Title: Dragon’s Lair (Dragon #6)
Author: JB McDonald
Length: 22k words
Genre: m/m Paranormal Fantasy
Heat: 2 – Romantic & Tame
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Series, Dragons, Fae, Healer, Royalty, Family Issues, Politics, Magic
Rating: Really Liked It
Reviewed by Sadonna
**Spoiler alert: This is book 6 in a series and as such, any information contained in this review may be considered spoilers for the previous books. It is not recommended that these books be read out of sequence as each builds on the previous events.
Being a demon is no fun at all. This doesn’t particularly come as a surprise, but his constant escort and rarely seeing his lover does. When Ashe agreed to come to Katsu’s land, he did so hoping to spend time with Katsu. Instead, he spends time locked within the palace grounds, ostracized as a monster. This will continue, he knows, until the princess Chieko is healed… or dies.
Dying looks like the greater possibility, and Katsu is already mourning his sister. Then something happens — something terrible and wonderful. The ground trembles and opens up, and Katsu nearly falls through. At Ashe’s greatest need, the dragon responds, saving Ashe’s lover. If they can make it happen again, it might just save the princess’s life — and mean Ashe and Katsu can go home.
I discovered this series back in April and quickly read the first four books in one day. They are not long books, so since I liked the first story so much, I just devoured them one after the other. Each story builds on the previous events and I really fell in love with Katsu and Ashe. While this is a romantic series, the sex is not the focus of the story and the relationship between Ashe, an elf and Katsu, a human mage/healer
In this latest installment Katsu has been sought by messengers from his family and must travel back to his homeland in order to attempt to save his sister from a plague that has struck their lands. The trip is difficult and the climate and terrain are tough on Ashe. He is also seen as a demon by Katsu’s countrymen as there are no elves native to their domain. They are however respectful and keep their distance because of Ashe’s dragon who of course must accompany them on the trip.
It has come as a surprise to Ashe that Katsu is indeed a prince of this land and his mother, the Queen has summoned him to save his sister, the princess Chieko, who is also pregnant. We discover that there are several reasons why Katsu has left his homeland and why he is not exactly welcomed back with open arms.
Katsu tries to heal Chieko but his efforts do not seem to be working and he is getting depressed and cranky. On top of that, his mother has assigned an escort, Daisuke, for Ashe who is not fluent in the local language. The twist is that Daisuke is in fact a type of courtesan that has a past with Katsu. Katsu is furious with his mother over this interference. Ashe has no interest in the escort but he is kind of pleased to know that he means so much to Katsu as evidenced by his jealousy and worry.
As the visit goes on Chieko continues to deteriorate and Katsu becomes more despondent that he cannot heal her. Ashe offers ideas about using magic to heal her as Katsu has done for Ashe in the past. Katsu is convinced that will not work because humans do not absorb magic like elves. However, a near disaster convinces him that maybe he should try another approach. His last ditch attempt using Ashe and the dragon and magic to save Chieko has some rather dire consequences, but he has nothing to lose as she is near death anyway.
This series gets better and better with each book. The evolution of the relationship between Ashe and Katsu is just a pleasure to read. The fantasy and magic elements really add to the story and I cannot wait to see what the next chapter brings.