Monday, December 10, 2012

Dragon Games

Title: Dragon Games
Author: Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN/BIN: 9781419943416
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Tielo doesn’t want a female of his own but decides that hosting an invitation-only poker game to lure potential mates for other dragons into the Dragon’s Lair is a money-making idea. What Tielo doesn’t know is that his partner Pierce has a plan of his own and intends to see his friend mated by the time the event is over.

Lyra’s a teacher and she’s determined to help the financially strapped family of one of her students. She doesn’t have money to spare but knows how to play poker and willingly attends a high-stakes game at the Dragon’s Lair when invited.  Lyra expects the lavish surroundings but not the blatant sexuality of the men or her sizzling attraction to Tielo.

The evening isn’t as either expected. Lyra doesn’t understand the rules and Tielo’s determined to win the hand of his mate no matter what. Let the games begin.

Dragon Games is the newest release in Jory Strong’s Supernatural Bonds series. Please note that even though several characters from previous books make an appearance, there’s enough background supplied that Dragon Games can be read as a stand-alone.

Lyra’s background and why she wanted to enter the poker tournament is unexpected and heart-wrenching. It makes you like her immediately. Then there’s Tielo. He’s arrogant but watching his plans fall apart when he finds his mate is fun. The story’s fast-paced, the descriptions are handled nicely and the personalities pretty well rounded for the short length—it’s only 76 pages. That’s my biggest complaint. There really isn’t much time for Lyra and Tielo to develop a real romance when they don’t meet until page 25. It’s more a getting together for some hot sex and the realization that they’re mates than a relationship. I’m sorry to say that the ending seemed abrupt.

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