Erryn reviews ‘Clutch (Forbidden Desires Book 1)’ by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly. Self-published on October 6, 2018, 240 pgs. Released on audio July 4, 2019, 7 hrs & 8 mins. Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I listened to this audio: I haven’t had a lot of luck with mpreg but I was willing to give it another shot. I was glad I did.
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 the three precious impossibilities, Nate and Alistair have no choice – no matter the consequence, they will fight for their forbidden clutch.
Clutch is a 64,000 word steamy omegaverse mpreg-ish romance that will leave you in stitches. It contains a Grindr hook-up gone very wrong (or very right), giant magical lizards, a pig named Olive, a wank throne, and a HEA, right down to the white picket fence.
Did you know a litter of baby dragons is a clutch? Neither did I. There are a whole bunch of things about dragons that I was completely in ignorance of until I read this book. Am I now an expert? No, not likely, but I am certainly more engaged and interested in the topic.
I’ll take a step back.
Nate Boudreaux is an omega who occasionally gets on Grindr to find one-night stands. He’s prodigiously careful about protection – not just condoms but he also uses birth control. He’s a poor student and there’s no way he could ever care for a child. Alistair Drake is an alpha who is also on Grindr looking for a hook-up. He has magic spunk but in the almost millennia he’s been alive, he’s never sired any little dragons. In fact, he’s still considered immature. And poor by dragon standards. I mean, if you’ve had hundreds of years to amass a fortune, you should be rich, right?
One fateful encounter with Alistair’s magic spunk and Nate is pregnant. Only not like any pregnancy he’s ever heard of. After birthing eggs, Alistair appears to spirit him away. He’s reticent but figures trying to explain the three eggs is going to be far more trouble than it’s worth. Once ensconced in Alistair’s luxurious penthouse, Nate finds himself taking stock of his life. He’d never planned on being a parent but now he’s bonded with the eggs, there’s no way he’s giving them up. If that means attaching himself to an arrogant know-it-all who has no concept of how humans live than so be it.
The dynamics between the two men was fascinating and the snarky banter was fun. And the sex scenes were really hot. Scorching. I also really liked the family dynamics – Alistair has brothers who tease him mercilessly but also step in to support him, including when he faces the council of dragons for the unsanctioned clutch. There is some action thrown in as well to make life interesting. I won’t go into much detail, but I adored Nate’s beta friend Harry. And Steve. Can’t forget Steve.
This is a great book. Michael Ferraiuolo narrates and, as always, he’s perfect. His Alistair is bang-on, especially the upper-crust accent. This is only the first book in the series and I look forward to more adventures.
Virginia Kelly is the pen name for Lynn Van Dorn, under which she writes shifter mm romances.
Piper Scott debuted as a trio of authors looking to write together for fun. Their collaboration led to three novella-length books (Love Me, Save Me, and Keep Me,) before life sent them in different directions, leaving just one author with an omegaverse plot bunny that wouldn’t leave her alone. Obey was born several months later… but the plot bunny never left–it multiplied.
Left to her own devices, Piper Scott writes scorching but heartfelt contemporary omegaverse romance about men you can’t help but fall in love with.