I feel like I almost pulled a mental muscle attempting to keep up with this novel and attempting to enjoy it simultaneously. The first book in a new paranormal romance series is never easy. There is a lot of world-building, a ton of definitions and paranormal rules. Katie MacAlister’s Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter was no exception.
The plot seemed like catnip for me. Quirky, OCD heroine with control issues is forced to become a dragon hunter. Dark and sexy fellow Dragon Hunter helps her learn the ropes. While that explains the base premise, the world MacAlister created is so crazy and convoluted, I felt like my head was spinning half of the book.
While the heat between the hero and heroine was delicious, they didn’t even really interact until 35% in. I liked the characters individually but they all had strange names and backgrounds and second names and meanings… I’m getting confused just typing the review. The heroine, who knows nothing about dragon hunters, was pretty confused as well until the very end of the book and even then, most big plot points weren’t explained until the epilogue. It made the ending feel rushed and a little incomplete.
The character names were hilarious (a demon named Falafel, HA) and the banter was top notch. I never at any point considered putting the book down. All the positives couldn’t quite make up for the fact that I didn’t know what was going on half the time. I do have hope for this series! Ms. MacAlister is a veteran author, and I will absolutely give this series a second chance.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter releases August 28!