Rating: 4.5 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Dragon’s Fight is the third book in the Irresistible Dragons series, and these books do need to be read in order. As such, there may be mild spoilers for previous books in this review.

In the wake of the attack on the Hightower Pack, Wilmer is slowly recovering. Physically that is. While he’s gotten back a great deal of his memories, he remembers nothing of the past two years. Not joining the pack, not the members, and, even worse, he still doesn’t remember his mates. Wilmer doesn’t doubt that Jermon and Riordan are his mates, because his wolf feels the connection, but without the memories, it’s hard to reconcile that they are anything but strangers.

Riordan is holding onto hope that Wilmer will recover his memories, but it’s a struggle. There’s been little progress, and it’s breaking his heart that he can’t have Wilmer with them. On top of that, he’s experiencing strange symptoms and mood swings, though pregnancy tests are negative. At the same time, Jermon is doing his best to carry them all, not lose hope, and take care of all the animals on the ranch. It takes time, but the more Wilmer heals, the more their hope rises.

But that is not the only challenge the three face. The pack and clan as a whole are still under threat, and their supposed allies aren’t all they seem. The Murphy clan is offering help, but it’s clear their motives aren’t pure. And when more information comes to light, Rhene and Erwan, as well as the rest of the dragons, piece together the harsh truth. But the Hightower pack is nothing if not moral, and though challenges come their way, they are determined to do what is right. Even if it puts them in more danger.

The Hightower and the Doyle Clans are resilient and strong and, together, they pave the way for a new era. Wilmer, Jermon, and Riordan’s lives are changing, and with the resurgence of magic, they are able to finally get their love back. But this is only the beginning for the pack.

If you read my review for Dragon’s Honor, then you know that I had misgivings about the cliffhanger at the end. Not that it was a cliffhanger, but the plot point itself. But I had faith the author would turn it around and I was not disappointed. Phoenix handles the amnesia with a deft hand, and also handles the emotions and physical limitations of it with a deft hand too. Right from the start of this book, I was primed for things to get better, and they definitely do. Slowly and steadily throughout the story, Wilmer makes strides in his recovery, and Jermon and Riordan are right there every step. After everything this trio have been through, to watch them fall in love again, and then for Wilmer to come fully back to them, was wonderful to see.

I really liked the realistic positivity this trio had. It’s not all sunshine and roses, but they never lose hope. There are setbacks, but they continue to move forward. Jermon’s growth was especially noticeable. When we first meet him, he seems shallow and arrogant. But with each book, he’s learning and growing. Here, especially, we see how far he’s come. In the previous book, he’d shown what a sweetheart he actually is. In this story, he shines even more, caring for his mates, while also being realistically optimistic. Jermon’s truly endeared himself to me. I really liked the growth these three had together as they try to figure out where they are in their relationship now, and how to navigate it going forward.

While the relationship recovery was the major plotline, there are a lot of threads Phoenix is weaving in this series. As I said, it needs to be read in order as there are several through lines that continue. As established with this series, we get other POVs besides the main three, and that serves to push the metaplot forward. From the very first book, readers are privy to the fact that the dragons of the world have made choices that impacted the wolves negatively. Here we find out even more in that regard, and it’s a devastating blow. Here, more than before, I’m glad that I read the Irresistible Omegas series as well, as this plot point was even more impactful. At the same time, the news opens the door for the next book and where things may go from here. New characters are introduced and, with them, new danger and intrigue.

The world building is ever evolving as the characters discover new information and that, coupled with the twist and turns, makes this series a compelling read. This book brings a satisfying conclusion for Wilmer, Riordan, and Jermon, but it sets up much more danger and intrigue to come. I, for one, can’t wait for the next book.

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