Affairs of Dragons by Lena Austin
Dragon’s Mate 1
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (62 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly
Never meddle in the affairs of dragons…
For over a century, Jon's village has sacrificed a virgin to the dragon who lives in the mountain. This time, when they find Jon in a compromising position with a traveling player, Jon's the new sacrifice!
Patch really isn't fond of the taste of human flesh. He's enjoyed sending the virgin sacrifices off to start their new lives. But when he sees Jon beaten and trussed to the rock outside his cave, he decides he may just keep this sacrifice around -- as his mate.
This is the first in what appears to be a new series called Dragon Mates. Lena Austin has written a tale of betrayal, and romance and new beginnings. Being Lena Austin, she has made it incredibly hot, with a side order of retribution to the bad guys.
Jonndre the Potter is a simple man, but the townspeople turn against him when he is caught being less than prudent with a traveling player visiting the town. Because this is a crime punishable by burning, Jon knows he will meet his death in a rather unsavory manner. But because it is the year of the sacrifice, they decide to dress him as a woman, and let the dragon take him. This is a ritual that has been going on for centuries, and virgins are sacrificed to the dragon to keep the land safe.
Unbeknownst to the town, however, is that Patch, the dragon doesn’t eat the virgins, but actually sends them on to new lives away from the poverty in the village. What happens when Patch discovers a beaten and disguised Jon as his next victim? Can he fight the attraction he feels for the human, and let him go? Or is there more to Jon than meets the eye?
Ms. Austin has put some interesting twists and surprises in this story, and I enjoyed each as they came along.
Jon had the misfortune of living in a town that was rigid and unyielding of anything that didn’t fit the norm. He is a simple man, not overly imposing, but handsome and well proportioned. He is alone most of the time, except for the one time every year when the traveling players come to entertain, and Erond can join him for some pleasure. When they are caught, Erond escapes and Jon is left to face the music.
Patch is a dragon shifter, and has lived quietly for centuries, protecting the surrounding lands, and providing better futures for the virgins left for him as tribute. Tall, strong and absolutely delicious, he is stunned when he feels an attraction for on after rescuing him. I liked the way Patch was able to take care of Jon, and eventually convince him he meant him no harm.
There are some surprises in this, especially the one about who betrayed Jon to the town. This is revealed later, and it puts Jon in greater danger than ever, but it also brings Jon and Patch together more than anything else could, and it provides answers to some questions Patch had about Jon.
There is a sweet romance threaded through this, but it is told with Ms Austin’s trademark touch of sizzle and spark. I look forward to more of the Dragon Mates series.