Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Consorting with Dragons (Expanded Edition)
Author: Sera Trevor
Heroes: Jasen & Rilvor
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 295 pages
Release Date: April 7, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: At last, the novel-length expansion of the award-winning novella!
Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father’s debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself, and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn’t something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can’t control his growing feelings for kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor’s side, and now Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.
This sweet and funny Cinderfella romance is complete at ~85000 words and ends in a solid HEA. After all, true love always wins in fairy tales!
When Jasen’s gambling father wins a spot in Court, he sends Jasen off to snag himself a wealthy suitor. No one expected him to attract the eye of the king himself, least of all Jasen, especially since it was never his intention to even marry. The moment Rilvor meets Jasen when he’s called by a dragon, he’s enamored with Jasen and his uncharacteristic ways. Jasen can’t control the feelings that develop between Rilvor and him during their unplanned meetings but as time goes on, everything becomes more real. Unfortunately, in order for Rivlor to select a husband or wife, he must spend time with everyone, which causes a lot of jealousy. When another contestant becomes too obsessed with King Rilvor, they’ll stop at nothing to make the king their own, including putting Jason’s life on the line. Will they be able to get passed the danger that’s lurking all too close to them?
I read this story back in 2014 when it was free as part of the Love’s Landscape stories in the M/M Romance Group. I enjoyed the story then when it was just a novella but really loved it as an expanded novel! However, when I selected this one to review, I didn’t realize that it was something I had already read so during the first few chapters, I had this horrible sense that I’d already read it or read something way too close to it for my comfort. Thankfully, it was just an expanded version (which I didn’t seem to read the little note that it was, indeed, expanded) so that was my mistake. Anyway, when I realized it was an expanded version, the whole story came back to me and I was eager to see how things changed!
In this version, it starts off pretty similar but things end up changing (if I remember right) from the novella version towards the end. Personally, I loved this version much more than the previous one so I have no complaints with any changes. I loved the chemistry between Jasen and Rivlor but I especially loved that Jasen wasn’t dragging on about his incompetence of becoming the king’s husband. Yes, he second guesses himself a ton BUT it wasn’t frustrating and debilitating and even though he was unsure of his fate, he still seemed to move along and embrace what was to come even if it took some persuading. I loved Rivlor as a character. At times, he’s a little cold and distant but I liked that he was so into Jasen that he wanted to explore things further and introduce Jasen to his family when he never did that for any other. I adored the fact that he was so protective of Jasen, though, and when his life was in danger, he was all set to bring in the cavalry and fight whatever the danger was.
While I thoroughly enjoyed it I wished we had seen more of the dragons. I mean, with the title Consorting with Dragons, I sorta expected a lot more consorting LOL. Still, I would have liked to see more of them and also more of Jasen’s abilities and ultimately how that helps things in the future.
In the end, I absolutely adored this novel. It’s changed a bit from when it was released in 2014 so if you don’t plan to read it because you already have DON’T think that way because you’ll be surprised on what’s changed and how much more depth and characterization there is. I loved Jasen and Rivlor and loved being able to get back to them. I hope this won’t be the last we see of them because I’m eager to read more in this world!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*