Building Magic

Building MagicBy Lilly Cain

Publisher: Red Sage
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Netgalley

When architecture student and summertime welder Tina Moreland develops a reputation as a peeping Tom, it isn’t the first time she’s been teased for being different. Catching a glimpse of the man of her dreams is worth the aggravation. But when she witnesses him doing something stranger than stripping in his hightower office, it’s enough to make her forget that when working unharnessed on the fifth floor, the first step is a long way down.

Working in the human world leaves Devin Ken’Draga frustrated and exhausted. Things aren’t going well. Devin is the Kenta – prime dragon – in a world not far from earth, only a magical breath of flame away. It is a world that is having problems, and he is expected to solve them. The question is how. Civil war has shattered his land and destroyed his home. He can’t come up with an Answer, and the Elders can only tell him he will find what he needs on Earth.

Devin doesn’t have time to rescue a damsel in distress. But since she is literally falling at his feet, he can’t help but to save Tina. Bringing her home wasn’t part of the plan, but once they fall through the magical portal together, there is no going back. It is only when he spreads his wings in his true dragon form that Devin realizes something he hadn’t anticipated – the woman is a virgin, a temptation no dragon can resist.

Together Devin and Tina create a sensual bond, gladly sacrificing her virginity to protect her from the dragon males who might think that hurting her would be a good way to hurt Devin. Her virginity is a gift – with it’s loss comes a release of power that Devin collects into a gemstone. It isn’t enough to stop the war, and Devin is worried. There is no way for him or Tina to ever return to Earth – the magic that rules the land only allows that trip once. He’s lost his chance to bring back a way to find peace for his people. The entire Southern Dragon race is at risk, so many have dies from the war. He turns to Tina for distraction and comfort.

Tina knows Devin is worried and does what she can to soothe him. But she is all that he brought back from Earth – what more can she do to save his people? The questions haunt her. When inspiration strikes, she develops a plan to save them, not realizing how it will hurt Devin. Devin will do anything to save his people, but he must deal with his inner demons, along with those who oppose him physically. Together they must find a way to stand together.

When the time comes, Tina proves her worth to Devin and all the dragons. Devin fights to protect her and his people, and using the magic from their first lovemaking he gifts her with it, mating with her for life and giving his people hope along with a new queen.

Goodreads Summary

Architect and Iron Walker Tina Moreland has a favorite lunchtime habit: peeping on the sun-loving stripping hunk a few buildings down.  Apparently the guy’s unaware that with a set of good binoculars and the ability to run down an I-beam, dropping trou is giving the tall, gangly redhead an eyeful.  When he starts literally playing with fire though, Tina tumbles off the beam and ends up in another world.

Devin Ken’Draga came to earth looking for some sort of prophesied, nebulous thing to take back to his home that would end the years of civil war that’s nearly destroyed it.  When he sees Tina falling from the fifth floor, he instinctively reaches out with his magic to save her, pulling her through the portal he’s just created, back to his home.  It’s only as he carries her off in his true dragon form that he realizes she’s one of his kind’s most prized finds: a virgin, capable of creating great magic during mating.

I liked Tina; she was the classic square peg trying to be shoved in the round hole her entire life and it worked as a plot device to make her acceptance of being smack-dab in the middle of a bunch of dragons easier to swallow.  She stayed smart and didn’t back down from Devin when he eventually told her to butt out of dragon politics.  Devin was a little more complicated; because of his various roles (leader, lover and just as the son of the former king), he ended up being a little all over the place emotionally.  I did love the scenes where he was magic-drunk; they were quite funny, or at least he was.  It was all sorts of shades of the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner.  The two had good chemistry and especially given Tina’s propensity for peeping, one of the erotic scenes was particularly apt and nicely done.

The story had good build-up; the scenes with the Elders and Tina’s necklace were all good set-ups for the final conflict, but the ending seemed a little disjointed and not quite enough for what I thought was coming.  The concept was there, it just felt like there wasn’t enough space perhaps?  I wanted another couple of chapters, maybe an epilogue for Devin and Tina’s sort of shocker, but also for more on the resolution of the dragons’ civil war.

My Rating: C+



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