Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dragon Kin: Ferret You by Celia Kyle

Dragon Kin: Ferret You!
by Celia Kyle
Cover art by Bryan Keller
ISBN: 978-1-60521-324-8
Genre(s): Paranormal, Humor & Satire
Theme(s): Interracial, Shapeshifters, BBW, Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures
Series: Dragon Kin (Multi Author)
Length: Novella


Egan's a dragon with a plan. After watching his brothers settle with their fire companions, he aches to create a home with his own. Only Mireya is being somewhat... resistant. Okay, she's said no. Repeatedly. He likes to think she's just playing hard to get. He hopes.


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Egan swallowed the lump in his throat and dried his hands on his jeans. He wasn’t a pussy. No, he was a man’s man who hated opening up to women.“Hey, guys.” He jerked his head in welcome. “Sky, Selena.”He was welcomed by both of the ladies with near twin smiles, mouths wide and eyes twinkling with an echoed “Egan!” ringing in his ears.Egan took the last remaining seat and settled in, taking a sip of the beer placed before him by a passing waitress. The woman didn’t stick around long and he couldn’t blame her. He’d heard the goblins in the bar liked to play games of grab-ass, and the only way to avoid them was to stay quick on your feet. Sky could definitely tell some tales about that. “So.” He took a deep breath.Sky leaned forward, elbows on the table. “So.”“So.” Selena mimicked her movement.“What did they tell you?” He knew the guys had, because these ladies were way too interested in him tonight.“That you --” Sky started.“Oh, wise and powerful dragon.” Selena laid it on thick.“Need our help.”“Because we’re wonderful.”“And women,” they said in unison.Egan glared at Brenton and Kyden. He loved the women, just the tiniest bit more than sisters, which meant he wasn’t above putting them over his knee as only a brother could do -- except Sky would probably enjoy it a bit too much.Sky toyed with her drink. “So, what’s the problem?”He sighed. “Mireya.” One word, one name, it all boiled down to her. Both women oohed. “Yup. She’s my…” He hadn’t ever said it aloud, hadn’t ever wanted to tempt the sleeping dragon within, but he couldn’t do this alone. “She’s my fire companion.” He grimaced.“Keep going. We can’t help if we don’t know it all.”For this he’d need liquid fortification. He lifted his mug from the table and downed three quick gulps of the bitter, cold brew. “I’ve tried wooing.”“How?” Sky was taking notes on what looked like a stolen order pad.“I brought her flowers, chocolates, gifts. I complimented her. Anything I could to get her to smile.”Selena shook her head. “You laid it on too thick.” Well, duh. Even Mireya had told him that. “Next?”“I started just visiting her bakery every other day…” Both women stared at him. Okay, he was pathetic. “Every day. I visited her every day and asked her out for coffee or in for one of her Danishes. She kept saying no.”The ladies looked at each other and spoke in unison. “Too strong.”“Then I tried ignoring her…”Brenton, with his big assed mouth butted in. “If you call walking by twice a day ignoring.”Both of his brothers burst into laughter and high-fived over their lover’s heads. “Yeah!”“Assholes.” Egan finished off his beer. “So, ladies, what am I supposed to do?”The women leaned toward one another and whispered quietly for several moments before returning their attention to him. “She’s a ferret.” He couldn’t figure out the big deal, but he nodded at Selena anyway.“And her step-brother just moved away? Mika? To Barkus, Kansas?”He nodded at Sky. “The thing is…”“Egan…”Kyden broke in this time. “She’s just not that into you.” He high-fived Brenton. “Yeah! Again!”Both Selena and Sky rolled their eyes. “The point is, gentlemen-who-shall-never-have-sex-again, that her life is in an uproar. Mika isn’t there to help with the bakery and has moved halfway across the country. She’s alone and the last thing she needs is a distraction to throw her life into a tailspin. She doesn’t need a fly-by-night man.” Selena eyed him. “And the way you were coming on to her… she thinks you’re a one-two punch and then out the door kind of guy.”“But --”“There’s only one plan of action now.” Both women nodded, resolute.He really didn’t like the sound of that. go hungry, I’ll blame you all!

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