Mate (Forbidden Desires Book 3)

Spitfire Disgrace Matthieu Boudreaux has one wish: to age out of the Pedigree he despises, then destroy it. With one year left before he achieves the first step of his goal, Matthieu finally has some hope for an independent future… until a surly Amethyst dragon by the name of Geoffrey Drake and his entourage show up at Matthieu’s cloister and inform him he’s been selected to be part of an ‘experiment.’ 

Geoffrey Drake, proud and stuffy legal counsel for the Amethyst clan, has been charged with ruining his own life. His mission? Deliver a potential mate to the son of the Amethyst clan’s most despised enemy—and the man he’s loved in secret for the last hundred years—Topaz dragon Ian Brand. Refusal is impossible. Dragons don’t consort with dragons, and should Geoffrey decline, he risks exposing them both.

Ian Brand, charming black sheep of the Topaz clan, is trapped between his forbidden love for an Amethyst dragon centuries his senior and his duty to his family. Chosen by his unhinged father to be the Topaz candidate for the mating experiment, Ian is faced with a terrible choice: run away with the man he loves and face the deadly consequences, or accept his fate with a broken heart.

But dragon magic, as Matthieu, Geoffrey, and Ian soon discover, works in mysterious ways. When an unforeseeable circumstance draws them all together and puts their futures at risk, they have no choice but to set their differences aside and work together to prove a new, startling truth…

What the dragon world knows about mates has been wrong all along, and it will be up to the three of them to prove it.

The Reviews!

Kelly G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrambled eggs.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
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Mate Things I learned: What a group of Peacocks is called.

A/B/O politics: Where Alpha/Alpha and Omega/Omega pairings are the equivalent of modern gay couples, and typically frowned upon in this Italian city-state style world government.

Favorites: Dragon shifters -- my favorite shifters in general.

The author duo's talent for dry punchlines and witty banter adds depth and character to the story that many books in this genre lack, taking this series from enjoyable to memorable and re-readable.

Snorre is an amazing side character -- absolutley not what I originally pictured. Do you like older silver fox papi's? A new favorite secondary character -- sarcastic, lecherous, and opposed to any and all societal norms? Yes please.

I'm generally less into the m-preg aspect of m/m books unless it involves shifters, but I was even more intrigued picturing gorgeous apricot and aubergine dragon welps scampering around their infatuated sires.

I love the dynamic, you have a Montegu v.s. Capulet rivalry between the Amethyst and Topez clans (with a hea). Ian, dominant and firey wants Geoffery the moment the other alpha sets eyes on him. He can sense Geoffery's need to submit. Already bonded in secrecy, they resent the experiment forcing Ian to bring an omega (Matthieu) home just to sire a clutch for his father's political machinations. Neither of them expect to fall for the feisty French Omega.

I absolutely recommend the entire series if you like shifters, m-preg, urban fantasy, and flirty, comedic banter. Notes: Per most A/B/O dynamics and societal systems, there are elements of dub con.
JD
4.0 out of 5 stars Three is a beautiful number
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
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I think that this is my favorite in the series. I love how complicated the guys make everything and yet how simple their connection are. The new information that is revealed about dragons, in this world, is a great addition to the series. Harry has such a blast with everything.

I love how Matthieu doesn't take things sitting down and he wait for the Alpha dragons to solve their problems. Geoffrey is so complicated and has some problems accepting himself. He feels so deeply and works hard to protect his loves. Ian knows what he wants. He tries to protect his dragons and also put them before himself even when he shouldn't.

This is a great story. There is no cheating and I highly recommend that you give it a try even if you have an issue with threesomes.
L.D.
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Mates
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
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Mate is the third book in the Forbidden Desires series, a paranormal romance series with A/B/O dynamics and dragon shifters. This book could technically be read by itself but I highly suggest reading the first two books in the series for maximum enjoyment.

This installment of the series brings a lot more worldbuilding and dragon history. It is fascinating how the Pedigree works and the way the dragon society has been functioning for hundreds of years. The romance between Matthieu, Geoffrey, and Ian was full of obstacles, but their happy ever after ending was well earned and an exciting journey to go on as a reader.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo who did a great job, especially since he had so many characters to voice. I never once got lost in the story due to how well Michael voiced each character. The audiobook production was well done and made for a really wonderful listening experience.
Joelle M
5.0 out of 5 stars This series may go down as my favorite shifter series ever.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
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First of all, it's dragons. Second, it's MPreg or should I say MEgg. Third, it's hysterically funny. Fourth, have I mentioned that it's DRAGONS? I can't tell you how much I adore this world. I want to jump right in and live there. I loved Alistair and Nate. Then I fell head over heels for Harry and Everard. Now Geoffrey, Ian and Matthieu and their peacocks have taken over my heart. To be honest, Geoffrey was such a stick in the mud for the first two books, I wasn't sure I could love him. But once I read the prologue, I knew I was doomed. We had barely scratched the surface of Geoffrey. There were so many things about him that he kept buried deep down. It took the love of another alpha and a very special omega to bring out the real Geoffrey.

