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Attraction that’s off the scale…Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, “Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us—the most loved of all dragons?” No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet foAttraction that’s off the scale…Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, “Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us—the most loved of all dragons?” No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer.So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying…woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman—one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor?And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon’s heart?...

Title : What a Dragon Should Know
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ISBN : 9781420103755
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Number of Pages : 460 Pages
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What a Dragon Should Know Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-01-25 20:42

    Not quite as super-funny as some of the other installments, but still excellent!M'kay. Not to poop on the parade, but I had to do some mental editing when it came to our hero.Let me explain why..Gwenvael has long blonde hair.Now, when I think of long blonde hair on men my mind wanders into two distinctly different directions. A) Growr!And B) I Can't Believe It's Not ButterAlrighty, it's not just long blonde hair, though.Gwenvael is described as having blonde hair that comes below his knees.To me, this isn't sexy.So. I very quickly pulled out my 'mental scissors' and gave that boy a trim.You're welcome.And now that I had my Gwenvael, I could let the lust-fest begin.Oh, and also focus on the person that I really wanted to read about, Dagamr Reinholdt.Dagmar has always been one of my favorite characters in the other books, so finally getting a chance to read her backstory was awesome! She was just as impressively devilish as I thought she'd be, and seeing how Gwenvael the Handsome won her over was pretty entertaining.Dagmar (for those of you who don't know) is usually referred to as The Beast, and considered one of the most dangerous people to cross in the Dragon Kin series. Even the dragons are afraid of her, but not because she's the least bit physically frightening. Nope. She's one of those cold, calculating schemers that topples kingdoms (and evil sister-in-laws) without ever breaking a sweat.So how does an apparently air-headed pretty boy win over a lady like that?Well, you've gotta read the book!Duh.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-02-01 20:38

    My main issue with this one is that it felt like Gwenvael only had a supporting part. There were so many other characters and side stories going on, I felt the romance between him and Dagmar was a secondary plot! Me no likey.So I'm deducting a star. The steamy parts were excellent, but not enough. I am not interested in the other plots either, so I ended up skimming after awhile. Sigh. Dagmar was a fabulous female character. I'm not an Annwyl fangirl either, so her part in this was just so-so for me. *shrugs*I am curious about Eibhear so might read his story. He's my next favorite after Gwenvael, but I don't really care for the female he's getting set up to be with. Eh.But Gwenvael is definitely on my book boyfriend list. I lurv him.I did enjoy all the humor in this one. Much better than the previous book!Original post:Come to mama, Gwenvael.

  • Jilly
    2019-01-24 19:04

    Know your audience.By the time the readers hit a book number 3 in a series, they have certain expectations. In this case, we want outrageous and funny dialogue, crazy bloodthirsty characters, and plenty of dragon sex. Unfortunately, this book decided it was time to go "deeper", or maybe it just wanted to expand the world and story. How dare you try to make shifter-smut serious?Instead of getting my favorite dragon Gwenvael's story we get everyone else's continuation of their stories with a dash of Gwenvael thrown in. What a rip-off!!Screw you, life!And, considering that Gwenvael's mate is nicknamed The Beast - we really should have had a full book on them. But, nooooo.... we had a full book on Talaith the Bitch, but the Beast gets the short end of the stick. AND, we had too many scenes with Talaith the Bitch being a bitch in this book too. What the hell? Is she such a bitch that she bitch-slapped the author into writing her a storyline in someone else's book?and her little loud-mouthed daughter too.Needless to say, I need to step away from Dragon Smut Land for a bit. I'll get back to it once I feel less ragey. Maybe.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-01-19 18:46

    G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series continues to capture my heart and keep me up night after night. WHAT A DRAGON SHOULD KNOW is Gwenvael and Dagmar’s book. Dagmar is the only daughter of The Reinholdt and she is a mastermind politician who simply kicks ass. While she isn’t like my favourite warrior, Annwyl the Blood Queen, Dagmar still fits in with these fierce warriors in her own way. With her spectacles and her modesty, Gwenvael can’t believe that he is meeting The Beast of the Northlanders. However, with her iron will and sharp tongue, Dagmar really holds her own amongst the warriors.I was really looking forward to Gwenvael’s book. He was a character I loved from the very beginning. I loved his upbeat attitude, his jokes, his sluttiness and his loyalty. Dagmar and Gwenvael were an unlikely match, but they really ended up being a great couple. Though the romance in this novel isn’t always the main focus, their love was still strong and believable.What I love about this series is that we see previous couples come back and we see their relationships continue to develop. So that means we see a lot of Annwyl and Fearghus as well as Breic and Talaith. Futhermore, Aiken also sets up future books with Keita and Izzy and E. I’m really looking forward to Izzy’s book!I guess my Dragon Kin obsession will continue because I’ll be diving straight into the next book right after this. I just can’t get enough of these witty, sexy dragons!

  • Mariana Zapata
    2019-02-06 20:53

    I've caught up on all the books, and this one was my reigning favorite. I wasn't sure about our handsome Gold at first, and I was making faces at the fact that Dagmar was described as "plain." Because that just seemed to easy to predict but...HOLY CRAP.I laughed so hard throughout the entire novel. I loved their relationship, chemistry, and dialogue. They made sense to me. I loved both characters and appreciated that while the plot was moved along, our two little liars' relationship wasn't forgotten. Anyway, this one was my favorite of the Dragon Kin series besides Ailean's book and later on, Vigholf's book.

