Book Reviews

Magpie (Forbidden Desires Spin-Off 2) by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / MPreg / Omegaverse / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 14-October-2020

Book Blurb

Reynard Drake, solitary cybersecurity expert and curator of the Drake family fortune, would rather be chucked in the midden than forced to bed an omega, but as the selected Amethyst candidate for the mating experiment, he has no other choice. Resigned to his unhappy fate, he takes solace in the fact that one thing will never change—his virtual rival, Magpie, will always be there to keep him on his toes, even if he has been strangely absent from the internet lately…

Diamond Disgrace Misha Vasiliev has a secret. By day he learns what it takes to warm a dragon’s bed, but at night he’s Magpie, renowned hacker and dark web service provider who steals from dragons in his spare time. His favorite target? Reynard Drake, whom he's only ever seen in pictures, but whom Misha wants more than anyone else.

And now, with a faceless threat closing in on his cloister, quite possibly the only one capable of saving his life.



Magpie is a steamy omegaverse mpreg-ish romance set during the events of the Forbidden Desires series. It contains pretty things hidden where the sun don’t shine; a scandalous screenshot or two; plenty of laughs; its fair share of tense moments; and, of course, “Beagle!” For maximum enjoyment, Magpie is best read as a companion piece to the Forbidden Desires series.


Book Review

I’m honestly enchanted by this series, both the main and the spin-off, but I’m not sure whether it’s due to the worldbuilding, the wonderful characters, or the plots. Probably a combination of all three as I think the authors have done a great job with these stories. Granted, I’m a sucker for mpreg and omegaverse, but these authors threw a wrench into that universe way back in book one and it has kept me hooked from then on.

 

Misha has now tied in my affections with Harrison, Everard’s beta-omega (don’t ask, just read), and I honestly didn’t think that could ever happen. Misha, or Magpie as he’s known on the dark web, is FIERCE! He is a Diamond Disgrace, or dragonet, as Harrison insists on calling them, and up until he was thirteen years old he thought his mother was a baker and his father was a guard in the Vasiliyev dragon clan house. When he is taken to a Pedigree cloister, he discovers that he is the son of the dragon, Pyotr and his mate, but because Misha was born a dragonet, he is useless to them. Argh! I’m so thrilled that Harrison, Everard, and the whole Drake clan are working so hard to change the antiquated views of dragon society.

 

Misha is no simpering omega, I can tell you that much. Finding out the truth only enraged him and once at the cloister he taught himself how to code and hack systems so he could start stealing from dragons all over the world. Misha is brilliant and he knows he’s not the normal omega as his fantasies all revolve around dominating a dragon… and the dragon he chooses is Reynard Drake. Why? Because Reynard is the only computer security challenge that Misha has not been able to beat. So for years a strange rivalry exists between Reynard and his Magpie until Misha uncovers some information that changes everything. Reynard’s Grindr profile and some hidden photos show Misha exactly what his dragon wants and needs.

 

‘Magpie’ is a fascinating Dominant/submissive storyline where the roles are reversed from the “norm” of this dragon culture and I loved it! Misha and Reynard’s love story is definitely worth reading and Misha is a total badass who I fell madly in love with. The mpreg is done very well with some drama that had my heart in my throat once or twice, and the secondary story line about a dark web group after Misha, was interesting and the authors didn’t allow it to overtake the romance. Of course, now I’m seriously curious about Bertram Drake and what he knows…

 

This is such a fun series and I’m actually enjoying it more than I had originally expected. The writing is very well done, character development is excellent, and the overall plot(s) have kept me on my toes. Now I’m looking forward to poor Hugh Drake’s story as this dragon wants a clutch so bad he can feel it.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 250 pages/64000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-March-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback, $7.49 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085QNT41D