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.
Romance Roundabout #63 UF