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Magic & Mischief

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  580 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Homoerotic stories involving griffons, demons, dragons, wizards, and thieves. In The Dragon's Treasure, a dragon obsessed with cleanliness quietly pines over a regular customer to his shop. In The Selkie No One Wanted, a selkie who is nothing like his beautiful siblings winds up helping the fisherman he has long admired. A demon finds himself dealing with two troublesome h ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Less Than Three Press (first published August 2010)
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A very enjoyable collection from Megan Derr.

I’m far to lazy to review each story individually but I particularly enjoyed The Spawn, a delightfully humorous tale and Quest which played to my hurt comfort addiction.

My least favourite would be Mad Finnegan, purely on the incest grounds, but still an interesting story, I just pretended they were not really brothers lol.

Overall recommended to all who enjoy Megan Derr’s Mystical universe.
Chris, the Dalek King
I'm pretty much up to reading whatever the hell Megan Derr wishes to write. And I love her short stories, and adore her dragons (in whatever form they may take), so this was pretty much going to be a hit no matter what. And on rereading it, I found I loved it just as much as when I first bought it. Wouldn't mind if some of these shorts were expanded into longer versions either.

There were some pretty obvious formatting errors, though, so that did drop the rating down a bit. Sometimes a space in
This was a wonderful fairy tale anthology written by one of my favorite authors, Megan Derr. While all of these stories are short and I would love further development in almost every one, I still enjoyed them. I am just sorry that the readings were over so quickly! Overall, these are fun stories and give you more of a fairy tale ending that is nice on the romance, and very light on the explicit descriptions (with the excepction of Mad Finnegan).

The Dragon's Treasure [5 stars]: Tate is a dragon w
Average (total stars / 8 stories) = 3.28 stars

Favorites: The Quest, Making Dragon Stew, The Innkeeper's Story


The Dragon's Treasure: 3.5 stars
Tate was a grumpy dragon who quietly pining over a demon, Macklin. I found this set-up to be adorable. I loved Megan Derr's grumpy characters! Plus dragon and demon?? We need more of that kind of couple ^^. My complaint was the part with the sorcerer was a bit rushed and the 'action' part to be lacking punch.

Nobody does fantasy/fairy-tale M/M like Megan Derr. This was such a fun collection of stories. I loved how many of them interconnected, so we got to see the same characters reappearing in later stories.

I loved the way magic works in this world, and the various magicians were delightful. My favorite unique approach to magic was in the last story where the spells were woven into hair or wrapped around arms and then activated with words when they were needed. Very cool idea, and one it would be fun
Not at all what I expected. A nice change of pace, compared to what I've been reading recently.
And it's a book with freaking fairy tales! Do you know how long it's been since the last time I read fairy tales? Because I honestly can't remember.

My favourites so far:
The Innkeeper's Story
Drunk Butterflies
Dragon Stew
Mad Finnegan
- Intense. I loved it.
The Quest
The Selkie No One Wanted
A collection of cute bedtime stories :)
Final score 3.5

The Dragon's Treasure: 2.5 stars

The Selkie No One Wanted - 3.5
Half point for unusual shifters

The Spawn: 2.5

Mad Finnegan: 2.5

Making Dragon Stew - 4 stars

The Innkeeper's Story - 3.5 - Loved older characters

The Quest: 4.5

Spellbound: 4
I really loved every story of this book.
There were many smiles, some laughing and a few tears.

Dec 28, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2014
Sweet comfort reading at its best. Exactly what I was looking for!
Kendra T
At times I found it took a lot for me to get through some of the stories but this was mainly because I don't typically like the fantasy/magic genre. The first few stories dragged a bit for me but I really loved the last half of the stories. I did like the anthology as a whole, though, and liked that it was made up of a bunch of short stories. Where there was one or two that I didn't connect with, there were others that I loved.

The Dragon's Treasure-This wasn't my favorite of the set but I did en
Jul 11, 2015 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bunch of lovely story stories. Three stories are loosely linked but can be read fine separately.

Though one of the middle stories does have a incest romance which some may not like.

The few love making scenes were really well written. Wish the author wrote more of them! lol

I just want more dragon stories! Really loved those ones!

Dragon Stew is still my favourite.
Dec 15, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-male-male
Anthologies are not my favorite thing to read. There are always stories that I wished were longer and this is no exception. Also, but book felt long for only 255 pages.

