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The Only Option by Megan Derr

The Only Option

by Megan Derr

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Unwanted marriages are one thing, considering a lot of arranged unions are not necessarily to the participants’ liking. But when they are also unexpected and unavoidable, things have probably gone a bit too far. That is the situation Rochus, a respected necromancer in the queen’s service, faces when he is told in no uncertain terms that he is going to marry some dragon lord he has never met. The queen herself has decided this, so there isn’t much Rochus can do. What happens next is an adventure, some dangerous magic, and a romance that almost gets ignored because both Rochus and Tilo, the dragon in dire need of help, are too stubborn and too busy misunderstanding each other.

Rochus is a necromancer, misunderstood and feared by most, and he likes his life the way it is. His home is in a deserted tower, his work takes him wherever they need his services, and he hasn’t had a lover in years. He thinks it’s because of the way he looks: “his teeth were more like those of a wolf—teeth he did not use thus because he was a civilized, capable necromancer of forty-three, not some ravening monster” – and that may be part of it. Personally I think his less than sparkling personality and general grumpiness may have something to do with it. Because even when Tilo, a gorgeous young dragon practically throws himself at Rochus before he even knows they are getting married, Rochus refuses the possibility of that interest being genuine. His self-esteem definitely needs work!

Tilo desperately needs help from a necromancer, and since all his petitions have gone unanswered, he decides to force the queen’s hand by calling in a favor she owes his family. Tilo thinks by marrying said necromancer, the man will be “forced” to help him. He did not consider the implications of trying to force an experienced magus to do anything! Tilo is adorably helpless in some respects, but determined to find out who has been attacking his territory. And since he has his heart in the right place, Rochus does decide to help – which gets both of them into more trouble than either had expected.

If you like adventures with dangerous opponents and magic used as a weapon, if two men who are hot for each other but fail to accept they are not the only one who feels the attraction, and if you’re looking for a read about a forced marriage that turns out to be so much more, then you will probably like this novella. It’s entertaining, suspenseful, and very sweet.

NOTE: This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews. ( )
  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
I haven't read a story about necromancy before, so I was very interested and curious. Megan Derr doesn't disappoint with this. Rochus is a little bit creepy and his necromancy plays a big part in The only option. I still didn't really care much for him, neither did Tilo capture my interest. So their relationship was meh as well. I can't even call this novella a romance, because there was... well, like nothing romantic about it. You get lots of fighting instead - too much for such a short story, if you ask me, some sort of.

More world-building, more character development is needed. Hard to accomplish in a novella, so maybe this would have worked better as a novel?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. ( )
  bookstogetlostin | May 27, 2016 |
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