Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Treasure for Treasure
Author: R. Cooper
Series: Beings in Love #7
Heroes: Zarrin & Joe
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Joe has lived in Everlasting his entire life. He may have moved away for college but he came back and is now a barista at a coffee shop. Zarrin’s ancestor claimed Everlasting as hers and ever since then, her descendants have been tasked with protecting the small town. Unfortunately, no dragon has really done their duty so when Zarrin takes it upon himself to get to know the town and be there for his humans, it allows him to see a whole new side to things he didn’t know before. Especially when his daily visits bring him into contact with Joe. Zarrin isn’t like other dragons and Joe isn’t like other humans so while the attraction between them is intense, their inability to do anything about it causes gossip throughout the town. But when Zarrin gets injured, Joe is the only one that can help him and it might just be the push they needed to act on the attraction that’s been brewing between them.
This story was….. WOW. I’ve enjoyed and loved some of the other Beings in Love stories in the past but this one is probably my favorite yet! And I wasn’t really expecting it LOL. I admit, I saw it was by R. Cooper and saw it had dragons and just had to read it so I was pleasantly surprised when I started and fell into the story right away. I will say to anyone reading this that the story is definitely a slow burn read. You’re not going to get a relationship right away but what you will get is the struggle both characters have on who they are and who the other is. What you will get is some serious sexual attraction that’s so potent the entire town can see what’s between them before either of them really accept it. And what you will get is some total mine and want and even some holy shit moments.
When I say I adored these characters, though, I honestly mean that Zarrin and Joe are probably my favorite characters yet. I loved that Joe tried so hard to be rude and angry but deep down, he was just hiding his hurt or his soft-heartedness behind those expressions. He may have frowned and scowled but that was usually so others wouldn’t see how much he cared. Zarrin was definitely a treat as well. I loved that, for a dragon, he was so shy and endearing. He had nervous habits and panicked and was a bit insecure. What really made me love this book, though, was the fact that both characters grew in some way. Joe grew to realize he did deserve to be loved and actually let it happen and Zarrin grew into the strong dragon he was always meant to be. The only thing that I had an issue with is that when they finally have sex (which I totally cheered at when it happened), I felt like then it was sex after sex for about 20%, which wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. I mean it was hot but I would have liked it to be broken up and not just back to back sex scenes.
In the end, this was an amazing book. I was sucked in right from the start and the more I read, the more I grew to love the characters and their circumstances. I loved that Zarrin and Joe were complete opposites and I loved that both of them became stronger characters. I’m so glad this was a full-length novel because I felt like they got the story they deserved and one that was thoroughly fleshed out to the point that I was very satisfied with the ending. Now if we could just get Martin and Forresters’ story, that would be awesome! And I hope it’s not the last we see of these two because I’d really like to get little cameos of them in the future. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a slow-burn dragon story with a lot of depth and intrigue!
Overall Impression: I loved it!!!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*