Book Reviews

Dragonfall by Winnie Jerome at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-April-2014

Book Blurb

Arthur is a dragon hiding amongst the humans, waiting for the word from his queen to take up arms again. It has been centuries, and one day now fades into the next in a gray haze of sameness. The only time he finds some sort of relief is when he bottoms at a local BDSM club.

All of this changes when he meets half-dragon Drew. Arthur is used to brief trysts, but Drew wants to get to know each other. Against his better instincts, Arthur plays along, only to uncover one of the many demons from his past, one that perhaps should have remained buried.

Story also appears in the Spinning the Top Anthology.


Book Review

Any story with dragonshifters has my attention from the word go (even more than other shifter books), and ‘Dragonfall’ was no exception. With plenty of hints about an ancient society of western dragonshifters who are quite different from eastern dragonshifters, this short story is filled with tantalizing views of a world with a rich history, a distinct dragonshifter society with  internal factions, and shifters who are trying to survive in a modern world that knows nothing about them.

Arthur is one of the western dragonshifters who manages to survive in today’s human world. He is an accountant, which is funny (as he recognizes himself) because instead of counting his own treasure in his lair, he takes care of a company’s money as he toils away in an office cubicle. At his heart, he is a warrior, and there are plenty of hints about quite a traumatic past. As the story unfolds I was fascinated to discover some of the things that happened, including the Fall when western dragons went almost extinct and ended up in hiding. As a consequence of what happened to him centuries ago and what he thinks his mission still is, Arthur has plenty of internal obstacles to overcome if he wants to have a relationship with the enigmatic half-dragon Drew.

Drew stems from the eastern society of dragonshifters, and while I did not find out much about this fascinating being, since only Arthur tells the story, it became clear to me that his ancestors and contemporaries hold quite different beliefs from the ones Arthur grew up with – and maintains until today even if there is nobody around to hold him to the old values and principles. Drew and his fellow dragonshifters have a totally different outlook on life, as well as different abilities, and it us those Drew uses to help Arthur. Not entirely selflessly, since he is, at the very least, deeply in lust with Arthur.

If you like shifter stories, especially dragonshifters, if you enjoy a lot of mystery around your heroes and like watching it slowly unfold as the story progresses, and if you’re looking for a read that is as hot as it is interesting, then you will probably like this short story. I hope there will be a full novel about these characters!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 36 pages/10100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2014
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