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Try a little dragon tenderness.I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery,Try a little dragon tenderness.I am Glheanna the Decimator. I am a warrior. A soldier. I know no fear. No pain. No mercy. I do, however, know acute embarrassment! How could I not after getting dumped by a bastard dragon in front of my own troops? So I tuck tail and return to my cave, drowning my sorrows in ale—as is my family’s way. But instead of leaving me to my misery, I’ve been summoned to the Dragon Queen’s court.As if my life wasn’t pathetic enough, Her Majesty now has me escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories—not exactly the best use of my military training. And just so he can negotiate with enemy dragons instead of battling them? Honestly, what has my world come to? Then again…Bram is quite easy on the eyes. And the perfect distraction for what ails me. Perhaps I’m looking at all this the wrong way. Maybe there is a place for a little “mercy” in my life…...

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Dragon on Top Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-04-19 20:09

    3.5 starsI like G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin stuff, so I'm familiar with the characters and their world. However, if this is your first introduction to the series, some things may be confusing and/or you may not get all of the inside references. Although, you also don't have to know anything about the ongoing stories to read this, because it's a prequel (of sorts) that tells how Glheanna & Bram originally got together.The good thing is, since none of the other things in the series have happened yet, you won't get bogged down trying to figure out how all of the other humans and dragons that keep popping up are relevant to the story. But you since this is mostly written as a story for hardcore fans, I'm not 100% certain it would be all that much fun for the newbies.So.*shrugs*Personally, though, I had fun reading this shorty!Bram is known as a bookish royal that the queen sends out as an ambassador to broker treaties and such. Glheanna is a badass warrior that frightens everyone into submission.At first glance, not exactly the kind of couple that looks like they would mesh well.Of course, they do, because these guys are the parents of a some of the main characters in the full length books. Plus, you know...romance novel!Can't remember their kids' names right now, but I'd know 'em if I saw 'em!If you're a fan of the books, you won't want to miss out on this little gem.And if you've never read about Aiken's insane, brawling, foul-mouthed, shape-shifting, sexy dragon clans before, then you don't know what you're missing.Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy to review.Also reviewed for:

  • Beth
    2019-03-22 16:08

    What do you get when you take amazing, quirky, outrageously funny, annihilating dragon warriors and incredible fantasy world building? Dragon on Top, a marvelous new romantic comedy with a heavy dose of paranormal fantasy, that I absolutely devoured.Bram has watched Glhenna for years with the hope to one day catcher her eye. Well, the queen of the dragons is about to hand him his chance.Glhenna is forlorn, she was embarrassed by a lover in front of her troops, then called on by the queen to escort the diplomat Bram the Merciful on a diplomatic mission. She feels things just can’t get worse…until Bram starts wedeling his way into Glhenna’s heart. Its been a long time coming, well since this is a prequel, I guess I should say its fabulous finally getting the back story.These raucous characters will jump off the pages with humor, love and life. Yes, we are talking about dragon shifters here. It is hard to pin point one thing that makes this series so riveting, but for me, I credit Aiken’s amazing talent to bring life to the written word.A must read series for me, Dragon on Top was another fabulous addition to the Dragon Kin series. My only complaint, I'm greedy and wanted more!I received this ARC copy of Dragon on Top from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 27, 2015.My Rating: 5 StarsWritten by: G. A. AikenSeries: Dragon KinSequence in series: .4 (Prequel)Print Length: 144 pagesPublisher: Zebra Publication Date: October 27, 2015Genre: Fantasy | Romantic ComedyBarnes & Noble | AmazonFor Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Ally
    2019-04-21 20:32

    Where are my dragons? Yea, that never gets old for me.Series: Oh yes indeed!Sexy times: Yepper. Spicy.Plan on reading more by the author: Oh hell yes.Synopsis Ghleanna has a bit of a self-esteem issue as a result of a he-dragon, traitorous bastard. She's also a badddddd asssssss kicker of a fighter. Not for the faint of heart, she. Catching her eye is none other than peace keeping, book loving, mighty flame throwing Bram the Merciful. Or rather he's crushing on her and then finds herself crushing on him. Ghl is tasked by the queen to deliver Bram to the desert (I think) dragons with whom he is working on a treaty. On the way, some things happen involving the Fins - water dragons - and Ghl makes waves and Bram makes it past second base with Ghl. Cue the rest of the family. Cue some fighting. Cue some diplomacy and we've got a story!Why it did or didn't work for me: Of course it worked. Total escapism. Total fun. Totally awesome characters. Fighters. Lovers. Head-butters. So damned much fun!Signed, Where are my dragons!?