  • Lucille
    2019-02-08 17:42

    /5 stars for Gwenvael (my personal whore)! All I can say is that this book is probably the best in the series. At the moment. I have yet to read Keita the Viper and Eibhear the Blue's (my sweet baby) story. ;) Here are some of the scenes that made me LOL, literally. If this doesn't make you want to read this, I don't know what will. Enjoy! "What are we doing with him?" Briec asked eagerly. "Are we throwing him out a window? Let's throw him out a window! Or off the roof!""We're going to take him to Annwyl." "Won't our mother notice if he no longer has his head?""She'll notice," Fearghus answered, ignoring Gwenvael's struggles. "The question becomes 'will she care?'" -Briec to Fearghus.Dagmar tried to stand, and Gwenvael caught her hand, pulling her back down. "You can't leave me. I'm tortured and brooding. You need to show me how much you adore me so I can love myself again.""You never stopped loving yourself.""Because I'm amazing." -Gwenvael to Dagmar."P. S. I love how Gwenvael wakes up screaming "I didn't touch her" when he's startled. Same goes for Dagmar, who says, "It's not a lie!"

  • Merve Özcan
    2019-02-12 21:49 kitapta Gwenvael'den beklediğim davranışlar yoktu bu bir gerçek ama gene de muhteşem bir kitaptı Dagmar'a hayran kaldım. Tanrılar gene kendi rollerini oynadılar.Neden beklediğim gibi değildi? Çünkü Gwenvael'i yaramaz çocuk olarak tanıdık, her ne kadar Dagmar ona meydan okusada o yaramaz çocuğu göremedim ben daha ciddi ve daha olgun davranıyordu.Briec ve eşide gene bu kitapda hiç bir zaman diğer karakterler yok olmuyor hatta bazen ana karakterlerden daha bile ilgi çektikleri söylenebilir.Özellikle bir sahne vardı kitapta, Gwenvael ve Dagmar birilerinin sevişmesini izliyorlardı. İşte bu bizim yaramaz çocuktan beklenir bir hareketti ama bundan daha fazlasını göremedim.Biliyor muydunuz Annwyl hamile!Bu sefer kızımız kuzeyli, soğuk bir iklim, kaba adamlar... üstelikte pek zeki oldukları söylenemez. Canavar diye tanınan Darmar bizim insan kraliçemize, Annwyl'a, çocukları hakkında önemli bir bilgisi olduğunu iletir ve Gwenvael oraya gönderilir. Sorun şu ki Gwenvael kızımızı gördüğü anda gülme krizine girer çünkü hiçte beklediği gibi birisi değildir. Kitabın başı böyle ana konu ise Annwyl'ın hamileleiği ve ikizlerinin tehlikede olmasıdır. Herkes onları öldürmek istemektdir ve nitekim kitabın sonunda Annwyl ölür. Kahrolmamak imkansız!!

  • Darcy
    2019-02-04 21:52

    This book and this series really crack me up. The way the author writes the main characters just makes me laugh. So often they are yelling at each other or beating on each other. The best parts are when it is the women that are doing it to each other. Part of that comes from them all being family. And it seems to be so true that no one other than your family can make you madder faster than them, and while it is ok for you to call them bad names or beat on them, no one else has that right.This book ramped up the battle coming after Annwyl and her soon to be children. With threat after her, she sends Gwenvael to find out some info, but him being who he is manages to get himself in a crazy situation and all hell breaks loose from there.I found as the story went on I loved Dagmar. She had just the right personality to put up with all of the dragons and all of their crap.I also loved seeing more of the extended dragon family and all of their antics, which lead to some much needed leavity to break the heart-wrenching part of the story. Annwyl back to her bloody self was both scary and funny. In the end the book had me laughing right up to the last page. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
    2019-02-05 23:43

    More serious a book than its predecessor, but still humorous. The overall plot that continues through the series is enlarged in this book. Dagmar is a fantastic heroine - I love her cold, evil, plotting genius. And Gwenvael is the perfect foil to her plain, behind the scenes personality. He's extremely vain, arrogant, beautiful, flashy, narcissistic & humorous, but not in a hateful way. I enjoyed the dialogue between the two.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-21 18:44

    This series is pure unadulterated brain candy, it doesn't take itself too seriously and G.A. Aiken consistently gives us slightly silly but very, very funny stories about overbearing alpha dragons and the warrior women who tame them. I've always loved reading about dragons and that is probably one of the reasons this series appeals to me so much but I also love the family dynamics and the crazy characters this series has introduced us to.I've been waiting to read Gwenvael's story since the moment we first met him, he's the most light hearted of the brothers and the one who is always ready to lighten the mood with a joke or a silly comment. As a result of that nobody ever takes him seriously though so when Annwyl gives him a task to gather information from the Beast of the north he is determined to prove how capable he really is. The last thing he expects when he arrives at the home of the Northlanders is to discover that the Beast is in fact a woman but Gwenvael is known for his good looks and luck with the ladies as much as for his sense of humour so he isn't worried about his chances of success. Unfortunately for him Dagmar is the one woman who doesn't immediately fall for his charms and she isn't going to be easy to convince.I knew I was going to love Gwenvael so I wasn't surprised to find that he is my favourite of the dragons we've met so far. He's just such a sweet guy and I love that he's less overbearing than his brothers. Dagmar may not be a fighter like Annwyl but she is more than capable of standing up for herself, she comes from a huge family but learnt from an early age how to talk her father and brothers into doing pretty much whatever she wants so she has been running her household for years without them even noticing. She has information that she knows Annwyl will find useful but she wants to deal directly with the Queen not her messenger boy. I enjoyed the banter between these two and the way Dagmar managed to keep Gwenvael on his toes, he's definitely not going to have an easy quiet life with her by his side!It was also great to catch up with the previous couples and we're introduced to a whole new set of dragons who I think are going to be an interesting addition to the series. These books are a lot of fun to read and I'm glad I still have quite a few books to read before I'm caught up with the series.