I loved every minute of this series. I love the alphas and the sweet omegas but those babies just melted my heart. Especially Darwin and Julius. I absolutely adore those two. Maybe they'll get their own book down the road. I certainly hope so

Scaling Her Dragon: Paranormal Dating Agency #8

“That’s right. The men who use my services prefer big, beautiful, bold, confident women,” Gerri replied. “I understand not all women will be confident with their bodies, especially with the fiasco that is society on Earth. But having some love for their curves is a must.”

Plus-size Rebecca is on a jaunt to another world. She had hopes of finding herself a nice, sweet shifter like her sister, but somehow she ended up attracted to the big, fiery dragon. A dragon who isn’t looking for love. If only he didn’t have eyes that made her want to take her panties off and a body that sent her hormones into a frenzy, life would be a lot easier.

Vikter Dragos is dying. His dragon couldn’t find a mate and he’s at the end of his time. He’s fighting the attraction for a sassy, curvy human, but it’s near impossible to stay away from her. If only she’d been his mate, everything would be smoother. He’s losing control of his dragon and his emotions. With Becca around, he didn’t know what to expect.

Becca’s in constant confusion over Vikter’s hot and cold attitude. One moment he’s kissing her like the world’s going to end, and the next he’s warning her away from getting attached. Figuring out how to scale this dragon might take more patience than she’s got. When competition arises and Vikter sees another wants Becca, he’ll face his feelings or risk losing her forever.

The Reviews!

These two were such a hoot to read about! I try very hard not to laugh while reading because that draws my hubby’s attention. But these two were an absolute joy to read. I’m looking forward to more!

Heather Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic PDA book by Milly Taiden
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2015
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Another fantastic PDA book by Milly Taiden! Scortching hot, well this is a dragon we are talking about, so be sure water is available. It is a stand alone with a HEA. However, you may want to slap a stubborn butt dragon before the end of the book. Vikter is dying after not being able to find his true mate. His dragon is retreating and severing the communication to Vikter. Becca is a human who loves dragons, she is full of passion and speaks her mind.
Vikter is hot and cold when it comes to Becca, and they skirt around each other. Becca is mad due to Vikter's attitude but is still drawn to him. One day she ses a golden dragon and pets it. Rubs her hands all over the dragon, this may be what really wakes Vikter's dragon and the man up.
When these two do get together the results are explosive! Beware: this book is hot, steamy, and full of attitude.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Jen Seipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire breathing isn't the only thing making this story hot!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2015
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Who doesn't dream of being a princess in a tower protected by a fierce dragon? Milly knows this is most of our inner little girl's secret wish, so she gave it to us, in brilliant colors!

Becca is a curvy girl. Viktor is a growly shifter. Gerri is a match maker. Razzy is a teen worried about her brother. What could go wrong?

Did I mention Viktor is a royal dragon shifter? And dragon shifters have to find a mate or lose their dragon, the other half of themselves? And they only have so long to find and mark their One? Viktor is losing his connection with his dragon and is worried he won't find his One before it's too late.

Becca isn't looking for a relationship. She is excited to visit a different planet. A planet full of shifters. Her travel partner, the ever relentless matchmaker Gerri, has other plans for Becca.

Watch the sparks fly, and the smoke roll!

This story is another great addition to the PDA series. Each book is a standalone, but you can't read just one! Whether this is your first PDA book, or your 8th, you will love this book. If this is your first, go read the other 7! You will thank me later.
Elizabeth E. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars The pull is there, but what if the mating urge isn't?
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2017
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Vikter, a dragon shifter, desperately needs to find his mate. It's literally a life or death situation. Knowing he needs to connect with his to give his dragon a reason to live, he's contacted Gerri, matchmaker extraordinaire, but has resigned himself to his fate.

Rebecca (Becca) feels like she's in another world. Oh wait, she is. The room she's given in the palace changes colors and decorated itself. While that's a pretty cool trick, it's a little freaky. But it did get her love of dragons correct. Now maybe she'll have the same luck with Gerri finding the perfect man for her.

