Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dragon Ours


Title: Dragon Ours
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-182-1
Genre: {M/M/M/M} Shape-shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When it became known that men were being held captive in a sex slave ring, Sheriff Todd Zelner and six of his dragon friends set out to find their location and rescue them. When they break into the facility, they aren’t prepared for the horrible conditions or the number of men they find caged. With many more survivors than expected, each dragon takes several men home, agreeing to care for and protect them while they heal.

When Todd looks into one of the cages, he locks gazes with a man with the lightest blue eyes he’s ever seen. He’s stunned not only by the man but by his condition. He’s been beaten, has a broken leg and is mute. On releasing him, Todd discovers Dylan's been sharing the cage with Seth and Bryce. All three men need care and despite spending most of his long life alone, Todd can’t let them out of his sight. He volunteers to care for them himself. Can Todd learn to help these three abused men or will living with the three human males drive him crazy?

Dragon Ours is the second release in Joyee Flynn’s new North American Dragon series and it takes up shortly after where the first book left off. It’s a nicely paced sequel with a few brief flashes of returning characters; and while it would be helpful to have read Dragon Mine, it’s not imperative to understanding the storyline.

The story starts off quickly and progresses at a nice pace throughout, but there’s never a rush in the relationships between the men. There’s really more of a reluctance on Todd’s part to get involved stemming from a mysterious event in his past. This makes a nice plot twist, keeping the readers interest and encouraging them to continue reading…and it’s presented in a well described and believable manner. There’s additional historical information about dragon shifters in general and Todd’s clan specifically that’s nicely handled, fleshing out not just this story but the overall plot line as well.

The relationship between the four men is handled realistically, Todd always giving Seth, Bryce and Dylan the physical and emotional support they need...usually at the expense of what he wants. He’s a little too noble for his own good and Ms. Flynn has written his fear of possible reprisals against his mates well. I must admit that Dylan is my favorite of the three mates. His personality is by far the more open and vibrant. There is a nicely done mini-crisis involving Gabriel and several other individuals near the end that I feel the author handled particularly well. Read and enjoy.

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