Megan Derr

Spell Weaver by Megan Derr

Spell WeaverRate: 3.5 stars
Genre: 
Fantasy
Publication day: 
June 29, 2016
Length:
47 pages  
Publisher: 
Less Than Three Press

Myka’s dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and touchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.

The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.

My View: Spell Weaver is a fresh take on the Cinderfella troupe. Myka has been working hard since his master died to keep his little shop open, but without his license, he doesn’t see his life changing anytime soon. The only bright part of Myka’s day is the times when Johan visits his shop. And the work he gets from him is an added bonus.

It’s easy to fall for Myka in such a little story, and the way he talks about Johan makes the reader want to cheer for them. There are some unique twist and turns in the story that might get the real Cinderella blushing, but worked well with the story. Other elements like the fairy godmother, the animals, etc. are absent.

The spell weaving concept is fascinating and I wish we had more time to learn more about it and to see Myka succeed. The resolution felt a little rush, but that’s to be expected in a short story. Overall, this is a very sweet and sexy story–easy to read and love.

What I liked the most: How much the MC wanted each other.

I wanted more: Time to enjoy the MCs’ relationship.

Who should read it: Fairy tale lovers.

ARC provided by Less Than Three Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

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The Only Option by Megan Derr

The Only OptionRate: 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy
Publication day: May 1, 2016
Length:  114 pages
Publisher: All Romance eBooks

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.

My View: The Only Option is a nice little fantasy novella with great characters and a lovely relationship. Since we first met Rochus, we get charmed by the older necromancer with a chip on his shoulder. His story, the settings, and the reason for his travel engaged the reader since the very beginning. And his meeting with Tilo just added the perfect mix of flirting and desire.

The time Rochus spent at the castle seemed to short for the length of his travel, but Tilo’s apparent betrayal justifies their course of action. They worked great as travel companions, friends, and lovers. Even when both of them are trying to guard their hearts– it becomes an impossible mission as they get to know each other. The more time they were together, the harder it was for them not to want more from their marriage of convenience.

The author managed to create a compelling story even with a reduced amount of characters involved. The story was well fleshed, but it’s easy to want more from it anyway. Rochus’s pets were great and an integral part of the story. Overall, an excellent novella with a potential for more books in a series.

What I liked the most: I loved the relationship between Rochus and Tilo. The easy way they worked together.

I wanted more: Of everything.

Who should read it: Fantasy fans are up for an excellent story.

ARC provided by All Romance eBooks, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.