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Cover Design: Riza Curtis
Length: 20,000 words approx.
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.
The Dragon’s Thief was an entertaining short story, with my one wish that it would have been longer. To be fair though, I say that about almost every short story I read. In this case, I wanted more time with the main characters to get to know them better—they piqued my interest enough that I wanted to know more.
I love stories with dragon shifters, so I was immediately drawn to Michal. His aloof attitude at the beginning fit well with a dragon personality, and I liked seeing how as the story progressed he became protective of Chester, particularly near the end of the story in his dragon form. Chester was a fun character, I liked how he was determined to appear strong and brave even when he was in situations where that wasn’t the case.
At around 65 pages or so, this story is a pretty quick read. Even so, it still does give the reader a full story, though I think it would benefits from some more fleshing out to get more interaction between the characters and some more relationship development. Once Chester and Michal are together, their chemistry is obvious, and they are pretty hot together. There is some adult language and sexual content, so this one’s for readers 18+.
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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