Title: Consorting With Dragons
Author: Sera Trevor
Warnings: Not really anything I don’t think. Characters smoke weed, father has an alcoholic and gambling problem.
Summary: Lord Jasen of Grumhul has a gambling problem. Or rather, his father has the problem, but since he’s gambled away everything that was rightfully Jasen’s, it’s become his problem, too. With no money and no skills to earn a living, his best bet for getting away from his father is to present himself for marriage at Court in the Draelands, the kingdom at the center of the Allied Realms. Jasen’s courtly manners aren’t the most refined (to say the least), but he hopes he’s still capable of attracting at least a minor lord.
He isn’t looking to cause a scandal, but that’s exactly what happens when he immediately attracts the attention of both a powerful dragon and King Rilvor himself. The King serves as the mystical link between the magic of the dragons and humankind; since the death of his wife two years before, magic in the Allied Realms has suffered. He must take a spouse this year, and the fight for his favor has gotten downright vicious.
No one, including Jasen himself, thinks he’s a proper match for the king. But the growing affection between them can’t be denied. Jasen loves Rilvor, but he’s petrified about becoming lord consort to a king. Unfortunately, the two can’t be separated, and Jasen must decide if true love is worth all the trouble
Review: I really liked this. I like that the father wasn’t made out to be some violent horrible person. Yes, he has flaws (alcohol/gambling) but I found him rather amusing. I in no way doubted that he loved his son. And vice versa. Jasen could totally hate his dad but he didn’t. He just found him frustrating and maybe somewhat embarrassing.
This story isn’t very long. It’s almost novel length but I really wished the author wrote more. We could’ve done with a tad bit more development between Jasen and the King because them falling in love was somewhat quick. And more dragons would be nice 🙂 we didn’t get as many scenes as I’d been hoping for.
Overall I really liked it. It’s a light read and free. The author is writing a sequel (or has, I don’t know) with one of the secondary characters, Larely, so we’ll probably see Jasen again in that.