Book Review – Lust & Other Drugs by TJ Nichols

Mytho #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 258
Characters: Jordan/Edra
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Police officer Jordan and dragon shifter Edra might have to work together, but they don’t trust each other—even if sparks do fly between them.

If anyone finds out Jordan’s a mytho sympathizer, it could kill his career. No one can know that he frequents the satyr dens and uses the drug Bliss. A dead satyr might not get much attention, but two dead humans who appeared to overdose on Bliss? That shouldn’t even be possible.

And it might not be an accident.

Edra, the Mythological Services Liaison, has been covering up mytho crimes to protect the community’s reputation. With a mayoral election looming, the last thing his people need is a scandal.

To get a murderer off the streets, Jordan and Edra will be spending a lot of time together, and it won’t be easy to keep up with their deceptions… or to keep resisting each other.

Book 1 in the gay urban fantasy series that follows Jordan and Edra as they solve crime and figure out how to improve Mytho and human relations. For readers who like dragon shifters and forbidden romance.

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Review

I loved the first book in this series, and am looking forward to reading more. I enjoyed the mix of urban fantasy, interesting layered characters, slow burn romance, and intriguing plot.

I liked the duality of the MCs Edra and Jordan. Being a dragon shifter, Edra might appear as human on the surface but isn’t. Jordan also has different sides to himself, one of which he keeps hidden at work. I loved their connection and that they need to take it slow or risk losing what they’re building between them.

The twist on mythology is nicely done especially how the two worlds colliding have impacted both, and the mythos now stuck in our world. I liked the thinly disguised social commentary of the story too. Bigots and religious fanatics are still alive and well unfortunately. I also liked how political the stories are, and how that impacts Jordan and Edra’s ability to solve crime and bring justice to those responsible.

The supporting cast are interesting, and I like how the different societies interact while trying to keep their cultures alive. The details give the worldbuilding a rich layer of realism, and make a lot of sense.

Although there is some closure within the story, there’s a lot of open threads along with Jordan and Edra’s relationship, which left me wanting the next book ASAP.

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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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