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2019-03-26 14:25

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ULjhyOCocky, arrogant, snarky, blood-thirsty bastards! Gah, how I missed them! Dragon on Top was everything I love about the Dragon Kin. Action, adventure, some good lovin' and all with a gloriously snarky bite.The quick of it is that Bram needs to visit another dragon sect to get a stack of paper signed and his queen has decided he needs a keeper for his trip and has tasked Ghlenna--one of her Captains--with making sure he gets there and back with all scales intact. Only problem? He's been totally in love with her since they were kids and she...pretty much has no idea he even exists. lolSoooo. Bram--the peacekeeper-- and Ghlenna--the warrior dragon who has 300+ men under her command. Ahhh I loved them! They had fabulous banter, chemistry and were just fun together as they griped and flirted and dealt with their rulers, families and traveling across the country in both dragon and human form. They were hot together and so damn funny. Had some rocking sexy happening too.I loved how different they were on the outside. She's a total warrior. Battle scarred, deadly, a bit rough around the edges and he's all about the books, trying to facilitate peace between all of the dragon clans, and getting lost in the world of words. They're both crazy dedicated and easily get caught up in what they're doing so really they were pretty perfect for each other.All in all, Dragon On Top was a dragony-licious treat! It's a quick read but so fun to go along as Bram and Ghlenna and their group traveled about, gave each other hell, kick some dragon ass and a smitten dragon found his mate and finally got her to see him.*this one was previously released in an anthology and just now releasing on it's own.~~~~~~Dragons!!!!! Yay! Diving in!Reviewing for herding cats & burning soup.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-07 15:34

    Get ready for some crazy because G.A. Aiken is back with another installment to the Dragon Kin series. This is one of my favorite series just because of how fun it is. These dragons don’t follow any rules and aren’t regulated by human standards so they are a loony bunch for sure. Paired with Aiken’s epic worldbuilding and politics and you’ve got a fun story with a little bit of sexiness thrown in as well.Glheanna is no stranger to the mayhem that occurs in this book. As she goes around threatening everyone around her and headbutting those who annoy her, you know that this book will undoubtedly be a funny read. When Glheanna has been tasked with escorting the highborn Bram the Merciful, she is a little miffed about it all but she cannot deny that she is a tiny bit attracted to him.I loved this short story. Not only does it capture the light and fun tone of the rest of the series, but Aiken still manages to give her readers something special to look forward to as she takes us down underwater to see the Fins, another breed of dragons that live in the sea. I really loved this touch and thought it added such a great layer to the series.While I was reading, I was going to say that the only complaint I had was that there isn’t much romance until the end. There’s a lot of build-up but it isn’t until 65% that Aiken gives in and gives readers what they want. And while at first I was getting a little frustrated, I found that by the end, I was completely satisfied with how she handled the romance. For a novella, it’s very well done and makes me wish she wrote more of these shorter stories between the long waits of the full length books.If you haven’t read this series and are a fan of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark, give this one a shot! You’ll fall in love with these crazy dragons!

  • Marta Cox
    2019-04-04 14:33

    I adore this authors take on dragons and this shorter story that has previously been published in an anthology just tickled my funny bone! These dragons are violent, arrogant , sexy as anything and absolutely hilarious! Yes I kind of get that they will decimate their enemies without regret but sometimes they are even more violent towards their own kin folk. No scratch that sometimes because in a dragons family you really do need to have a very thick skin!This story centres around Bram the Merciful who as the Queens most trusted negotiator is being sent to form yet another treaty that could bring power and stability to the realm. Now it's obvious that not everyone would want this alliance to go ahead and in preparation for any attack Ghleanna the Decimator ( who has been going through a rough patch) is charged with protecting Bram. Unknown to Ghleanna though is the fact that for half a century Bram has wanted nothing more than to be noticed by her but the often absent minded Bram is about to show Ghleanna that a hot headed dragon might not be her type after all!Oo such fun! First we have the bullish Ghleanna and her amazing family the battling Cadwaladr's ! Then add to the mix the scholarly Bram and his desire to lick all her scars and you begin to see that this is going to be a fun romance to lose yourself in. There's treachery afoot but surprisingly it's Bram who saves Ghleanna but his choices force them into even more danger. Now we get the interesting bit, sea dragons! Oh yes the author is upping her game with her trade mark humour but I just enjoyed the ride and what a fabulous one it is! I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • namericanwordcat
    2019-04-03 16:32

    This novella orginally appeared as part of the Supernatural Anthology and this is why the whole time you are reading it you might think, Dang! this is so familiar. It is a funny, sexy tell of an absent mind genius hero paired with a warrior who is getting over a heartbreak and they are dragons. These version has more time with the Sea Dragons (or at least I think it does) which is cool. I hope we get a Sea Dragon lead in the future. I love this series. Everytime I read a book in it, I want to read the whole series again. You need joy? Read this! I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!

