Title: Treasure for Treasure (Beings in Love #7)
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 340
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.13 stars out of 5
A Being(s) in Love Story
In the nineteenth century, the dragon Dìzhèn put the small coastal town of Everlasting under her protection. Her family was supposed to carry on the tradition, but all of Dìzhèn the Great’s heirs eventually left rather than live in the shadow of such a powerful dragon.
Only the youngest dragon of the current generation remains: Zarrin, the softhearted disgrace of his family. He might be weak, small, and afraid, but he is determined to show the humans they have not been forgotten… one human in particular. The problem is, Zarrin can barely get that human to talk to him.
It should be a dream come true to have a dragon trying to get his attention. But Joe refuses to bow to Zarrin like everyone else. Yes, Zarrin is sexy, oddly gentle for a dragon, and stares at Joe with a gaze so hot it makes him shiver. But hurt, mistrustful Joe can’t believe Zarrin’s promises that he’s here to stay. Joe doesn’t realize he is the treasure Zarrin has been looking for his whole life, a treasure he once let slip through his fingers out of fear. Now, to win Joe’s trust, Zarrin has to be brave and become as strong as Dìzhèn herself.
Okay, who doesn’t love a good paranormal romance, especially when it involves a dragon? I know, right!?! This is a story about two damaged characters destined for one another. Ridiculed and shunned throughout his life, Joe has built a wall around himself, not letting anyone close. Thought of as delicate and soft, Zarrin’s family feels that he is a disgrace, which doesn’t bode well for him since he is a dragon.
While I did enjoy this story and all the complications between Zarrin and Joe, I cannot say I loved it. Here is why: For me, when an author weaves a tale about a damaged character(s), and does it right, I feel a connection to said character(s) as the story unfolds.
Here not so much. The only character I gravitated to is Zarrin. That might have something to do with how the townsfolk, including Joe, treated him. Not to mention, his profound lack of knowledge of humans and the world around him is an endearing childlike quality. Whereas with Joe, he was just mean and angry all the time. Granted he did have it rough, but I don’t feel the author did a good job portraying the hardships he endured throughout his life. You know, besides coming from poverty and the contempt he faced in high school.
What I did like was the author’s twist on the dragon being transgender(ish); which is very interesting given the concept and genre (I promise you will know what I mean when you read the book). Don’t worry this really has nothing to do with the true conflict of the story. That being, Joe’s struggle to trust another person and to see his own self-worth.
In the end, I felt I was left with a somewhat fragile feeling HEA. I say this because it seems that Joe begins to let down his carefully constructed wall and accept that he is in fact Zarrin’s boy, his treasure, his mate, his everything.
Side Note: This being my first book by R. Cooper, I feel that the books in this series can be read in any particular order.
This is book seven in the Beings in Love Series.