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-02-10 17:39

    This gorgeous creature is Gwenvael. Gwenvael the Handsome, Gwenvael the Sexy, Gwenvael the Hot. Just ask him, he will confirm it!I love the dragons in this series. They are all so arrogant and self-centered but they are honorable and thoughtful and funny as hell. Gwenvael's story is one of my favs. He is so adorable.Dagmar is such an awesome heroine as well. She is a badass but she is the badass you never see coming. She won't attack you with swords like Annwyl, she will plot and lie and scheme to bring you to your knees.The story was funny, sweet and so sad at one point. I like the fact that although we have a new couple at every book, the stories of the previous heroes keep developing!:)Found this...Ragnar, Dagmar and Gwenvael!;)

  • namericanwordcat
    2019-02-01 15:48

    Plain Jane Bold Genius Heroine Meets Hilarious Too Pretty Dragon Shifter Hero. They are one of my favorite couples of all time and I have reread this book so much that if it wasn't on my Kindle it would be falling apart. There is nothing about this book I don't like. The chemistry is of the charts. The adventure is compelling. The banter is to die for. I love the calculating nature of both leads though it manifest in one in charm and they other in coldness.Oh is this book funny. And they are perfect for each other. And there are dogs.

  • Ren
    2019-01-25 00:03

    Re-readStill in Dragon Kin binge re-reading in the order to refresh my memory. I hope you don't get bored with my update, lol! But first, I REALLY RECOMMENDED DRAGON KIN SERIES!! I mean..right now so many fantasy romance had been released and some using "Game of Thrones for feminist", or "Game of Thrones with romance", or "Game of Thrones met Pride and Prejudice", and so on, on on. You know what? Dragon Kin series have been released long before GoT grazed your TV cable! :D. And I know that this series still the best in term of world building, complexity, romance and steaminess! (even the amount of steamy become less and less). I wonder if beside GoT, LOTR will also got honored to be blurb. To be "LOTR meet fill the blank" :P.Anyhoo, I read What a Dragon Should Know in that 4 years ago! Gosh, so long XD. I used to adore Gwenvael back then, but after re-read, I just find him...just.. charming. I know. Shocking! But, like I said, re-read will give you a different perspective. I had read hundreds books (even with my reading slump!) that make my taste now different compared to 2013. That's including genres, trope, characterization, etc. Right now, I prefer a dynamic couple, rather than just a hero that can make you swoon, but the heroine is TSTL. Nope! I want them to be balanced. And after re-read, I'm glad that both Gwenvael and Dagmar really deserve each other :). Gwenvael, like his grandfather, Ailean, is not just a womanizer characters, not just a hero that love to embarrassed himself (and his family too), or narcissistic guy. He did have his own strength, like Dagmar, he too play the game of manipulation and politics. I do know that Dagmar can be too..cold, compared to always raging Anwyll or chatty Talaith. But I love her cunning and scheming minds. Always plotting, always planning, always executing. Aiken write that a woman strength, not just in her power in the battle (Anwyll) or magick (Morfydd and Talaith). She show that a mind, is a greatest power. Dagmar might be petite, but she can reasons with the gods that she didn't believe. Always rational. Re-read make me think that Dagmar somehow is too good for Gwenvael, tbh. But Aiken loved to write "Opposite attracts", and that's what work for them. Gwenvael and Dagmar kinda remind me of Ailean and Shalin. A pair of slag and innocent-at-first. I had stated that the world building of Dragon Kin is expanded, and that shows in this book. The subplot make this books feels chaotic, but in a good way. I like that Aiken didn't forget her old characters, even for a new reader that jump first into this book, will feel overwhelmed at first. So I suggest to read the previous, Dragon Actually and About a Dragon first. Because old characters will there, together with new characters. And to end this re-read review..I'll share my favorite quote from Dragon Kin series. I still cracked a lot when read it. How Gwenvael really, really deserve it XD:"I already explained this. I don’t like you. True, I don’t like most people, but I especially dislike you. I could start my own religion based on how much I dislike you."Oh, I also think that it's still wrong for Eibhear to lust into Izzy. He's her uncle, even not by blood. Just..eww at first, lol!First read review will know that I used to gushed about Gwenvael back then :P :What a Readers Should Know about What a Dragon Should Know??? First, that G.A. Aiken again prove she become one of my favorite author and I put her in my autobuy list (beside her other pen name, Shelly Laurenston. She also put E in EPIC, A in AMAZING, S in