Book Reviews

Dragon Games by Sage Marlowe and Karly Maddison at Silver Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-May-2013

Book Blurb

Ash is shy and insecure around men and there's only one place where he can unleash the beast inside him--the online world of Dragon Games. It's here that his virtual character enables him to express traits he's normally hesitant to share. When a hunky knight unexpectedly suggests they explore a raunchier kind of role play, Ash is only too happy to lead the way.

Jayden has only recently started exploring the wonders of online intimacy. He is constantly pulled further into a fantasy world where his virtual heart and virginity are soon claimed by an intriguing dragon rebel who enchants him. If only he could convince his cyber-lover to meet him in the real world…


Book Review

As is the case for many people heavily into computer games, especially the interactive kind that take place online, Ash is more comfortable in a gaming environment than in real life. The computer game, in many ways, becomes more real to him than his own life. The theme is very topical, with more and more people having virtual existences, whether in games or on Facebook, so reading about it in the context of a romance promised to be interesting. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Ash is painfully shy. I don’t get the impression he was ever a gung-ho guy, but as events unfold and we find out more about his past (which includes being bullied and made fun of) and the ex who did a number on him, I could definitely see where his hesitancy to ever enter another romantic relationship came from. He is a fighter, though, and that ultimately helps him find his way in the real world. It was funny to see how easily his self-confidence came to him in the game, and initially, only there; then how he gradually transferred that to real life as well. His interest in Jayden annoys him, but on the other hand, it helps him deal with what happened before.

Jayden is the baker whose shop is across the road from Ash's, and he is thoroughly annoyed with the way Ash ignores him. Luckily, he is a very determined man, and doesn’t just walk away. He, too, has been wounded by a relationship gone wrong, but he approaches dealing with it in a more active way than Ash. Jayden plays the same online game as Ash, and he too has to make a decision about his online relationship versus the real life one. He struggles less with it, but it's still a consideration for him.

The mix between humor, two growing relationships (one online, one in real life), and the tension that added to the budding feelings between Ash and Jayden definitely kept my attention.  If you like stories about men who constantly fight but can't seem to ignore their attraction to the object of their annoyance, if you enjoy reading about contemporary themes, and if you're looking for a hot read with plenty of emotion and drama, you will probably like this book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 145 pages/30973 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-May-2013
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