Title: Lust and Other Drugs (Mytho #1)
Author: T.J Nichols
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Mythology
Page Count: 203
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Police officer Jordan and dragon shifter Edra might have to work together, but they don’t trust each other—even if sparks do fly between them.
If anyone finds out Jordan’s a mytho sympathizer, it could kill his career. No one can know that he frequents the satyr dens and uses the drug Bliss. A dead satyr might not get much attention, but two dead humans who appeared to overdose on Bliss? That shouldn’t even be possible.
And it might not be an accident.
Edra, Mythological Services Liaison, has been covering up mytho crimes to protect the community’s reputation. With a mayoral election looming, the last thing his people need is a scandal like this one.
To get a murderer off the streets, Jordan and Edra will be spending a lot of time together, and it won’t be easy to keep up with their deceptions. Or keep resisting each other.
The premise of this book was refreshingly different. A scientific experiment caused a space fold and merged parts of an alternate world of mythology with modern day Earth. When the doorway was closed, the action permanently trapped satyrs, dragons, gods, mermaids, vampires, werewolves and more on Earth. Humans, predictably, reacted badly to this infusion of otherworldly beings and after 10 years, tensions are still running high.
Enter in Edra, a Lesser Dragon, who is a liaison between the Mytho community and humans, trying his best to help his people find homes, jobs, and educations. He’s been tasked to work with the San Francisco police department to better relations between the Mytho’s community and the Humans.
Jordan Kells, undercover agent coming off his last job, has been assigned to work with Edra. Kells has his secrets he’s trying to keep from the SFPD and unfortunately, Edra knows what that is.
I’ve already mentioned this was refreshingly different take on the paranormal genre. I appreciated the idea that these two worlds of mythology and modern day were briefly mooshed together. I also liked how the main characters were dancing around the mutual attraction while trying to navigate roles and responsibilities in an impossible situation.
And this was truly an impossible situation Edra and Jordan live in, and perhaps my only complaint with the book. I really felt disheartened by the negativity, which yeah, one could extrapolate to our current political and societal situation regarding acceptance and tolerance. And maybe that’s where I struggled, is I need some escape from Real Life and this didn’t afford me that escape, that hope, that little bit of optimism I need at the end of the day.
But I DID like how Edra and Jordan were trying in their own way. I DID quite enjoy the Mytho’s often perplexed (and frustrated) outlook on humanities hypocrisy toward other people’s beliefs. I quite liked the subtle humor that kinda wove its way through the story.
So, kudos to the author for being able to elicit some emotions and make this a thought provoking book as well. I would be interested in reading the next in the series, if only to see how everything continues to develop.