Overall Rating: ★★★★ ½
Performance (Mandy): ★★★★★
Performance (Todd): ★★★★ ½
Narrator: Mandy Lane, Todd Mrozek
Audiobook Length: 4hr 34m
Release Date: 03-06-2018
Reading Time: 7 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Jarek (Dragons of Preor Book 1) from AudiOMG! in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
What’s hotter than an alien with scales? An alien with wings and scales, not to mention a hot body.
At 457 Preor years old, Jarek sen Claron is a dragon ready for his final flight into the skies. This voyage to Earth as the War Master of the third fleet will be his final assignment. Once he has helped his fellow Preors secure human mates, he will return to Preor before the madness of loneliness overtakes his mind.
That all changes when he meets Melissa. Human Melissa with her sparkling eyes, bright smile, and body that would make any hot-blooded male drool. Unfortunately, she never registered as a Preor mate hopeful. No matter, the Knowing stretches between them and there is no way she can resist him. Until she does.
Jarek wishes to give her the choice to mate him, while everything inside him screams to take Melissa beneath his wing, now. No choosing necessary.
But should he draw her to his side when his enemies are circling? Many males do not believe the son of a Preor mass murderer deserves to have a mate. Can he survive the coming battles? Or will he die without tasting sweet Melissa’s lips?
First Line: “They called it Knowing.”
Narrator Review (Mandy):
My jaw dropped when I first heard Mandy’s interpretation of a child. Like, are you serious right now? I can’t even talk like a normal person, let alone a baby.
Mandy Lane. I wish this audiobook was nine hours so I could have listened to her sweet voice for a while longer. She’s this squall line of unbelievable talent heading straight for my heart. I have never heard a narrator do third person past tense with this kind of finesse. Ever. It’s such a hard tense to write in and perform without muddling the content and sounding…well, like a text to speech software.
A narrator doesn’t just read a book, they instill life in a text and give us an opportunity to shut off one of our senses. It’s like that inexplicable fact that blind men seem to see more, know more. Audiobooks completely redefine literature and this is a perfect example. I just can’t believe how amazing Mandy is. She transported me and I was just a visitor on her totally epic world.
Narrator Review (Todd):
Umm who is this man and why have I just met him?
Todd’s voice. Holy sardine on a cracker. This man is FLAVORFUL. I howled like a coyote when his voice infiltrated my ears. Literally. Oh, what a lovely, pleasant surprise.
His tone, parfait.
His pace, magnifique.
The swirl of emotions he projects on a text? Bisou bisou bisou!
The only thing that I can critique about his narration is when there are three or more males in a conversation, I have no idea who is talking. This is partially due to the fact that there are no said tags during these convos (i.e. he said, she said, etc). I’m a huge fan of said tags in an audiobook otherwise these three-male conversations get lost in translation.
But gaawd, this man is definitely on my dream team of narrators. Someday I am going to be presented with an opportunity to meet the men I’ve placed on a pedestal, then (and only then) will I be able to die in audiobook heaven.
This book starts out with the typical “we must mate with humans or our race will be obliterated forever-r-r” theme. I was a little disappointed here. I mean, every dragon shifter novel I’ve read this year (and last year come to think of it) has this driving the protagonists into action.
You know how dragon shifter novels all seem to blend together? They’re exaggerated, the books’ females are bleh, the dragons’ mating rituals are totally bizarre and the settings don’t make any sense? Yes, we’ve even been left wondering what the heck…and just move on to bear, wolf and panther shifter novels. Gag, I just didn’t want to read another “saving our race” book.
ERR. MER. GUURD. I stuck this audiobook in my ears and somewhere in the time between me leaving my house for work and actually arriving at work, I couldn’t wait for the dragons to come to earth and mate with all the humans. I’m living in a parallel universe or something because this is real freaking life, people. The dragons are coming and I volunteer as tribute.
Vivid descriptions, a breathtaking undercurrent of fate, Jarek is undoubtedly my favorite dragon shifter novel ever. When you know, you know, and let me tell you now that I’m in love with this book.
There have only been four books I’ve ever immediately re-read, and this is one of them. BAM! BAM! Twice in one day. This is the life.
Now to the plot.
We are first introduced to Jarek. Umm. Hello this man is the perfect level of alpha! My eyeballs have transformed into goo-goo-hearts. I have this unquenchable thirst in my throat. I drink, like, two gallons of water a day, so something’s wrong with me. It’s Jarek.
I’m even Googling “water doesn’t help my thirst” right now, no joke.
Dehydration…snort. WebMD knows nothing.
Jarek is a dragon shifter from Preor. We would refer to their kind as “aliens,” similar to how his race would refer to us as “humans.” There’s something about an alien dragon that is just so…raw. I’m addicted. AND when they shift into their human form, they keep their wings. Yes. Please. I can just envision Jarek feeding me grapes and fanning me with those bad boys.
Our leading man is also known as the War Master. I love me a man in uniform. He’s 457 years old and doesn’t have a mate, so it’s clear that he’s never been through a “Knowing,” i.e. when you know, you know. This sweet dragon man of hotness has never imprinted on someone! He’s a lost penguin looking for the last stunning pebble to give to a female that doesn’t exist. My heart is crying.
He’s pretty much hopeless (and mateless). It’s the reason he’s leading his undeniably hot dragon clan to Earth in hopes of finding mates to keep their race alive—he’s not going to screw around.
But then, it happens. Yup—you guessed it—Knowing. He sees her and he unconditionally devotes himself to this woman.
We’ve only covered chapter one, friends. Like, this is unreal.
Let me introduce you to Melissa.
Melissa Walker is a “human” and she takes care of the Royal Family’s youngling. Before she knows it, Jarek storms in and claims her.
If only men in real life could commit like this. #RelationshipGoals
Gaawd this man is so rugged and decisive. His approach is also a little…weird. This girl needs to run, but unfortunately, love gets the best of her.
Air refused to fill her lungs, her chest compressed by… something. Some weird, unidentifiable sensation.
Yup, she’s thirsty. Google it.
But, of course, Melissa had never registered as one of these volunteer dragon/alien mates. Ooo boy. Trouble’s coming. Between protecting Melissa, defending their love, and having his own kind believe he doesn’t deserve a mate…aye…Jarek’s final flight in the skies of Preor is one for the books.