  • MsRomanticReads
    2019-04-05 19:15

    * Purchased and read as part of the Supernatural anthology.The best word, one word, to sum up this story would be HILARIOUS!I’ve read several PNR involving dragons before, but nothing like this. For one, these characters were not your typical friendly dragons. They ate cattle and humans as easily as we would inhale a slice of pizza. This had to have been the best dragon, unrequited love slash friends to lovers story I’ve come across in….probably ever.Dragon on Top was a little insane and kind of brilliant. Bram the Merciful was, I guess, an advisor to his court on political matters. And by the looks of things, he was desperately needed to keep the peace amongst all those hot-headed dragons. He’d been in love with Ghleanna the Decimator and Captain of the Dragon Queen’s Tenth Battalion for a long time, not that she’d ever noticed. I loved these two because they had absolutely nothing in common, yet they fit so perfectly. Bram was, in modern terms, a huge nerd. He loved his books and keeping the peace while Ghleanna just disturbed peace. She was a tom-boyish, warmongering female who kicked butt and took names…well, really she decapitated but that is neither here nor there.I loved every moment of this story because they kept me laughing, but the best parts were Ghleanna’s utter cluelessness about Bram’s feelings, her lovingly volatile relationship with her brothers, the way the Queen kept hugging Bram and thus kept getting him into trouble with her consort, the fact that Ghleanna was surprised that Bram knew her parents better than she did, and the way Ghleanna won over the Empress’ army…or to use her words, caused a mini revolution.The action and suspense was great, and the humor carried through from start to finish. When she finally acknowledged she’d overlooked Bram for far too long, and their passion ignited, it was well worth the wait. He loved how tough she was and never interfered with her duties. At the end he even assisted her, making him a hot nerd. And the epilogue was icing on the cake. If the rest of the books in this series are all like this one, I want them all. Now. Quotes“Know much about my family, do you, royal?”“Well…I did live with your parents for a year while I studied alchemy under your mother.”Glean frowned. “You did? When was that…well, don’t walk off mad! It was an innocent question!”★Ghleanna knew someone was sitting on her chest. Someone extremely heavy. Addolgar? He’d done it before. He’d tried to smother her once with a buffalo.★And this scene: Bram awakes to Ghlenna giving him a blowjob. Her beautiful, wonderful mouth. Everything about Ghleanna was wonderful, beautiful, amazing, perfect…absolutely perfect. Perfect, perfect—“I have been waiting over an hour for—“ The Empress of all Sea Dragons in this region halted to a stop after walking into Bram and Ghleanna’s room unannounced.Helena stopped. Ghleanna, however…Helena’s mouth opened, closed, opened again. Then she snapped, “When you two cretins are done molesting each other, we are waiting for the next draft of your truce proposal, peacemaker. And I don’t like to wait!”With Ghleanna turning him inside out, all Bram could manage was a, “Uh-huh” along with a thumbs-up. After draining Bram...“Did I hear something?” she asked, cheeky cow that she was.

  • Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
    2019-03-27 12:10

    So, first off, let's be clear I read this book awhile ago but requested it again from Netgalley not realizing it was just a duplicate of a book I've already read. Dragon On Top looks like a shiny new book from Aiken but this is just the release of the single story, it was originally published in an anthology (Supernatural) a few years ago. If you love funny stories or are a fan of the Dragon Kin series, you gotta read this because Glheanna and Bram play a few major key rules in the newer books. Here's my original review:When I first saw this short story available I wasn't sure what I was going to get since the description was kinda vague. However, since I've already read about them in the series I was excited to see more of Bram and Ghleanna, especially together since at that point there wasn't a book showing them together yet. I thought the protector role being reversed was pretty neat, it was nice to see the woman as the warrior and the man as the scholar. Ghleanna is one of the best warriors in not only her clan, but out of the royal guard as well. Ghleanna is a bit flighty sometimes, she's easily distracted an quick to get bored. She loves fighting in battles, regardless of who's involved in them. This is why she's chosen to protect and watch over Bram, which is not something she wants to be bothered with. Mainly because she has no idea who he is, other than being a nerdy dragon favored by the princess. Bram is what you could consider as the royal negotiator, map maker, and scholar. It's up to him to make sure everything goes smoothly between his Queen and the rest of the dragon species. To do that though he has to travel, but he's more the peacemaker than warrior, which leads him in the predicament of needing escorts. Luckily for him, Ghleanna is cast in this role, he's been in love with her all his life but lacks the confidence to do anything about it. However, circumstances might just change drastically enough to give ihm the push he needs.This story introduced underwater dragons that are totally cool but on the twisted side. It also shows what happens when jealous lovers want to get back at you, and what happens when family decides to get involved. I'd totally recommend this story, its got a very dominant lead female and a more submissive male that isn't weak but holds firm to his decisions. As always, there was lots to laugh about and a fun romance to follow.

