Dead Sexy Dragon - Lolita Lopez
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!I don’t normally read erotica, and I wouldn’t normally go anywhere near a shapeshifting erotica because that stinks of bestiality to me more often than not (although I’m not totally against the idea of animal form smexitimes), so it is highly irregular that I’d not only be interested in an erotic novella, and one about dragon shifters to boot.However Dead Sexy Dragon had an interesting blurb that drew me in:“The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend's kid sister showing up on his doorstep, especially since he's just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he's desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She's in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he's deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is an added bonus.Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she's plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And what the hell is going on in the basement at night?Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He's found his mate and she's not going anywhere.”And then at the end it said:Word count: 25,000 words.BAM! I’m in. A novella-length story means I won’t be investing too much time if I end up not enjoying it.So the story is about this guyAnd this girl called Cora who has a very underdeveloped character but a solid backstory/reason for why she knocks on Stig's door despite having a key and an open invitation.The story is mostly about their sexitimes, which was OK, I guess, as far as sexitimes go. I don’t normally read erotica, and my only other experience has been 50 Shades of Grey where I only lasted 4% before throwing my Kindle down in disgust. Some of it was a bit stupid, such as Stig whispering in Cora’s ear as she sucks him off, and that made me think he had some secret life as a contortionist no one bothered to tell me about. Some of it was repetitive and stupid. Cora often referred to her vagina as ‘her sex’, which I thought was stupid, but hey, for my first erotica I don’t know any better.Overall the romance was unconvincing but the sex was not. Whilst the characters were underdeveloped they did change by the end of the story (and therefore are three dimensional). I think I like the idea of ‘in heat’ mating phases, but not so much referring to sex as ‘mating’. I’ll need to read more in this series before I figure out if I like the dragon shifters being slaves to their sex hormones. In context it works, and it’s all consensual.What I did enjoy about this novella was that it had very solid worldbuilding, the two main characters were three dimensional, and the story actually had a plot besides sex. So I guess that’s good.But like I said, what do I know? Take any criticism with a grain of salt.Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for providing this advanced reader copy for an honest review.