Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
I can’t resist a dragon’s tale and this new installment in Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Beyond series is another knockout! Dragon’s Hoard by M.A. Church combines several typical story elements such as a dragon and his hoard, a wolf shifter and mate bonding, a pack omega typical characteristics and serves up a finished romance that sees a wonderful new love story emerge from those familiar beginnings.
Our introduction is to a desperate bargain made by Avery’s father and pack Alpha with Warwick, an ancient Dragon and well-known money lender. Only he’s someone you go to only as the last resort. Think Dragon shark! And Avery’s father has been very irresponsible with the pack holdings and finances. A deal is done and he has 100 years to pay off his debt. Yeah, like that’s going to happen.
But the wonderful thing about Church’s characters is that it’s not all black and white. These beings have dimension, what they may be lacking in personality in one area of their character, Church makes it up in another, so you can maybe not identity with them but emphasize a little with their situation. It’s also our first introduction to Warwick, a formidable personage, every ounce a scary, powerful dragon.
Skip forward to Avery, someone who develops in character and depth by the paragraph. Avery is living the life of a sheltered Omega, considered to weak, submissive, and a bit of a rare hothouse flower. He doesn’t really think of himself that way but it’s the way all Omegas are regarded. It’s tradition. Until one special night…his birthday and the coming of age of himself and the 100 year loan his father made.
How Church builds that suspense and drama is terrific! And the quick meeting of glances! Powerful.
Warwick’s thousands of years of existence has prepared him for everything except for the possibility of meeting his mate. Church gives us two main characters thrown into total confusion, hopefulness, desire, and more. The author delivers a wonderful twist on the mate bonding here that I loved, and many secondary characters that I loved spending time with.
I loved how this story ended but absolutely wouldn’t mind it if M.A. Church found a way back into this universe to check up on this couple to see how they are doing. Who knew you could be so happy for a dragon and a wolf?
I absolutely recommend Dragon’s Hoard by M.A. Church.
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson. I like the cover, it has some really nice elements to it, including that model who works for Warwick.
ebook, 234 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press