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

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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