The greatest thief captures an unexpected prize.
Madfall is the greatest thief in the kingdom, stealing crowns off the very heads of kings. His hoard is legendary. Simply put, he’s a dragon through and through. So, when he steals a basket of “gold” from the king’s castle but finds a baby inside, he’s at a loss. What’s a dragon to do?
Seventeen years later, inexperienced knight Richard of Benfro sets out to slay the dragon, expecting death or glory. Not the most awkward meet-cute in history when he’s captured by the dragon’s human—and handsome—son.
Oenyn has been content living with Madfall, enjoying the fierce and protective love of his adopted father. But he’s always been curious about humanity. When Richard blunders into the home he shares with Madfall, Oenyn grabs the chance to learn all he can about people, castle life, sex . . . and maybe love. At least until Richard makes a startling discovery.
Caught between a potential future in the human world and his old life, Oenyn is faced with an impossible choice. Luckily, being raised by a dragon has left him plenty stubborn. He won’t give up his father, or his human family, without a fight.
Note: This is a revised second edition, originally published elsewhere.
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~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
This was such a lovely surprise. A new author to me, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. What I got was a short, sweet fairytale with a touch of romance and a little heat. Such a wonderful cast of characters, I loved that the story is told from all of the points of view. A simple plot, Madfall the Dragon steals a baby by accident whom he then raises. Oenyn grows up loving his new father. When Richard arrives to kill the ‘vicious’ beast, none of their lives can continue as they expected.
Though simple, the story is beautifully weaved. I loved Madfalls and Oenyn’s relationship, how it changes as Oenyn grows up. The arrival of Richard exposes Oenyn to the human world. There is a lightness of style; some real humour in the writing but also an emotional core that really makes you care. I was quickly drawn in and loved how the author brings a HEA to everyone.
I’d absolutely recommend this short heartwarming fairytale.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***