“Oh, honey. You have no idea what’s in store for you.” - Gerri to Becca

Vikter knows his family and friends are worried, noticing his appearance and surly attitude. When Brecc implores him again to visit him, Eros, and Charlotte, Vikter agrees, though he knows he won't be pleasant company. He likes Charlotte and envies how happy his friends are with their mate.

Becca is visiting her sister, Charlotte, and meeting her mates. Nope, not a typo. Plural. Lucky girl, right? When Charlotte needs to leave with her mates to visit Brecc's sister, Becca entertains herself and changes her life at the same time.

Vikter would do anything for his little sister, Razzy, so he agrees to the ball, knowing it makes her feel closer to their mom, having lost her, and Razzy is worried about him. He wants to give her this memory before he's gone. But when he meets Razzy's new friend, Becca, he suddenly feels hope, as well as thankful for Razzy's clever introduction.

Will Vikter take a chance? Even though he desires Becca, why is he pushing her away? Isn't Becca his mate? If so, and she can save him, why is he warning her not to get attached? Does he not want to be with her? Becca feels the connection between her and Vikter, but can she handle his sudden hot and cold attitude changes? Will Vikter and Becca get their HEA?

One-click now and follow along as two people face a life and death struggle to have their future.

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Twisted Lies: Twisted Tail Pack Book 6

Mikah Dawson has a problem with lies, but she just can’t seem to help herself. Nearly every word out of her mouth is a lie. Not because she doesn’t know how to tell the truth, she does. But the little white lies keep the walls up around her heart and her past from spilling into her present.

Jason Black heads off in search of his mate after he receives a not so subtle hint from Gerri Wilder. What he finds is the hottest, most alluring woman he’s ever set his sights on. The one who was made for him, and him alone. Too bad she hates him from the moment she bumps into him.

… Or does she?

The Reviews!

Flo
5.0 out of 5 stars This story was awesome...
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
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This story was so fun... The irony of each characters curse being the opposite of the others was great.. Mikah has every reason to be afraid after what she has been thrrough and Jason is ready for the challenge.. But the past sometimes can come back to try and destroy the future.. This story was HOT and I could not put it down... I want to go to Twisted Tail...
Tabi Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Story, is that a truth or a lie?
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
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Feom the beginning of the story you are drug along for the ride. Once again we meet a couple of people who don't want mates but you see them start to fall for each other.

But they just can't just be happy ever after, nope we have to have drama and excitement first. So strap in and enjoy the ride.

Until Next Time... Tabi
Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave it to Gerri Wilder!
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
Gerri Wilder is at it again, this time she pairs Jason Black, a wolf shifter who has an unusual curse, he can't lie! He's paired with Mikah Dawson, a wolf shifter that went through a very abusive relationship. In order not to be hurt again, she resorts to lying. Oh boy, one can't lie and the other lies all the time. Will make for an interesting courtship Will Mikah be willing to try again and accept Jason?
Love this series which has humor, intrigue and hot romance. It's hysterical how Mikah argues with her wolf. A must read!!

A Sassy Wedding: Sassy Mates Book 3.7

An Alpha and his BBW finally get their walk down the aisle…

Time to revisit Jordan and Aric.

With everyone in Vegas for a girl’s week, Jordan’s stress level goes through the roof with wedding plans, until Aric decides to take matters into his own hands.

Read about what he does to help Jordan with the wedding. And then, see what happens when Jordan comes face to face with her past.

The Reviews!

Nicole H. Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressure
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2014
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This what I would call wedding cake, book 3.7..super short but I'm so invested in the series,I needed this book! Gave the book 5 stars, because I love weddings and sex and as short as this book is it ISN'T rushed. I love this series!This picks up literally where book 3 ended. Jordan has had her share of heartache, but her drop dead gorgeous mate will change all that.The pressures of planning a wedding are getting to Jordan, not to mention a ghost from her past rears its ugly head. Aric Wolfe loves his mate and he is most happy when she is, resolving her problems is what he strives to do.Can love heal old wounds?Can Jordan release the hurt and pain to embrace her future,a future with the man she loves?This isn't a book,but it's a beautiful compliment to a fabulous series! Bravo Milly!
Bambi
5.0 out of 5 stars To have and to mate
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
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Whats a girl to do hen the word wedding causes you to have stressed out panic attacks?

Jordan has had enough the more talk of this big wedding to the alpha's son Aric the more she knows she can't do it. She had wanted a family and few friends not the huge mess that it has no become. I few days left on there trip to Vegas why couldn't she do what Nic had done elope!

