Author: R Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/12/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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.
I love this world of beings among humans and I especially loved this story set among the majestic redwoods. It’s the tale of a dragon finding his place in the world and claiming his poor, lonely boy.
Although I found it felt long compared to the actual length of the book, I did enjoy seeing Zarrin muddle his way through the human world. I loved watching him try and make friends with Joe though it broke my heart when he was so confused by Joe’s reaction.
Joe is very prickly but I could see the tender heart underneath, as could Zarrin. I thought both characters were well portrayed. I loved learning more about the dragons and how they fit in the world.
I felt this book was tender and beautiful and I had a hard time putting it down. I can definitely recommend it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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