Book Review: Shield of the Dragon (Dance with the Devil Book 6) by Megan Derr

Amr said he wanted a relationship with Ken, but, since taking down the syndicates, Amr has been busy, and the relationship seems to have fallen apart already. Meanwhile, the Cambry syndicate is helping Clan Pellinore to try and steal the Holy Pendragon, and Cambry's hit man, Diamond, finds his loyalties changing as he learns more about the supernatural world and ends up with a dragon of his own.

Book Review: Shield of the Dragon (Dance with the Devil Book 6) by Megan Derr | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy, lgbtqia, m/m, dragons
Title: Shield of the Dragon
Book Number: Book 6
Pages: 197
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This book picked back up just a few weeks or so after the previous one, this time with Ken and Amr as the main couple and Diamond and York as the side couple. But like the previous book, this also a fairly sweet story (despite the violent and somewhat dark backdrop) with cute romances and characters who cared about each other.

I have to admit though, I think I burnt myself out on fluffy books by reading too many in a short period of time. And unfortunately this was the one when I started to get frustrated. I got tired of Ken being angsty and thinking Amr didn’t want him anymore, even when Amr kept doing everything possible to make it clear that he did. And Diamond’s character seemed very similar to Ken’s in many ways, although he at least seemed to be able to accept the idea that someone wanted him.

Speaking of Diamond, him getting and bonding with his dragon seemed sudden. I’m also confused because it was my understanding that owners sleeping with dragons was taboo and a big no-no among the syndicates, and he worked for a syndicate, yet he immediately took his dragon to bed without a single hesitation and seemed to know all about them, how to treat them, how to bond with them, etc. as though he were part of or trained by a clan, even though he was new to the whole supernatural world. Maybe I just got confused about something.

But as I said, this was still sweet. I liked the characters and wanted them to get happy endings. I especially liked Diamond and York’s romance—I was rooting for them! I think York might’ve actually been my favorite even though he wasn’t a POV character. Something about him was just interesting, and he seemed like a good person. There were also lots of menage-filled sexy times. And this book still had the same interesting portrayal of dragons with the ability to shift into human form (if you haven’t read the previous book and want to know more about the dragons, check out my previous review), plus a non-romance part of the plot about the clans and syndicates involving more dragons and Camelot lore. So overall, this was another enjoyable read.

*Even though this book has different main characters than the others in this series, Books 5 and 6 go together with some overlapping characters and plot happenings, so I recommend reading Book 5 before you read this one.*


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  1. Luna & Saturn

    Nice review πŸ™‚ We haven’t read this book but we’ve heard good reviews about Derr’s other book, ‘The Missing Butterfly’. We were immediately biased to this book once we read ‘Holy Pendragon’ – it is pretty much our blog name after all πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the book because it was sweet. Too many light books do drain us as well, but they can be such nice reads πŸ˜€

    ~ Luna & Saturn @ Pendragons

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I’ve enjoyed numerous of Megan Derr’s books. I haven’t heard of The Missing Butterfly though! Light books can be nice, just apparently not too many in a row for me!

  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    This sounds like it has a very cool and unusual take on dragons! Fluff burnout is the worst because unlike really grim books (which burn you out by being, you know, grim), you get burnt out on niceness and happiness and light. Pretty whack, isn’t it? Yet it happens to me all the time when I go on a romance or UF binge, haha.

    1. Kristen Burns

      She has a unique take on dragons, I do like that. But yeah, I really have to be in the right mood for fluff actually, so I can’t read too much at once. I guess it’s possible to burn out on anything though!

  3. Tizzy Brown

    I haven’t read this series, I love dragons but I’m not really into romance so I tend to avoid that if it takes up too much of the plot. The idea of shape-shifting dragons appeals to me though.

  4. sjhigbee

    A well-written, thoughtful review. It’s always frustrating when you trip over a massive plot hole the author should have picked up… That said, I’m beating myself bloody trying to tie up a number of said anomalies in my latest WIP, so maybe I’m a bit obsessed right now! Have a great weekend:)

  5. Ethan

    I definitely understand becoming burnt out on a particular kind of book. I used to read only crime fiction, but I grew tired of bing taken to such grim worlds. Now I try to read a much larger variety of books. Reviews definitely help to introduce me to things I wouldn’t have otherwise read.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It does happen, unfortunately! But the good news is, there’s always so much selection out there, so it’s pretty easy to keep it varied πŸ™‚ Reviews can be super helpful!

  6. Olivia Roach

    I know what you mean about burning yourself out on a book! I am sorry it took away some of the enjoyment when it came to reading this one. I have had that before myself. I think it was when the dystopia genre was booming YA. I read WAYYY too many of them and the formula became way too apparent. I had to have a break and still only read them rarely πŸ˜›

    1. Kristen Burns

      There’s definitely such thing as genre-burnout, and it kind of sucks. And when you read too much, you start to realize the similarities, and things don’t feel as unique anymore.

  7. Lola

    I also have that problem sometimes when i read too many of the same type of books in a row and things start to annoy me and I need to change things up a bit. Too bad this was the book where you started to get frustrated.

    That part about Diamond sounds a bit confusing. Seems like there was a good opportunity for some tension there with how sleeping with your dragon is a big no-no. And that seems weird he suddenly knows so much about dragons when he is new to the supernatural world.

    It does sound like a sweet read with a good romance and interesting characters, Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, it happens.

      That’s true, that could’ve been used to add tension or drama, I hadn’t even thought of that. But yeah, at least it still had some sweet romance and good characters!

  8. Cee @ Dora Reads

    I have to admit that I don’t tend to venture away from werewolves when it comes to shifters… maybe it’s because I know that’s a slippery slope, and there are a *lot* of weird shifter books out there! XD

    1. Kristen Burns

      Funny, I’m not really a big fan of normal animal shifters, but I like dragons and other paranormal type shifters (like unicorns, kelpies, etc.). I did read one book, also by this same author, about a unicorn shifter and kraken shifter. There were some tentacles involved lol, but it was actually not too weird!