Review: The Only Option by Megan Derr


A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.

When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.

When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo’s pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.

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*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in return of an honest review*

I really liked The Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr, so when I started this I expected something equally good. And while I didn’t love it as much as TToL I still really enjoyed this one. Megan Derr created a great fantasy world with necromancers and magis and dragons.
I particularly liked that we had a necromancer as MC because usually the books aren’t written in their POV. So that was nice and refreshing. And I’ll have to look for more books with necromancers where they’re not the “bad guys”.

The story starts with Tilo, a young dragon, “picking up” Rochus, the necromancer in an inn. They spent the night together and it’s only the next day that Rochus finds out Tilo is his husband to be. I won’t go into specifics on why they have to marry as to not spoil the story. But I loved the back and forth between the two.
Rochus isn’t sure what to make of Tilo and he also isn’t sure if Tilo really wanted him or if that was him trying to see if he could be with a necromancer. So there’s a bit of hurt feelings but these two also have great chemistry and I really enjoyed reading about that.

And can I just mention Rochus’ pets? They might have been the highlight of this story. Especially Fury!

I was a bit sad that this one was so short because the end seemed a bit too fast and I would have loved to see more of Tilo and Rochus.
But overall this was a very enjoyable story. I recommend it.

Genre: Fantasy Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Review Tag: Age-Gap Tag: Part of a series

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