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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dragon by Day by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Dragon by Day by Daisy Dexter Dobbs
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyerism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Handmaiden to a princess before her captivity, Suniko is rescued by Jayket, healer-priest. Barely escaping slaughter, they brave crushing obstacles, including the terror of a dragon’s earth-scorching breath.

Gravely wounded, D’Akola the Strong, Guardian of Zalvanus, barely survives the night after shifting from dragon to human form. Slipping in and out of consciousness, he’s aroused by sublime erotic stimulation as a man and woman perform an orgasmic healing on his body.

At dawn, Suniko and Jayket are snatched from sword-wielding foes by a dragon in flight. After he deposits them at his lair, they realize the dragon is D’Akola, the man they lovingly nurtured through the night.

Battling evil by day and engaging in lusty, passionate triad sex by night, the trio forges a timeless bond of love and loyalty.

Running for your life usually doesn’t result in love at first grab, but Dragon by Day proves that love can find a person in the most unusual circumstances.

This book stands alone but it does have references to Last Strathulian Standing as it lets a reader find out what happens to Danior’s brother, D’Akola mentioned in the previous book. D’Akola’s story is just as interesting, perhaps more exciting even, than his brother’s and I enjoyed finding out what happened.

D’Akola is a man beset by a curse that forces him to be a man only at night and a beast by day. He’s been alone without friends or help for years. It’s amazing he retained his humanity. I felt rather sad for him because there seemed to be no hope. Even though he’s intimidating, he is hunted mercilessly. It’s his very injuries from an attack that present him with a life altering event and an opportunity never expected.

Suniko and Jayket were running for their lives and feared they’d never make it to safety when a reader meets them. In that short scene, a reader gets the sense of extreme danger, people fighting against improbable odds and the enduring power of the will to survive. In that there is also the drive to experience the joys of life whenever possible because in their world the end could come at any moment. Suniko was used to the soft life but she rises to the challenge – torture in the enemy’s hands did not break her. Jayket is a man who will risk all for the greater good, despite the fact that his life previously was one of peace and healing – he is willing to fight.

Toss all these characters together and the spark of something magical occurs. The heat from dragon’s fire notwithstanding, the fiery passion that burns between the three steams the pages into new levels of passion resulting in some fast flipping of pages. The brief glimpse of loving between the guys is truly hot and when Suniko joins in, it’s everything an erotic threesome should be.

The conflict is not as pronounced, though mention of the witch, Shivrane, and the cause of all their trouble is dropped here and there. The action stems from D’Akola being hunted and what happens when they fight back. There was an interesting revelation and a sweetness to it that was a delight to read. This story ends yet doesn’t, because a reader is left knowing that there is something more coming and I can only imagine how the dramatic conclusion will unfold. I get the impression of big goings-on and I can’t wait.

Dragon by Day is a fast gripping read which flowed well; the dialogue was brisk and true to character and the loving between the three was truly delicious. Of the three, I liked D’Akola the best because he suffered emotionally and physically making his getting a happy ever after a wonderful thing. He hit the jackpot with both Suniko and Jayket and as a reader, I felt I too won just by reading this book. If you haven’t read the previous book, that’s alright. This one does just fine by itself and I recommend reading it.

1 comment:

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

I truly appreciate your well-written review of Dragon by Day, Xeranthemum. Thank you so much for bringing my story to life with your spot-on summary. :D