  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    2019-04-11 19:22

    ~ 4 Dragon On Top Stars ~✮ First published and read in the Supernatural anthology. ✮I am glad the author has published Dragon On Top separately. It’s everything I love about the Dragon Kin series. The story is hilarious, the characters are as snarky as every and the dragons are oh so arrogant. This is one series I love to read over and over. I enjoy the world and characters G.A. Aiken has created. It’s not your typical friendly dragons story/world. It's unique and different. Dragon On Top is the best dragon, unrequited love, slash friends to lovers story I have read. Bram is just too adorable. He is a peace keeper and royal emissary. He works hard to keep the peace amongst the hot-headed dragons and he’s been in love with Ghleanna the Decameter for a very long time. Ghleanna is just utterly clueless about Bram’s feelings for her. She is so focused on her career in the army and also devastated about a very bad love affair that went, so wrong. These two were great. They have absolutely nothing in common, yet they fit perfectly. Bram is a nerd and Ghleanna is a tom-boy. I loved every minute of this story, because the author kept me laughing along with all the action and suspense. When these two finally got together and realized they where meant for each other the passion sparked and was well worth the wait. Then we have the epilogue that adds icing to the cake. Will I be buying this book, yes I will. I own each of G.A Akins Dragon Kin and look forward to more in this series. This is one series I thoroughly enjoy and recommend, especially if you enjoy humor, snarky dialogue, and arrogant dragons. *Disclaimer: ARC provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

  • Leigh
    2019-03-29 18:25

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Dragon on Top is the second book I have read in the Dragon Kin series. It is what I have come to expect from G.A. Aiken...plenty action, playful banter, interesting characters, and steamy love scenes. What a winning combination!Glheanna is known as the Decimator for good reason. She is one fierce dragoness on the battlefront and off...an unrelenting warrior trained since a hatchling. Why then is Glheanna cowering in her cave, drowning her sorrows away? One insignificant dragon will not keep Glheanna down long, especially since Queen Rhiannon has a mission for her. Bram is a quiet dragon who enjoys reading and is well skilled at brokering alliances. He is the exact opposite of Glheanna who kills first and then asks questions. Bram and Glheanna will have to learn to work together to secure a truce for their queen. Will they be able to complete their task? Will they test the theory that opposites do attract?Glheanna loves fighting whether it be the enemy or her family. She knows no other way. Glheanna and her siblings enjoy taunting each other, but in the end they will always protect one another. Bram may be known as the Merciful, but even he has his limits. The good natured teasing between Glheanna, Bram and the other characters is what makes this a fun read. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Darcy
    2019-03-25 15:23

    I had read this one in the Supernatural anthology, but it didn't take away from reading it again. I really liked how different Bram and Glheanna were. Loved how they bickered back and forth, how Bram kept questioning Glheanna if she remembered him at all. Safe to say it didn't take long before she wasn't' able to forget about him. They managed to work well together in their diplomatic mission and even accomplished more than they set out to.

