Amazon Blurb:

From the author of the critically acclaimed Dominion of the Fallen trilogy comes a tale of dragons, and Fallen angels—and also kissing, sarcasm and stabbing.

Lunar New Year should be a time for familial reunions, ancestor worship, and consumption of an unhealthy amount of candied fruit.

But when dragon prince Thuan brings home his brooding and ruthless husband Asmodeus for the New Year, they find not interminable family gatherings, but a corpse outside their quarters. Asmodeus is thrilled by the murder investigation; Thuan, who gets dragged into the political plotting he’d sworn off when he left, is less enthusiastic.

It’ll take all of Asmodeus’s skill with knives, and all of Thuan’s diplomacy, to navigate this one—as well as the troubled waters of their own relationship….

A sparkling standalone book set in a world of dark intrigue.

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders will be released on July 7, 2020. Preorder Now!

Quote:

“An investigation? Into matters of disloyalty? With powers to ignore the constraints of the law?” Asmodeus looked like a child who’d just been handed a red envelope full of unexpected money. “I stand corrected. This might be rather less boring a stay than I’d thought.”

Review:

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders is a novella as fun as its title is long. While short, I enjoyed it. I haven’t read the series that this novella is attached to, but I was assured this was standalone by people I trust. It is true, this is standalone. However, I do feel like I would have gotten more out of it had I already been attached to the characters and knew their story. So I am thinking of reading the rest of the series as a result.

Thuan, also known as the bookish husband, cares about family, and he has brought his husband with him to meet his family on the Lunar New Year. His husband, Asmodeus, also known as the stabby husband, isn’t really into this but is willing to play along. Until a corpse shows up outside their rooms. Then Asmodeus finds the entire thing incredibly interesting as he goes off trying to solve who did it, while Thuan is left trying to play diplomat in a nest full of vipers. Which he doesn’t care for.

I enjoyed this because the relationship dynamic between the two characters was different than I expected it to be. The political machinations helped, and I liked the final message they had, too. This was an entertaining murder mystery romance political machination book with sarcasm. It has made me curious about the rest of the series.

ARC received from the publisher on Netgalley. This did not affect my review.