Erryn reviews The Doctor’s Wounded Dragon (The High Garden Dragons Book 6)’ by C.K. Noel. The ebook is 77 pages and was published May 5, 2021. The audiobook was released on September 7, 2022 is 3hrs and 37 mins and narrated by Aaron Ross. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m enjoying this series.
Dr. Adam Richards was raised in a time where being gay was taboo. Like most men of his time, he settled down, married a woman, and had children. Thirty years later, divorced and ready to start over, he wishes he’d been true to himself back when he was younger and desirable. Who’d want an old man like him? And what would his sons think if they knew the truth?
Then Adam meets the young, confident, and gorgeous Aaran MacNair. Adam is positive he’s too old for him. But Aaran has a secret; he’s a thousand-year-old dragon-shifter, and what’s more, he claims Adam is his mate.
A single date quickly spirals into a moment of passion, igniting the bonding process. But Adam’s son interrupts, halting the completion of the bond. Feeling the effects of the mating heat, Aaran has two options—leave or risk killing Adam’s son—both choices have devastating consequences.
I’m enjoying this dragon series by C.K. Noel – and narrated by the wonderful Aaron Ross. Each novella is a little glimpse into the mythical world of dragons. This book had a guy I could related to – Adam has lived half of what he expects his life to be. He married a woman because it was expected of him and he had two boys, whom he adores, because that’s what people did. He never considered there might be another way to live. He’s envious of gay men who are living out and proud – he’s not there yet.
Then Adam meets Aaran and everything changes. The younger man is very interested and suddenly Adam questions if he might have what he’s always wanted. Except there’s this little catch – Aaran’s a dragon. A thousand-year-old dragon. And now that the dragon king has found his mate, many of Aaran’s close associates – including his brothers – are finding mates themselves. So Aaran’s ready to claim Adam. Only, as they’re mid bonding session, Adam’s sons arrive. Here things got a little convoluted but, in the end, the men complete the mating ritual and Adam becomes Aaran’s. There are consequences, of course, but that’s all part of being mate to a dragon shifter.
I enjoyed the story and know there are more to come and I’m excited to listen to them as well.
8.5/10 Points of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but C.K. has a love for soul mates, true love, and happily ever after. Of course, he can’t let his characters get their happy ending too easily; they have to suffer first. He’s inspired by day to day life and loves transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary in his stories.
C.K. resides in small town Florida near where he grew up. He has a large, crazy family, a prissy Chihuahua, and two mischievous cats that love each other one moment and hate each other the next–there’s no in between.
For upcoming releases, blurbs, and more, stop by C.K’s website at www.cknoel.com