Aric is there on pack meetings and is shocked hen his fiancee calls saying I can't go through with this wedding! Not that i wont marry you. He decides to get the family to give her what she wants and surprise her.

This is a wonderful short story with a great way to pull all the books together it has wonderful lines and humor from the couples involed. i cant wait for book 4 in this amazing series.

cute lines from the book
“Minus her throwing herself at you drunk in front of the Elvis impersonator and trying to strip you naked so you could ‘hit that’.
Mason’s eyes widened, horrified. “What? What did I do to deserve this kind of punishment?”
“Aric Wolfe!” Barbara yelled. “We gave you some time to...talk. Get out of there so we can try to salvage her dress.
LourinTop Contributor: Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Wedding =)
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2016
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Why wait to get married when you're in Vegas?!?

With all the stress of planning a wedding and Jordan's OCD friend Emma taking over, Jordan has lost sight of what she really wanted out of the wedding. But lucky for Jordan she has friends and a hunky Alpha willing do to whatever necessary to make Jordan happy.

With old insecurities put to rest Jordan is ready to embrace the love of her mate and new family as well as the future.

This was cute short story and just what you need to break up the tension between problems surrounding the Rahound Pack.
Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
5.0 out of 5 stars A great short sweet read in the Sassy Mates series!
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2015
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~ 4.5 A Sassy Wedding Stars ~

A Sassy Wedding is a very short sweet read in the Sassy Mates series. You do need to have read Scent of a Mate at least before pick this one up.

A great read! Jordan and Aric, are mated and will be getting married, but the wedding is getting out of hand. Jordan wants it to be a family wedding, so Aric sets out to make her dream come true. Jordan also comes to terms with her family's past and learns that the family she has is the one that matters.

I loved this short sweet wedding story! Can’t wait for more in the Sassy Mates series.

The Making of a Blog Post Image

As anyone can tell you, and many people will, the featured image on a blog post can have a strong impact on how many people will read the post. I know it does for me. The problem becomes how do I stand out from others blogging about the same subject(s)?

When I started this blog, I simply used the book cover as the featured image. It was simple and easy. But a year ago I went back and took another look at my stats and views. They weren’t where I would have wanted them. So I made a few changes. And waited again.

Things improved somewhat. I had more followers but the views were still not what I would want them to be. So I took another approach to the featured images. Just using the cover wasn’t cutting it, and Instagram is full of posts that show someone’s phone or tablet with the book cover displayed. This left me thinking harder about Computer Generated Images (CGI).

CGI images are not photoshopped. They are rendered using special programs. This little animation is an example of what these programs can do. Pixar and others do a much better job than I can!

So, how do I create these images? Putting aside the technical details of setting up a scene, let’s look at these. I start by looking at the settings of the book. I use that them to inform my choice. I’m not looking for photorealism in my images. To be honest, one image could take several hours to render that way! But by aiming for a nice images without photorealism, I can cut that time down to just a few minutes.

So, I have a couple of general purposes scenes that I use. This is a single frame rendered using the same setup as in the animation above. While the animation took over 1 hour to render, this took less than 5 minutes. I only have to change the book cover and rerender it to create the new image. I tend to use it for stories that can’t be tied to one setting.

These four settings also fit that category. There’s a simple rustic table, a living room end table, a beach table, and a picnic table. Then you come to the ones that can easily catered for.

This scene was created especially for this series. All of the books are set in a vineyard. So using a Mediterranean setting seems appropriate, although the vineyards are on the west coast.

This series involves a family of business men. The fact that they are all Dragon Shifters just adds to the enjoyment. A desk for a setting seemed appropriate.

So there you have it! A different take on featured images and creating the settings for them. I’ll keep looking for new and interesting ways to display the books from now on!

Dragon Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Dragon Guard Series Book 27

Take one dragon racing around the North Pole…
Add a reindeer who refuses to be tamed…
Mix in the outrageous antics of an elf who hates the snow …
And you’ve got a holiday tale of thrills, chills and more than a little snow-melting fun.

Put on your feety pajamas, grab a cup of hot cocoa and gather around the fire while our dashing hero and trusty cohorts race to save the holidays and in the process, find the happily ever after they didn’t know they were looking for, all neatly wrapped in shiny paper with a bright red bow.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Darling!

Delightful short holiday read with the Dragons and the granddaughter of Santa’s reindeer, Vixen. Somehow I didn’t read this before, but it is definitely adorable.

The Reviews!

