Review: Dragon’s Dare

Dragon’s Dare
by Willa Okati

Noah’s watched the dragons for a long, long time now, and he’s not sure what he thinks about them. Are they monsters getting ready to plunder the Earth? Are they planning to help? Are they curious? He doesn’t ever think he’ll get a chance to find out…

…but he’s wrong.

When one of Noah’s fellow soldiers trades him to the dragons, Noah finds himself in the care and keeping of Zacharei, a dragon who’s most definitely only interested in finding out as much as he can about humans.

Specifically, Zacharei wants to know what sex between humans is all about. It’ll be a lesson neither of them ever forgets.

Humans are on the verge of extinction and Noah has been offered up as a sacrifice to the dragons by a so-called friend. The hope is that before they eat him, he can convince the dragons to help protect the humans. A rather daunting responsibility to carry on one person’s shoulders, wouldn’t you say? Tired of fighting the inevitable, Noah accepts his fate and tumbles into the dragons’ dimension. That’s when the fun begins.

Noah has little confidence that he can convince the dragons of anything and that this is basically a suicide mission. But his strong sense of duty compels him; if there is even a minute possibility of success prior to his demise, he will attempt to garner the dragons’ assistance for his dwindling race. Since he finds himself in this predicament, and in his mind death is imminent — and he is resigned to it — he is able to acquire a sense of calm that allows him to interact rationally with the first dragon he encounters on their side of reality. This serenity works well because allows their exchanges to proceed as they do, with curiosity and intrigue rather than the fear and apprehension that might have been expected in Noah’s situation.

The initial conversations between Noah and the dragon, Zacharei, are laced with teasing humor. While they converse, Zacharei is running his tongue over various parts of Noah’s body to see if he might be a tasty treat. Noah is somewhat concerned, but keeps his cool and answers Zacharei’s questions honestly, which is a good thing, since the dragon can smell his emotions, including lies. Zacharei is fascinated by the human and wishes to indulge his innate curiosity about the species. I really enjoyed the characterization of Zacharei. He is portrayed as a fun-loving, intelligent being that is always seeking knowledge. His current cognitive — and physical — quest is human mating. He wants to experience it and he wants Noah to help him. The reader know that he has no intention of harming the human, but he uses subtle and witty threats about his ability to eat the man when he seems to object to Zacharei’s suggestions. His strategy works and he gets what he wants, and what he smells is what Noah wants as well. For anyone concerned — Zacharei does not mate with Noah as a dragon; he is a magical creature and transforms into a gorgeous human male. And as with the rest of the tale, there is levity and jesting during the lovemaking scenes which enhanced the lighthearted tone of the romance.

This story is a playful escapade with a creative twist toward the end. I did feel that it ended too abruptly; it did have a logical conclusion, but it would have been more satisfying to have an idea of how the future would look and their role in it. Perhaps a continuation is in the works? The storyline has possibilities for a sequel. I do recommend you try this unique and entertaining story. It promises to please and make you laugh.

Review by Camomile

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