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Cover Design: Riza Curtis
Length: 20,000 words approx.
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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I loved the beginning of this story. It was very dark and dangerous.
Young guy walking the alley gets stalked by someone (thing) else and pulls out his trust knives. Only the thing stalking him can't be taken down so easily.
The blurb for this book really intrigued me. I've never read of a magpie shifter and Chester didn't disappoint. He's a cheeky little retriever (not a thief, mind you) who likes shiny things. The items he retrieves are items that were taken from their original owners.
The dark broody man in the shadows, Michal, is a dragon shifter who is in need of a retrieval. So he corners the young magpie, but is quite taken aback with what he finds in the man.
Their back and forth banter is great. The chemistry is definitely there. Chester has some draw backs, because he doesn't want to flirt with a client, but Michal ends up being so much more.
I will say the relationship unfurled pretty quickly, but mostly organically (aside from the relationship ruse). Michal quickly goes from dark and broody to smoldering and flirty, then to unsure and nervous and finally protective and loving. What Chester was hired for quickly becomes "not" a job and more of a mending tool between brothers.
I am pretty sure my favorite character is Jonathan, Michael's dad. He's just a jovial dragon who wants to see his sons get along.
I would have loved to have seen this as a longer story. With more meat and bones, but for the length it is, it is a good story. If you're looking for a quick shifter story about a thief and a dragon and don't mind what feels like a little insta-love (but not in a bad way), then this is the perfect little story for you.
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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