Book Reviews

The Last Dragonet (Dragon Prophecies 1) by Shannon West and Susan E. Scott at Painted Hearts Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Wizards & Witches / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-July-2018

Book Blurb

Luca Wessex is Dragon Spawn. Son of a human mother and a Red Dragon father, he has been trying his best all his life just to survive and get by. His father is abusive, his mother is dead, and most recently, a vicious and dangerous group of neighborhood Spawn have begun trying to recruit him as a member of their gang. When a pushy and gorgeous Golden Dragon named Dmitri appears, full of questions about the gang and his role in it, Luca tries to cooperate, but he’s no snitch. Suspicious, the gang attacks Luca one evening while he’s working, and he’s rescued by Dmitri, who then kidnaps him and—for his own safety, he claims—takes him to his home in what some say is the most remote spot on Earth, an area of Russia called the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Dmitri has come home with a treasure, because what Luca doesn’t know is that he isn’t a Spawn at all but a species called a dragonet and the very last one of his kind. Because of a mysterious prophecy, Dmitri has discovered the beautiful boy’s life is in danger and he wants desperately to save him. But Dmitri is up against not only another Dragon, but also a powerful mage. Dmitri takes Luca under his wing—literally—and they begin to navigate a minefield of love and dangerous ancient prophecy. For the first time in Dmitri’s life, something is becoming more important to him than treasure, if only he can hold onto it.

Book Review

This series opens on a new dragon world, one that includes several types of dragons, half dragons called Spawn, wyverns known as dragonets, and wizards. It’s an alternate reality where dragons were discovered in the 19th century as humans finished exploring Earth, and both sides have come to an uneasy peace. There is a mysterious prophesy as well, but its existence and full meaning take a while to make an appearance. Both main characters are stubborn, proud, and don’t exactly get along for quite a while, and I found their antics quite amusing.

Luca is one of the brattiest brats I have ever encountered. He has had a very tough life with an abusive, alcoholic Red Dragon father who raised him after his mother died in childbirth. Luca barely manages to make a living, escapes the local Spawn gang’s attempts to recruit him, and is proud of what he has achieved. When a Golden Dragon named Dmitri walks into the corner store where Luca works and begins to issue demands, Luca does not take this well. No matter how sensible it might be to listen to the man who rescued him from four attackers, Luca will not blindly follow anyone.

Dmitri is a Golden Dragon with a major chip on his shoulder just because he is part of the ruling class of dragons and unimaginably rich. He initially intends to “collect” Luca and protect him, but despite all the resistance Luca offers to Dmitri’s oh-so-logical commands, Luca just will not listen. It infuriates and inflames Dmitri in equal measure, but he refuses to be the first to back down and adjust the way he does things. After all, he knows best!

As serious and promising as the threat to Luca and the unfolding bigger picture is, what kept my attention was Luca, Dmitri, and their interactions. Each of them tells part of the story, and where Dmitri is all macho and dominant, Luca has a delicious naughty streak and a wonderful sense of humor. His first reaction to Dmitri’s family’s estate nicely sums it up: “I’d never seen such luxury in my whole life. It was overwhelming, to say the least, but I figured if you had to be kidnapped and held prisoner somewhere by a gorgeous, sex god of a Dragon shifter, this was definitely the place to do it.”

If you like dragonshifters populating interesting worlds, if quests and prophesies are your thing, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is as suspenseful as it is funny, then you will probably like this novella. I can’t wait for the rest of the story – the prophesy and its implications, after all, have only been partly revealed at the end of this first volume of the series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 256 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-December-2016
Price $0.99 ebook
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