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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dragon’s Lair by Delilah Hunt

Dragon’s Lair by Delilah Hunt
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

Taryn, a skilled warrior, knows she is indebted to the scarred dragon responsible for saving her village.

Darius is an outcast, a lone dragon without a clan and on the edge of self-destruction. Stalking and protecting Taryn is the only pleasure he knows. After the exotic female entices her way into his lair, only the gods can predict the outcome of their sensuous union.

T’was beauty that tempted the beast.

Darius loved the dark Amazon woman whom he secretly protected, but never expected she’d feel the same toward him. He’d been cast out from his own kind, a beaten and scarred reject. How could any woman, dragon or human, feel anything except pity and disgust?

Taryn wonders why the magnificent dragon always seems to be nearby. When her village is in peril, he miraculously appears and saves the day. Even though she’s caught him watching her bathe, he never approaches or seems to take interest. Throwing caution to the wind, she decides to seek him out, not only to thank him for saving her village, but to offer him something no one else ever has.

Dragon’s Lair was a cute little story. You can’t help but feel sorry for Darius and all that’s happened to him, and Taryn’s adoration of him is heart-warming. Despite its short length, it’s one of those quick, feel-good, stories that can easily be read during a lunch break.

My one complaint would be some of the language use. My impression of this tale, albeit its erotic content, was that it’s primarily a love story, so every time I saw the more base, graphic words for body parts and the act of making love, which were used quite often, I cringed. In some erotic romance stories, those descriptions fit perfectly to be sure, but in others they just seem to cheapen the underlying meaning. I’m afraid this was one of those times. There are a myriad of words that describe the act of sex and the body parts; some are hard core, others elicit more of a romantic feel. While I still enjoyed the book, I think toning down the language would have made a much better impact.

For a quick, hot read, grab a copy of Dragon’s Lair by Delilah Hunt. With its short length and steamy content, it’s the perfect lunch hour snack.

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