Book Reviews

The Red Dragon of Oxford (Wings over Albion 1) by Joy Lynn Fielding

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 31-January-2024

Book 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 

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 

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

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…

Book Review

This is an enjoyable, no-angst, sweet and cosy romance set in Oxford, England. Mark has finally achieved his dream of going to college in Oxford – he’s nervous, excited, and overwhelmed as an incoming student. Rufus is the hot and sexy librarian everyone on campus is gaga over, but Rufus has an inferiority complex due to his family’s belief he’s not up to “dragon” standards because his dragon is red and he likes books, not money. Somehow Mark and Rufus strike up a connection and Mark is drawn into Rufus’s world.


I found the character development interesting and engaging – the reader can feel Mark’s angst as a first-year student trying to navigate what is expected of him. Likewise, with how Rufus’s family puts him down and refuses to accept his love of books over money. They both felt like people, not a two-dimensional character.


I quite enjoyed how the romance was interwoven into the overall plot and not the main driving aspect between the main characters. With that being said, I never really felt that romantic “spark” between Mark and Rufus, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes it’s refreshing to have subtle versus insta-love.


Overall, this was a perfect Saturday afternoon read when the weather is crud outside, as a vacation read, or to unwind after a long day of meetings. Low angst, lots of sweet, interesting settings and characters, and an engaging plot. If there’s ever a second book, I would definitely read it. 




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 250 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2024
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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