  • Ren
    2019-04-03 16:35

    4 stars Still in Dragon Kin series binge, I decide to read Dragon on Top for the next. I didn't re-read this one, because back then, I just don't have time or not interested enough to read about Ghleanna. This novella is also prequel and the event happen after Chains and Flames, so Rhiannon already become queen, and Bercelak is her consort now. You can read Dragon on Top as stand alone, but you will miss the world building and characters background. Ghleanna first introduced in Chains & Flames, as for Bram the Merciful, he first appear in A Tale of Two Dragons.Aiken again show her craft writing with an usual trope "opposite attract". For this novella, she used alpha heroine and beta hero. Honestly? It's unique. Especially if you so fed up with all that alpha macho hero out there. Bram might be a beta, nerd, easily distracted, peacemaker and also merciful, like his moniker. Yet, he show that he can be alpha too, both out and in the bed (ehm). Aiken know that war can't be won through just a melee or hacking enemy until they become pulp. One of the core to winning war is through negotiation and alliance. I really enjoy the way Aiken write about it.When I'm afraid if Ghleanna just a typical strong alpha female, readers will get into her struggle too. If you already reading Chains and Flames, it's apparent that Ghleanna hate her father's reputation, Ailean the Slag. Having a former whore as your father, even the said father already committed to monogamy, is hard, for Ghleanna also have been accused as a whore too. It's a little bit so sad to read how Ghleanna can't accept her own father, but Bram help her to see her father's present life, not his past. I also delightful to know that even Ghleanna is a type that "kill enemy first, ask them later", she also have a part in Bram's negotiation thingie.I forgot if I had read about Sea Dragons in Dragon Kin novel, and mind you, I read book 1-6 long long time ago. Dragon on Top give insight into Sea Dragons, called Fins, and how eccentric and egomaniacal they are. Aiken once more show how intricate her Dragon Kin world building can be. As for Bram and Ghleanna relationship, it's so funny to read how both characters are so easily distracted. I'm amused when reading Bram that can't stop his mind and his work, so immersed in the process. Amused too how Ghleanna seems didn't see Bram at first, didn't know that this younger dragon already fallen in love with her through years. How her Cadwaladr family see Bram's infatuation, yet Ghleanna so oblivious to it. In the end, I really enjoy their interaction, a unique addiction to common romance trope out there.And..that's why I like G.A. Aiken! Her heroes always fallen in love hard and work hard, and her heroines are ass kickin and so unapologetic! Really, really, my favorite!! :)

  • Melanie
    2019-04-15 15:36

    Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.I love the G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin series. I’m not very far into it. I started it very late and I let my reading of the books slip. When I saw this book was available for review and was a prequel, I jumped on the chance to review it. If you’ve never read a G.A. Aiken book, they are hilarious. She also writes under the name Shelly Laurenston.This is the story of Bram the Merciful and Glheanna the Decimator. Two dragons that could not be more dissimilar if they tried. Bram is basically the dragon version of a nerd. He is all about books and scrolls. He is the peacekeeper and delegate, working hard to keep the different dragon species from war. Glheanna has been summoned to escort him work a deal with the sand dragons. Glheanna is everything Bram is not. She is a warrior and a tom-boy and so not a royal.Ms. Aiken delivers a great tale as these two come together. Glheanna’s family is a hoot. Most of her family is just like her. They are all warriors and have a tendency to solve disagreements with headbutts. Although her mother, sister and even her father (in his older years) are a little bit more cultured. They have always liked Bram and have had him over to the family dwelling many times, though Glheanna never seemed to notice. He always thought she ignored him, but truthfully, she never even noticed him. Bram has a hard time deciding what is worse.Their trip to the sand dragons is sidetracked when Glheanna is injured. Bram takes her to the only place he can think of. To a group of underwater dragons, called “fins”. It was interesting seeing this underwater world. It was also great seeing how Glheanna and Bram interact with them. Glheanna takes to the warriors like a duck to water. We also get to see a little bit of Queen Rhianna and Bercelak, her crazy consort. They always crack me up.All in all, this was a short, but really fun read. There wasn’t a much romance in it as I’m used to in these stories, but I found that okay. I’m more interested in the humor, characters and the great world that Ms. Aiken builds, than the romance anyway. She delivered the humor in spades. This proves that I need to pick this series back up. I’ve already requested the next book in my list on this series from the library. I’ll be reading it soon. Expect more reviews from this series from me in the near future.

  • Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
    2019-03-21 13:11

    This novella originally appeared as part of the Supernatural Anthology Now from the Dragon Kin. The PLUS is that this is 0.4 and book 8 is already published. So if you are not familiar with this series, you are in for a treat... You can read on for many hoursThe main characters are fun and sexy and the word building is just amazing. Not just dragons on land but we get to read in Dragon on Top also about the sea dragons.Great start for you to get to know this series if you have not read it. Enjoy!

  • Choko
    2019-03-31 16:25

    OK, I know this is because in some fantasy world I actually belong to this family of crazy dragons, I can not be objective in my ratings of any of the books belonging to this series. I think I have to be extreeeeeeeemly disappointed in order to deck it down with a star or two... So, once again, *** 5 gushing stars !!! ***It has nothing with quality, just my love for GAA and dragons!