The Dragon's Treasure: I really liked this story, but once again it was too short. Basically we have a dragon, Tate, who is obessed with cleaning. His only treasure is a demon, Macklin, who comes in to sell goods, but the Macklin has no idea he is the Tate's treasure. Macklin asks Tate to protect an amulet he stole. Tate protects
I really loved this anthology. There's quite a bit of humor throughout and the characters are likable and interesting which made the stories entertaining as well as fun to read. This collection is all M/M although the sex is very low-key. One of the stories deals with incest (brothers) and so may not be for everyone but overall this was a really great read.
Jilrene ♥
A cool collection of short stories. I rounded up to 4 stars, it's more of a 3.5, but the three related stories made it seem longer. Something like that.
Nov 10, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-mm, reread
I love Megan Derr's writing. Really enjoyed all the stories offered here. Highly recommended!
Aug 04, 2011 Sian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So ridiculously sweet and funny. Feel good doesn't even begin to describe :D
Sep 22, 2011 Alli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every single story, they were fantastic
H.V. Corbin
The Dragon’s Treasure – 3/5 Stars
A pretty cute little story about a dragon and the handsome demon who he secretly treasures.

The Selkie No One Wanted – 4/5 Stars
A selkie with self-esteem issues falls for a hunky fisherman. A very charming short.

The Spawn – 5/5 Stars
This one was absolutely delightful! A demon, a knight, a baby and lots of tooth-aching fluffiness!

Mad Finnegan – 4/5 Stars
This one is actually connected to ‘The Dragon’s Treasure’. This one is about all the dirtybadwrong goodness of br
I typically enjoy Megan Derr's work and am all about m/m romance fantasy stories, so this anthology of stories sounded like it would be right up my alley. And while it was okay overall, I feel like it fell short of my expectations. Several of the stories take place in the same universe - separated by other stories in between - but there wasn't any clear way this was indicated so it was confusing at times to go "oh that's the same name - wait, this is the guy who was mentioned in the background t ...more
Nov 15, 2013 Teetee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, LOVE this author and this was a wonderful read for me! This collection of stories kept revisiting the characters I came to love in my favorite stories within the whole (if that makes sense). There are about 15 or so works all together, all short, mostly maybe 20 pages and I would say 12 of the 15 are solid hits. I also liked how the writer dispersed her modern works in with the fantasy world (this also may have been great editing, so kudos to whomever put this together, it was very ...more
loved the collection of stories, particularly the ones about dragons & the ones revolving around Mad Finnegan
Jade Lucas
DNF. Good for a mindless read, I guess, but no substance and none of the characters had much depth.
Mar 10, 2016 Brooklyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed each of the stories in this book. I struggle with fantasy as a m/m romance genre, not sure why. But this one was very enjoyable. None of the books really delved too deeply into traditional fantasy so I was able to enjoy them without getting lost in the detail of the fictional world. I liked that several of the stories were related. It sort of brought them together and make them pieces of the whole. I think The InnKeeper's Story was the one I disliked the most. There was nothing ...more
May 31, 2014 ms.beau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Wow, this book of adult fairy tales was like a bag of jelly beans: colorful little tastey bits I couldn't stop nibbling! It was a fun read.
The Dragon's Treasure - 5 stars
I absolutely loved Tate. He is by far one of my more favorite characters I think.

The Selkie No One Wanted - 3 stars

The Spawn - 3 stars

Mad Finnegan - 2 stars
I couldn't help but think Harry Potter the entire time...

Dragon Stew - 5 stars
I really liked this story too...Maybe I'm just attracted to Dragons...

The Innkeeper's Story - 3 stars

Quest - 4 stars
A Quest for a Quest :)

Spellbound - 4 stars

That was lovely!
I love the different stories and couples. I like how some of the stories were interwoven!
I do adore this author's writing! I will definitely read more of hers! :)
Dec 26, 2015 Tj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, read-2015
This was a nice collection of shorts but each one left me feeling like there should be more to the story. This came either with the depth of the story, lack of depth of the characters, or an unfinished ending. I think each of these stories were good in concept though and I'm sure I would enjoy any of them if they were expanded and the "holes" filled. Still I really enjoyed it overall.
This is a lovely anthology! I really enjoyed reading most of the stories, the warning about incest did bother me but it was only the one story.

Most stories were more like fairytales and on the non-explicit side. Some were shorter than others, my favorites were Treasure(that grumpy dragon was cute as hell) and The Quest, because I wanted a happy ending for the other brother as well.
I'm usually not into books such as these with many short stories. I have no complaints here though. It was like sipping an expensive wine, intoxicating. I spent most of the time in a half state of giddiness and drunkenness. There are too many short stories to really review them individually so I'll just recommend that you read this. You will not be disappointed!
A fantastic collection of short stories from my new favourite author. Loved every character is this book but my main favourite have to be Finn and Tate, the mad wizard and his pet dragon. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic and mischief!!
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Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she's not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.
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