Dragon Blues

Rated 4.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Once a dragon…
Saxophone player Noah Long shifted from dragon to human 2500 years ago, but the dragon blood still coursing through his veins has kept him healthy and virile. Now his secret is out, and the man who discovered it will do anything to make Noah’s blood his own. Noah’s only ally is martial arts expert Lila Fox, who heats up the fire in his belly…and his heart. More

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Words: 81,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452488684
About Edie Ramer

Edie is funnier on the page than in real life. A multiple award-winning writer, she writes books about cats, dragons, aliens, dead people and live people with attitude. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her dog and one important cat.

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Review by: Linda Andrews on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Noah Long turned human for love, a love that was betrayed. Now 2500 years later, the reincarnated woman he'd loved has returned and she's brought trouble with her. His normal instinct is to take his treasures and run, but one thing makes him stay. Lila Fox has spent her life being strong but it wasn't enough to save her mother or sister. But it was enough to avenge her mother's death and hopefully punish her sister's murderer as well. Unfortunately, she's going to need help, not something she's used to.

Now the best man for the job isn't a man at all but a dragon. And he may be the only one strong enough to get the job done, but the cost may be at a price she isn't willing to pay.

Nick is a fascinating character. Ms Ramer does an amazing job of showing a man with all a dragon's legendary traits--including his love of treasures. Lila is a strong woman almost to the point of being brittle. Her strength makes her weak, something she'd never admit and only comes to realize in the hunt for her sister's killer. Dragon Blues is a fun read with enough whimsy to soften the dark backdrop of abuse and greed. With a few unanswered questions, I hope that there's a sequel in the works.

If you love dragons as much as I do, pick up a copy of Dragon Blues.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Andrews on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Noah Long turned human for love, a love that was betrayed. Now 2500 years later, the reincarnated woman he'd loved has returned and she's brought trouble with her. His normal instinct is to take his treasures and run, but one thing makes him stay. Lila Fox has spent her life being strong but it wasn't enough to save her mother or sister. But it was enough to avenge her mother's death and hopefully punish her sister's murderer as well. Unfortunately, she's going to need help, not something she's used to.

Now the best man for the job isn't a man at all but a dragon. And he may be the only one strong enough to get the job done, but the cost may be at a price she isn't willing to pay.

Nick is a fascinating character. Ms Ramer does an amazing job of showing a man with all a dragon's legendary traits--including his love of treasures. Lila is a strong woman almost to the point of being brittle. Her strength makes her weak, something she'd never admit and only comes to realize in the hunt for her sister's killer. Dragon Blues is a fun read with enough whimsy to soften the dark backdrop of abuse and greed. With a few unanswered questions, I hope that there's a sequel in the works.

If you love dragons as much as I do, pick up a copy of Dragon Blues.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elysa Hendricks on Nov. 18, 2011 :
The question of what happened to all the dragons of old is answered in Edie Ramer's wonderful book DRAGON BLUES. Noah, a 2500 year-old dragon turned human has retreated from truly participating in life. He hides in his antique shop hoarding his treasures and only comes alive through the music he makes with his saxophone. All that changes when Lila, a woman with a tragic past and a troubled present, bursts into his life.

Ms Ramer has taken an old myth, dragons, and a classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, and given them a fresh new twist. Take a sexy, soulful dragon-man, a kick-ass heroine, a suspenseful plot and some dragon hot sex and you've got a must read book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emily on July 21, 2011 :
Dragon Blues was a surprising paranormal read. Just when you think you've read everything there is to read in a genre, a book will come along that surprises you. Dark and sweet at the same time, Dragon Blues works in a variety of paranormal and plotting elements to come up with something unique, and unique in a world as saturated as PNR is definitely a good thing.


The story here begins with an interesting series of events that, except for coincidence, would have been unrelated. When a pair of drug addicts attempt to rob the store belonging to Noah Long, they set in motion events that will have an impact throughout the rest of the story. Noah is a dragon who shifted to human form 2500 years ago and stayed that way; he has the mind and recuperative powers of a dragon but has been passing in the human world all this time.


Against his better judgement, he lets the two thieves go, figuring that getting the crap scared out of them would be enough to keep them away from his store from now own. When the female thief returns, suffering from withdrawal and claiming she has nowhere else to go but the streets, Noah agrees to let her stay there until she gets things under control. While she's sleeping, he calls her sister.


That sister is Lila Fox, a lethal martial arts practitioner who's been put through the physical and emotional wringer by her family members time and again. She isn't surprised to find out her sister Izzy is in trouble again, but she's mortified to realize that Izzy's drawn a complete stranger into her personal disaster and Lila is on the next flight to Nashville to clean up the mess.


When Lila arrives, it becomes apparent that Izzy is making a complete mess of things at the request of her abusive and drug-addicted boyfriend, but Izzy makes her own, unfortunate choices. Lila understands that she can't make Izzy do anything she doesn't want to do, but it isn't in Lila to give up on people she loves, as she's been on the receiving end of that too many times.


When Izzy and her boyfriend, Kevin, do something really stupid and in the process reveal that someone is after the secret of Noah's health and longevity, Noah and Lila agree to work together to avenge Izzy's death and halt the threat on Noah's life. They didn't plan on falling in love (or as close to love as Lila is willing to own up to) in the process, but it just goes to show that not everything in life can be planned out to the last minute detail.


