The Red Dragon of Oxford by Joy Lynn Fielding

A new urban fantasy series with dragons from Joy Lynn Fielding. The sexy head librarian is not the only reason Mark is spending all his time doing research at the library, after all he is at Oxford to get his doctorate. But Rufus is not that oblivious, and he has his sights set on Mark as well, if they can get past the whole dragon thing. The Red Dragon of Oxford is a fun and sweet dragon shifter book with hoarding dragon vibes and a loveable human MC.

From the blurb:

Dragons aren't real. Or so I used to think.

Oxford isn't exactly what I'd imagined. Sure, the colleges are romantic, and everyone is brilliant enough to trigger my impostor syndrome. I expected that.

The dragon, however, was a big surprise.

I saw him on my first day. The beautiful beast spoke to me, then disappeared. I’ve been looking for him ever since.

When I’m not on a wild dragon chase, I spend my time in the library. I’d like to think I’m only there to study, but who am I kidding?

I’m there for him.

Rufus Mortimer is the world’s hottest librarian. He’s strict, enigmatic, and sexy. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

But he has a secret. One that could destroy everything.

So now, all I have to do is find a dragon, earn my doctorate, and try to not to let my new romance burn my life to the ground. Easy, right?

I wish…

The Red Dragon of Oxford, book 1 in the Wings over Albion series, is a sweet and spicy paranormal m/m romance. Download today, and get ready to fall in love with Mark and Rufus.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's review:

"𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭. 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺'𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘥, 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘐'𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘐 𝘴𝘰 𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥."

This is my first book by this author and it was super cute! I really enjoyed Mark and Rufus. Mark was a bit of a worrywart. His self-esteem was something that hindered him a bit throughout the book. Rufus was also a worrier, but in a different way if that makes sense. He's our dragon and he's a tad awkward. Rufus hasn't had a lot of practice with social norms based on his upbringing so he finds engaging in conversation difficult. Mark is more of a blurter and I totally loved that about him.

The middle of this one was bit slow. These two danced around each other for quite awhile. I found the bits with dragon culture very interesting though and I wish we got a scene between Evelyn and Grandfather Mortimer where she put that old prick in his place. Mark standing up for Rufus was amazing though. The petite man has balls, I'll tell you that!

There are a few loose threads at the end of this one that I am sure are going to play out in the next book. I also really liked Rufus's brother Nate and am glad that he is the MC of the book 2. My heart hurt for the poor dragon so it makes me happy he's going to get his very own HEA.

SNik's review:

First in series (Wings Over Albion). Urban fantasy. Hurt/comfort. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Seeing a red dragon early one morning is just the start for graduate student Mark in keeping secrets, along with his doubts about whether he belongs at Oxford and daydreaming about the sexy head librarian. Rufus loves being a librarian, even if his family has always looked down on him, and isn’t sure why he feels such a strong connection to Mark, he hoards books but he also wants to hoard Mark. 

I enjoyed the slow build up to this relationship, we get a sense of who Mark and Rufus are as individuals before they start to learn about each other and start a romantic partnership. With just enough of a world build to keep a reader interested, there were a good amount of supportive secondary characters, and an underlying story arc that will continue in the next book. But of course my favorite parts were when it’s just Mark and Rufus together on page as they were sweet and spicy.

Angel's review:

That's a question that Mark ponders for a good chunk of this story. After encountering an injured red dragon, Mark can't get the majestic creature out of his head. He knows he can't share what he knows with the world though, so he keeps it to himself. And since he's trying to adjust to his first year at Oxford, he can't stay as obsessed with the creature. When Mark visits the library, he gets introduced to the grumpy librarian who oversees the place, and despite Mark not expecting to like the man, he ends up falling for him.

Rufus is a red dragon, and with him being a red one his family treats him as though he's worthless because of it. Instead of having a hoard of money and jewels, his hoard is made up of books, that's all that's important to him... Until he meets Mark.

This author is new to me, I've never read anything from them before, and after reading this book, I think that's going to have to change. The way in which the book was written was so unique, this authors writing style is very different from the way others write, it really stands apart from others. I was immediately drawn into this world because of the way it was written, and I think they did a really great job with it. The characters themselves I thought was thought-out and written quite well, I really enjoyed the vivid details we got of Rufus's dragon. The historical component of this story was really well done, I was as excited as Rufus was when he was getting told about the history of dragons, and what each color of dragon meant. I thought that was done exceptionally well.

Something else I enjoyed and appreciated was the fact that Mark and Rufus didn't immediately start a relationship with one another. They took their time to slowly put feelers out, and waited to see how the other would respond. Upon them starting their relationship there were quite a few spicy scenes, which I don't think there needed to be as many as there was, (as they didn't really add anything to the story ) but Mark and Rufus's bond was still written well. I liked how both POV's were written, it didn't get confusing or muddled, each POV was made clear so you know which character you were reading about.

I really hope that Nate gets his own story, his character was mentioned a few times throughout the course of this story, and I want to know more about his character.

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