Dragons Hoard by M A Church

Dragons Hoard by M A Church
Dreamspun Beyond Book 5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (183 pages)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

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.

Beware of Dragons loaning money. They always expect to be repaid.

Avery is a wolf shifter, only son of the Alpha and yet he fulfils the role of an Omega. Ms. Church goes in to detail to explain exactly what that means. It should define who Avery is but he comes across as trying his best to not be a typical Omega. At one hundred years old, he has street smarts but he still has plenty to learn.

Warwick has come to collect a debt and dragons aren’t known for their philanthropy. They are possessive and shrewd and rich for a reason. When Avery’s father can’t repay in cash Warwick’s dragon comes up with an alternative tender. He wants his mate. He wants Avery. What a dragon wants, a dragon gets.

This is an insta-love story about two men who find each other under awkward circumstances. But maybe that was fate. As with most fated mate type stories, Avery and Warwick know they’re meant for each other as soon as they catch each other’s scents.

I personally enjoy a good insta-love but I still want there to be sexual tension. I didn’t get a lot of that here. There are some minor conflicts that are resolved quickly. I did like that Ms. Church has the men communicate pretty easily considering their age difference.

The kissing and touching are both hot. The Chase scene and eventual mating were a bit predictable but I still enjoyed watching Avery and Warwick get to know more about each other and each other’s culture. While there isn’t a lot of tension there is plenty of anticipation once the Chase is over and the men drive off to their HEA. I liked clever way the author resolved the issue of ‘the bite’.

Readers who enjoy a good paranormal where it’s more than just werewolves as shifters, should give this one a read. There’s growth, maturing and love. A good read on a cold night.

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