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.

Clutch (Forbidden Desires Book 1)

Bookish, snarky, and fiercely independent Nate Boudreaux leads a solitary life. Between teaching classes at the university and working toward his PhD, he doesn’t need a partner to occupy his time, and he certainly doesn’t need a man like Alistair Drake complicating his future.

Alistair Drake, black sheep of the tremendously wealthy Drake family, is more interested in adding another notch to his bedpost than another zero to his bank account. When a Grindr message brings him to Nate’s doorstep, then straight to his bed, he has no reason to believe that what they share will be more than a simple hookup, until, three months later, a tug on his soul informs him otherwise.

For the Drake family has a secret—one that will force Nate and Alistair together as much as it will demand that they be torn apart. One that Alistair and his brothers have carried all their lives… and one that Alistair and Nate’s future children will carry, too.

Bound to each other by three precious impossibilities, Nate and Alistair have no choice—no matter the consequence, they must fight for their forbidden clutch.

This is a M/M Omegaverse series. Enjoyable and funny. The Alphas are all Dragon Shifters, the Omegas are all human, or are they? The interaction between Alpha and Omega will stick with you! Try not to laugh out loud, I Dare You!

The Reviews!

L.D.
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Society of Dragons
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
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Clutch is the first book in the Forbidden Desires series, and an amazing way to start a new series. The series is set within a world very similar to our contemporary world, however, within this universe there are alphas, betas, and omegas as well as a hidden dragon population.

The hidden dragon society have their own laws and social norms, and one of those rules is to not get a random omega pregnant without the approval of the dragon council. Alistair breaks that rule when he hooks up with Nate, aka Iggy, after matching on a dating app. Iggy has to figure out how the dragon world works while caring for his offspring and falling in love with Alistair. There is so much humor, snark, and incredibly sexy moments throughout this book. The writing combo of Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly is electric—they are both great writers on their own and together they have created a fascinating and enjoyable story.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo who did a fantastic job. I love Michael’s voice and always enjoy his audiobook performances. He really nailed the personalities of each character and I was totally engaged with the story. The audiobook production was well done and I enjoyed this book immensely.
Mommainthezoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start of a series, amazing writing collaboration!
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2018
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Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly have a winner on their hands! This is book one of what I can already tell will be an AMAZING series! This one gives you everything: sex, mpreg, eggs (or meggs) and dragons! What more could a reader want?!?

You also get a developing story of true love, and family - both created and blood. I love how the story builds, and you can see the sub-plots developing to become more stories.

Nate and Alistair start like most guys, through a one-time hook-up. What happens next is nothing short of amazing. Nate gets pregnant, lays eggs (because you know - dragons), Alistair rescues them, and Nate and Alistair fall in love. Along the way there is trouble with the dragon council, family, friends and a pig that becomes a pet instead of breakfast. But you never loose sight of the fact that they most important ingredient in this book is love.

This book perfectly sets up the next in the series, and if I'm honest, at least one other.... and I can not wait for those!
Morgan Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars - 4 stars -
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
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This is my second time reading and listening to this book. I have read a couple of mpreg books before, but this is the first series I have read that is an mpreg with Dragon eggs/egg laying and the concept is rather interesting to me. I don't know if I have a preference of which type of mpreg I like (egg laying vs. Human child), but I might prefer the egg laying because - at least in this series - the omega isn't saying "I hate you and this is all your fault that I'm suffering through this pain" during labor. Which I find it sad and rubs me the wrong way when I read someone say that as having a child is a 2 person process and it's something that you should want together, despite the pain and discomfort it brings. Also, the whole giving birth scene just seems to be more tolerable for me to read at times when it's about laying eggs and not about giving birth to a child.

* Spoilers *
I don't think I have a whole lot to say about this book. I did enjoy reading it and there wasn't a whole lot of angst as despite a few ups and downs, everything went pretty smoothly. I am curious if Nate will finish whatever he was doing at school at some point. Also, I am curious on if Nate and Alistair will have another clutch at some point in their lives. Can baby dragons be female alphas? Nate had named one of his baby dragons Malory and I thought that was more of a girls name than a boys name, but who knows. I am also curious with just how big their new house is, which I am guessing it's probably big, but not as big as what Ev and Sebastian have.
I did enjoy both Nate and Alistair as characters, but I felt like Alistair was very negative towards himself except towards the end. I'm guessing it's from all the other dragons - mainly his family - belittling him on who he is and what he does with his wealth. It kind of didn't make sense on what Ev meant by that Alistair always got himself into trouble and so on, when it was never stated how he got into trouble in the past and on what he even did to get into trouble. And if Alistair was brought up with his family constantly saying stuff like that to him, it's no wonder he kept looking down on himself, on what he had, and considering himself a failure as a dragon. I am relieved that Nate was perfectly happy with what Alistair had - and with who he was - and simply wanted to be with Alistair and their eggs/baby dragons and nothing more. Material possessions were pretty much bonuses for Nate. I do find it interesting and somewhat amusing that once Alistair started making more money and Nate saw what Sebastian and Perry had in their hoard with the bed, that he wanted something better than Alistair's throne in their new hoard. But it's understandable that he would have a few suggestions of what he wanted in their new home. I'm not exactly sure If I liked the whole "I provide for you" dynamic Alistair had towards Nate as it did make their relationship feel a bit unbalanced at times - mainly in the epilogue - but if their happy with it than it is what it is. I am looking forwards to rereading Harry and Ev's story again. The last time I read this series I only got to the beginning of book 3 and stopped because it just seemed stressful with the whole forbidden relationship, but this time around I plan on finishing this series. I am curious if we will see all of Alistair's siblings, since he said he had seven (?) other siblings (or maybe he said there was seven of them in the family?) But so far we've seen Ev, Sebastian, and Geoffrey, so I'm curious on who we will see next out of the siblings.

*Narration*
The narration definitely heightened my enjoyment of the story. At times it was a little hard to tell who was speaking, but that only happened occasionally. There was a couple other issues I had, but weren't exactly too big of a deal. In the beginning when Alistair is telling Nate repeatedly to nest so that he can heal him and also allow Nate to calm down, more than once it sounded like the narrator was saying rest instead of nest, except for maybe the very last time Alistair said to nest. So that whole nest and rest mix up was a bit confusing. Another time the sentence that Alistair had spoken was completely cut off from the audio, so it would sound a little odd if you weren't reading along, even though it was a very long sentence and the meaning of it was pretty much repeated after he had said it. And then the narrator accidentally said siblings instead of hatchling towards the end of the book, which it also has the same meaning in that moment. So basically the issues I had aren't really that big of a deal for me and it's probably just me being nitpicky.

Overall, this is a pretty good book and I would recommend it to other people if they were interested in this genre with mpreg.
Joelle M
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Yes. A million times yes.
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2019
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I can't even tell you how much I love this book. I couldn't stop reading and finished it in one sitting. I love that it literally started out with a bang and just kept going. There was never a dull moment and I couldn't help but fall in love with Nate and Alistair. They were so funny and sweet. Nate's friend Harry was totally adorable. His excitement was contagious. Alistair's brother Ev was a jerk to everybody but not with Harry. I can't wait to see where that goes. But I really loved seeing Nate with his eggs. His emotions were zinging all over the place at first but then he got fiercely protective. It was adorable. I loved seeing his bond with them grow. There were some really cute moments with them. I loved how Alistair's brothers were incorporated into the story and I hope we get to see more of them. I honestly can't get enough of these guys. I already want to go back and read this book again