Title: Dragon Deception
Author: Mell Eight
Series: Supernatural Consultant #2
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Available: Feb 10th
A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only way to find out. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
This is a cute follow up to Dragon Consultant, in which the story has moved on five years and everything seems to be pretty much the same as where we left them after the first book – except that Lumie has grown a bit.
I did enjoy this nice easy read, but I’m also a little disappointed too. Five years is a pretty big jump, both in terms of Mercury and Dane’s relationship and life with the kits, as well as the other plot concerning kidnapped dragons and stolen magic. I know it gives Lumie and Alloy a chance to grow up a bit, but they were already maturing fast in the first book that I felt the lost years quite a bit.
There also isn’t a lot of Dane/Mercury time. Mostly we follow Mercury at work, while Lumie interferes with everything and tries to drive Dane mad. I did enjoy the story, but I would have liked to have seen more of the other kits too. Lumie is, of course, my favourite, although he does have an unfair advantage because he keeps cropping up to steal scenes.
If you enjoyed the first book, then this story does continue the overall magic plot. When it comes to Dane and Mercury’s family, though, it’s mostly filled with gaps and missing moments. I did like it, but I’d have preferred more background on those lost years – here’s hoping the next one makes things a little more personal.
Dragon Deception is out February 10th!
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