Review: Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in book review / 19 comments

Review: Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie DonovanSacrificed to the Dragons by Jessie Donovan
Series: Stonefire Dragons #1
Publisher: Mythical Lake Press on July 19, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Pages: 243
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars
Heat: three-flames

In exchange for a vial of dragon’s blood to save her brother’s life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He’s tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There’s only one problem—he hates humans.

Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.

At A Glance

Why can’t I find an amazing dragonshifter book? *sigh*

The Good

Well, dragons. That’s the good part of this book. Dragonshifters are my weakness and a book with dragonshifters gets an automatic star or two. It’s the only thing that redeemed this book a little. The dragony parts were awesome.

Melanie offers herself as a dragon sacrifice in order to get a vial of healing dragon’s blood for her dying brother. A sacrifice must stay with the dragons for 6 months and try to get pregnant by a chosen dragonshifter in the hopes of helping the decreasing dragon population. Melanie gets screwed over when the dragon chosen for her hates humans for what they did to his family. Oh, and humans that get pregnant with dragon babies often die in childbirth. Awkward! Sucky situation but it sounded like a great plot to me.

The Bad

Melanie was a boring character. We were told she has fight but we never saw this imaginary fight/tenacity/oomph. Tristan is just a plain asshole. He treats Melanie pretty badly for some time and I could never get over that. I did like his dragon side, though it was a bit childish. Now that I think about it, all of the characters were pretty flat. Not one grabbed my attention. Relationships never went farther than the surface, so it was hard to root for anyone.

Sacrificed to the Dragon was in major need of world building. I wanted to know more about being a dragon and their history but we only got a glimpse.

I really wanted something interesting to happen. At the end it did, but we missed all the action and only saw the result. Ugh, boring!

The Snuggly

The sex was pretty hot but it was just sex, no love, so it wasn’t deep or emotional.

Final Thoughts

So, yeah, not my favorite book. I always expect more out of a dragon book because, come on, dragons! You have it halfway in the bag with just that fact. But no, Sacrificed to the Dragon was not very interesting and the characters were not deep enough for me. Not recommended.


“Wow, a week. She vaguely remembered the sun coming and going, but it was a haze of sleeping, eating, and fucking. Oh, and orgasming. There had been lots of orgasming.

She looked over to the other side of the bed, but it was empty. While she’s done very little talking with Tristan over the last week, she’s grown used to his heat and weight either beside her or on top of her. His absence felt…wrong.”


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19 Responses to “Review: Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    I’ve read two with dragon shifters – Talon and Owl and the Japanese Circus (though that one is a minor character). I’ve also read a lot of Dragonlance books and there are some where dragons are prominent characters. I’m sorry this one was a let down. Great review!

  2. Nathan

    I have read many Drangonlance books, too, but no dragon shifted books with a dragon as a MC. I haven’t found the right dragon book yet, I guess. To bad this book was not developed enough.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Me either. I have read good dragon books but not great.

      • Nathan

        I found a Dragon Shifter book I am going to try: Saved by the Dragon by Vivienne Savage. I thought you might want to know of the book too. But give Dragonlance books a try, they are good, not prefect, but good.

  3. Olivia Roach

    Aww I’m so sorry this couldn’t be the good dragon shifter book that you’ve been looking for for a while now 🙁 It seems like they are always turning out not to be so good. I hope you’ll be able to find one eventually!

  4. Nitzan Schwarz

    In my experience a good dragon shifter book is hard to find. To the point I don’t think I ever read one… which one is your favorite? (<<< dying to read a good shifter book here haha)
    Well, as much as the premise sounds cool, it also sounds slightly dumb because why in the world would they give her to a dragon who hates humans when they want her to reproduce with one of them?? Sounds like such a stupid move!
    Urg, flat characters are the bane of my existence *shakes head*

  5. Lekeisha

    *sighs* I think we need to really search for a great dragon shifter book. I’m just no digging these at all. I want something totally mind blowing.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I need my mind blown by a dragon shifter book so bad!

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