Review: M.A. Church – Dragon’s Hoard (Dreamspun Beyond #5)

Author: M.A. Church
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy and Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Summary:

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.

Review:

The dragon Warwick is used to people trying to take advantage of him, so when Alpha Montgomery tries to avoid him to get out of repaying his loan Warwick takes matters into his own hands and pays the Alpha a home visit. Warwick is prepared to publicly tear down the Alpha who tried to get out of paying him back down, until he comes across an unexpected surprise. Omega Avery Montgomery’s coming of age party was already awful before the terrifying, and confusingly sexy, dragon showed up. When said dragon suddenly demands Avery be given to him to settle his father’s debt, Avery doesn’t know what to think. He doesn’t want to have his life put in the hands of a stranger, but he has to admit there is something fascinating about the dragon. Sparks fly as the two get to know each other, and work out the problems of the past.

This was a fantastic book! I’ve enjoyed Mrs. Church’s books in the past, but this is by far her best book yet. The fantasy world was fun, and the characters were terrific. Avery was a sweet, capable man whose life had been constrained by the social constraints that come with being an omega. His sassy side really went well with Warwick’s dryer sense of humor. Warwick was a powerful man who never came off as evil, a feat since the premise of the book was that he came to destroy an Alpha who didn’t repay a loan. But as Warwick points out, the Alpha had a hundred years to save up and he knew the contract he was signing into. Instead of seeming evil, he seemed stern and commanding. This was very well handled, and the part that I was most worried about so I was glad for how it played out.

And the chemistry between Avery and Warwick! It wasn’t your average love at first sight story, in that they did work to get to know each other first before they started talking about love. That said, they did move quickly but it felt natural and it made sense within the story. Since it was told from both of their perspectives you could see where each felt confident or vulnerable, and that helped a lot to make the story well rounded. There was no great angst, no long falling out between the two. When they had disagreements, they worked them out and talked to each other. They were a delight to read.

Other than some minor editing problems, and some nit picking world building questions (with everyone living hundreds of years wouldn’t there be population problems?), there wasn’t anything I had to complain about. I highly recommend this book! If you like dragons, werewolves, or just sweet romances this is the book for you.

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