SUPERB, and.. well I can go on and on and on. But the old saying that "third times is the charm" is definitely true, because in "What A Dragon Should Know", Ms Aiken again show that humor and fantasy (and dragon!) can make a wonderful story.What a Dragon Should Know is about Gwenvael the Handsome (his term), the Slag (his family term), the Defiler (his enemy and people term) and the Ruiner (his term, again). Now, you've got the picture. Yes, Gwenvael is the most narcississtic dragon ever lived, it make his family think he's idiot and so easy. Which is hurt, that's why he ask to Anwyll, the Blood Queen and the leader of Garbhan Isle to make him as emissary to the Northlands. To find the cure for Anwyll's pregnancy. Now, to find about it you definitely must read the previous book. Okay, next! So Gwenvael go to the Reinholdt stronghold and demand to meet The Beast. Of course he's so surprised when knowing that The Beast is Sigmar Reinholdt's daughter. Make him laughing so hard, and in the end insult The Beast. Now, he must seduce her in hope to help his QueenDagmar Reinholdt, known as The Beast, since she have ability to calm animal and especially her father's war dog, is a spinster, but with a smart and calculating brain. She knows who target the Blood Queen and want Anwyll dead. But Gwenvael's last act to her, beside make she feel insulted, she also irritated to him. Gwenvael will stop to nothing to make Reinholdt accept him, and his one of idea is crying. Yep, he's crying. Which make me laughing so hard. Now, there's a hero who is crying to get what he want. Even it just a fake tears, still hilarious, eh? X) Dagmar and Gwenvael then search for Order of Silverhammer (forget the exact name) and brother Ragnar, who for 20 years provide Dagmar with information. Turn that Ragnar is not human, he is Lightning Dragon, who made him as Gwenvael's enemy since Lightning and Fire are sworn enemy. Dagmar then go to Garbhan Isle. Meet Anwyll and can't believe her sight when see the queen who heavily pregnant is far from fierce. But Anwyll's condition is bad too, her twin babies suck her life force. Dagmar with the rest of Gwenvael's kin can't do anything. Anwyll turn up dead after her babies born, make her dragon mate Fearghus grieve. Dagmar, who not believing in Gods, then try to bargain with Rhyddec Hael, the dragon god who also make Anywyll pregnant (dragon actually can't have children with human). Rhyddec Hael send her, the babies and Anwyll's body to the tunnel when Anywyll's enemy wait her. So, Dagmar, again with her smart and cunnning mind, try to bargain with another God to make Anwyll live again. Is the problem over? Noooo, there's still war waiting for Anwyll, Dagmar must convice her to help Dagmar's father war with his brother, Talaith who have fight with her daughter Izzy, and the most important thing is finally Gwenvael find his one and only. Now, how he convice Dagmar to accept his, despite his womanizer past?I really love What a Dragon Should Know, the world building still amazing, the characters still crazy, but what I love more is this book not just about Dagmar and Gwenvael. Not like the previous, the sexual tone of this book is tamer than the previous, even still steamy and make my nose bleeding. Who know that the serious and stern Dagmar like to watch another people have sex? Yes, Dagmar's kinky habit is voyeurism :)). And with Gwenvael beside her, of course it hard to concentrate, not to forget that Gwenvael is the whore and will use that opportunity to make Dagmar's body sing in a good way :)). Gwenvael kinda remind me of Mitch Shaw from Pride series by Shelly Laurenston, too much loving himself! There's a time when I wonder when Gwenvael will stop embarassing himself in front of everybody. Which never happen. It's in his nature :)). As for Dagmar,she like Irene Van Holtz, also from Pride series. Cold, calculating, stern and smart. But she's like a vulcano which its lava turmoil inside it. Dagmar is a perfect match to Gwenvael :)Ms Aiken not forget another characters since all have their own story. From Anywyll and Fearghus with their newborn twins, Talaith and Briec with their problem about Izzy that want to go to war, also second love story beside Morfydd the DragonWytch and Brastias, Anwyll second in command. And there's sexual tension between Izzy and Eibhear the Blue, Gwenvael little brother. Which seems wrong, I mean Eibhear kinda like Izzy's uncle (Briec is Eibhear's brother) even not by blood and Eibhear considered as young among the Dragon Kin. Still filled with many hilarious one liner, and these are my favorite quote :- "You can’t leave me. I’m tortured and brooding. You need to show me how much you adore me so I can learn to love myself again.""You’ve never stopped loving yourself.""Because I’m amazing." Love your fantasy with humor, great world building, fantastic idea, fast paced plot, steamy and full with dragon? Read Dragon Kin series and you will know that dragon can be as crazy as human can be :))

