Book Review – Dragon Deception by Mell Eight

Supernatural Consultant #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 83
Characters: Dane/Mercury
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Series

A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.

Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.

Dragon Deception


I love the mix of feel good found family, romance, and supernatural mystery detective in this series. The world building is fabulous, and a little different, and the characters are coming into their own with this new story as the kits grow older, and we get to see Mercury at full power.

I’m enjoying Dane and Mercury’s relationship and how it’s progressed in the five years since the events of the last story. They feel very comfortable together, and their personalities fit and complement each other. Lumie’s far older than his years, and always gives the impression of knowing far more than he lets on, which makes for an interesting read.

I like how the supernatural part of the plot is progressing with a mystery solved in this story, but threads still hanging of the overarching series mystery.

I liked Valerie, Mercury’s new work partner. She’s no nonsense, capable, and an interesting character. In the previous story Mercury was still recovering from his injuries. I enjoyed his POV scenes in this story, and the insight into his mindset, and the slightly different world view. I liked seeing Dane through Mercury’s eyes too, and vice versa. Nickel is already a force to be reckoned with.

The magic in this world is interesting and I like the idea of the Federal Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, although I do wonder what their agenda really is. I thought the author balanced the different facets of the story well. I found this story an easy and enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to more.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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