A Boy and His Dragon : A Being(s) in Love Story
Title : A Boy and His Dragon
Series : A Being(s) in Love Story, Book #2
Author : R. Cooper
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Shifters, Werewolves
Length : 242 pages (e-book)
Published : January 4, 2013
Arthur MacArthur needs a job, and not just for the money. Before he dropped out of school to support his younger sister, he loved being a research assistant at the university. But working for a dragon, one of the rarest and least understood magical beings, has unforeseen complications. While Arthur may be the only applicant who isn’t afraid of Philbert Jones in his dragon form, the instant attraction he feels for his new employer is beyond disconcerting.
Bertie is a brilliant historian, but he can’t find his own notes without help—his house is a hoard of books and antiques, hence the need for an assistant. Setting the mess to rights is a dream come true for Arthur, who once aspired to be an archivist. But making sense of Bertie’s interest in him is another matter. After all, dragons collect treasure, and Arthur is anything but extraordinary.
Arthur attends a job interview, hoping to work as an assistant for Dr. Philbert Jones, a scatterbrained, historian in order to earn enough money to feed himself and his sister, and eventually go back to school. Just one thing… his soon-to-be employer is also a dragon.
I loved the premise of this story, seeing ‘Beings’ (the term given to supernatural creatures) living out in the open amongst humans. Throughout the story we get to learn little bits and pieces about them, in particular about dragons. The way this was done was executed perfectly, not feeling at all like an info dump and weaving the facts and stories nicely into the plot. My only wish is that I could find out more about these mystical creatures… and perhaps that they existed in our world too, because Dr. Jones, or Bertie as he prefers to be called, is smoking hot. Arthur notices this too from the very first moment he lays eyes on Bertie in his human form. He is determined to find out more, and I found myself being swept away by his curiosity.
As for the characters, I was more than happy with the dynamic between them. Arthur is certainly the ‘bottom’ in the relationship, but he’s not just a doormat either and will stand up for himself, or in defense of Bertie, when needed. And Bertie… hot damn! He’s flirty, mysterious, and adorable all at the same time. I loved the possessive nature he had, keeping with the old stories about dragons hoarding treasures and valuing beautiful things above all else.
The relationship between Bertie and Arthur was slow to build, but there was always plenty of sexual tension between them. Arthur knows he’s attracted to his boss, and Bertie certainly doesn’t hold back on the flirting. But what if that’s just how all dragons act? I liked the slow pace of the romance because it was a change from a lot of other books I’ve read where the characters are tumbling about in the bedroom within the first few chapters, or suddenly having a change of heart. It was refreshing to see both characters with their insecurities, taking their time to learn about each other and slowly bridge the gap between them.
As for the sex itself, I enjoyed it but I didn’t go wild over it. The build-up was great, and then the initial sex was awesome. But then it just continued on and felt like it was a little too much all at once.
The book was written in third-person POV, and I felt this really worked to help build up the mysterious aura that surrounds Bertie. We never know what he’s really thinking, which is exactly how Arthur feels a lot of the time. The editing was good, with only a couple of noticeable mistakes that I spotted.
Rated 4.5 stars by Alex