Title: The Only Option
Author: Megan Derr
Series: – –
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.
When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.
When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo’s pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.
Source: Review copy from All Romance Ebooks via NetGalley
This book is just too cute – with added sex and swearing. Actually, there was a lot of swearing. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but Rochus swears enough that I noticed it and it became meaningless and kind of over the top. But enough of that, back to the cuteness.
Considering that Rochus is a necromancer and all, his frustration and confusion over Tilo is kind of adorable. This is told entirely from Rochus’ pov, so I didn’t feel like I got to know Tilo particularly well, since I was seeing him permanently through Rochus’ eyes, which were full of “he’s too young” and “he doesn’t care for me, but he’s desperate” doubts. It is obvious that Rochus is wrong, but because he’s so confused he doesn’t allow Tilo close enough for readers to know him well.
However, compared to everything I loved about this novella, that’s a minor point. I really liked Rochus, grumpy though he is. I loved his necromancer skills and how they’re described in this book. I absolutely adored his pets, alive and dead. They were a wonderful touch. I thought the plot flowed nicely, with reasons for everything scattered throughout. And the romance was plain adorable, with a nice scattering of heat to keep things interesting while Rochus runs around clutching his head about how old he is and how Tilo couldn’t possibly want him. Woe! Woe! And also proving himself to be several shades of awesome when necessary.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted fantasy romance, love dragons, are intrigued by non-evil necromancers, need some zombie pets in your life or just want something cute, undemanding and enjoyable, then give this a go. Megan Derr is a trusted pair of hands for this sort of thing, and she definitely did not disappoint here.
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