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    2019-02-15 20:35

    What a Dragon Should Know expands upon the richly entertaining lore of mighty dragons and the humans that love them. Picking up after the conclusion of the previous book, the story primarily focuses on the love story of Gwenvael the Handsome and Dagmar Reinholdt, the only daughter of the Reinholdt, also known as “the Beast.” Annwyl the Bloody, heavy with her twins who are literally sucking the life from her, sends Gwenvael to the Northlands on her behalf to discover if the Reinholdt will make a worthy ally. When Gwenvael discovers that the Beast is actually an extremely intelligent and wily female, he is forced to adjust his approach to the situation. Dagmar has spent her entire life as the brains behind her father’s success, staying in the shadows while she manipulates events to her advantage. So when Gwenvael acts unpredictably and treats her with respect, even reverence, Dagmar isn’t sure how to best respond. Striking a bargain with Gwenvael, the pair head out of the Northlands with important information to share with Annwyl. I absolutely adored the pairing of Gwenvael and Dagmar. Two underestimated souls, both play to the misrepresentations and conventions their families have placed upon them. They use these stereotypes to hide their true intentions, striking blows upon their enemies. Both love their respective families and would do anything to protect them. Right from the start the pair recognizes the strengths of the other; never disrespecting the other, even if they do try to outsmart one another. Their passion ignites as Gwenvael and Dagmar open up and fall in love. I just adored their verbal sparring and joint masterminding. Outside of the romance, the entire story is multifaceted and filled with complex layers of political maneuvering. I found myself engrossed and enjoyed just listening to the plot unfold. While I did find myself lost a couple times and trying to remember who was who more than once (lets face it, there are too many similar sounding names), the character development and bonds cemented over the course of the series made for stronger connections and deeper enjoyment of this tale.In addition to Gwenvael and Dagmar, What a Dragon Should Know shares the continuing romance of Brastias and Morfyd. I was pleased to see so much forward momentum for the couple, but still disappointed they won’t get their own book. We also follow the progression of Annwyl’s pregnancy and Izzy’s combat training.While I wasn’t taken with the narration at the start of the series, the narrator’s idiosyncrasies have become familiar and comforting. After three books, I was able to follow along and recognize most characters based on the narrator’s intonations and inflections. While some of the initial dragon voices are still my least favorite, I find that each new character has a voice that is more fitting and appealing.In the end, I completely enjoyed listening to What a Dragon Should Know. Gwenvael and Dagmar are perfectly matched and so well suited. I liked that they weren’t another “arguing” pair, but rather they used their smarts and cunning to work together instead of always fighting with one another. I also enjoyed following all of the side stories - Annwyl’s pregnancy, Brastias and Morfyd falling in love, the dragon god mythology, the development of Izzy, the politics of Northlands, the expanded dragon kin, and the introduction of Ragnar the lightning dragon.My Rating: B+Narration: BReview copy provided by Tantor Audio.

  • Zeek
    2019-02-10 17:39

    In Dagmar Reinholdt’s world of Northlanders- you have to be strong to survive. As a small woman in a family of burtish men, she developed her strengths of cunning and trickery to get ahead. Now a rather devious politician, she uses words to defeat her foes- along with her clever mind. When a golden dragon of the Southland appears at her castle, everyone else is ready to war- and although she wasn’t expecting this particular dragon shifter, she’s perpared to do the opposite and make an alliance.Gwenvael, middle child and golden boy- literally- of the Southland dragons, wasn’t prepared to meet a tiny woman when he answered the summons for his fierce warlord sister-in-law, but something about the keen intellect he sees behind her eyes stirs his blood. He may be considered a lazy, lay-about, male-ho by his over-the-top family of warriors, but he’s determined to find out what these Northlanders know about his sister-in-law’s pregnancy- and why it’s not going well- because they do know something. So, he decides to haunt her castle for a day or two and find out what makes her tick. If he talks her into his bed? All the better.Like a spark to dry tinder these two light up when together- but Dagmar’s determined to keep all the fire hidden and Gwenvael’s equally sure he needs to draw it out. He talks her into accompanying him to his home in the Southlands and good thing he does because when the final battle comes down for the lives of the twins about to join his family, they will need Dagmar’s skills of politicking- with gods no less- to make it out alive.Dagmar and Gwenvael, seem an unlikely match at first blush- her so serious, him so not. But she needs him to ground her(and lighten her up!) and that’s good enough for me. I love that they find each other and are secure enough in their love to see beyond their differences- more than that, to appreciate each other for them. Much of this story is tied up with securing the Southland Dragons’ rulling stronghold from invaders- and the safety of Gwenvael’s oldest brother’s family. (I was bawling my eyes out at the end and also crossing my fingers Aiken wouldn’t really do that to her readers. Shhh, no spoilers). I loved how Dagmar had such a huge part of it all.As I’ve stated in my previous reviews for this series, The Dragon Kin sorta drags for me for some reason, but I always end up liking it. (By far my favorite series by this author is her Pride Series.) This entry, however, was a goodie.

  • Hollie
    2019-02-12 17:35

    Another action packed addition to the series~4.5 stars~I am really loving this series. The heroines are probably my favorite in this series, and Dagmar was no exception. They never over emphasized her beauty which was a nice change in a read. She was simply plain to look at my most, but a total badass. Whereas some of our previous heroines were tough when it came to fighting and battle, Dagmars talent was her mind and ability to negotiate. It was a unique quality and much appreciated. This book also had some hilarious dialogue and characters. I look forward to more!

  • Hbeebti
    2019-01-29 17:43

    Loved it! Favorite book of the series so far. Gwen and Dagmar were get together. I laughed so much. But there were moments that were so well written that I got teary eyed. Onto the next book.

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2019-02-05 15:52

    “What a Dragon should Know” is the story of Gwenvael the Handsome and Dagmar the Beast.Firstly, if you’ve read the series before, you already know about Gwenvael, the totally crazy, tail missing, manwhore of a dragon with the most insane sense of humor and no self preservation.When Annwyl sends him to the Reinholdt clan in her absence to get information which could potentially save her unborn, he never expects the notorious beast would be a woman or that the do was piss her off.Dagmar is known as the beast due to her notorious past. Tired of three failed marriages and a father who wished she was a man, brothers and sisters in laws who don’t give a crap- she spends all her days training dogs and strengthening her fathers army.She however doesn’t expect to be infuriated (and maybe charmed in a way!) by a crazy dragon who wants to make a meal out of her dog babies!This was a-fckn-mazing!So many laugh out loud crazy moments between these two you’ll keep snorting, and the chemistry is off the charts- adored how they fell for each other. I really loved these two together! The villains are cuckoo and brutal, the betrayals heartbreaking. There is also good angst in this book- and keep your tissues ready to cry your eyes out. We get updates regarding our favorite Eibhear and Izzy, as well as other couples including their crazy antics. Fearghus and Annwyl deal with birth along with the clan, Briec and Talaith with Izzy growing up and some surprises, Keita’s kidnapping, Morfyd and Brastias’ ongoing tale and finally their crazy parents Bercelak and Rhiannon.Totally a great read!Safe4.5/5

  • Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
    2019-02-08 19:55

    Synopsis: Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, 'Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us - the most loved of all dragons?' No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer. So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying...woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman - one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor? And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon's heart?My Review:The Beast, a fearsome being that all Northlanders respect and have whispered about. Not many know this terrifying individual happens to really be Dagmar, a woman who values brains over looks. She's the only daughter of her family and as cunning as they come, being able to sway her father and handle his political alliances has made her a worthy foe. She knows everything there is to know about observing and collecting information, specially when its needed to create plans and plot the demise of her enemies. Sadly for Gwenvale the manwhore he just doesn't get it. Dagmar isn't a woman to be conquered or swayed by his charms, he needs to use his brain to win this one. Together these two could be an unstoppable team, but Dragmar has to decide whether she's willing to put up with Gwenvales peculiarities and family first.Fearghus and Annwyl the Bloody are back with a shocking and rather unbelievable secret. Their secret is going to change the world, but thats only if Annwyl can survive long enough to protect it. Dagmar may be the one who saves the day and gives this family a fighting chance when angry dragon gods come knocking. Dagmar uses her knowledge, books and planning as her weapons. Gwenvale uses his charms, mischievousness and looks to get his way. As a couple these two are intense and loving with total trust. I'd definitively recommend this book. Dagmar is a clever heroine that is extremely unusual in PNR stories due to her looks and far-sightedness. Gwenvale is a lovable manwhore to say the least, he does redeem himself and provides a lot of humor to this book. There are sex scenes, 18+My Rating: 5 of 5Get it here!

  • Hana
    2019-02-16 22:54

    Well G.A. Aiken thank you *not* for making me bawl my eyes out...*Evil eyes*I knew this was going to be good going in, just because Gwenvael!...Duh...But damn it was freaking amazing! I can honestly say i never skimmed one bit....every word was precious and i just want to read it all over again... because it was that FUN!.This was the most intense book in the series I've read so far...and no not because of the romance (which took more of a backseat really)...This book was all War, Blood, Politics and well sex...But my favorite of all was the Family Dynamics... It really is the center of every book in the series..the character's development, world building, the relationships they're just a plus...It's the Family aspect that really keeps me going, the reason i keep reading and want to keep on reading even if it's 400+ pages long!...They're that addicting...And speaking of family can we all fangirl over the Cadwaladr clan!...Total Badasses!But of course it was still downright hilarious most of the time....Gwenvael being his usually sassy self...but we get to learn of his more serious, business savvy side...when i say serious i mean his strength, his desire to protect his kin and the people he loves...and love he did...I really liked Dagmar Reinholdt Aka. The Beast...She's one cool drama kind of girl, all around genius, clever, cunning but surprisingly caring, protective and fiercely loyal...Gwenvael and Dagmar complement each other well...I was planning to pause reading the rest of this series for a while to read other books, but no! haha I'm going to dive right in on the next book...I hope to read more of their silly banters, more war, more blood and well more steamy scenes...;)

  • Syahira Sharif
    2019-02-06 20:35

    If you forgive the cover, this series is one of the most well made series I've ever read about in adult fantasy genre.This is a much better book than the last few (which is overwhelming funny) since this was appropriately a fantasy novel with blood, angst, dragons, minotaur, skyrim-worth of adventure, poltics and of course, Gwenvael - the poor dragon who always get punched by everyone in the last two books. All the thoughts of the author into this one book never cease to amaze me. The plot really did make more sense with the whole world building in the book.Gwenvael was toned down in this one to complement with Dagmar's sensibilities and occasional sarcasm. We get to see the continuation of the last two story in this one which someone create a whole new subplots inside the main story line. I thought that she would go like most serial authors who give Happily-Ever-Afters to their characters and wrote blandly about them in the subsequent books. There's a lot of intelligent quotes in this one and although I don't crack into laughter like the previous ones, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the characters.Authors really need to take Aiken's style of writing since she complements every scenes with minimal description but enough suspense and plot lines and make them memorable on their own. I can't stop saying that I adore the author and her complex intelligence to bring it out in writing.

  • Emily
    2019-01-20 17:47

    Gwenvael the handsome and magnificent knows his family doesn't believe he will be able to pull off meeting "The Beast" successfully, but Gwenvael has no doubt he will be able to charm "the beast" with his wit and intellect. Of course, Gwenvael doesn't realize that the woman with the spectacles and most hideous dress before him is none other than "the beast", that is until he insults her with his melodic laughter and sees the true fury of "the beast" hidden inside.Dagmar Reinholdt has proven herself as the Beast, this silly man in front of her was sent to get information about his Queen but he has failed in his mission as far as Dagmar is concerned. Gwenvael is enchanted though with Dagmar and although and he plans to bed her in a variety of different ways, but Dagmar seems resistant to his seductions which means he will need to up his game. As they form a quirky friendship and grow closer, Dagmar has to find a way to protect the Queen as well as her own family. Never underestimate the wiles of a woman who is determined to win and while she is focused on that Gwenvael is determined to win Dagmar as his mate. Fantastic story, this series is so much fun. Dagmar is a strategist and underestimated, I loved that she caused confusion for the family of Gwenvael. You get all of your favorites in this book and it had a twist that I had not expected at all. Can't wait to read more.

