Origin | A.J. Sherwood, Jocelynn Drake

Cameron wants to make it clear that he did not go into the festival to find a dragon mate.

Germany is supposed to be an escape. With a new mechanical engineering degree, a new job looming, and a whole life planned out that isn’t his, Germany seems like the best place to find himself.

So how does he end up discovering his lost magic heritage, running from bad guys with a secret agenda, and being adopted by the not-so-extinct Fire Dragon clan?

Cameron blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, king of the Fire dragons. His fated mate. Because of course he is, and mates are meant to take the blame, right?

It may take a hot second, but as Cameron learns more about the scarred Alric and the life he’s landed in, Cameron realizes that perhaps this is where he’s meant to be, magic and mates and kidnapping and all.

Turns out coming to Germany wasn’t an escape but his awakening.

How was it?

Having read and liked a bunch of books by each other separately this should have been a no brainer but for some reason I didn’t rush to it. Why did I pick it up? It was suggested on Goodreads beside Soulbound VII by Hailey Turner, as a book people also enjoyed.

A few pages in, I knew it was a mistake, this is nowhere near the urban fantasy romp I was looking for. It’s a very average story, one that I’m prone to like under the right circumstances but not here. The dragon shifters only mating with mages was almost eye-roll worthy but when that mage doesn’t know he’s one makes for a layer of unnecessary drama that I saw coming for miles.

The angst was almost unbearable, it made me annoyed with Cameron the most when at first I found both him and Alric endearing. If you take a shot every time one of them whinge about their insecurities, you’d be dead. The saving graces for me where his sister and grandma, and the bit of action toward the end.

I would call Origin slow paced but not much happens here, a good chunk of it could almost be called filler but the story has good bones and that helps.

3*

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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