Griffin Cadogan is shocked to see Avani Monroe, sworn enemy of his dragon family, walk into his gym. With his mating phase soon approaching, Griffin is curious as to why she has to come enemy territory knowing the risks. Not only does she surprise Griffin and his cousin, Mad, by coming to enemy territory, but what she wants is borderline insane-Griffin must help her have a baby.
After her mother's line was annihilated by the Knights, Avani accepted her duty to ensure the continuation of their unique dragon breed. She's searched the dragon registries and Griffin is the most likely candidate for her crazy plan. Working up the courage to approach a man who considers her an enemy wasn't easy but she manages to calmly lay out her carefully orchestrated plan.
But Griffin isn't about to agree to her harsh terms. If she wants him to father her child, he intends to play an active role in his offspring's life, not simply walk away as she requires. Shocked by her instant attraction to him, she agrees to his terms. Once together, they realize their connection is about more than creating a child, but that happiness is short-lived when Mad suddenly disappears. Knowing the dragon slayers are behind it, Griffin must risk it all to save the ones he loves.
The difference between Dead Sexy Dragon and Red Hot Dragon to me is that I felt the relationship between Griff and Avani was more fleshed out. I felt as if the author took more time in this story to build on Griff and Avani's relationship. Although, I do have to argue that Griff and Avani's relationship was still a bit rushed. They got together rather quickly and for that I wished there would have been more of a buildup to it. Yet, there was an emotional connection between Griff and Avani that I didn't get from Stig and Cora from Dead Sexy Dragon. With that, it made all the difference and is what pushed the rating higher for me as Griff and Avani's story was not only sexy, but there was more of an emotional depth to their story.
While I did enjoy Red Hot Dragon, there is a minor criticism from me. I felt that for such a short book (novella) this story had a little too many sex scenes in it. It didn't overpower the story per se, but I thought some of the sex scenes could have been devoted to more of the emotional elements of Griff and Avani's relationship.
Other things that I should mention about Red Hot Dragon is that Griff and Avani were wonderful characters, the pacing was quick, the chemistry was sizzling and the sex was hot. Also, although this is the second in the series, it can be a stand alone read.
In conclusion, Red Hot Dragon was an easily enjoyable read. Any reader looking for a fast-paced and sexy paranormal romance should pick up Red Hot Dragon by Lolita Lopez. This was an exciting story all around. I'm certainly looking forward to more of these sexy dragon shifters.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.