Mate (Forbidden Desires Book 3) by Piper Scott & Virginia Kelly #LGBTQ #MMM #Audiobook #Review #Mpreg

Erryn reviews ‘Mate (Forbidden Desires Book 3)’ by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly.  Self-published on February 17, 2019, 380 pgs.  Released on audio August 31, 2019, 11 hrs & 35 mins.  Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.   

Why I listened to this audio:  I’m intrigued by Dragon Shifters.

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. That is, 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.

Please note: Mate is a steamy omegaverse romance involving male pregnancy that will leave you in stitches. It contains an experiment gone awry, five eccentric peacocks, an unusually large number of whelps, an ancient Viking Daddy dragon, and science! For maximum enjoyment, Mate is best listened to following the events of Clutch and Bond.

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My Review:

I really enjoyed the first two books in the Forbidden Desires series, Clutch and Bond.  I knew nothing about alpha dragons and omegas and betas before embarking upon the adventure, but was entertained while being educated.  I fell in love with all the members of the Drake family and was absolutely carried away by the stories.  The dialogue was snarky and snappy, the characters funny, and the plotline interesting, if not always believable.  These are dragons, after all.

I went into this third book, Mate, with the same enthusiasm.  There were parts of the book I loved – all my old favorite characters were back, the whelp dragons have begun to develop personalities, and there is science afoot.  I enjoy science although I’m not always the best at understanding it.  For readers who spend more time in the omegaverse, it probably makes more sense.  Did my confusion detract from the story?  No. Did I wish I understood the dynamics a bit better?  Well, yes – but that’s on me.  What I will say about this book is a lot of it centers around dragon politics.  While some of this was fascinating, there were times when it felt like there were a lot of characters.

Now, this is where my praise of Michael Ferraiuolo comes in.  The narrator is brilliant with accents and mastered Russian, French, Chinese and several others without missing a beat.  He pronounced Matthieu’s French flawlessly and, of course, had just the perfect imperious tone for the dragons.  All the Drakes have that haughty British-sounding accent that makes the sound superior and, frankly, it works well.  With so many characters, I was impressed Michael was able to keep all the voices straight.  Truly, he was fantastic.

This is a strong story, to be sure, but not my favorite of the bunch.  Each to their own as I know others who have loved the conclusion to the series.  I will say I liked the dynamic between the three men and their poly relationship – each man brought something unique and different to the relationship and it felt like a true triad.

It is recommended you read the other two books first if possible and I’ll echo that.  As a stand-alone book it would be fine but with all the backstory, having the two others behind me helped a lot.  I enjoyed this to be sure and am glad I listened to it.

My Rating:

Virginia Kelly

Virginia Kelly is the pen name for Lynn Van Dorn, under which she writes shifter mm romances.

Piper Scott

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.

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