Book Reviews

Calling the Clutch (Dragon Mesa 1) by Julia Talbot at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Mythological Creatures / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-October-2017

Book Blurb

Erik is a scientist, tracking migration habits of hawks. He never expects to meet up with Bard, a man with a lot of secrets, and a pair of beautiful creatures Bard calls dragons. Can dragons be real, and how can they have hidden from the world for all these years if they are?


Bard bonded with his dragon companion, Chaya, when he was just a child. Her twin sister, Kaya, has never had a bonded of her own, and she chooses Erik. Which means he and Bard are now coming together mentally and physically as mates.


Bard never thought he would mate with someone who was not of the People, but he finds Erik irresistible. Something big is coming, though, a storm the dragons fear no one will survive. Erik and Bard must prepare even as they learn to love, but their time may run out too soon.


Book Review

While loosely connected to the ‘Desert Dragon’ series, ‘Dragon Mesa’ is set with the People and gives a lot more details about this world where dragons exist, but are mostly fairly small, each bond with a special human, and communicate telepathically. One of the aspects I enjoy most about reading these books is that each dragon is as much a personality as the human main characters, except their voices are more playful.

Erik is a scientist who ends up near the dragon mesa without even knowing why. He is a rational guy – or has been so far – who does not deal well with seeing a small dragon head toward him. After all, he does not even know that dragons exist. Then Erik begins to hear a voice in his head, and his confusion only increases. He has a lot to deal with as he begins to understand that the voice belongs to a dragon who informs him he is now “hers” and that he has stumbled into a world where myths (or what he thought were myths) are reality. It was fun watching him discover the facts as well as getting to know Bard, who turns out to be his mate.

Bard is of the People, has lived with dragons all his life, and has been bonded to Chaya since he went on a vision quest when he was twelve. Bard did not expect to find a human mate, and had given up on his dragon’s twin sister, Kaya, finding a human to bond with. So even when Kaya begins to “talk” about the “shiny new man” she has discovered, Bard doesn’t get the memo. In a way, he is just as confused about the entire situation as Erik, but he manages to deal with it a little better and ends up taking the lead in their very new relationship.

If you like fantastical stories with a somewhat vague threat on the horizon, some ominous prophesies, and sudden visions, if you want to watch two strangers and their dragons bond faster than you can say “romance”, and if you’re looking for a read that is set in the same world as the ‘Desert Dragon’ series, then you will probably like this very fun and entertaining short novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 54 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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