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If There Be Dragons by Kay Hooper

If There Be Dragons

by Kay Hooper

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Reading this book for the second time I was again impressed with the strength and heart of the main male character. It isn't often in a romance novel that its the man who first reconizes the deep connection to another and is the one actively fighting for it. Makes for a stunning (but very nice) change. ( )
  VirginiaGill | Dec 29, 2009 |
A fast read that is a reprint of a Loveswept romance published in 1984. Think of it as a Harlequin with a tinge of paranormal (the heroine reads minds). OK but I wouldn't have bothered if Hooper wasn't a favorite author as I seem to have moved on to other types of romance now. The romance itself is a pretty standard man gets snowed in with woman, man helps woman solve problems, man and woman live happily ever after. I would have enjoyed it more if we had seen more of the wolf and the dragon.
  hailelib | Aug 29, 2009 |
An oddly - normal - romance, from someone I expect oddities from. The fact that she's psychic has very little effect on the story, except to explain her chosen isolation - though there are better reasons for that, as we learn late in the story. It would have been much better without the wolf, or with a more normal wolf - he's never explained, just accepted, and that makes no sense. The biggest wolf ever weighed was 174 pounds, and most are in the 60- to 100-pound range - this 200-pound wolf is normal? Not to mention the sense she gets of almost intelligence from him. But after she senses that and comments on it, it's never mentioned again - again, this is normal? Phooey. The dragon imagery was excellent, I think the stuff about the wolf distracted if not detracted. Beyond that, it's a pretty normal romance - lust at first sight followed almost immediately by love. The obstacles are more real than usual, and the way they're handled is very good - I like 'abused woman learning to trust again' stories. And as I said, the dragon imagery is neat. Also makes me want to read Pepper and Thor's story… ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 3, 2009 |
Well, umm, it was easy to see this is a re-release of one of her older books (Loveswept, 1984). What a difference almost 25 years makes, eh? The story was... interesting, but I'm pretty sure it was the purple prose that made this so hard for me to get through.

Don't get me wrong. I'm actually a fan of her 'Bishop Special Crimes Unit' series. And I'm mighty glad that her writing has matured over the years and it's always fun to look back at favored authors' earlier stories and try to find similarities in style or plot. But I want y'all to be warned. Or you could maybe look on it as an editing project? Find 25 unneeded adjectives per page? Cut out 25 pages worth of soul-searching?

So...you've been warned. ( )
1 vote jjmachshev | Sep 13, 2008 |
Brooke Kennedy is living a hermit-like existence in her dead uncle's lodge in the Montana wilderness. Hiding from something outside that she can hear in her head - she's psychic - and which threatens her peaceful existence, she's hiding just as hard from contact with the outside world.

Sent by a friend with matchmaking intentions, Cody Nash arrives in Montana to a cold welcome, and immediately falls in love.

Blah. Blah, blah, blah. If you're a fan of Hooper's paranormal romantic suspense - I am - don't be looking for the same level of tension here. Or much of a plot. Boy meets girl, girl knocks boy on rear. Boy falls for girl, who, of course, is troubled. Insert wolf for element of suspense (remarkably house-trained, polite, non-biting, broken-legged wolf - come on, really). Boy soothes girl's worries. They live happily ever after. It's just banal. I'm rather disgusted I paid full price. ( )
  SunnySD | Sep 8, 2008 |
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In the isolated sanctuary of her Montana ranch, no one could hurt Brooke Kennedy, whose gift had led her to build a wall of ice around her heart. One person had stormed those barricades: her friend Pepper, who embraced the world and meddled in the lives of those she loved. Now Brooke needed help, and Pepper sent troubleshooter Cody Nash to melt the barriers Brooke had raised. A golden man whose tender persuasion opened the door to the maze that was Brooke's soul, Cody dared face the fire-breathing dragons that haunted her mind. But first Brooke had to believe that he loved her -- enough to catch her when she fell off the edge of the world....
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New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper weaves seduction, suspense, and the paranormal into a spellbinding romance centered on an enigmatic woman—and the man whose touch threatened to expose her most intimate vulnerabilities.

What was a woman like Brooke Kennedy doing running a guest lodge alone in the Montana wilderness? And why was her best friend so worried about her? Those were the questions Cody Nash asked himself after agreeing to cancel his tropical vacation to go on a mission of mercy into blizzard country. For the strong and self-assured woman he found didn’t need or want his help—but she was in trouble. Brooke had isolated herself from the world for reasons she wouldn’t or couldn’t say. But Cody didn’t need to be a psychic to sense that Brooke was afraid. Even more, her fear had intensified from the moment he arrived. Now, as a dangerous storm strands them together, Cody must learn the well-guarded secret of this beautiful, gifted woman—if he can convince her to give him the one thing he needs to save her from a self-imposed exile: her trust.

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In the sanctuary of her ranch, no one could hurt Brooke Kennedy, whose gift had led her to build walls of ice around her heart. One person had stormed those barricades: her friend Pepper, who embraced the world and meddled in the lives of those she loved. Now Brooke needed help, and Pepper sent Cody Nash to melt the barriers Brooke had raised.… (more)

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