Title: Tale of the Dragon
Princess Lyra needs to escape castle life, she hides away in a cave shared with her strapping dragon, Maldovaar, who is nest-sitting an unusual egg.
Then her father marries her to a stranger, the Duke of Krytan-a match to benefit the kingdom. Krytan soon discovers Lyra's hidden lair-and all of her secrets. Her body can't resist his sexual allure even as her rebellious spirit battles assumed expectations.As they share passionate caresses, Lyra's sensuality demands more of Krytan than he ever planned to give.
Publisher's Note: Previously released in the Enter the Dragon anthology.
Author: Mlyn Hurn
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 5 April 2010
Genres: Erotic Fantasy Romance
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A redheaded zaftig princess, a tower, a dragon, a dragon egg, a little boy and his knight father and lots of laughs are all contained within this little story, and it was refreshing and cleverly done. Mlyn Hurn has a knack for presenting characters that are uniquely crafted, and giving them heart and personalities that are hard to match.
Lyra is clever and caring: her treks to bring Maldovar the former leader of the Dragon fighters in the last war, he is now enjoying retirement, having had his hair magically enhanced to red, grown a beard and reveling in the treats the Lyra brings him as payment for babysitting her dragon egg.
Mal is funny, campy and utterly human in his reactions: even as he ‘attempts’ to be dragon-like and fierce, his essential good nature make it ring false.
When a marriage is arranged for Lyra, she determines that leaving her family and home are the only choice: she does have a newly hatched dragon to care for, and her life goals never really included marriage. She is wholly different from the others at court, and never thought herself attractive: larger and red-haired, her shape and appearance are uncommon at court.
The story was unique and although a novella, the characters were given thorough attention that built their characters in a way that served the story and made them feel possible. Every scene that includes Maldovar the dragon is cleverly written: conversations are funny and have a realistic feel that note his physical being and gestures; clever insertions I might add. In fact, all conversations are well thought out and presented: scenes between Lyra and the child Derek, her conversations with the Duke and even her conversations with herself as she works out her troubles all have a ring of truth to them.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but am very glad that I took the chance. With steamy sex scenes, a ton of heart and several different happy ever afters, this was a fairy tale for adults come to fruition with its unique characters, a campy dragon and some very steamy sex.