Grimbold Drake, influential patriarch of the Drake family, revels in his solitary life of order—a life which is thrown into chaos when his son pays him an unexpected visit, bringing with him a broken but gorgeous young man more than a millennium Grimbold’s junior. A man Grimbold instantly finds himself yearning to fix, to protect, and to claim.
Meek, subservient, and eager to please, Wally Brand doesn’t doubt the tales he’s been told of the cruel and deceitful Amethyst clan, so when he’s forcibly taken from his home and entrusted to Grimbold Drake—the most powerful Amethyst dragon of all—he knows he won’t be long for this world. Only there’s a gleam in Grimbold’s eyes when he looks Wally’s way and a tenderness to his touch that Wally can’t understand.
All he knows is one thing: whether Grimbold means him harm or not, if he can be good to his dragon captor, maybe, just maybe, he’ll get out of this mess alive.
Kate B VINE VOICE 4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read but it just wasn’t long enough Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019 Verified Purchase ****Warning review contains spoilers**** I really enjoyed this book. You don’t need to read the Forbidden Desires series to understand this book but you should as it will give you a back story of what’s happened in the universe and who all the characters are. It was cool to see the more human side of the Amethyst dragon as in the previous stories about his son’s finding theirs he seemed rather harsh and unforgiving. He’s also got a chance to love and to do right by the omega he wants unlike his sons mother he can even remember her name (he’s over 1000 years old) and was basically with her to only have a cluch, he then took the eggs from her as soon as they hatched because she’d end up going nuts if bonding with the eggs and then endangering herself and the eggs. Walter “Swallow” Brand a Topaz omega disgrace from the pedigree who had be physically and mentally abused for years hid when the cloister was shut down and the omega’s removed as he was terrified of dragons even though he’d basically been trained how to properly service a dragon and that the dragon is everything but he’s nothing, he tried to take some food from a nearby farm then got taken arrested then one of Ian’s (Topez dragon family leader) ex-attendants kept his aminals at the farm that Walter tried to steal food from you he told Ian about the situation so him and his mates went and got him released from police custody, they had no idea where to put him due to all the trauma he’d been subjected too so they took him home with them but he was completely freaked out because Ian and Geoffrey (Amethyst dragon & one of Grim’s sons) traumatised him, in turn Walter’s constant terror mostly of Ian was making their Whelps (kids) anxious so since Geoffrey had no idea what to do sort council with his father Grim to see if he had any suggestion of what to do with Walter. As soon as Grim sees Walter his dragon takes notice of him. Then when Walter starts talking about living with Giles & the Scooby gang, Grim takes notice of this and asks him if he could like with anyone who would he live with of course he says with Giles because hequestions Geoffrey saying that he told him that Walter had no family, in which Geoffrey replies that they’re not real people and that they’re from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Grim then asks Walter some questions about what’s Giles like etc he answers saying that he knows that Giles isn’t real but he’s caring, strict and but loving and never uses punishments. Grim the decides that he’s going to take care of Walter. This books is more series than the Forbidden Desires books with a omega whose been beaten down until he’s nearly broken but Grim finds a way through the terror to his heart. I loved how when Walter’s sire (Mandrake Brand) who arrives at Grim’s house and demands his property back Grim is talking to his sons in the other room he then hears the knock on the door and his dragon senses that Walter’s in trouble so he storms out to see who it is, he basically tells the Topez that he’s trespassing on Amethyst territory it’s against the Council’s rules so he should leave now without Walter, while he still can and never bother his again Grim turns his back on the Topaz to look at Walter all he sees is Walter’s face lose the little colour it already has then he feels dragons claws gouge into his back deeply he then crumbles to the ground then he hears Walter scream out then he’s leaping at his Sire telling him to die already as he shoves Grim’s claw into his neck a couple of times. I just wished this story had been a bit longer and fingers crossed this isn’t the last story in this universe as Grim still has a couple of sons who haven’t mated as yet and he also has a lot of grown up grand sons and young ones as well as an omega daughter. I’ve read books from Piper Scott before and have loved them all but I’ve never read any books by Virginia Kelly but if this book/series is any indication on her writing style I won’t be disappointed so I’ll definitely read more from her in the future. I’d recommend this book, series and both authors to anyone.
L.D. VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars Wally's New Start Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020 Verified Purchase Swallow is the fourth book in the Forbidden Desires series, a paranormal series with dragon shifters and A/B/O dynamics. Although this book states it is the first book in the Forbidden Desires Spin-Off series, I fully suggest reading the previous three books of the Forbidden Desires series. Swallow is a short novella that features Grimbold Drake and Wally, the shy omega who’s been abused as he grew up. Grimbold and Wally’s relationship was sweet and delightful and I really enjoyed this book. The story was well crafted with sweet moments and some great sexy scenes. The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo who narrated the previous books in the series. Michael did a great job with this narration and performed the book well. I really enjoyed listening to this book and was engaged with the story the entire time.
Kelly G. 5.0 out of 5 stars This series is so good. Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019 Verified Purchase Arc provided courtesy of LesCourt All reviews are voluntary and my honest opinion. You're definitely going to want to read the original series to understand what's going on here. But the good news is the entire series is absolutely amazing, including this novella. Grim has finally seen the error of his ways, when he's introduced to severely abused Walter of the Topez Clan. Grim has to reign in his claiming instincts and put Wally's needs first. He finds himself very much wanting to earn Walter's trust and affection. A lot of the most endearing characters return (crumpet). I enjoy the humor and inside jokes the authors have built across this universe. I can't wait for more. 5/5
K. Hay 5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this series Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020 Verified Purchase I am so loving this world these two authors have created. This is Grimbold & Walter's story and I'm so happy we get more of Grappy Grimmie. A few easter eggs along the way especially about one of my favorites, Perry. Walter is a disgrace from the Topaz clan and is brought to Grimbold by Geoffrey. It seems Walter is having a hard time adjusting. Grimbold is full of shame for the way his kind has treated their offspring. But under the same roof and talking to some new friends makes Walter realize that the Amethyst clan are not the evil creatures he was taught. Plus how kind and caring Grimbold has been to him. Grimbold is fighting his feelings, he wants Walter of his own free will not what nature dictates. Some things occur that change and the outcome is beautiful. Highly recommend this series.