Dragon Bound was beautifully paced and written, not too long or too short, with lots of details thrown in for flavor that I haven't seen anywhere else. Noah's devotion to his music, Lila's unique personality and abilities, and the beautiful backdrop of Nashville all help with the setting and flavor of the story. The ending, too, was supremely satisfying. I hate the phrase "happy for now" and so was pleased to see this ending as "happy together for the first time in a long time." If anybody deserves peace and happiness and a committed relationship where the other person's loyalty is beyond question, it's Lila and Noah.


If you're already in love with PNR or are looking to explore the genre more fully (join us, JOIN US) then I definitely recommend giving Dragon Blues a go.

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: killie81 on July 08, 2011 :
My full review can be found at my blog : http://killie-booktalk.blogspot.com

I actually won this book in a competition and it sounded rather interesting as this was the first paranormal novel I had seen that was about dragons and not vampires, zombies or werewolves. What I discovered was an okay paranormal romance novel with some decent action thrown in. However, in my opinion the fact he was a dragon didn't really feel much different than if he had been a werewolf or any other type of shape shifter but it was style nice to see something a bit more original in idea.

The elements of action throughout the novel were fast paced and enjoyable. Edie Ramer also does seem to have a rather clear and concise writing style and she doesn't resort to overly flowery descriptions and waffle.

In regards to the characters, Lila came across as being stubborn and was rather irritating which made it hard for me to like her even if I could understand why she acted the way she did. Noah, however was completely different, he was actually someone you could feel for. The sense of loneliness he felt was palpable and it was obvious he had a good heart.

In conclusion, I suspect this will appeal to most Paranormal Romance fans, especially those who like shifter novels and want to see something a little different in regards to the main character being a dragon.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah on May 10, 2011 :
Noah may be a dragon but he has lived as a human for the last 2,500 years since he changed form for a woman he loved. Now he lives for his music and for his treasures but his heart has never quite recovered from the reaction his first love had when she discovered what he was. He thought his identity was a well kept secret but it appears that someone has figured out what he is and they are prepared to go to any length to find a way to use him to gain immortal life. Lila is a strong woman and a martial arts expert who has an intense need to protect those around her. She has a troubled past and a difficult relationship with the sister who she loves but has been unable to save from a drug addiction and violent boyfriend. When the person who is after Noah kills Lila's sister she is determined to get revenge but she is going to need Noah's help to draw him out so she can go after him. Can she bring herself to trust Noah in time to go after their enemy?

I enjoyed Edie Ramer's previous story Cattitude and love dragons so was looking forward to reading Dragon Blues and it didn't disappoint. I loved her characterisation of Noah and even in his human form you could tell he was still a dragon underneath. His obsession with his treasure was hilarious and I would love to get a look at his collection! He isn't just a dragon though, he is also a sexy man but one who has suffered in past relationships and is wary of love. Noah is intensely lonely though and when Lila catches his eye he doesn't hesitate to go after what he wants despite his fears which is something I really liked about him.

Lila struggles against the idea of trusting Noah, her past has shown her that even the people closest to her can't be relied upon so she has always kept to herself. Despite feeling drawn to Noah she is wary of him and worried about giving in to her feelings. She was a great character though, very strong and so protective of those that she cares about. Lila didn't think twice about putting herself in harms way even for the chance of saving a stranger.

I really enjoyed the action in the story and Edie Ramer certainly knows how to create a great bad guy. One of the things that sometimes annoys me is when there is no real motive for the bad guy's behaviour but in this case it is explained very well and understandable even if you don't agree with what he is doing. With some sexy love scenes between Noah and Lila and a fast paced story line Dragon Blues is a great story and one I would recommend to paranormal romance fans. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kate Sterling on March 26, 2011 :
All I can say is that New York's loss is our gain, because we get to read this fabulous book sooner. This was a great story, well written and touching. Wonderful job!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Blodeuedd Finland on Feb. 25, 2011 :
I have read reviews of her books and now I finally got a chance to read one of Edie's books, and it did live up to the good things I have heard.

In this book we meet Noah who once was a dragon but then turned human to pursue a woman, but he never shifted back to dragon after that. He has lived alone for long, and he only lives for his music and his treasures (cos he is a dragon and he lives the bling). He is strong, but also vulnerable, he is lonely, and saddened by the all the years on his own. But he is also protective and sweet, and I liked him (of course it did help that he had a cat he loved too).
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Then there is Lila, she is also a broken by things from the past. An abusive stepfather used to hit her mum and Lila was left on her own raising her little sister. She also did something she can't forget to protect her mother. She is very protective, strong, can kick ass, but she also finds it hard to trust people and let go. And when these two meet there is that passion simmering beneath the surface wanting to break out. Together they could be so great.

Which brings me to the rest of the book. First there is Lila's sister who Noah calls Beauty and this is because of a certain beauty and the beast fairytale, an aspect to the story I truly liked. But this Beauty is a drug-addict, beaten down and with a scumbag boyfriend. She only causes trouble. The other aspect is the suspense part. Someone thinks that Noah's blood will make him live forever and the hunt is on and that person does not care who he kills to get Noah. Blood will flow.

I am coming to the end then. Edie is a great writer and pens a wonderful story.

Recommendation and final thoughts:
It's a good paranormal romance, and it does feel original. There is this sadness to Noah that I really enjoyed, and it made me wonder if there are any other dragons left in the world. A good suspense part and some nice passion. Plus, the story about him in Wales was good ( I will say no more.)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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