Audiobook Review: Water Dragon (The Bride Hunt, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Water Dragon by Charlene Hartnady

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Torrent took part in the much-anticipated hunt. Luckily, he managed to secure himself a female. Although the human was not his first choice, she’ll do.

A fertile female is a fertile female after all. An heir is what he needs and an heir is what she’ll give him. In return, she’ll get to be queen of the water kingdom.

What more could a female wish for?

Candy is hunted like an animal and won by an arrogant shifter who doesn’t even want her. She doesn’t care that he’s a king. So what if he’s really good looking and that underneath all that bristling, alpha male is a sweet guy. Although sweet is probably not the right description for the savage, water king.

The only thing he’s interested in is mating her, so that she can pop out lots of dragon shifter babies. Well, no thanks! She’s not interested. As soon as she’s able to get that through his thick skull, she’s out of there. Torrent promised her she could leave if things didn’t work out between them and she plans on holding him to his word.

Water Dragon

I don’t know why I love dragons so much. I blame Game of Thrones!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😤😠😳😚

The heroine: Candy – she worked as a high class escort who had a bunch of rules for what she would and wouldn’t do. When her boss tried to force her to ‘date’ a new client who requested her specifically, she was abducted by a dragon and taken to participate in a hunt. The male dragons wanted mates and she was one of the humans chosen to participate.

The Hero: Torrent – King of the water dragons, he was looking for a strong mate. He wanted the dark haired one who was curvy and got furthest in the hunt, Julie from Royal Dragon. However, when he got too cocky about his chances of winning her, Coal, the fire dragon blindsided him and Torrent was forced to choose the blonde human instead. He thought she was too thin and small but felt protective of her.

The Story: Candy and the other human women were misled about the hunt by some jealous female dragons that took care of them before the hunt began. They feared what would happen and that the male dragon shifters would be dangerous to them. So what was supposed to be just a fun tradition took on the appearance of the women having to run for their lives from men who wanted to rape and hurt them.

I’ll admit I was curious about this one since after reading the first book, I knew that Torrent first wanted Julie and that at some point he lets Candy go and tries to take Julie away from Coal, but only does it because he is pining for Candy. Though I was surprised at how well these two got along early on in the book, so I was waiting for that to happen.

I was also surprised and didn’t really like how much of a prude Candy turned out to be, especially considering she was a prostitute and freely admitted she had been with many men. So when she balked at sleeping in the same bed as Torrent even after he promised not to touch her, I thought that was a bit too much. Then she gets mad that he does immediately accept the fact that she used to be a prostitute. That is just being stupid, of course a man will take a while when he learns something like that.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narrators were Stella Bloom and Sebastian York who often narrate the same books together. They both have great voices for narration and I like both of them. I just love Sebastian’s deep gravelly voice and Stella shows her emotions well through her voice.

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