  • Erin Burns
    2019-04-17 17:29

    I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.This is actually a re-release. But I loved it and figured it was a good reason to highlight it here. As I said before, there are two ways to read this series, as published, or by timeline.I can never quite decide if I think it better to read all the novellas first, or to read them in the author’s suggested order. But, since the novels have an overriding story arc, I do highly suggest reading those in order. And for this particular novella, you really do need to read Aiken/Laurenston’s Can’t Get Enough. You can find that one in Supernatural, which is available on Kindle Unlimited.I adore this author’s heroines. One and all they are strong, and aggressive, and dominant. And often very, very warlike. It is interesting, and I’ve never figured out how she does it, but her female characters tend to exhibit mostly traits that alpha males are given, and yet they never feel like men that she’s slapped female names on. And they can say things like this that don’t even make you blink an eye.Kyna caught Ghleanna’s forearm, made her look at her. “And there’s no shame in who you are, who you kin are, or who you want to be.”“And don’t let anybody convinve you different,” Kennis finished. “You are special, Ghleanna. And some blokes-they can never handle that. While others…”“While others what?’“While others were born to be the sheathe to your sword-you just need to find that one lass. Like we did.”Ghleanna has been wallowing over a mistake in her personal and professional life, in a way no dragon warrior ever should. So naturally her no nonsense family members have decided to give her a job, and a quick kick in the rear to get her going.And Bram, poor Bram the Merciful, he has never been the type of dragon Ghleanna has gravitated toward. He’s a peacemaker, not a warrior or a fighter like the Cadwaladrs. But he has pined for her all these years that she has just never seen him.And it was freaking adorable to see the whole family, normally a rather oblivious family, try their hand at matchmaking. They were rather terrible at it, but that is OK, because this couple was pretty perfect for each other and all it needed was for Ghleanna to change her perspective a bit.There’s adventuring and warmongering, and politics and family, and two lonely people get to find out that opposites don’t just attract, sometimes they complete each other.What’s a a warrior to do with a peacemaker? Same thing an innocent did with a slag, make him yours.4 stars and I highly recommend the entire series.https://burnsthroughherbookshelf.word...

  • Kahea
    2019-03-30 18:37

    God I love the Dragon Kin series and after reading it I’m ALWAYS in a better mood than I was when I first started reading one of the books. The characters are crazy and over the top (okay most are dragon shifters but still), even the ones that appear “normal” are crazy, but they are all distinct and likeable in their craziness and their antics always make me laugh. Not the polite little chuckle kind of laugh, but the laugh out loud and sometimes snort while laughing variety. That’s how much I enjoy the characters, story and world that G.A. Aiken has created and this one was no different.Dragon on Top is a prequel to the series as well as a re re-release and is about Glheanna the Decimator and Bram the Merciful and the road they took to their HEA. Since they both appear in the series there is no question that the get it, so it was fun to just sit back and watch as they got past their own hang ups and finally took the steps to making their feelings known and doing something about it. Part of the fun of their courtship was that Glheanna is the Dragonwarrior, she is a Cadwaladr after all, and Bram is the peacemaker. So on the surface they look like polar opposites, but as things progress we get to see just how alike they are in how they think and why they are perfect for each other. Of course the other Cadwaladr’s get to have their say in the process, as well as a few nudges from Queen Rhiannon as well as.The writing was clean, engaging and paced well and I really enjoyed getting glimpse of the Fin’s, the sea dragons, and their world, which we don’t get a lot of in the main books. The one thing that I’m on the fence about isn’t so much the story, but recommending this as a story to start with if you have not started the series already. It is a prequel and there really isn’t much in it that would ruin any of the storylines in the series, but I think it would be in a ‘newbies’ interest to at least read the first couple of books to get a feel for the crazy that constantly goes on with these characters. But if you like a good dose of crazy, by all means jump right in!The Bottom Line: Another crazy fun ride with a cast of characters who are more likely to hit you than hug you...and that’s when they actually like you.~ ARC provided by Kensington Books ~ Zebra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

