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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dragon Fire by Emily Carrington

Dragon Fire by Emily Carrington
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, Holiday
Length: Short Story (121 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Luke is a genie with almost limitless power but it does him no good when his lover, Mark, won’t let him have the two things he really wants: for Mark to rely on him as an equal partner during magical conflicts, and to be beaten, whipped, chained, and finally dominated in bed. Luke refuses to take no for an answer and devises eight gifts that he hopes will gain Mark’s trust and encourage his lover to hurt him the way he wants.

But with Mark going through the dragon equivalent of PMS, the two of them having to visit Mark’s family, and finally face a dragon with pissed-off mommy syndrome, will Luke ever get the chance to prove that he can be both strong in the field and the perfect submissive in the sack?

It is not every day that a genie falls hopelessly in love with his master. Luke knows Mark completes him. He also knows that he is Mark’s key to true happiness. Mark however is reluctant to let go of his past to allow the love he and Luke share to mend his wounds and completely consume him.

It's evident from the start that this story is a continuation from the first story in the Dragon in Training Series. While I did not have the privilege of reading the first story, I still found this story enjoyable. I could tell that there were certain things I was missing since the storyline seems to pick up where the first ends but the author wrote the story in a way that got me caught up enough to be able to jump in and fall in love with Mark and Luke despite not having read their backstory.

Mark’s family plays a large role in his life and in this story as well as spiritually. Part of his fear in embracing himself and Luke is that his family, and especially his brother, has shown him repeatedly that they do not approve of his homosexual lifestyle. This on top of the violence that Mark and Luke suffer may make some people squeamish. I believe that the homophobia displayed is an important aspect of the story and was a necessary factor in Luke and Mark's relationship. Mark’s spirituality is used as another tool to show how he can be in a room full of people and feel alone. While Luke is in touch with who he is and his beliefs, Mark needs to connect with that side of himself to truly be free.

Mark may seem to the stronger of the two characters in some ways, but I think Luke is really the one who holds himself, Mark, and the relationship together. Luke is one of those people who seems submissive but is really the dominant partner. Even when Mark is wielding the instrument of pleasure, Luke seems to be being in charge. In the end, Luke’s strength really allows these characters to grow as individuals and as lovers.

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