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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.
Oh hell to the yes I am in love with this book. When I first saw the cover I wanted it. When I read that it would be a forced marriage, I needed it and when I read that there would be a dragon and a necromancer… I lusted after it.
Let me first say, I was not hip to what a necromancer truly was but the beauty that reading brings to my life is learning new things. I quickly did some research on Necromancers and the fantasy art that I found was so stunning I could see the dark attraction they would have.
So knowing that, when we first meet Rochus I kinda had a crush on him already. When he meets a young dragon hell bent on getting in his pants… I was in lust. Yup, I am using that word again because it’s fitting.
I love Rochus with his with, snarky humor and how his mind works. I am so beyond jealous of his pets and adore how he talks to each of them. His exchanges with Memory have me grinning thinking of them. The fact of what Fury is was fantastic and Silence and Song were so beautiful. I love the heck out of Rochus and I can’t get enough of his softer moments when it comes to Tilo; from the first meeting we know he wants the young dragon but when he is told he must marry Tilo, my heart broke for him.
Rochus believes no one could possibly want a boring old necromancer in their lives let alone be married to one of free will. His inner monologues of woe were heart breaking but I loved how he wants and sees truly sesesTilo.
He’d always known he’d be dragged to the marriage altar eventually… but he’d hoped the situation would be a bit more pleasant than a desperate dragon who thought he had no other options.
Tilo is a young dragon and a lord who needs the help of a Necromancer but his petitions have gone unanswered so he does the only thing he can and calls in a favor with the queen to get hitched to one. I mean, if you can’t acquire help, you just force a marriage right? But it’s such a good thing and the chemistry between Tilo and Rochus is off the charts amazing, even if Rochus wants to deny it over and over again.
Tilo is gorgeous both in his human form and his dragon form and seeing his first shift in front of Rochus through Rochus’ eyes blew me away. I can’t believe I am writing how much I love this story as last year, I would never have looked twice at it but now… I can’t imagine passing it up for anything.
I admit to googling a lot of what was in the book and I admit to loving books that make me do that. So I didn’t know what a bone wyvern was… I googled it and I learned something new. I learned about this gorgeously written world of fantasy that leaps off the pages in Technicolor and blinds me with it beauty. This book, it really is beautiful and the relationship between Tilo and Rochus is simply cake on top of all the yummy goodness that if offered page after page.
The story is unique and me sucked in so fast as the newlyweds travel to Tilo’s land and begin the process of making things right. Seeing these two fight the attraction, only to give in and then fight it once again was lovely to read but there are a few parts that made me tear up. Ugh. I am such a sucker for the forced marriage trope when the newlyweds realize they want to stay married.
“Tremble for me, little dragon. Beg me for it.”
“Fuck me, magus. I’ve waited long enough.”
And then there is stuff like the quote above that gives me goose bumps it’s so hot. Yeah, this book was sexy but let me say this book is also extremely sensual and intimate. The kissing, good lord the kissing is possibly the sexiest thing about the book, if I had to you know, like choose something. You can have sex scene after sex scene in a story but if you can write a kiss that makes me squirm and swoon then you have my total admiration and respect. Rochus. Can. Kiss. Just saying.
So that end… OMG! How freaking fracking good was that?? Megan Derr is fast becoming a favorite author of mine, I love the way she writes a romance and gives me the best damn endings I could ever hope for.
The endearments were adorable. I love that what started out as a possible insult becomes a pet name. Endearments are my jam… *dances* Ack. I feel like I am forgetting to say something important, because I can’t dial down the fan girling so I’ll just shut my ginger trap now.
The Only Option was a wonderful fantasy romance where a grumpy “old” Necromancer can be forced into a marriage with the young dragon kit from his supposed one off… and regardless of first or second impressions, #aging#love will always win in the end.