Review: Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz

Posted March 8, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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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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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.

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3 years ago

Just looking at the cover alone gave me the idea of a very fun story. And my, I’m sure right! A dragon collects online games? Now that’s a winner! Plus I love dragons πŸ˜‰

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

It was fun to realize that his hoard was games. I was enchanted. πŸ™‚

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That is a cute cover and the story sounds cute too.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes! The cover is so perfect for the story since its all centered around Mike loading all the online games for him and then they talk about and play the games which starts their relationship.

3 years ago

This cover makes me think of Super Mario. This sounds like a sweet read and I like that it incorporates gaming into the story as the romance builds between the characters.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cricket

Yes! It’s got a classic video game vibe. It’s a perfect match for the story which is a cute one.

3 years ago

The cover is adorable! A dragon and a human though?? lol

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

He’s a dragon shifter- though, his humanoid form is unique, too. No worries over weird sex, there. LOL

Carole's Random Life
3 years ago

I do agree with you regarding the cover. It is very eye catching. This does sound like a good read. I love all things dragons πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, I was scrolling through Net Galley (danger past time for me) and spotted it, read the blurb, and one-clicked it into my review stack. Dragon love! πŸ™‚

Melanie Simmons
3 years ago

This sounds really cute. I love the cover too. Great review.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It really was, Melanie. It was just what I needed between all the longer, heavier stories. Just right for the moment. πŸ™‚

3 years ago

This does sound like a fun read and that’s a cute cover that looks a bit like a game screenshot. I like a little bit of awkwardness in the start of the romance. I was wondering if you meant the love interest really was a dragon, but then I noticed you had labeled it as urban fantasy and figured that was the case.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a cutie and the cover completely fit the story with it centering around on-line gaming. Oh yes, his love interest is a real dragon who has a human-like shifted appearance when he wants.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Ha! Sounds like a fun set up and read. I do love those dragons πŸ˜€

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It really was. Just a cutie and perfect for a quick fun one.

vvb reads
3 years ago

Definitely sounds cute and the cover sure does have that old school gaming feel to it.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

I was glad to stumble over this one. And yes! Someone did a wonderful match of the gaming cover to the story. πŸ™‚