Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my review of Dragon Deception by Mell Eight. If you love dragons and kids, this book will be a big hit. Especially if you love kid dragons! A bit chaotic, a bit mysterious, and definitely very cute, this is one romance book you will truly enjoy. Dragon Deception is book 2 of the Supernatural Consultants series and you really do need to read them in order to understand the story.
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Dragon Deception by Mell Eight
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Title: Dragon Deception
Series: Supernatural Consultants Book 2
Author: Mell Eight
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (February 8, 2016)
Genre: M/M, Shifters
Length/Format: 2359 KB/86 pages
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 3 1/2
About the Author: Learn more about Mell Eight by checking out the author’s website
A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only one way to find out. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.
Dragon Consultants by Mell Eight picks up 5 years after the first book in the series has finished. I actually am a bit disappointed in this…seems like way too much of a jump in time. We didn’t really get to see much of Mercury and Dane’s relationship in book one and now we have skipped ahead 5 years. You start the story with a brief look back at book one but you really need to read these books in order to understand the full story.
Mercury and Dane are still on the hunt for whomever is capturing and experimenting on the dragons. Mercury is working for the government, Dane is a consultant who regularly gets called in to help them on cases. Life is chaotic at home for them both, given the number of kits they have in the house. Lumie is still young, still mysterious and still meddling a bit when he sees fit. I love the chaos of the kids and love seeing Dane and Mercury handle them. They give the story a definite lightheartedness. But, I really do want to see Dane and Mercury grow together as a couple in addition to knowing who the bad guys are. You get very little interaction between Dane and Mercury in this story. They are working hard on the same case but not really working ‘together’.
A lot of time is spent trying to explain all the dragons and their history and it pulls me out of the story. Definitely too much time explaining what had already happened in book one and not enough time developing the new story. But, the dragons are all just as cute as they were in book one and the mystery itself is one that really gets my attention. I think if the story was a bit longer there would be a better balance between the plot and relationship development.
After the first half of the book, the story seems to move faster. The story is engaging and I really want to figure out who the ‘bad guys’ are in this book. Great secondary character development. I like Veronica….she seems to be a bit of a wench at first but she settles down into a decent investigator and even a good friend.
I was hoping to learn more about whoever is the mastermind to this plot but you actually learn very little. There is plenty of tainted dragon magic, more captured dragons and plenty of chaos but not much explanation of who or what they are after. I also would have liked more romance in the book but it was an engaging story even without it.
Overall, Dragon Consultants by Mell Eight was a good read, although making it longer would have probably allowed more romance to go along with the plot development.