Book Reviews

Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-March-2018

Book Blurb

Mike St. George figured that working customer support during the Black Friday sale at SmokeSignals, a game distribution company, would just feature the usual sort of problem customers. He wasn't expecting an aristocratic, self-centered dragon to demand the company send someone to his house to install games in exchange for gold. And he definitely wasn't expecting that to somehow put him in charge of working with and protecting the digital side of the dragon's hoard of games.

But with a possible promotion in his future, Mike's ready to take on anything. And while the blue-blooded Zali'thurg might be egotistical and prideful, Mike's wrangled worse customers on a regular basis. At least this one's cute, albeit in an 'apex predator' sort of way.

Book Review

Dragons! I just love reading about them, finding out what different versions authors can come up with, so if you offer me a dragon story, I will definitely want to read it. ‘Smoke Signals’ is the third story of the ‘For the Hoard’ collection I have read, and to my delight it is entirely different from the other two. This tale takes dragons into an alternate contemporary world where dragons are known to exist, are somewhere between revered and feared, and while they are much like the creatures described in legends, they are also people more or less part of modern society.

Mike works in customer support for a company that distributes computer games online, does not really know much about dragons, and panics a little when he is assigned to help a very regal dragon who just happens to collect games. The thought alone made me grin – I mean, traditionally dragons have gold and jewels as a hoard, but why not games? Zali'thurg has pretty much every game in existence but, until recently, was not aware that some only exist online. Imagine his distress to realize that his hoard is incomplete?

Mike approaches his first visit with some trepidation – dragons are powerful beings, just a little scary, and nobody knows much about them. As he gets to know Zali'thurg there are lots of cross-cultural communication issues. The way a dragon thinks is so different from the human norm that Mike faces several obstacles in his quest for better understanding. And since the story is told entirely from his point of view, I was able to see things his way, guess what was going on, and slowly increase my understanding of what Zali'thurg was all about.

If you like stories where two strangers have to work hard to create a common understanding for even the simplest of communications, if you enjoy cross-cultural relationships and all the issues they can entail, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, funny, full of surprises and revelations, and deeply emotional in a very imaginative way, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s a fabulous interpretation of what might happen when a human falls for a dragon and vice versa. Simply fantastic!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 29000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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