Cowboys + Dragons + Sci-Fi = A must-read story. The author created a fun western sci-fi that took place on a distant frontier planet with harsh conditions involving a colony of humans making their way in a tough world where the dragon riders fearlessly protect the people.
During the day, Charlie Colcord is the sheriff of frontier town, Deadwood Gulch. He works to protect his town from the dangerous wild denizens of the planet and keep the laws of civilization in this harsh land. Charlie is an impressive man of six and a half feet with bright red hair, but what he is known for besides being the most successful sheriff of the colony is his taming of a wild and feral dragon, Zorevan, who tolerates no one, but him and will ferociously protect his rider.
But in the night, Charlie’s secret life takes over and it is in the hours before dawn that he is happiest with the one other being who shares his secret.
This is a short story that engaged me from the start. I loved the setting mashing up western with sci-fi and the inclusion of the dragons and dragon riders was abso-fabulous. Charlie and Zorevan were a great team and it was exciting to see them work at rescuing folks from the creatures of the wild and fighting it out with some of the deadlier ones. Charlie’s steamy night life and the surprise secret he keeps was also a satisfying part of the story. His time with his secret companion was sheer fun and delight.
The story is goes fast, but it was developed and had great appeal. My only disappointment was that it ended and I still wanted more. Fortunately, this is the first of a series of stories. I don’t know if it will continue to follow with Charlie as the hero, but I sure hope so although getting his cousin’s story might be fun, too.
In summary, it lived up to my excited expectations and I am chomping at the bit for the next installment. Those who enjoy m/m romance and appreciate the blend of sci-fi and western elements should grab this up.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.