Rhonda Hicks
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Parts are like a comedy of errors leaving me chuckling out loud
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
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Noel had been asked by three of the most renowned Guardsmen in history asked him for a favor. To go on a mission into what was referred to as the Frozen North. At six foot ten inches, he'd never before experienced anything he couldn't walk over .. Until now and he was freezing. But the man he was sent to look for was not only a personal friend of the mad dragon but the son of a god. During his trek he heard voices and came face to face with a sleigh being pulled down hill by what appeared to be a runaway reindeer trading vehement insults with an very grouchy elf knocking into him and leaving him dazed and unconscious.
You can tell by reading this storyline it was filled with the wonder of Christmas. Pure personalities full of a plethora of emotions, both good and bad, take control of these characters making parts of it like a comedy of errors leaving me chuckling out loud. Not to say there wasn't the expected angst and intrigue to keep the plot active, because there was. And don't let me forget to mention the fate of the Guardsman finding his mate, or vice versa as may be in this case. A truly joyful story you'll want for your collection.
	A. Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly inventive and so much fun - 4.5 Stars
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
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There is constant delight in the latest Dragon Guard book, where scenes are not only fascinating but also highly entertaining. This standalone story takes place near Christmas, yet the premise can definitely be enjoyed any time of the year. I could not keep from laughing loudly at some of the more humorous moments, while the situations filled with emotion or sexy desire were just as captivating. Julia Mills makes DRAGON GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER imaginatively enchanting over and over again.

When Nowell was asked by several important Guardsmen to undertake a task, the dragon readily agreed and finds himself trudging through deep snow near the North Pole. Before the person whom he was sent to find can be located, he falls down and is then hit by a fast-moving sleigh pulled by a reindeer which has an elf driver. When Nowell wakes up, what he discovers is truly surprising.

Between the witty banter and unexpected happenings, I found DRAGON GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER to be cleverly inventive and so much fun. Julia Mills makes Nowell a very appealing dragon, while Scarlett is a lively reindeer with a sparkling personality. Toss in a cranky elf who never seems to be happy, and the book is certainly interesting. The many creative words spoken by these characters had me repeatedly chuckling, and the visuals also induced some big smiles. An engaging story on every page.
	Roxie's Ferguson /Roxie's Romance Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very adorable shifter Romance "
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2018
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This story is so funny even the title made me chuckle. The storyline is thrilling and funny. This story kept me glued to it's pages.
Nowell aka Noe is a sexy Dragon shifter. He is also a Dragon Guardmen. He is sent to the frozen far North. To locate a wild Dragon shifter. When the gets to the island of Ellesmere. Nowell is run over by a reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh. Scarlett had been following the most amazing scent. When she ran over Nowell. She is happy and shocked to learn he is her mate! Nowell was drawn to her scent before she ran over him. It seems the two have found their mates. Later the wild Dragon shows up. They must save themselves and the wild dragon.
You will love this sweet,adorable, exciting,funny, and scorching hot shifter Romance! It is a five star plus story
	Goddess of Chaos
VINE VOICE
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read with more heart than I thought one story could contain.
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2018
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This quick read was an absolute delight. The two main characters were so much fun, and while one of the side characters kinda grated on my nerves, when the two main characters kept having the SAME reactions to him, it just made me laugh.

For such a short story, I was amazed how much story there was in here. Often short reads like this get distracted from whatever prompted someone to "go out and about" but not so with Nowell. Scarlet found herself in ways she never could have expected, she may have been last in line as a Reindeer for Santa's sleigh, but I felt she discovered that pulling his sleigh had not actually been her calling in the first place, which doubled the charm of the story for me.

The Sunday Post #21-30

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post. Available as a podcast, this post is a chance for me to wrap up my week. Also a chance for you, my readers, to catchup on any posts you might have missed. So enjoy!

Books Reviews From Last Week

Dragon in the Mist by Julia Mills
Small Space Decorating
Unexpectedly Mated by Milly Taiden
Twisted Fate by Melanie James
There’s Snow Escape by Milly Taiden
Bond by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Finally Thoughts

As COVID-19 cases are spiking again, do everything you can to be safe. The numbers here in Florida are appalling. From what I have read, over 90% are people who are unvaccinated. The ones who are vaccinated are experiencing milder symptoms.

At this point in time, anyone older than 12 years old is eligible to receive the vaccine. Please, if you haven’t already been vaccinated, take a look at your family and ask yourself if you really want to jeopardize their health?

Bond (Forbidden Desires Book 2)

A truly funny look at this world! Everard’s many food related pet nicknames for Harry will keep you in stitches throughout the entire book!

