Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ARC Review: The Only Option by Megan Derr

A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.

When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.

When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo's pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.

Jewel's rating:

The Only Option is my kind of fantasy novel! It's full of delicious dragons (ok, so only one dragon, but trust me on this -- delicious) a curmudgeonly necromancer, lots of yummy smexytimes and a bit of adventure!

In my "other" life, I love to play RPG computer games. And I almost always play a magic user of some sort, these days. Magic is just so much fun. And, a time or two, I have played a necromancer character. I like them, because they can create "pets", and Rochus has a few pets, too, and they come in handy.

Rochus is our crotchety necromancer. He's 43 going on 93 -- really, I almost expected him to get out his staff (he didn't carry a staff) and shake it at the walking dead yelling at them to get off his lawn. He amused me. He travels with a black, hornless unicorn, named Fury, and 3 "pets" (brought back from the dead) - a Valder Mountain Cat, named Memory, who is too smart for her own good, and 2 ravens, named Silence and Song.

Rochus is ​not trusting when the occasional person tries to seduce him because he is so used to people finding him unsettling, and he's not exactly been 'lucky in love'. So, he can't bring himself to believe that a sexy, young dragon,​ ​like Tilo could ever actually find him attractive.

Apparently, most people are a bit put off by a necromancer's deep blue/black teeth and nails and the fact that they drink blood. And Rochus has managed to have a couple bad experiences with people feigning interest, just to try to physically hurt him. Yeah, people really aren't that bright, sometimes. Magic, people! It will fuck you up if you find yourself on the wrong end of it!

Tilo, is our young dragon. He's less than half Rochus' age, but, in spite of what Rochus keeps assuming, Tilo really does find the older necromancer ​quite ​attractive. ​He really does need the help of a necromancer to exterminate some pests on his land​, and while it was not the best idea ever to seduce Rochus the night before meeting him officially, and getting married to the guy, he really couldn't help himself. He spends a fair amount of the story convincing Rochus of this fact.

The Only Option is fun and flirty and ​​​has some smoking hot smexytimes. My only real complaint is that the story isn't longer! It ends on a strong HFN, but I am certain they are on the road to an HEA. It just took Rochus a while to come around. And I loved the adventure of it all, too.

Review copy of The Only Option was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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