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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery

WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (66 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Five Princesses. Five Dragons. A coincidence? I don't think so.

In the fairytale kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF for short), fairytale folk have gone insane. With the imps of lust and wickedness on a rampage, no one is safe.

The Quest: Save the world. With sex... and magic? Definitely.

The Complication: Sex is deadly. Magic is broken. And nothing is going right.

Captured by an evil queen, chained to a sexy he-man of incredible proportions, and forced on a quest that no sane person would take, Princess Penelope must travel the treacherous swampland of Andvari. A terrible place of twisted magic where sex and murder are forbidden.

Shane Masters, on the other hand, believes every curse has its loophole, and every rule has a bend.

When their passion ignites, nothing can stop them. Not even death.

Nothing like an evil stepmother to ruin your day. Or the last 4 years of your life.

After the disappearance of her mother, Penelope’s life becomes a nightmare. Diane swoops into her father’s life, all too eager to take her missing mother’s place. A corrupt water witch with a thirst for power, Diane quickly targets Penelope as her enemy. Distressed over his missing wife—presumably dead—her father sets out on a journey to find the truth, leaving Penelope to deal with Diane and her dark magic.

With her mother dead, her father absent, and a terrible curse hanging over her head, Penelope soon finds herself alone and on the run. Despite her adept skills as a huntsman and budding skills as a water witch, she eventually finds herself within Diane’s clutches. Lucky for her, an unusual and strikingly handsome cellmate keeps her safe from the carnivorous Penumbra lurking on the floor of their cage, all the while stoking a fire of longing she thought long dead inside.

Penelope’s sarcastic wit had me laughing at times. I quickly took a liking to her character as she struggled through some humanistic qualities that were easy to identify with. She couldn’t deny her attraction to Shane, or her unsatisfied desires, yet the curse hanging over her head causes her to struggle with an inner sense of restraint. She doesn’t want to be responsible for another man’s death.

Shane is likened to a gorgeous goliath with a one-track mind—sex. Of course, he has just cause. Five hundred years without would surely rev up the mating urges of any man. With his dark hair and mysterious blue eyes, he’s very easy to fall in lust with. He poses a dilemma poor Penelope could do without right now. But beneath the licentious exterior lies the loyal heart of a man desperate to love and be loved. As she starts to see this side of Shane, Penelope has no choice but to acknowledge her own growing affections for the dazzling Lothario.

WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon is an enchanting little tale that opened with a nice hook. The author’s comical voice sparked my interest and kept me turning pages. I really liked how she put a little blurb at the beginning of each chapter. Some helped ground you on what was to come, others were more amusing, like The Rules of Questing.

If there were some things I could suggest for improving the story, it would be to work on the aspect of showing instead of telling. Limiting the use of the passive word was would help the reader feel more connected to the story and feel the action, rather than be reminded that they are outsiders to the plot unfolding before them. Additionally—while I enjoyed getting to know Penelope and Shane—I wished the author had indulged a bit more about their abilities. A water witch and a dragon are two fascinating creatures, each worthy of a story all their own. The limited length only allowed some basic information. As this is book two out of what I expect might be five, perhaps an allowance should made as with any series where the characters really develop over several stories instead of just one.

The end holds a pleasant surprise—I won’t spoil it for you. But Ms. Montgomery does a good job of tying off loose ends and answering a few lingering questions. Overall, I enjoyed reading her tale. It’s a fairly quick story that’s certainly worth the time.

An evil step-mother jealous of her fair-skinned step-daughter, a sex-starved dragon-shifter with thoughts of debauchery on his mind, and a fleeing water-witch desperate to survive make for an exciting, sexually-charged, and thrilling story that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. With it’s interesting characters and charming plot, WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery is a must-read for any erotic fantasy lover.

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