  • *flora*
    2019-04-02 19:11

    I've written a full review on my WordPress blog Flora's Musings......So, what did I like about it?I found Ms Aiken’s writing style very easy to read and although I haven’t read any of her Dragon Kin Series before I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was submerged into the world. I do like my female characters to be intelligent, resilient and with a good sense of humour and I wasn’t disappointed here. Ghleanna was all of these and more, of course she could kick-ass but she also had a hidden vulnerability that added a further depth of realism to her character. Bram, as her “love interest” was just as engaging and complex. In fact, I liked the way that all of the characters in this story were written, none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations which helped them to become real to me and so engage me in the story. I also appreciated the fact that the background story/adventure was just as significant in this tale as the romance between Ghleanna and Bram. So often in paranormal romance stories the authors forget that we (the reader) want to be gripped by the whole experience; an engaging narrative that’s more than just X meets Y and they fall in love. ...So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?Not really, no. This book only missed out on a 5 star review from me because at the beginning I found it difficult to work out the whole dragon/human image and form the scenes in my own imagination. However, I must say that by the time I was halfway through this wasn’t a problem....So, basically what I’m saying is... This is a highly entertaining, well written and engaging novella. It is first-rate paranormal romance story with an attention-grabbing background adventure to boot that fans of this genre will enjoy. The Dragon Kin series is already a firm favourite with many people here on Goodreads, I can now see why and after reading this story I will be seeking out the other books in this series to read too!

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-04-11 20:37

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:DRAGON ON TOP was the perfect blend of fun and sexy, with tons of new mythology and interesting insights into the series; I adored it!The main Dragon Kin storyline takes place a few hundred years (at least) after the events of DRAGON ON TOP, which is great since the story has gotten a bit heavy in the last books and it's fabulous to read about the Southlands without the baggage (although I am looking forward to the next book in the series, FEEL THE BURN). Bram the Merciful and Ghleanna the Decimator have always been an odd pair, and you don't often get to see them interact in the main storyline, so it's lovely to see them falling for each other in this novella.We get lots of action as Bram attempts to forge alliances and truces, and Ghleanna grudge-fully protects him... but it turns out that he doesn't need as much protection as she thought he would. The interaction between the book-smart peacemaker and the battle-hungry army captain are fun and witty, and things get quite sexy as they slowly realise the attraction is mutual.As with all of Aiken's books, you can expect bloody battles, meddling family members and traitorous political machinations. You can also expect lots of laughs.I really loved the introduction to the "Fins", the underwater dragons who developed gills and live in massive underwater caves. They have never been properly introduced in the previous stories, and they are super fun and interesting.Overall, this novella is a fabulous addition to the Dragon Kin lore, really fleshing out some of the older, side characters that you have read about in the other books. It is easily approachable by new readers as well, while having plenty of quirks, battles and nods for those who have enjoyed the Dragon Kin series from the start.

  • Eva Millien
    2019-03-25 19:27

    As if her life wasn’t pathetic enough, Glheanna the Decimator has been ordered to escort highborn Bram the Merciful through dangerous territories just so he can negotiate instead of battle in this captivatingly witty paranormal romance.Fireworks and witty repertoire keeps readers on their toes as Glheanna escorts Bram on his mission and discovers that just maybe there is a place in her life for a little “mercy.” The chemistry between Glheanna and Bram is smokin’ and the relationship is explosive but sweet as these strong compelling characters negotiate through their differences which is quite a bit being as they are mostly opposite in personalities although Bram does have some qualities that he keeps hidden until it is necessary to reveal them. The fast paced and smooth flowing plot captivates readers with lots of suspense, excitement, humor and romance with the dialogue and temperaments of these dragons amusing the heck out of everyone while traitors out to thwart Bram’s mission adds danger and excitement and brings readers under the ocean to visit with the sea dragons (you might want to navigate their world very carefully). The Dragon Kin are the most vicious loving dragons in existence and every moment spent in their fascinating world is fun and volatile at the same time. I just love these snarky, arrogant and brutal characters and Glheanna and Bram’s story amused and abused me with lots of laughter throughout their story so there was never a dull moment and therefore no way that I could put it down and I just can’t wait to visit the Dragon Kin again.

  • Maya
    2019-03-21 19:21

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. BASICSLove triangle? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? (view spoiler)[ No.(hide spoiler)]HEA? (view spoiler)[ YES.(hide spoiler)]Any Descriptive Sex w/OW/OM/Ex? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Would I read more by this author/or in this series? Maybe, but not for now. Rating: -4 starsReview also on Amazon.ReviewDragon on Top is a short but fun read, that makes you at times question your sanity. When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I'd get to like the h. For me, she is at times a bit too intense in her relish to kill. The same can be said about her brothers, what a crazy lot all of them are. But at the end she really won me over with her sassines and love for H. Now, the H is golden. He's a diplomat for his queen, so he naturally knows how to calm a heated situation. I felt really bad for him because he's been in love with h for ages but she never seemed to notice him, that is until she became his guard for the journey he was send on by his queen. The only thing that I didn't like was the use of the word 'me' instead of 'my' . Still, a great read. :)

