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Dragon Mine by Joyee Flynn

The male pregnancy (also knows as MPREG) theme is my kinky secret passion. There are not so much non-fanfiction stories out there, and not so many publishers willing to release them, so it’s possible for me to read and enjoy almost all the available novels and author who “dare” to write about it. But friends, remember that I’m a woman, a romance reader, and so what I like is not what everyone like; if you ask me, is the male pregnancy a mainstream theme, I would answer, absolutely not; is the male pregnancy a theme that can appeal to the gay reader, I would answer, probably not. I know of only one male author who wrote of a male pregnancy (and the book is in my reading list), but from what I gathered, it’s more in a horror contest than a real “I want a baby” theme. Actually I’m not even sure the pregnancy in that novel will end in the male character having a baby.

So coming back to Dragon Mine and Siren Publishing. Siren Publishing, with Noble Romance Publishing, Changeling Press and Liquid Silver Books, are, as far as I know, the only publishers with male pregnancy books in their catalogue. Moreover, Siren and Noble Romance share also an author, Stormy Glenn. I read some of the Stormy Glenn’s novels, and they are all on the trend, Alpha Male meets cute (and bratty) omega male and they build an happy little family. Is the Alpha Male strong, sturdy and passionate? Of course. Is the omega male little, spoiled and pretty? Of course. Are they real? Of course not. Like a spin off of those novel, Joyee Flynn, who started her writing career as co-author of Stormy Glenn, launched her own series, the North American Dragon. In an alternative contemporary reality (meaning that we are still in the 2010, but this is not our ordinary contemporary society) shapeshifter Dragons are living among us; 40 years before there was a spread of violence directed to the Dragons and humans tried to exterminate the breed; apparently the Dragons were clever and not so much interested in the “little” fights with humans, and what people achieved was simply to drastically decrease the number of human females. Basically Dragons are only men, and when they mate, they impregnate each other, no need of women at all. Due to the lack of women, among the human population the split between Alpha males and omega males is even more striking, and feminine men are more and more substituting women and their traditionally roles (yes, yes, this is quite a male chauvinist sentence, but it’s to give you the whole idea).

This is basically the story of Dragon Mine, what probably will appeal the romance reader is the interaction between Ryan and Neil and their big bad dragon, Gabriel: they are like little puppies and their Master, Gabriel is a gentle giant, tenderly taking care of his little men, and Ryan and Neil are plenty enjoying to be spoiled; from a difficult past of abuse and violence, when they arrive under the protective shielf of Gabriel, they flourish; they are joyful and happy, and Gabriel doesn’t want for them to change, doesn’t matter if they are not responsible or independent, Gabriel can allow them to be spoiled brats.

A little complain on the use of the Italian word "piccola"; maybe since I'm Italian this is something that bothered me but many of the readers will not understand it. In the novel is explained by Gabriel that since he calls Neil "baby", he has to find an equal nickname for Ryan, and he decides on "piccola", telling him that is basically the Italian translation of "baby". True, but it's the "female" Italian translation, "piccola" (A in the end) if for women, "piccolo" (O in the end) is for men. Problem is that, while "piccola" in Italian is indead a sweet nickname, you can use for you female lover, "piccolo" is not the same, on the contrary, piccolo can be even an offense. See how strange and difficult is the Italian language? I would prefer for it to be used in the right contest. And by the way, I'm not sure the author knew the difference between piccola and piccolo, I'm fine if she used "piccola" for a man, if there was a reason, but that was not explained.

http://www.bookstrand.com/dragon-mine

Amazon Kindle: Dragon Mine (Siren Publishing Menage Amour ManLove)

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Tags: author: joyee flynn, genre: paranormal, length: novel, review, theme: alpha males, theme: male pregnancy, theme: shapeshifters
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