The Dragons' Demon
by Marie Harte, fantasy (2007)
Samhain Publishing, $3.50, ISBN 1-59998-668-X
I love the setting of The Dragons' Demon. It's pretty interesting. Set in an alternate Earth, we have dragons, angels, and demons existing in the same world as humans. Dragons usually opt to live away from humans, usually with the angels in heaven or the demons in hell, and they have a queen named Carmaron.
In this story, our demon heroine Eve Sinclair is dragged into mess thanks to a bet with her brothers. Her brothers have stolen a dragon egg from Carmaron and hidden it away on Earth. Even better, they set things up so that the dragons will believe that the angels stole the egg. Eve is now rushing to locate the egg and do her best to set things straight with everyone before diplomatic relations between the dragons, demons, and angels sour completely. Or worse, the dragon hatches from the egg and goes on an eating spree before Eve can get to it. Just as she locates the egg, Carmaron's youngest son, the dragon Ranton, shows up all ready to rumble. This ought to be good.
Ought to be, that is. The story soon turns into all about dragon/demon sex and, later, some rather creepy dragon ménage à trois with a precocious dragon brat. If reptilian erotica is your thing, you'll love this one. Me, I'm disappointed that all the world building done by the author here is eventually shoved to the background for sex and more sex. There isn't even any build-up in the romance. It's just sex and more sex with the characters giving lip service of the "Yeah, yeah, we're in love, really, we had sex for so many hours and in some many positions, so of course we are in love!" variety.
But I understand that the author intends to start a series based on the setting she has done here, so maybe her future books in this series will do the setting justice. In the meantime, The Dragons' Demon promises many things but only delivers the sex scenes. I know, sex sells, but I'm still disappointed that this story doesn't aim to be anything more than yet another silly paranormal erotic romance.
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