  • Lisa
    2019-03-30 13:29

    This series is at its best when dealing with political intrigue and not all the "hurrdurr lookit all these badass ladies murdering everybody" nonsense you have to deal with in between the almost-legitimately-good books about your Dagmars and Keitas and Brams. I gotta give it up for this world-building, though. The other types of dragons are a fun universe expansion and I hope we see more of the underwater Greek dragons in future books. I still feel very Brokeback about this series ("I wish I could quit you"), but god help me, it's pretty fun. It would be even more fun if it wasn't so embarrassing but whatever.

  • Stacie
    2019-03-30 12:27

    **ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for and honest review**I love the Dragon Kin! This is the story of Ghleanna and Bram falling in love. It's so sweet how they are complete opposites, yet they are both very similar in many ways. As always, Ghleanna is a very strong female character and Bram, though not a Cadwaldr certainly has his strengths. This story has just enough romance, just enough action and just enough comedy. I love how this family is at once completely dysfunctional and fiercely loyal to each other. I'm looking forward to more Dragon Kin to come. Happy reading!

  • Lara
    2019-03-31 14:07

    I was tempted to give this 5 stars, just because it was so much fun and I laughed so many times. I really enjoyed the story because it was reminiscent of the earlier books in the series in that the story really focused on the two main characters. Glheanna was a trip. Especially when she was teasing Bram. And Bram's focus and lack of awareness got me laughing as well. I guess the main reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is a pretty simple and straightforward story and, as a novella, it lacked the depth of the other books of the series.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-31 18:11

    My Thoughts: Despite the fact that I read this in the anthology a couple of years ago, I really like this story. This is Glheanna and Bram's love story. This is laugh out loud, sexy romance at its best. I don't think any other author has entertained me as much as G.A. Aiken (Shelly Laurenston). If you like paranormal romance and haven't read anything by her you are really missing out. Recommandation:This works well as a standalone. Fans of the genre, author will enjoy this.I recieved an ARC copy of this novella through NetGalley for an honest review

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    2019-04-10 14:24

    An entertaining short paranormal romance with lots of fast paced exciting action and plenty of humor. The hero's calm demeanor added a nice dichotomy to the story when paired with the warrior heroine the typical character of the series. Dragon Captain Ghleanna is recruited to escort and protect negotiator dragon Bram when he goes to try and make a treaty with an enemy.

  • R *is for Relentless*
    2019-03-22 16:13

    The Dragon Kin series is one of my all time favorites. This book was a great addition to it. My only complaint is she can't write them fast enough for me. Mmmmm dragons :)

  • Kitlina
    2019-04-19 13:17

    I didn't think I'd enjoy so much Bram and Ghleanna's story, but this was sooooo fun.I can't get over how much entertainment I get out of this dragon stories. All the books are ROFL hilarious.Highly recommend somebody who wants to de-stress and relax, while also having a good plot and sexy romance.

  • Bambi Unbridled
    2019-04-03 16:09

    I enjoyed this little novella prequel in the Dragon Kin series. At first, I could not remember who Ghleanna was. It became clear as I was reading of course, but it has been so long since I have read the earlier books that I still can't remember her role in them. Then, as I continued to read, I felt like I had read this one before. Maybe it was released in an anthology, I'm not sure (and I haven't looked)... but the whole underwater caves setting was very very familiar.Anywho, this is the story of Ghleanna, Captain of the Dragon Queen's Guard and Bram the Merciful, peace negotiator. I absolutely loved loved loved Bram, which is weird, because he is not an alpha male and I usually do not go for the betas. But his bookish tendencies and shyness was endearing to me, and I dug his intelligence.I didn't care for Ghleanna for the first half of the book, she rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. She is definitely a kickass heroine - she is battle-scarred and aggressive. I think what I didn't like was that she doesn't know Bram exists, like, at all. I also didn't like how she treated her father, Ailean the Wicked. But once the story got going, she grew on me and I ended up liking her by the end. I particularly enjoyed the way she interacted with the sea soldiers, and that she opened her mind to see that her father was not defined by his lecherous past.These headstrong dragons are always a good time. They tend to butt heads first and ask questions later. In fact, their answer for almost everything is a headbutt. The siblings are always fighting and rolling around, and everything is happening with good humor. This is probably the most unique dragon series that I have read, and I hope we keeping getting more books for the foreseeable future.I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars / 3 flames.