Title ~ Dragons, Diamonds and Discord
Author ~ Angel Martinez
Publisher ~ Amber quill Press
Published ~ 15th March 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
The most valuable pieces of jewelry are vanishing from the god Hermes' Manhattan stores and the security feeds pick up only clouds of smoke. While the god of thieves, messengers, and commerce doesn't appreciate someone stealing from him, he's intrigued by this thief's ingenuity and skill. When Hermes enlists his family to trap his burglar, he gets the surprise of his immortal life.
Fafnir just wants to be left alone. Doomed over the centuries to a never-ending cycle of violent death and painful rebirth, he had hoped to find an escape in the quiet life of author and illustrator. But there are forces at work he doesn't understand, and his peace is shattered by the return to old cycles and the sudden interference of a beautiful and incredibly irritating Greek god.
Hermes likes his life. Sure he's a god, but he has a successful business on earth selling all sorts of things, including jewelry, and he's good at what he does. After all, he is the god of commerce and thieves. And it is a thief that attracts his attention when someone makes a point of stealing his most precious pieces. Unfortunately mortal security can't catch the man and Hermes soon finds out why.
Fafnir is a dragon who writes really popular children's books. Driven to horde although he knew he shouldn't, he can't help being Herme's thief. But the two men quickly learn there is more to Fafnir's actions than first thought.
There are a lot of characters in this book and if you haven't read any of the others, it might make things a bit confusing, although this book is a standalone. There's gods, of course, and a fallen angel and even a human in the mix. All of the people coming together to work out why Fafnir was driven to steal when he had been living as a writer for years. Something evil was definitely in the mix and yes, you do find out more as you read the book.
Michael is such a wonderful part of this book. A fallen angel saved by his lover Zack (Zagreus) he is damaged in so many ways. His offers to help in getting to the root of the evil that is driving Fafnir and causing so many other problems is so sweet, I almost cried.
Just when you think this is a simple tale of a god and a thief, you meet other gods - the ones you don't ever want to meet. Gods responsible for ebola, the war in the Middle East and all of the other chaos in the world. The rotten thing is, in this book, these conflicts are simply a wager between vicious bored gods who have nothing else to do - the winner of the bet? The one with the highest body count. Poor Fafnir was just part of the game, and yet it was messing with him, big time.
There were some really terse moments in this book and I won't deny this one threw me on an emotional rollercoaster. Hermes was so bright, so lovely, with a smile like sunshine, while Fafnir - well, it's hard to be a dragon that has died so many times. Overall, I loved the book. I would have liked to see Fafnir a little mushier by book end, but then that wouldn't have been in his nature. Read it and see what you think.
Favorite quote: [Hermes] "...and three, I like you, you big, growly, gorgeous hunk of draconic trouble."