Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/01/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Paranormal
A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.
When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.
When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo’s pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.
It took me about 30 seconds to decide to request The Only Option from Megan Derr for review. A dragon shifter and a necromancer? Yes, please.
Derr has never led me wrong, and The Only Option is no exception. Option is part of a multi-author series from All Romance eBooks, Dubious, focused on forced and arranged matings/marriages.
In the case of The Only Option, that arranged marriage is between a down on his luck dragon shifter, Tilo, and a reclusive necromancer, Rochus. Tilo feels he has no other choice to save his homeland. And thus begins a tempestuous relationship at best. Tilo and Rochus aren’t trying to convince anyone of their status. They aren’t even trying to convince each other that they aren’t it for anything more than the services Tilo needs from Rochus. As a matter of fact, Tilo tries his best to stay out of Rochus’ way, causing heartbreak in this reader.
Derr builds her world and her characters subtly. She doesn’t info-dump about either character’s appearance, plot, or the setting. She gives you the information you need as you need it, making the characters and world feel all the more organic.
I appreciated that Derr did not force her characters into any particular actions. Tilo and Rochus did exactly what they were made to do. There were no miracle fixes and no insta-love. Along the way, there was some pretty kick ass magic and a bit of hot sex (and I don’t just mean because part of the pair is a fire-breathing dragon). You also get to experience dispair and hope on both main characters’ parts.
Another winner from Ms. Derr.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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