Author: K. M. Mahoney
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Torgny may be a burly, uncivilized mercenary, but even he has his limits. Hired to rid a village of a dragon, Torgny gets quite a shock when he finds the marauding menace is a tiny pink dragon named Jezebel, who takes one look at him and decides she’s found a new best friend. Much to the annoyance of her handler, Noel, who seems to believe most people are prejudiced idiots.
Torgny’s not sure Noel’s wrong about people, but he would really like to be the exception to that opinion. Noel is tall and attractive, and Torgny falls into a case of instant lust.
When Noel decides it’s time to move the dragons to safety, Torgny tags along, determined to explore this attraction between them. It’s a journey fraught with danger, interfering gods, and rambunctious baby dragons, but if they can survive, they might just find a life for which neither realized they were seeking.
This was such a fun story. It was a very fast read full of witty banter that had a bit of a sarcastic overtone. I found myself laughing through most of this short tale and I love when that happens! This was just what I needed after several books that left me emotionally exhausted.
This was a fun story about a Dragon Herder and a Dragon Slayer. When said Dragon Slayer refuses to kill a baby dragon, he forces the Dragon Herder to move his dragon clutch to another location. Being the nice Dragon Slayer that he is, Torgny offers to come along and help much to Noel’s chagrin. What ensued was quite fun to watch. Torgny frustrated Noel to no end which made for great humor and also made it sweeter when they finally gave into their attraction.
This was a short novella so there was no real time for a big grand plot or intricate character growth. So instead, the author focuses on one small plot device that drives these two men towards the beginning of a long lasting relationship.
For me, there was so much to love about this story. I love that first impressions are not always right. That Torgny was more than your average Barbarian Mercenary. He was intelligent, witty and a bit sensitive. For all of his thick exterior, he freely admits he does not really have emotional thick skin. It was so great to see a traditionally brutal role being filled by a man with an almost child-like wonder towards dragons.
I loved the easy interaction between these men. Things could have gone sour quickly with their professions being such polar opposites, but instead things were fun and lighthearted. I loved how the banter naturally turned from true barbs meant to insight anger or annoy, into barbs meant to show affection and the beginnings of love.
Finally, I loved the magical elements and how the author took me by surprise on a few occasions. There were hints at some things in the blurb, but for the most part, the author was able to introduce story elements that I did not see coming. I loved it.
I know a lot of folks do not like to give short tales 5 stars because these types of stories tend to be fluff and don’t tough on a lot of literary elements. But for me, this story worked. It gave me what I needed when I read it and I connected fully to the world and the characters. I really enjoyed this bit of fluff and would not say no to another story about these men or set within this world.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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