Dragon Detective by Mell Eight #AfternoonDelight

Dragon Detective by Mell Eight #AfternoonDelightDragon Detective by Mell Eight

Series: #4 Supernatural Consultant
Genres: M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Less Than Three Press on October 19,2016
Format: eARC
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Many of you know just how captivated I have been from the beginning with this unique, light urban fantasy series that tells the story of a magical detective and his family of dragons as they work to free dragons from the scientists that are experimenting on them.

Each installment advances the story forward over the years so the dragon kits are growing up.  This latest segment has Nickel emerging as an adult dragon and Dane’s new investigation partner.  Dane hands him his first big supernatural case- discover the source of the weird weather hitting the area.  Nickel’s dragon element is water magic and he recognizes that something more powerful than him is creating the huge thunderstorms, hail, and wacky snow in the summer.  Could it be another dragon?

Meanwhile, a terrified and exhausted air elemental dragon, Platinum is trying to figure out the big world around him.  Platinum has lived in captivity while the scientists did painful and awful experiments on him for his entire twenty years.  He escaped and he is not going back, but somehow the small town he found is inhabited by dragons and dragons don’t typically like another encroaching on their territory.  The scientists will want him back and they can’t be far behind.  He needs to run.

This was a shorter installment in the series and hits the ground running.  It assumes that the reader has read the series in order and understands who all the characters are and what their situation is.  I was excited to see that the story is told from Nickel’s perspective.  It has been ten years since the events of the first book and Nickel is all grown up.  Lumie is at his mysterious best while he helps Nickel and Dane with this latest case.

While I enjoyed this story, it felt very much like a transition/set up for what is coming.  A lot is left open though the immediate plot of Platinum and the pursuing scientists is resolved.  I am now antsy to see what comes next since I have a suspicion about Nickel and Platinum.  And I enjoyed that extra tidbit about the origin of Lumie’s oddities.

So I was left wanting and in a good way.  For those who enjoy heartwarming and lighter m/m urban fantasy, I would highly recommend this series about a supernatural detective and his family of quirky dragons.

My thanks to Less Than Three Press for the opportunity to read this book 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.
  • Ahhh I remember you talking about this one. Always interesting when it has a time jump. Kinda boggles. Glad you’re still enjoying these 😀

    • I get all tickled and excited each time I see the recognizable covers pop up on Net Galley for review. I’m definitely addicted.

      I do find it neat how each book moves things along in time increments of a few years so the dragon kits are getting older and more involved in Dane and Mercury’s adventures. Looks like some next generation romances are cropping up, too. 🙂

  • I always enjoy your reviews of this series, it sounds like a fun and light urban fantasy series and the whole dragon aspect sounds original and well done. Must be nice to see the dragons slowly grow up as the series progresses. Even with this being a bit of a set-up book it sounds like another good one. Glad you keep enjoying this series 🙂

    • Why thank you! 🙂 Sometimes I anticipate a series release for the excitement or the romance or even a character. This one, it’s the light and playful tone with the whole family element that goes with the rest.

      Yes, I felt that there was a transition going on so that the younger generation are growing up and getting their chance to be at the forefront now. Fun times!