Erryn reviews ‘Finch (A Forbidden Desires Spin Off Story)’ by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly. Self-published on September 30, 2020, 290 pgs. Released on October 29, 2020, the audio is 8 hrs & 26 mins. Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
Why I listened to this audio: I’m in love with this series.
Hugh Drake, the most whimsical member of the Drake family, wants a clutch badly…and despite his sanctioned period to reproduce nearing its end, he just might get his wish.
New information has emerged that suggests Disgraces are dragons and able to bear eggs. All that’s left to do is find one Hugh can tolerate, and who better to help him find his perfect match than his steadfast and faithful secretary, Finch?
If only Finch were a Disgrace, but alas, some things simply aren’t meant to be.
Sensible and straightforward, Finch has served as Hugh Drake’s secretary for more than a decade and secretly loved him for just as long. Hugh is the light of his life, but he’s also entirely too gullible, which is why Finch refuses to believe his claim that Disgraces are dragons. They’re not. Finch would know, since he is one. But that little fact will have to stay a secret because Finch would rather his love go unnoticed than be the one who breaks his dragon’s heart when he fails to produce a clutch.
Finch is a hilarious omegaverse mpreg-ish romance set following the events of the Forbidden Desires series. It contains an adorably clueless dragon, a faithful secretary whose heart is invested in more than just his job, the best Funfetti cake ever, “slippery” situations, and a single amethyst cufflink. For maximum enjoyment, Finch is best listened to following the events of Clutch, Bond, Mate, Swallow, and Magpie.
In the synopsis of Finch, Hugh Drake is referred to as whimsical. I’d call him clueless. In comparison to his brothers and fathers, he is…fanciful. He definitely has his head in the clouds and when he decides he wants to a clutch of his own, he acts upon that desire. Now, one doesn’t produce a clutch out of thin air. The theory going around is that disgraces can birth clutches (or dragonettes). So Hugh embarks upon a journey to find his own disgrace (a horrible term) of his own. And who does he task with such an important decision? Well, his trusty secretary, Finch.
Finch is a disgrace. He was raised the in the cloister, his education focused on learning how to serve dragons. It was inevitable that he would wind up doing just that. And he’s faithfully served Hugh for thirteen years, watching the love of his life flit about. Oh sure, Hugh’s got a nice hoard, but he’s lacking a family. After seeing all his brothers with their whelps, he wants one of his own. Finch would love to give Hugh that family but, alas, he doesn’t believe that disgraces are dragons. He doesn’t believe he can bear a child.
Now, as with the other books in this series, I laughed my butt off. Seriously, these women know how to write funny stories. The tale of the marijuana alone is worth the price of admission. I loved this book. I also felt emotionally invested. I wanted Hugh to have the family he always wanted. I also wanted him to see what was right in front of him – a man dedicated to his happiness. A man who would rather tear off a limb than make him unhappy. A man who adores him.
I also enjoyed the scenes when the whole family got together. If you haven’t read the previous books you might be a little lost, but have no fear, you’ll get wrapped up in Hugh and Finch’s story and will be so pleased with their happy ending.
Finally, Michael Ferraiuolo. I adore him. His narration of the dragons is perfect – that haughty voice that often drips with hidden amusement. And Finch, with his British accent, was divine. I want this series to go on forever.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
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.