Lydia and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

Lydia and the Draca by Louisa Kelley
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F, Voyeurism, Multiple Partners, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Science fiction geek Lydia Neal’s just recovering from her latest relationship crash and burn. When she wakes up in a glowing cave surrounded by enormous dragons, she’s pretty sure she’s having a sci-fi nightmare. Why would an entire race of shape-shifters be lusting after her? She doesn’t even believe they’re real, but why is she so incredibly turned on? Then she meets the smoking hot Draca, Eremon, and there’s no turning back. Especially after he shows her the very special kind of ecstasy a Draca male can offer her, whether on the ground or in the skies.

Whatever the obsessed Draca want from her, she’s ready to find out. For once in her ordered, boring life, Lydia’s going along for the wildest ride of her life…with Eremon and the rest of the Draca.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play, group sex/moresome, same-sex interaction/practices (f/f), sex in shifted form.

Lydia has been having strange dreams about enormous winged creatures with fangs. Night after night, she tries to forget the images of fire and fear, until she wakes inside a strange new reality, surrounded by the very creatures she’s tried to escape in her nightmares. Soon, she learns that she is special, distantly linked to the dragon-like creatures–the Draca. They need her bloodlines to revive their dwindling race, but only if she’s brave enough to rise to the challenge. When she agrees, she is introduced to Eremon, the Draca that is her intended mate. Eremon is attracted to Lydia, but a past heartache prevents him from accepting she has the power to bring life back to his people. Together, they will explore the possibilities of a future together. But will it be enough to save the Draca?

Lydia and the Draca is an interesting story, composed of unique and creative elements. I loved the mythos of the Draca and the history that forced them away from the human world. Eremon is intriguing from the first moment he arrives on the page, and Lydia is memorable as the woman that reignites the long lost passions he believed he would never experience again. The interplay between them is hot and cold, and works to add tension and emotion into the story. It’s not as simple as sharing an attraction and making love. If Lydia conceives, Eremon fears there is a very real chance she can and will die. It’s heartbreaking, but provides the conflict that motivates the decisions of the characters and makes their union all the more gratifying.

My very minor criticism would be that while the story is very well written, I did have to stop and re-read several scenes for clarity and to maintain a clear understanding. Portions of the plot involving Lydia’s history with the Draca and the dangers that will occur during their mating are sketchy, and a few of the sex scenes with Eremon in his dragon form offer innuendo as to what is transpiring, but also leave you questioning if you’re envisioning things correctly. Aside from this, however, I enjoyed the material, and became immersed in the fantastical reality. Dragon stories are always a joy to read, and this is no exception.

Lydia and the Draca is hot, creative, and a great way to spend an hour or two cuddled in your favorite chair. If you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to put this title on your TBR list.

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