Review: Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz

Review: Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz
Smoke Signals

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Genres: M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Less Than Three Press
Released on February 28, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Mike St. George figured that working customer support during the Black Friday sale at SmokeSignals, a game distribution company, would just feature the usual sort of problem customers. He wasn't expecting an aristocratic, self-centered dragon to demand the company send someone to his house to install games in exchange for gold. And he definitely wasn't expecting that to somehow put him in charge of working with and protecting the digital side of the dragon's hoard of games.

But with a possible promotion in his future, Mike's ready to take on anything. And while the blue-blooded Zali'thurg might be egotistical and prideful, Mike's wrangled worse customers on a regular basis. At least this one's cute, albeit in an 'apex predator' sort of way.

The Delight

Cute cover snagged my attention first, but then… a dragon who hoards games and has just discovered that his hoard is lacking on-line games and the sweet gaming company representative who installs his games? It was too cute! I had to snag it.


So yes, this was a fun, light novella-length story of an average guy, Mike St. George, content to work in his company’s customer service call center, dream of the day his knitting can become an online business for him, enjoy his only relationship is his cat and with his family far away who suddenly finds himself in his own little adventure with a dragon. Zali’thurg is not human and doesn’t look or act human, but he does love games and they are the intense focus of his hoarding. He needs them all and, those golden eyes watch a certain game installer with an acquisitional gleam, too.

It has a sweet and adorable quality as this awkward pair try to figure each other out. It moves along slowly, but surely with the romance pretty much sneaking up on Mike though Zali’thurg seemed to see more than he was telling all along. I loved how the dragon is mysterious and there is a mystique surrounding him while Mike is salt of the earth and just a likeable guy who slowly figures out that he might just have a thing for a dragon.

I had a good time with this one and it brightened an afternoon with a quick, but delightful urban fantasy with a mild plot, a cute guy, and a dragon.

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.