Treasure for Treasure (Ariel’s Review)


Title: Treasure for Treasure
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy Romance
Page Count: 340
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.

 

A Dragon and His Boy

You’re invited to enter a world where fairies, werewolves, dragons and other ‘beings’ exist alongside humans. In the coastal town of Everlasting, dragons are the beings that have protected this town for over a hundred years. These dragons did not live with the humans, but in a mansion on the border of town. So, the humans of this town did not fully understand their intent and purpose. The current dragon in residence is Zarrin, who, out of necessity, comes into town to buy his groceries and walk around. He enters a coffee shop and spots, behind the counter, the one he’s been waiting for his entire life. Zarrin comes in every day to talk to Joe, his love, even if it’s just to place his order. During these daily visits, he tries to engage Joe, tries to get to know him, and tries to help Joe understand him and his intentions.

The customers of the coffee shop get to watch this drama on display. We get to know these customers:  the bold little girl, the confused Deputy, the lesbian Ranger, the bi-curious co-worker best friend, and more. Over time, this coffee pot gets stirred even more with visits from the mom, the werewolf, the sister, some poachers. 

Eventually, Joe and Zarrin get together and have their happily ever after. I won’t tell anymore cuz that will spoil the book. You’ll have to read it.

I really liked this book and the cover is beautiful. It was slow and confusing in the beginning, but as I read more I got to understand the world that I entered into and got to know about dragons. This book was so well-written it was like watching one of those blockbuster hit movies that you get so engrossed in you forget to eat dinner.

The chemistry between Joe and Zarrin is so electric you can start your TV with it. The main characters, Joe and Zarrin, are as different as night and day. Joe, being the barista, is quiet and keeps to himself and is a secret painter. Zarrin is shy but sticks up for his friends, family and what he believes in and has lots of determination and courage. Once Joe accepts Zarrin they begin to fit together like two peas in a pod.

The supporting characters, the customers of the coffee shop and the visiting family members, make this story into a high drama movie. They provide the extra entertainment and fodder for the rumor mill.

I have two criticisms. One, is that it was a bit wordy. Explanations and descriptions too lengthy. The second, and the one thing that really disappointed me and that prevented this book from being super excellent and one of my favorites is the ending. The ending seemed like it was incomplete. Like the story has no ending. As if the author was on a deadline and it had to end abruptly because it needed to be turned in. I was waiting for Joe to move into the mansion and for Joe to get claimed in the dragon way. So, I did not like the ending at all and was greatly disappointed.

Overall, though, I highly recommend the book. It’s a unique Dragon Story and a wonderful and beautiful love story. If you love dragons and fantasy stories and want a good romance between a dragon and his boy, you will love this story.

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Galley copy of Treasure for Treasure provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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You're invited to enter a world where fairies, werewolves, dragons and other 'beings' exist alongside humans. In the coastal town of Everlasting, dragons are the beings that have protected this town for over a hundred years. This book was so well-written it was like watching one of those blockbuster hit movies that you get so engrossed in you forget to eat dinner. I highly recommend the book. It's a unique Dragon Story and a wonderful and beautiful love story. If you love dragons and fantasy stories and want a good romance between a dragon and his boy, you will love this story.

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