Dragon Deception by Mell Eight #AfternoonDelight

Dragon Deception by Mell Eight #AfternoonDelightDragon Deception by Mell Eight

Series: #2 Supernatural Consultant
Genres: M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Less Than Three Press on February 8, 2016
Pages: 86
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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I accidentally tripped over this series last fall when the cover of book one caught my eye.  So cute and it was on an urban fantasy with baby dragons.  Curiosity got the better of me and then whoosh, I was in full-on swoon for a new to me author and series.  I couldn’t wait to get another go with Dane, Mercury, and the dragon kids.

Book two picks up five years after book one.  This was an interesting choice, but for me it felt like the events of book one were more recent save the fact that the guys are in an established relationship and the family is all settled in at Dane’s house.  Mercury has a job for the FBI’s supernatural division (oh yep, the supes are all out in the open and the humans are doing pretty well with this) and is something of a celeb as the first dragon to get such a job since he actually finished college and isn’t a wild creature of the woods like most of his race.  But though the guys and the kids have figured out how to make life work and become a loving couple and family, they are still on the hunt for the cruel human group that kidnaps dragons to experiment on them and steal their magic particularly since one of their own dragon kits has a brother that was never found.

Life is colorful and into the usual day to day craziness, Dane gets a new case involving a missing dragon family that was attacked by those very humans he’s been after, Mercury is given a new partner and assigned a case of a copycat bomber for his one time alias as Quicksilver who destroyed the old experimentation labs, and Lumie decides that Dane and Mercury need together daddy time so insists they go on a picnic.

This is one of the lightest, fun, and exciting urban fantasies that I’ve ever come across.  Adorable dragons, powerful magic wielder, interesting cases, and life in a supernatural investigator’s home is never dull.  This second story built on the first and didn’t lose all the elements I loved in the first book.  There was much more passion in this one for Dane and Mercury, but the relationship is that of an established couple with many children and responsibilities.  Fun seeing how they have to sneak ‘us’ time.  I love the paranormal elements along with the ongoing story arc and individual cases that make these urban fantasies.  There is a large cast of regular characters due to all the dragon kids, their babysitter, and their connections with the human investigation agencies like the FBSI where Mercury works and has added a curmudgeonly partner who goes through partners like tissue, but is stymied by Mercury.

My only real complaint is that these stories go by so fast because they are short.  Nothing about the story feels rushed or under-developed.  I’m just sad to see another story done and left to wait for the next installment.

All in all, this is what an adorable, light-hearted urban fantasy looks like and I definitely want more.  Recommended for m/m romance dragon loving readers who like a bit of humor mixed in with their serious reads.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • You had me at dragon! lol I’ve not heard of this series, although it sounds like something I would like. I really enjoy it when the supernatural characters are out in the open. It seems to make the story have a more balanced feel to it.

    • Yeah, that’s what snagged my attention too, Angela. And kiddie dragons at that. The series has a cute factor even alongside some action and romance scenes.

  • oh I love me some dragons!!! This sounds so great and I am always looking for some more m/m themed romances.

    • I think these are great if you want some light humor, dragons, and a milder romance. Adorable actually. LOL

  • I thought it was a cozy!

    • I suppose it could have that feel since it’s lighter, but with the worldbuilding it leaned toward Urban Fantasy for me. It’s a fun world the author created.

  • It does look and sound cute! I’ll have to keep it in mind when in the dragon mood.

    • Yes, it has a strong cuteness factor, but you still get the excitement of action plot and cases. I love the way she cleverly wrote her dragon lore.

  • That really sounds like fun. I love Dragons and baby dragons sound too cute.

    • Yes, the younger dragons are adorable. It’s got the feel of some of those old TV big blended family shows, but there is a case for them to work on, too.

  • The covers for this series look so cute! When I saw this one on netgalley I was wondering whether you would request it, guess you did. That’s a interesting choice this book is set 5 years later than book 1, wasn’t that confusing? The whole supes are out in the open fact and how the dragon has a job sounds interesting. It sounds like a fun and exciting series with cute dragons. I kinda seeing a couple being a couple and how they deal with normal life and sneak in some private time now and then. That’s too bad they are short, but it’s good they don’t feel rushed or lacking. Great review!

    • LOL, yes, I did a little squee sound and hit the request button lickety split. 😉

      I was startled by the jump in time, but the author caught me up on things before jumping into the new plot so it worked alright. The cuter and mischievous younger dragons are still up to their antics and it was interesting to have Mercury now have a job with the FBI Supernatural division so his work is almost like Dane’s though Dane has a private agency.

      Drives me nuts that they are shorter. 🙂

  • I love how the covers are all cute and stuff, yet it’s UF. Five years is a good chunk of time. These sound so fun though.

    • You should see the first cover, Christy. It was just as colorful and cute with the spilled Fruit Loops all over. Yes, it was fun to see a UF with such a light-hearted packaging.
      I was startled by the time difference, but she wrote it so there was a transition and got me caught up nicely. I do wonder why, but no biggie.

  • Just by looking at the cover, I would have thought this was just some women’s fiction or something. The title alone makes me want to try it. Never would have guessed UF.

    • LOL, it’s true! These have to be the most unique UF covers out there. The first one had spilled Fruit Loops all over it.

  • definitely not a UF cover at all, lols. I thought it was a contemporary romance or something like that. But awesome that the story dealt with baby dragons…how cute!

    • Yep! LOL! It suits the story, but definitely doesn’t scream big, bad UF. The baby dragons are adorable and get into no end of trouble.

  • LOL well that sounds fun. So would NOT have gathered any of that by the cover. What an interesting choice that was. Dragon babies! #dies

    • Dies, sigh, me too. They were cuties as babies and little guys in the first book, but even a bit older with the oldest teens, the dragon kiddies are adorable. Love this household and the adventures that take place.

      Haha! These covers. This one is startling for a UF. The first one had Fruit Loops spilling out of a bowl on the kitchen table with a police badge tucked in. It was in the LGBT section of Net Galley so I had to see what blurb would go with such a cover. I saw ‘dragon kits’ and it was all over. Click!

      • LOL the covers just make me giggle.

        I don’t think I’ve ever read dragon kids. I imagine them kind of like wolf/cat kids and that they’re “babies” until they’re way in their 20s+ (that always tickles me)