  • Lady Jaye
    2019-02-16 18:50

    The first book in this series was very enjoyable for me, but the second one was not too good, and frankly I didn't expect to like the third book, this one, because of the lead character, Gwenvael. In the previous books, he was portrayed as a bumbler, and a rabid man-whore who slept with anything that But I was surprised to find that he had much more depth than the his character in the previous books would suggest. Additionally, the focus on smex was very little (compared to the other books), which allowed Ms. Aiken to focus a lot more on character development and the various relationships in the book. I thought that was wonderful. But what made the book was Annwyl's story. She has been the most compelling character for me since I started the series, and I am delighted to get to follow her and Fearghus as they get on with their lives. Seriously. They are the reason I continue with the series - Annwyl, and Fearghus along with Bercelack and Rhiannon - so I can see what they're up to. My favorite scenes in this book had to do with the birth of Annwyl's twins: so moving how much they all love her.I definitely enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, and I have a lot more respect for Gwenvael after reading his story.

  • Book Addict
    2019-02-03 20:54

    Re-reading the series (again for the 10th time) "Not knowing what she meant, Gwenvael looked down at his body. Horrified, he sat up. “What is this? What’s happened to me?”“Calm down. It’ll heal quick enough, I’m sure.”“Heal? I’m hideous!”“You’re alive.”“Hideously alive!” He covered her face with his hands. “Don’t look at me! Look away!”“Stop it!” She pulled at his hands. “Have you lost your mind?”Gwenvael dropped back to the bed, turned his face toward the wall. “You know what this means, don’t you?”“Gwenvael—”“I’ll have to live alone, at the top of a castle somewhere. I’ll hide from the daylight and only come out at night.”“Please stop this.”“I’ll be alone but not for long because you’ll all want me more. You’ll lust for the beautiful warrior I once was and pity the hideous creature I’ve become. Most importantly, you’ll want to soothe my pain.” He looked at her again. “Don’t you want to soothe my pain? Right now? Without that dress on?”“No. I do not.”Dagmar tried to stand, and Gwenvael caught her hand, pulling her back down. “You can’t leave me. I’m tortured and brooding. You need to show me how much you adore me so I can learn to love myself again.”“You’ve never stopped loving yourself.”“Because I’m amazing.”

  • Hanife
    2019-02-19 18:37

    Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.Breic'i yani ikinci kitabı bitirdikten sonra bu kitabın vaat edici olacağını biliyordum ve yanılmadım. Her zamanki gibi bolca güldüğüm bir okuma süreci ile kitabı sonlandırmış bulundum. Yazar kadroyu genişletmek amacıyla haneye baya ilginç türler kattı. Mentorlar, Kum Ejderhaları, Su Ejderhaları filan ohoo varda var. Bu kitapta ki kızımızda bir insan. Breic'in ki gibi cadı filanda değil. Ne tesadüf çok ilginç bir şekilde tanrılardan birinden şöööyle altı yüz yıl yaşatan bir mühür aldı. Happy ever after'ı da garantiledi yazar böylece. Gwenvael çok komikti. Cidden adamda ne utanma var ne bir şey! Hele kızı nasıl kandıracağını bilemeyip timsah gözyaşları dökmesi. Şok etkisi yarattı bende! İkilinin çatışmaları süper. Baya bir Annwlyn ve Fearghus - ilk kitaptaki kahramanlar - okuduk bu kitapta. Serinin en aksiyonlu kitabıydı zannımca. Kız kaçırmalar, ejderhalar tarafından kovalamalar, Mentorlarla savaş, doğumlar. Seriyi sevenler bu kitabıda seveceklerdir. Ayrıca spoiler olacak ama Breic'in eşi hamileee. Nasıl ya filan demeyin bende bilmiyorum. Bu çocuklar zaten anormal. Hele Annwlynkiler. Ne gülüyorum Fearghus'un oğlu için onu öldürmek istediğini düşünmesi, aynı şekilde Annwlyn'de kendi kızı için öyle düşünmesine. Fearghus için kızı bir prenses oğlu kötü adam Annwlyn içinde oğlu bir prens kızı cadı. :D Özetle ilk defa çok komik olupta kendi kitabında beklentilerimi yıkmayan bir karakter ile karşılaştım ve çok mutlu oldum.Konumuza gelirsek Gwenvael her zaman ki gibi koca çenesini tutamayıp yedi aylık hamile olan Annwlyn'e davul gibi şişmişsin gibi bir şey söyleyip özrünü verilen göreve gidip dilemesiyle başlıyor. Yalnız görev önemli zira Annwlyn'e gönderilen mektupta çocuklarıyla ilgili olduğu söylenmiş. Gwenvaelde az gitmiş uz gitmiş o bölgeye de giderkende hep bir Canavar lakaplı şahısla ilgili olur olmaz şeyler işitmiş. Gittiği yerde de Canavar'ın minicik bir kadın olduğunu gördüğünden herkesin önünde basmış mı kahkahayı? E o kız sana daha bekle verir bilgiyi. Kızı kandırmak için atmadığı takla kalmadıktan sonra sonunda bir şekilde kandırır ve macera dolu yolculuklarına böylece başlarlar.

