Book Reviews

Dragon's Hoard (Dreamspun Beyond) by M.A. Church at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-April-2018

Book Blurb

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

 

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

 

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.

 

Book Review

“To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.” – and what that means, exactly, is what this entertaining, heartwarming, and imaginative novel is all about. I never get tired of reading a new take on dragon lore, and there are a few nice variations in this story that made it a joy to read. Dragons are usually quite powerful, but in this world, they have a few extra talents and a unique view of the world. Werewolves are as hierarchical as ever, with little regard for anyone who is different. The interactions between one dragon and a werewolf pack that ends up in his debt (financially) are the focus of this story, and I really enjoyed the humorous banter between the main characters, getting to know their friends, and the twists and turns of the story.

Warwick is a very powerful dragon who finds out he doesn’t know enough about courting werewolves, not really a skill he ever thought he’d need. He is also what humans would call a loan shark (though Warwick doesn’t see it that way at all), and his wealth is as unimaginable as the secret powers he harbors in both human and shifted form. Warwick is strict about repayments, so when an alpha werewolf isn’t able to repay his debt (despite having had a hundred years to get ready), Warwick is determined to get his money’s worth. Usually he’d kick the pack off their land and take over their businesses, but in this case, he has something different in mind… as soon he realizes that the alpha’s son is his mate. Talk about an interesting turn of events!

Avery is an omega werewolf not truly respected by his family and pack, but he has a core of strength nobody suspects. He has already gotten some “concessions” from his father, like working in the pack’s corporate headquarters, but on the whole, nobody other than his eldest sister actually respects him and takes him seriously. He can’t take over the pack once his father retires, so his future is basically rather bleak. When he finds out about his father’s financial issues and realizes he is the pack’s only hope of keeping what they own, he has a tough decision to make. While he doesn’t necessarily want to mate a dragon, Avery sees the bigger picture. Then there is the fact that he knows Warwick is his mate as soon as they set eyes on each other… but Avery has no idea what that means to a dragon.

Between the forcibly arranged marriage and figuring out how a dragon/werewolf mating works, Avery and Warwick have their hands full. There are misunderstandings and communication issues galore, but the underlying willingness of both men to be flexible saves them from a major fight more than once. Both have preconceived notions about each other’s species, but as they begin to focus on each other as individuals, they discover a lot of compatibility. Some of these discoveries are easier to deal with than others, but the humorous way in which this book is written made it a fun journey of discovery rather than an angst-filled drama.

If you like the idea of a dragon finding out that his mate is a werewolf and having trouble figuring out how to go about courting him, if you want to see a werewolf discover he is better off with a dragon than his own pack, and if you’re looking for an entertaining romance between unlikely partners who end up falling deeply in love, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It is a great addition to my “library” of dragon stories!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 234 pages/58391 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-October-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dragons-hoard-by-ma-church-8822-b