Stephen Skollsgaard is worn down from the duties of Pack Alpha. Now, the Huntress demands he hunt magical prey in a ceremonial hunt -- one more burden for an overwhelmed Alpha. And worse, she sends an arrogant, narcissistic dragon to accompany him.
The Dragon Zhang doesn't care much for things outside the Celestial Realm-but one good look at the sexy Pack Alpha Stephen and he's willing to spend a little time in the real world. Plus, that Alpha looks like he needs a bit of taming, which Zhang is always eager to do.
It's time for Stephen to prove his worth and hunt his prey, but will he find he's the prey of the dragon, instead?
Publisher: Changeling Press
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Alpha Character, Interracial Relationship, Lone Wolf
The “alpha of all the alphas” of the wolfkin who is tired of his job, a somewhat bored celestial dragon on a mission in the earthly realm that is not his favorite, and a world said to be London in 1899 but with a paranormal bent and sorcerers and all kinds of rules of its own – combine those elements and I’m a happy reader. And when the goddess of the hunt herself is in charge of the ceremonial hunt that forces Stephen, the alpha, and Zhang, the dragon, to work together, sparks are sure to fly.
Zhang doesn’t expect much when he travels to London in human form so there is no upheaval about a dragon sighting. But when he first sees Stephen and feels undeniable attraction flare between them, his level of interested increases a little. Then Zhang decides he wants to “tame” this alpha – not a creature likely to submit easily – and his involvement becomes more than dutiful obeisance to a goddess in charge of all shifters. And he does everything in style – much to Stephen’s annoyance.
Stephen may be an alpha, and he had been in charge for a long time, but he has some very unalpha-like desires. Ones he could never indulge in front of his pack or they’d seriously challenge him for leadership rather than just now and then to make sure he’s still up for it. Stephen doesn’t want to attend the ceremonial hunt he was supposedly called to, but he wants to spend time with the dragon even less. Being invited to a “civilized meal” is not high on Stephen’s to-do list, but what is he supposed to do if he doesn’t want to incur the dragon’s or the goddess’s wrath?
As the story unfolds and these two unlikely partners get to know each other, more information about this world is revealed, some of Stephen’s issues emerge, and it becomes clear that Stephen and Zhang need to figure out how to work together. Oh, the fun I had watching them duel it out!
If you like your romantic heroes to be combative, yet passionate, if you enjoy imaginative stories of the fantastical kind, and if you’re looking for an entertaining “battle of the wills’” with an ending that is as passionate as it is happy, then you will probably like this short novella.