Title: The Dragon CEO’s Assistant (Golden Kingdom #2)
Author: Jenn Burke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy, Magic, Dragons
Page Count: 167 Pages
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The heart remembers.
When Aidan Bishop staggers out of the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia, he needs to relearn who he is and where he fits in the world.
His boss, nearly five-hundred-year-old dragon Nassim, head of a successful tech company, hurries to claim his wayward assistant and guide him back into the life he disappeared from. As they get to know each other again, Aidan wonders if their relationship went deeper than employer and employee. But Nassim isn’t telling, and Aidan has a secret of his own… even if he doesn’t know it yet.
The Dragon CEO’s Assistant is the second book in the Golden Kingdom series and Dreamspun Beyond book. It’s a book by one of my favorite authors Jenn Burke, but it’s the first one that doesn’t have the usual sparkle any book by this author comes with.
In the premise the author mentions that The Dragon CEO’s Assistant was a “challenging” book to write and it shows in the execution. The story doesn’t have the usual sparkle any book by this author usually has.
It starts strong with Aidan stumbling out of the woods naked and with no memories and his boss Nassim coming to his rescue. While the manner in which Aidan comes by his amnesia and his own secret was a nice spin on the story, the rest felt very predictable and bland. It wasn’t boring exactly, but it just failed its lift off.
The writing itself was strong with good editing. You can tell by the writing and writing style that the author knows what she’s doing, but compared to other books by this author, it missed the mysterious air her writing usually has.
The pacing of the book was both slow and fast. Slow in the romance department, which was a tad bit predictable and I felt there was no real connection between Aidan and Nassim or Aidan with everyone else. The story relied heavily on Aidan’s invisible (to the reader) past connection with characters. Fast in the story as a whole. It made me feel like I missed bits of the story.
You can read the book as a standalone, though I imagine readers of the first book in the series like seeing the characters of the previous book as well.
To conclude, The Dragon CEO’s Assistant is not a bad story, though it misses the author’s usual sparkle.