything to help them. Unfortunately, Naked Dragon didn't do it for me. The end does set up the next book rather nicely and I'm hoping I'm able to enjoy the next installment much more.

Book Blurb for Naked Dragon

This national bestselling sensation has some new tricks up her sleeve...

First in the Works like Magick series!

The Works like Magick Employment Agency has a reputation for perfectly matching clients with magical temps. So when McKenna Greylock requests a handyman, the gorgeous Bastian Dragonelli arrives to repair her B&B- and fire up her bedroom.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 3.00