  • Nazlıcan
    2019-02-03 18:59

    İlk üç kitabın en iyisiydi. Her şeyden önce yazar betimlemeleri öyle güzel kullanmış ki, yarattığı dünyanın içine girmekte hiç zorlanmıyorsunuz. Kurguya bayıldım, o kadar çok olay ve karakter öyle bir şekilde birbirine bağlanıyordu ki hiçbir durumu unutmuyor, olayların gelişini kavramakta zorlanmıyordunuz(ilerleyen kitaplarda kitabın arkasında bir karakter listesi verilerek bu durum kolaylaştırılmış.) İşin içine tanrıların ve farklı mitolojik yaratıkların girmesi romana farklı bir boyut katmış. Ayrıca uzun zamandır beni bu kadar güldüren bir kitap okumamıştım. Ki güldürdüğü gibi kimi yerde de hüzünlendirdi. Açıkçası ben ilk kitabı beğenmemiştim, fantastik bir kitaptan güzel betimlemeler ve iyi bir olay örgüsü beklerdim, ancak o kitap fantastikten ziyade erotikti. İkinci kitap biraz daha iyi olsa da bu kitabın yanında solda sıfır kalır :) Kısacası her şeyiyle mükemmel bir fantastik romanı bitirmiş oldum. Bundan sonra Keita'nın hikayesi var. Bakalım Kuzey Elleri'nde olaylar nasıl bir hal alacak.

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-01-23 22:57

    This is my first book for my new Kindletoy. I've read What a Dragon Should Know before but I couldn't resist - especially since this version comes with the bonus short (with the grandparent's story) originally published in Everlasting Badboys. Even though What A Dragon Should Know was a reread for me - and I very very rarely reread - it was still quite fun. I loved how the seemingly vapid Gwenvael was so scheming and manipulative under all of that self indulgent vanity. He and the scarily smart - and always plotting - Dagmar were just too funny together. Even though Gwenvael and Dagmar are the focus, one thing that I still love about this book on the second go round, is in addition to her laugh out loud humor author Aiken continues using the characters that she's developed in previous book and keeps adding more to her wacky and dysfunctional dragon clan. So plots, schemes, steamy stuff (with a bit of crass language) and some really tearful moments too. This was definitely worth buying again and well worth adding to my very small collection of 'keepers'.

  • Stacie
    2019-01-26 22:57

    I finally finished! And I loved it. Kick butt females , hot, hot dragon shifters, hot sex, laugh out loud funny. Every character and situation is completely over the top- in a good way. What's not to like? Nothing for me. I'm loving this series so far. Moving on to the next book. Happy reading!

  • R.L. Mathewson
    2019-02-18 16:40

    After reading this book I remembered just why I love this series. I love the no holds bar humor. It's really enjoyable and made the more serious parts of the book tolerable because they softened the blow.

  • Malinda
    2019-02-14 19:56

    4.5-5 starsThis was a great story and addition to the series. I have to admit that I was a bit leery of this story because...well, it's about Gwenvael. But surprisingly, I enjoyed this story so very much. Dagmar is a rather plain woman that makes up for her looks with a very high intelligence. She's the only daughter of her father, the Reinholdt (aka a fearsome Warlord in the Northern territories). Dagmar is extremely skilled with animals, particularly canines, and she has total control over the raising and training of her father's war hounds. Dagmar hasn't had much luck with men and her main hope is that when she reaches 40, her father might see her as a spinster and give her a small house of her own near his keep. Gwenvael is dragon shifter and brother to Feargus & Briec (from previous books in the series). Gwenvael isn't a fighter and prefers to spend his extra time bedding just about any woman (dragon or human) who's willing. Gwenvael tends to stick his foot in his mouth but is basically a good guy.Dagmar's family is facing a fight with an uncle that wants her father's title and keep. Dagmar is very learned and is excellent at finding out information and she finds out some info on a threat to Annwyl and the twin babies that Annwyl is currently pregnant with. Dagmar sends a message to Annwyl (in the name of her father, the Reinholdt) asking her to come and meet with her to bargain for the info. Annwyl ends up sending Gwenvael to talk to the Reinholdt and it goes badly, with Gwenvael sticking his foot in his mouth big time. He embarrasses Dagmar which causes her to withhold the information he needs. Gwenvael doesn't want to admit his failure to Annwyl, so he has to plot and plan on how to get back into Dagmar's good graces so she'll deign to talk to him again.It takes a bit of work but Gwenvael is able to convince Dagmar not send him away and eventually, to work with him on negotiating an alliance that would help both sides. As part of this, Gwenvael and Dagmar end up travelling together and trouble does cause them to spend more time together than planned and they come to trust each other. Dagmar ends up going south with Gwenvael and is a great help to Annwyl and her court. While she's there, things between Dagmar and Gwenvael continue to grow and eventually turns into something they both know they want more of and when more trouble comes their way, it just solidifies their need to be with each other. Thankfully, while the situation looks pretty bad for a while, things work out nicely and are pretty much solved by the end of the story, allowing Gwenvael and Dagmar to start on a HEA together.I greatly enjoyed this story. I thought Dagmar was a great heroine and she was a perfect match for Gwenvael. Dagmar is so smart, cunning and manipulative....I really wish I was that crafty! Gwenvael is a good guy, even with his tenancy to be a bit of an idiot at times. I really liked that he didn't fight the feelings he had for Dagmar once he recognized them and didn't bemoan his lost "playboy" status. Overall, I loved the characters and I thought the story was great and very engaging so I'd recommend this story/series.* note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a good job.