QSFer Hanna Dare has a new MM fantasy romance out: “The Dragon Hunter’s Son.”
A land of castles, swords and dragons… except the dragons are just stories now. The dragon hunters have done their job too well.
Philip travels from town to town as his dragon hunter father chases old glories and the next drink. Philip is there to carry the bags, tend to the horses, and fade into the background. The promise of riches brings them to a village in a remote valley, but Philip longs to find something – or someone – to call his own.
When a mysterious and compelling stranger appears in town, Philip hopes for connection – even a romance if they can hide it from his father. But the stranger has secrets of his own.
Some domestic violence, drinking, violence in an action-adventure setting.
Philip took one of his hands and kissed the knuckles before firmly pressing it back to Ejoler’s side. “We just have to keep it secret and be patient. I can sneak away later tonight.”
He tried not to think of how little time together they had left. Maybe Jaxon could be put off for a few more days. He might indulge too much tonight to get up before dawn – Philip never encouraged his drinking, but this was a special occasion. Or perhaps Philip could somehow get them lost in the caves tomorrow until his father got frustrated enough to give up.
Ejoler nodded to him. “I can wait. My patience can outlast the mountains themselves. But, Philip” — he fixed him with a fierce and hungry stare — “do not make me wait that long.”
Ejoler turned away and walked on ahead, leaving Philip to bite his lip and settle his breathing before he could follow.
It was nearly suppertime at the inn by the time they got back, which may have accounted for the crowd. But Philip had never seen the place so completely filled, with people unable to find room inside standing in front of the building talking together in small anxious clusters.
Lily elbowed her way through the open door, giving mugs of ale to the people outside until her hands were empty. She caught sight of Philip and rushed over.
Lily clutched at him urgently. “Philip! I’ve been looking for you all day. Everybody’s talking.”
Philip froze, worried that something in his face had given him away — that the marks of Ejoler’s kisses or just his own happiness was shining through his skin. It didn’t seem unbelievable in that moment that the whole village would be there to stare at him.
“It’s Tris,” she continued. “I wouldn’t normally believe him, the way he goes on, but he says, absolutely swears he saw—”
Had Tris spied on them? Followed them into the caves today or spotted them in the woods, or even sensed something the day before? But Lily was staring up at him with a mix of fear and giddy excitement.
“A dragon,” she said. “In the sky above the valley last night. Philip, a real dragon.”
A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes. Find Hanna on the internet enjoying pretty pictures, procrastination and caffeinated beverages.