Book Review – A Dragon’s Fortune by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Magic Emporium
Publisher: FlickerFox Books
Pages: 162
Characters: Cillian/Finnick
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
Cillian Roarke is the world’s sweetest dragon. He’s a great boss, a good person, and he spends his days making honey-glazed caramel treats in the shape of bunnies for his bakery, Honey Bunny. Still, the highlight of every day is watching the adorable college student who’s Much Too Young For Him stuff his face full of Cillian’s sweet buns.

Finnick West is a college student who dreams of baked goods, much to the consternation of his figure-skating partner. She’s not offended by the temptation, but by Finnick’s continuing failure to ask out the cute baker. With pressure from all sides, Finn knows it’s time to take something for himself, if only he can catch Hot Baker’s eye.

While the two of them work up the nerve to ask each other out, an assassination attempt reveals forces working to not only stop their interspecies romance in its tracks, but destroy everything and everyone they love.

A Dragon’s Fortune is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains dragons, ice skating, a whole bunch of sugar, and a guaranteed HEA.

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Review

I love these authors and the Magic Emporium series so picking this up to read was a no-brainer. I love how all the books in the series take the prompt and come up with very different stories. I enjoyed this sweet—no pun intended—romance between two men who aren’t exactly who they seem.

Honey Bunny is such a cool name for a bakery. Reading this story made me wish for some of Cillian’s baked goods. They sound yummy!

I loved how the authors build a picture of a normal world, and then blind side it into something else with a simple sentence. The world building is fabulous, and I liked the social commentary which is subtle, yet pointed, with dragons hunted by slayers and there being anti-dragon bars and laws to stop them playing human sports etc.

Cillian and Finn are both nice guys, and I enjoyed watching them dance around each other trying to get the nerve to make the first move. I liked that Cillian isn’t a typical dragon and is more comfortable in human form, in contrast to his brother Oisín who is out as a dragon, and running for senate. I liked their sibling relationship, and how protective they are of each other. I liked Finn and Wallace’s friendship too. I loved how the Emporium turns up in a completely different place in this story, yet has the perfect item in the save me sack for the story.

The mystery, action, part of the storyline plays into the romance very well and I liked how Finn finds out more about his world and role in it. This is very much a story about anti-stereotypes. Finn’s aunt and her partner totally rock. I liked the red herrings as to who the bad guy is, and how Finn and Cillian save the day as the action amps up. Loved that scene.

I’d love to see more in this world. I thought I picked up on vibes between Oisín and Roan, and I want to read their story.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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