Cover Design: Riza Curtis
Length: 20,000 words approx.
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Chester. Magpie shifter, renowned thief.
Chester knows better than to get involved when a dragon requests his services. Anyone who steals from a dragon's hoard is not to be screwed with. There's something alluring about Michal though, and Chester's always loved playing with fire...Michal. Dragon shifter, first-born son.
Michal knows exactly who's taken the centrepiece of his hoard—his estranged brother. The one person he can't touch thanks to family politics. It seems simple enough to hire the little magpie shifter to retrieve what is his. But, Chester is nothing like Michal expected, and in the end he might need to decide whether the last piece of his mother is worth more than the man who could own his heart.
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Ok, so before I get into the actual review can I just say…look at that freakin’ cover…I love it…such a beautiful dragon and I love…LOVE!!! Dragons!
Now on to the actual story…Chester is a renowned thief and Magpie shifter and actually he’s pretty adorable. I really liked Chester, and he really does know that you don’t mess with a dragon’s hoard…nope, nope, nope that’s just cray, cray. The problem is that when the dragon’s as attractive as Michal…it’s hard to let your common sense rule the day.
Michal is a dragon-shifter and a first-born son, and someone has messed with his hoard, and not just any someone…nope, nope, nope this is a someone that’s known to Michal and thanks to family politics, Michal can’t do a thing about it except hire a sexy little magpie to get what’s his back.
First things first: there was really only one thing that bothered me about this story…it was TOO SHORT!!!!!!!!! Not that the story wasn’t complete or that I felt cheated, no it was more like I was loving it, and Chester and Michal, and all the things about this one.
At all of 65 pages, packing a complete story that was filled out with depth to the characters and a story that felt complete, the author had a big undertaking because this is something that can either work or go horribly wrong, if it’s not done right, and as my first time reading this author, I was pleasantly delighted with the story I got to read.
I loved seeing Michal so confident and sure of his place in the world until he’s faced with the realization that he wants Chester more than he wants the return of what was taken from his hoard, and he’s faced with insecurities, and Chester as he realizes that Michal’s so much more than a job, and I loved Chester and Michal together. These boys were hot, not that there was a lot of sex in this one but what was there was well done and strategically utilized to emphasis the attraction between Michal and Chester.
There were also some secondary characters that we got to meet in this story and while the author gave us enough information to add depth and dimension to things, I would have loved more about Chester’s friends and Michal’s father and brother.
While this story worked for me as it was, if it had been a bit longer than the 65 pages on my Kobo, I’m pretty sure there would have been 5 flowers (stars) on this review. Riza Curtis is a new to me author and for a first read I found this story to be absolutely delightful and if the author decides to grace us with more…more Chester and Michal…oh be still my heart! I’m there so totally there.
An ARC of ‘The Dragon’s Thief’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Riza began writing stories at a young age to the a̶n̶n̶o̶y̶a̶n̶c̶e̶ delight of anyone she could b̶u̶l̶l̶y̶ persuade to read them. Now somewhat older, if not wiser, things haven't really changed.
Riza lives in England where they enjoy adding extra letters to words, tea, and discussing the weather (it's always raining). She has a FdSci in Manufacturing Engineering and is currently working towards her BEng. When she's not writing, studying or doing her day job, Riza is obsessed with target archery and enjoys shooting barebow.
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