Adorably naive and shockingly brilliant Harrison Lessardi only needs two things in life: his pet iguana, Steve, and his undying love of science. That is until he witnesses his best friend lay eggs, and a third must-have strolls into his apartment—the sardonic and mischievous Everard Drake.

Everard Drake, celebrated doctor of the tremendously wealthy Drake family, has one goal in mind when he arrives at the scene of his youngest brother’s latest disaster: incinerate Harrison Lessardi. Unfortunately for Everard, the moment he spots Harry, incineration becomes an impossibility—he must have the gorgeous beta as his own, even if it means holding him captive on his estate.

But something else lurks behind Everard’s interest in Harry—something that tugs at Everard’s soul in impossible ways, and that will send Everard and Harry down a rabbit hole of discovery that will change the world as they know it.

An alpha and a beta can’t share a bond.

Can they?

The Reviews!

Erryn Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Dragon Spunk, a Crumpet, and a good laugh (an audio review)
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
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Meatball, Plum Pudding, Chick Pea, Dumpling, Lamb Chop, Mellon Ball, Veal Cutlet, Tater Tot, Kumquat, Crumpet, Popsicle…

To say that Everard loves nicknames would be an understatement. Some guys use sweetheart, and baby – Ev uses food. Made me hungry. Well, except chick pea. Ick. But I digress. Ev’s nicknames for Harry are adorable because, almost from the start, there is real affection there. After all, Ev’s mission is to incinerate the little Beta, but he’s so taken by the guy that he brings him home – iguana Steve and all. Bond is the second book in the Forbidden Desires series by Virginia Kelly and Piper Scott. It takes place at the same time as the first book Mate, so some of the scenes are identical, just told from another character’s point-of-view. Sometimes I find this annoying but these books are so well-written and creative that I was eager to return to my favorite scenes.

Have I said this book was funny? Like laugh out loud funny. Like snort Diet Coke funny. So, warning – don’t drink soda or eat food while listening. The concept is clever, the execution is brilliant, and the dialogue is snarky. Oh, the beautiful snark.

And there’s Harry. He’s the roommate of the omega Iggy who just delivered three dragon eggs and has been spirited away by Alistair, a dragon. Everard, Alistair’s brother, is left to clean up the mess of the spiriting away – specifically the witness. When Harry discovers Everard is a dragon, the interrogation (also known as verbal diarrhea) begins:

Are you more like a serpent dragon or are you shaped like a dinosaur? Can you perform self-fellatio? Do you use your, uh, hand, claw…paw? Do you have tiny arms like some dinosaurs had? Is that why you won’t show me? I won’t make fun of your tiny arms, I promise, not even if you have itty bitty hands too. No matter what you look like, I’m sure you’re beautiful.

Just one of MANY examples of Harry’s innate curiosity.

I love Harry. He asks many of the questions I would love answered and a few I never would have thought of. He’s naïve and a little unschooled, but he’s a quick learner, much to Everard’s delight. But things aren’t all roses and chocolates because the dragon counsel is not going to like an Alpha Dragon mating with a Beta Human. And then more is discovered about Harry’s parentage. Well, all hell breaks loose. I won’t give away anything more because, frankly, the twists and turns are a good portion of the fun.

In case you couldn’t tell, I adored this book. I love good snark and when accompanied with a strong plot and amazing characters, you can’t help but have a great story. I have book 3, Mate all cued up and plan on listening to it next.

Of course any praise for this audio must include a huge shout out for Michael Ferraiuolo. He is the perfect choice. He has a great accent for the dragons that is imperious and dominating. His voice for Harry might be annoying to some, but it is so perfect for the little Beta who just wants to understand the world around him. This book was a joy to listen to and I’ll watch my Diet Coke consumption in the next audio.
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and delicious
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
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Bond is second in Forbidden Desires MM Romance Series. HEA. Sweet and cute. PNR, fantasy. Dragons, Shifters, Mates, MPREG, Alpha-Omega. Each title features different main couple with familiar sidecharacters. Recommened reading in order for maximum enjoyment.

2 POV, 3rd person. Past tense. 338 pages. Kindle edition 11th November, 2018.

This one's about Iggy's - Nate's - bestie Harry and Alistair's brother Everard. And the Steve the Lizard. Let's not forget Steve!

In this title the overall plot thickens - well, starts to emerge and thickens. Bond is of even more hilarious bent than Clutch while still managing to be extremely sweet and cute. Romantic it's too. Harry is soooo totally adorable being nerdy. Everard finds previously unfound sides of himself as well as Harry too along his way into the HEA. The story's just as well written and fabulous. It's delicious and funny and such lots of fun. There's Hot Stuff, there's awesome romantic feels. It puts me in such a good mood. Both titles read consequently give such warm happy feels. Fabulously described good set of characters. Not a dull moment among the eggs and small dragons and their families and enemies.

