A review of the fourth work in the Hellscape Holidays by Milly Taiden today on the Tale and it’s a series that I have so dearly enjoyed from the first book. It’s fun, captivating and each story told is a delight by far.
Of course, my focus with every book s Portia, the Succubus of the series and my hope that her story might be told fully at some point. It’s something of a dream really, considering she. and the bartender Lou, are more supporting characters as a whole. Nonetheless, there’s just something about a Succubus who delights in others being in love that I adore.
- Title: Kissing the Grumpy Dragon
- Author: Milly Taiden
- Published By: Latin Goddess Press, Inc.
- Length: 250 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B0B761H87J
- Publishing Date: January 12, 2023
- This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
The work tells of:
The last thing Kaia Coll expected when she checked in at Hellscape Holiday Resort was for a dragon to fight a demon over her. Technically, it didn’t quite happen that way, but a witch can dream. Especially since the dragon is one good-looking man, and Portia Flemming keeps throwing them together!
Dragon shifter Greyson Verlice’s idea of a company retreat isn’t three-legged races and building sandcastles. Especially not when the distracting witch, Kaia Coll, is always around. Greyson needs to focus on saving his company and thunder. Not ditch his colleagues to flirt with Kaia.
But with the Verlice name on the line, Kaia might be exactly who Greyson needs. Kaia and Greyson are in trouble now that Lou and Portia set their sights on them. Add in a couple of Lou’s cocktails, and who knows what will happen with these two!
Sometimes a holiday comes with baggage and the heaviest of them usually has something to do with family. Kaia just wants her sister to be okay. Greyson just wants his father to figure out that things need to change for the better. Perhaps the troubles are different, but then again, the solutions might be found with each other.
The work neatly fits into the series and all that has happened before, many of the prior events still having their effects on the resort and those that call it home. It’s another fun story of being lost, finding passion and the love that comes. The characters are adorably fun, the undercurrent of teasing between them works really well to tell the story.
The heat between the main characters simmers well and when it boils over, the moments are really everything one could hope for between them. What’s really well done is Grey’s growth as Kaia pokes at him to figure himself out. It’s also fun to see how they’re both a bit lost and trying to figure out the passions that they have for each other.
The one thing that felt shoehorned in was the climax of Grey’s family issues and how that was resolved. While it makes some sense, it happens so fast and feels so much like an afterthought to move the story towards where the main characters needed to be. Overall, this seems to be the singular issue for me over the course of the series. This moment, when it comes in each book, doesn’t feel as organic as the rest of the story does. It makes me wonder if it’s really necessary for there to be conflict and battles to finally bring the main characters together. I still love the series, but I wonder if there is a better way.
This brings me back to Portia, the Succubus of the series and once more she’s part of the story, but doesn’t really shine as she did in the first work. She’s still a delightful schemer, it’s fun to see her plans simmer and her delight when it all comes together as she, and Lou, plotted. Again, she’s not the focus of the series, and she really can’t be. But the teases about her and the past as well as the events that are hinted at off the page are things I’d love to know more about.
Three and a half out of five pitchforks.
Once more Portia is on the edges of the story and that’s completely understandable. It still nibbles in my thoughts that there’s such a story to tell about her and Lou and I hope at some point it will be. The next book in the series won’t appear until later in the summer of 2023 and then the following work seems to have a bit more of a devilish focus, at least from the title. If nothing else, if this is the last book in the series, or if it isn’t, tell the story about who, really, Portia is. She and Lou stories are the bow to tie things up and I hope that happens.