Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Consorting with Dragons
Author: Sera Trevor
Series: Love’s Landscape
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 119 Pages
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Available at: M/M Romance Group
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Blurb: Dear Author,
It has been nearly 300 years since the last Lord of Drae chose a male consort… so what am I doing here at the capital, dressed in clothes finer than anything I have ever seen, and undergoing three months of (incredibly boring) testing by the Lord’s minions?
Well, to be honest, it is all my father’s fault. Or my father’s lack of ability to win at anything, ever. Not at life, not in love, and most certainly not at the gambling tables. While I can do nothing about his life, nor his love, he seems to think I can do an awful lot about his gambling debts. Mainly, he can sell (er… marry) me off to the highest bidder and happily go on sinking my mother’s land, title, and general good name into the ground he buried her in.
Trouble is, I’m not really worth all that much to anyone carrying a purse, let alone wanting a husband. But if I was unique, if I had done something very few could ever claim to have accomplished (or, realistically, tried to accomplish)… well then, maybe I’d be worth something. To someone. Somewhere. Or, at least my father hopes. Personally, three months free of my father sounds like a rather nice vacation. Three months of good food, free clothes, fine surroundings, and one flirty guard. Yes, that sounds just lovely.
It has been nearly 300 years since the last Lord of Drae chose a male consort… and neither fire nor fate is going to change that any time soon. Or so I thought…
A portrait of a beautiful young man with shoulder-length red hair and intense amber eyes. He wears a cloak with long spikes on the shoulders. Behind him is a silhouette of a red dragon.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.
When Jasen’s father wins an invite for his son to go to Court in hopes of finding a wealthy husband, Jasen sees it as both a blessing and a curse. Getting away from his father for three months sure is great but having to be poked, prodded and polished all to be auctioned off to the highest bidder is less than stellar. Even so, Jasen’s willing to get away from his father and their mountain of debt. Thinking the next few months would be dull and boring, Jasen is shocked when he not only feels a connection with the legendary dragons… but with the King as well. Can Jasen come to terms with his new ability and what being the King-Consort would mean or will everything crumble around him before he can accept himself?
This was a very cute story! Right from the start, I was drawn into the world and the history of Jasen. I loved that he was essentially the poor lord and didn’t fit in with the other brides and lord-consorts to be. I liked that he was such a free-spirit and didn’t conform to the standards that everyone at Court expected. He was fun, sweet and had a mind of his own. Rilvor was a bit of an enigma, though. While we understand he’s the King, the only other thing we know about him is that he’s a loving father who needs a little happy in his life. Jasen gives him that and reminds him that he’s not as old as he seems to think he is. As a couple, I liked them together and loved that Jasen was so good with Rilvor’s kids. During their courtship, I wished more time had been spent on showing the dates they went on instead of the time spent with the other brides and lord-consorts to be that were going through the training, but the few dates we got to see were definitely a treat, especially the ones with the dragons.
I really enjoyed this one but I had two problems with it. One, I felt like Jasen’s constant bemoaning of his possible responsibilities was a little too dragged out. He constantly complained about it so it made that aspect of the story very repetitive. On top of that, I found the final conflict to be a little… unbelievable. I mean, I couldn’t really understand why Lady Isalei would take the word of Polina, who everyone knew was one petty and vindictive woman, over the word of three other people, without any real proof. It was just hard for me to believe that all it took was gossip from Polina to cause so many problems.
In the end, I still enjoyed the story. I loved that it dealt with not only dragons but a different sort of arranged marriage… if you can even call it that LOL. I loved both characters and even though I wished we could have seen more of them getting to know each other, I still enjoyed their courtship. If you’re looking for something short, sweet with some laughs and smiles, definitely give this one a go. Best part, though? IT’S FREE!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
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