5 star glowing for me. REC
R Keebler
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry is the best hero ever
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
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Harry has so many questions. He wants to know everything there is to know about dragons and their eggs. He also wants to know if when Everard eats him will he will taste better because he’s a virgin. Everard, tasked with taking care of the inquisitive beta soon realizes he really doesn’t want to roast Harry and eat him. At least not the roasting part.

This was such a happy story for me. I liked Harry in the first book. Fell in love with him in this one. If I was going to have a book boyfriend I think Harry’s the one. He comes across as a bit of an airhead but I think that was his game plan all along. Sucker Everard in and then pounce. These two together are wonderful. The nicknames, the wonder they create together, watching Everard slowly come to the realization that Harry is all he’s ever wanted. Oh, and we can’t forget Steve.

There’s Snow Escape: Paranormal Dating Agency #7

“I want what every woman wants. What I know I deserve,” she said. “I want to find happiness. I lived in a loveless marriage for too long, with a man who never really gave a shit about me. Who only saw me as someone to flaunt around his friends because our parents had money. He fell in love with my bank account. Not me.”

Curvy Charlotte Marzan just got invited to visit another planet. A shifter planet where her best friend is getting married to a lion king. If that isn’t strange enough, two panty-melting hot guys are looking at this big girl like she’s a piece of cake and they haven’t had dessert in years. She shouldn’t be interested, but…girls just want to have fun, right?

Brecc and Eros need a mate before the Elders force someone on them. They’re getting desperate and in the process hire Gerri to find them a woman. She delivers curvy, outspoken, and gloriously sexy Charlotte. Now they just have to get her to stay. Forever. Simple. Not.

When Charlotte’s visit turns from cool sightseeing to getting her freak on with two shifters, things take a turn for the naughty. She needs to figure out why Brecc is so distant and why the drama with the Dragos. Things escalate to the point she has to do her own growling to be heard. She’s about to realize when two wolves choose a mate, there’s no escape.

The Reviews!

What curvy girl wouldn’t love not one, but two hunks chasing her? I can definitely say, “Been there, done that.” Now, bring on the next couple!!

Nicole H. Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Hell!
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
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Charlotte Marzen,curvy,sexy and loving her curves. Nothing like embracing her best assets! Jilted by love, she feeling a little melancholy. Missing her besties more then anything she is on her way to Nova Aurora, there is no way she was missing the opportunity for a visit. The idea of a wedding and celebrating has her eagar! What she never expected was the two sexy men with the hungry looks in their eyes. Wow, that has her temperature rising and she heart fluttering in her chest. Jesus they are just devouring her with there stares..senual and carnal! She was no longer on earth and these men were decadent! The men were polar opposites and maybe that was just what she needed..raw carnality...
Brecc and Eros, two halves of a whole. Pale skin and white hair...they were the opidemy of sex personified. Brecc is brooding, rugged and virile and Eros, caring,sensitive and a nuturer everything Brecc wasn't,but they complimented each other. They were in sync, and attuned to her. The mens opjective to find there woman to complete there triad. And the first glances was all it took. They had to posses her..love her and mate her. The fact that she was curvy only added to their attraction..she would be their, she would be everything! Just if the men could convince her..
Milly Taiden has done it again. The storytelling and purrfect matchmaking. What really separates Milly Taiden from all the rest, the heart and soul she delivers in her books. Each one is better then the last. Is there anything she can't do? Skies the limit for one sexy, curvy girl who can write as no other! Beyond 5 stars! Can't wait for more!!
Teresa Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The past should always be left in the past
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
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Wow Milly you did it again!! You have given us another great adventure with the PDA. Charlotte, Brecc, and Eros were very exciting, passionate, and just out of this world characters! ( literally ) lol I loved Charlotte's spunk, independence, and her love for her wolves!! The way she took what she experienced in life to show Brecc that the past was better left in the past! The way Eros love them both and helped bring their triad together! I have to say that I too live with a lot of what Charlotte lived with due to a past experience with a man! And she's right in many ways the physical pain does not compare to the emotional pain. And not easy to let go. I hope other will see what Charlotte and myself did not see before from reading this book. You have to leave the past in the past and you have to love yourself before you can expect anyone else to! Thank you Milly!
Nikki Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Snow Escape by Milly Taiden
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
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Steamy, sexy and thrilling, the Paranormal Dating Agency series just keeps getting better and better!!!! Charlotte travels to the planet Aurora to attend her best friend, Bella's wedding to the king, Alyx. While there, she agrees to give Gerri a chance to find her a mate (or two) and to travel around and see the planet. Charlotte becomes a guest of Brecc and Eros, the Alpha and Omega of the Ice Mountains. From the moment they laid eyes on Charlotte, Brecc and Eros knew she was the one for them, they only have to get past the walls she put up after being trapped in a hellish marriage to a man who belittled and insulted her for seven years. Time is limited since they have to complete their triad soon or get assigned a different mate by the elders, at the same time, tension between the Dragos and wolves are on the rise and everything seems to be coming to a head all at once. This series is fantastic and I can't wait for Vitker and Rebecca's story next!!!
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Elizabeth E. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Three is their favorite number...
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2016
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For Charlotte, now that her best friend, Bella, is in love and getting married, it's like she's on a completely different planet. Oh wait, she literally is. LOL Charlotte, upon receiving a message from Bella through Gerri, Bella's former boss and matchmaker extraordinaire, is off to Aurora to visit Bella and be there for her wedding. Her mind is blown as she takes in the beauty, the uniqueness, that is Aurora. But the planet itself isn't the only thing capturing her attention.

