am 13. April 2014
Dyre, galactic hero and purple hunk, is always on the lookout for a new quest. Man-eating monsters, marauding mobs, or damsels in distress - he's here to save the day. And accept the reward for his valorous deeds from the grateful populace, of course.
For some reason, these rewards tend to consist of carnivorous plants or other similarly dangerous gifts, but that's surely a sign of respect for his mighty prowess. Right? I mean, it's not like he destroyed their village on purpose. Or deliberately set their holy tree on fire. And how was he supposed to know that the woman was married to the chieftain? She, like, threw herself at him. There's absolutely no call to refer to him as 'the menace'. He's a gallant warrior for right and justice, darn it.
In his latest adventure, Dyre saved a human barbarian named Betty, who'd be right pretty if someone dunked her in purple dye, from a dangerous troll. So why isn't she properly grateful? And why won't she do as she is told? Her stubbornness keeps putting her in danger. How can he stay true to his heroic ideals if he has to ruthlessly slay all those who threaten her? If he isn't careful, he will revert to his mercenary roots. He cannot let this happen. Betty is his damsel. His princess. His reward for all his noble deeds. His happily-ever-after.
Now, where is this confounded dragon he has to slay? There has to be one somewhere, all the books he read as a child said so.
Anyway, this has gotten a little longer than I expected, but as you can see, I had a blast with this book. So funny. Dyre is a great quixotic hero. There's lots and lots of lovely humor, a nice amount of romance, and a few nice sex scenes. I can recommend this book to anyone who's looking for some lighthearted romance.
This is book 5 in a series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.