Brecc and Eros, Alpha and Omega of the Ice Mountains, best friends, and wolf shifters, not only want a mate, but they need one, soon. Otherwise, the elders will take it upon themselves to find a mate for them, therefore completing their triad. Brecc and Eros are determined to find their own mate, someone they truly love and want to spend the rest of their lives with, instead of a woman that they had no say in being with. Plus, there's the issue they're having with the Dragos right now regarding the river. Not to mention, their once close friend, Vikter, is on one side of the fight, while they're on the other. But when they see Charlotte at Alyx and Bella's wedding, everything else fades because they know they've finally found her.

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Twisted Fate: Twisted Tail Pack Book 5

Fates collide when they are tricked into a meeting by the infamous Gerri Wilder, owner of The Paranormal Dating Agency. Can they overcome their differences, or are they destined to destroy one another.

Ruby Jean St. James lives her life by the carefully crafted rules she created for herself. Do your job, keep your head down, and your emotions in check at all times. She works hard keeping her act together and avoiding certain people. Bad things tend to happen to those around her when she loses control.

Liam Olsen was blessed by the Gods in more ways than one. An ancient majik slumbers deep within him, waiting for the chance to wreak havoc on the one who dares to awaken the beast. More powerful than an ordinary shifter, Liam finds that the dark side of him knows no bounds.

The Reviews!

Oh yeah! This was so enjoyable and satisfying. I could barely keep from laughing 😂 while reading this book. Gerri has definitely done it again. This pairing is definitely one for the books!

Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerri Wilder of the PDA Agency has struck again.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
Gerri Wilder of the PDA Agency is asked to help find a mate for Liam, a Wolf Berserker of the Black Paw Pack. He is sent on a bogus errand to Cam's Diner to meet Calder, the Alpha of the Twisted Tail Pack, where he is going to meet his future mate. Ruby Jean works for her friend Cam at Cam's Diner and has the day off. Cam calls her in for a bogus emergency. Gerri called Cam and told her of the plan. When Ruby Jean, a she-wolf with majik powers walks in, she know right away her mate is there. Liam knows she is his mate too! She runs because she wants to save Liam from her majik which has killed people. Liam needs his mate and the chase is on. Will Liam catch up and will she accept her mate? Loved this exciting, action packed, suspenseful, sexy romance and highly recommend it.
Crystal Watson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Twisted Fate is so good.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
I absolutely love this series. This is Liam and Ruby story. Ruby Jean has been through so much it has caused her to lose control over the magic inside. When Gerri Wilder steps in well let's just say fate will not be denied. Liam is having issues that he doesn't understand. When he gets sent to see the neighboring alpha at the diner things come into focus. Ruby Jean kills everyone who gets to close she must run to save her mate.
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visitor, A Meeting and Conclusions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2020
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Wolf shifter Ruby Jean is a little envious of her newly mated friends and both longing for and fearing finding hers because of her prior history.

Liam, a member of the Black Paw Pack is not sure what was wrong with him. His Alpha, Rafe saw the problem and sends him to the Twisted Tail Pack with a fake message.

On seeing r stranger, Ruby Jean afraid of a repeat of her past leaves her mate and pack, going on the run. Liam is angry at those who have upset his mate, before setting off to find her. There are a few minor problems to solve before the ends well.