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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 listened as a companion piece to the Forbidden Desires series.

©2020 Piper Scott; Virginia Kelly (P)2020 Piper Scott; Virginia Kelly

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Magically delicious

I've listened to all of the books in this world. They're all fantastic stories, but there was something extra in Magpie. It's now my favorite. Emotional, funny, and with the steamy fun. These authors know how to deliver. Their words create a journey. And when the fabulous Michael Ferraiuolo performs, you’re lost. I can't recommend both series highly enough.

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Sublimely narrated enemies-to-lovers romance.

A sweet and quirky read, I especially liked that neither Reynard nor Misha conforms to stereotypes and that their love is not only a thing of sunny days and cloudless skies, but a love that stands strong when tested. Reynard and Misha have been in a virtual game of cat and mouse for several years when Misha takes a gamble to bring matters to a head in an ultimate, brave attempt to reach for freedom and happiness. Though they were adversaries of a sort they tumble into insta-lust, maybe even insta-love even if they don’t realize it. Misha is so strong and determined to win Reynard, but he still seems surprised when Reynard chooses him and is strong for him in turn. For all his outward self-confidence Misha is endearingly vulnerable at his core. They fight for their love against unexpected enemies and for a chance at becoming a family. I really enjoyed their story, and the epilogue was very endearing.

Narration: Michael Ferraiuolo is one of my favorite narrators because he has such an incredible range of voices and can bring so much emotion and nuance to his performance. Every story he reads, he lifts to a higher level and that’s exactly what he did here.

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Excellent narration for an excellent story

The audible version was very well done. Reynard’s voice was very supercilious when dealing with the world around him, but I liked that his tone became so submissive to Misha. Misha’s Russian accent was delightful. Of course Harry is the comic relief in the books and his inquiring mind lends itself well to audio.

Reynard was content. Then he discovered some one was stealing from his accounts. A clever hacker named Magpie. Overtime they both formed a strange bond with each other.

Misha was a “disgrace”, a human who was born to dragon parents. Hidden away in a cloister he taught himself hacking skills and began his assault on Reynard. When it came time for him to be mated he knew the only place he wanted to be was with Reynard.

These books have been so much fun. This one particularly. Misha and Reynard’s relationship was unusual, which added quite a zing to this book. Well written and thanks to Reynard’s brothers entertaining. Harrison, Everard, and Steve return and Harrison still remains clueless to the world around them and I keep thinking Everard has to run out of food nicknames eventually. This shouldn’t be read as a standalone. The reader needs to immerse themselves in these wonderful characters.




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Dragon meets Magpie

Reynard thinks being forced into Harry’s experiment is going to be dreadful, he was very wrong and happily so when he meets a spitfire of a diamond. He finds acceptance, loyalty and love and a family that will always be there.

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved it. I got the ebook months ago & just tried audible. Love Michael

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Cyber Romance

Magpie is the fifth book in the Forbidden Desires series and the second book in the Forbidden Desires Spin-Off series. I highly suggest reading all the previous books in the Forbidden Desires series before reading this one. Although it could be read as a standalone, it would end up being confusing.

Magpie is darker than the other books in the series, but it hints at what’s to come with future books. Misha and Reynard are cyber experts who have a rivalry with each other. A twist of fate has Misha and Reynard mated, but they still face difficulties and obstacles, especially from dangerous enemies. The story had a lot of action, snark, and sass.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo who did a great job with the narration. There was a lot of action that happened in this book and Michael performed it fantastically. The audiobook production was well done and I enjoyed listening to the book.

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Not the best. Not a spin off. It's Erotica w/ fluf

Calling this a spin off is just false. This is definitely just a sequel due to the continuation and heavy use of references from all prior books in this series.

Whenever something is advertised as a spin off I reasonably expect a spin off. Maybe a point of view change to a different family or a significant time jump. All this book did was do what all the other books did in this series by giving a point of view change and a slight increase in the time line to a different family member within the same dragon clan. It used heavy references and details from the prior books that explain what's going on, so this is definitely not good as a stand alone or you'd feel very disconnected with any of the characters. If this was a very 'spin off' then it should be able to be a stand alone which it simply isn't.

Overall this book felt more standard, i feel like it didn't do much different to be stand out. It honestly sometimes felt rushed due to some strange inconsistent moments, especially during the beginning.
The main omega love interest for example barely was given background other then a paragraph of exposition during the beginning and then after that his development and details weren't really expanded. He just sort of jumps into a relationship full force with a supposed 'rival', and that's in quotes because he's a rival only during the brief exposition I previously mentioned. The rivalry was completely glazed over in favor of the relationship to start right away. This made the feeling of the relationship feel very unnatural and forced by plot. You will not be getting a rival to lover plot line anywhere.

The relationship was all focused on erotica more then any relationship building. Again, because of how quick the relationship started, nothing felt terribly natural and this ended up just feeling like fluff to package erotica. Which is fine, but the prior books felt more grand with their story telling which made me leaving disappointed with this book.

Either way, if you need something sexy to read, this is recommended. If you need more substance to appreciate any Erotic moments then you may want to skip this.

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God series, but this book was a no.

I really like this series, but this book although it starts off fine there is a part that truly turns me off. A safe word was used and not headed. This just does not work for me.

The narration is done well and like I said I really like this series overall.

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Delightful!

This is considered to be a spin off story, but beloved characters from the Forbidden Desires series make their appearances and are crucial to the plot.

Steve, one of my favorite reptiles, and adorable pink Darwin, as well as annoying (but somehow endearing) Harry are featured as well.

Magic. mayhem, and a frightening egg-knapping swirl together to make an adventure filled story. There are light elements of BDSM and lovely lingerie.

Michael Ferraiuolo is a master audio craftsman. The musical intro and exit was a delightful surprise.

Really enjoyed the story and am very happy to have added this volume to my Audible library.


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Another winner in the series

This is my last of the series and I am so glad I binged it. The world building is amazing and you get suck into the world of dragons and their mates. Misha is more assertive and cunning than the other omegas one the story and I love the reverse dynamics between the alpha and the omega. Michael Ferraiuolo is a fabulous narrator and he gave each character their own voice and cadence so you have no problem differentiating them. He also maintained the same voice that he gave the brothers and their omegas which is an amazing skill. The only grief I gave it the mystery is not really resolved in this one and I can’t wait for Finch to be released and hopefully know who wants to harm Misha.

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  • Alan
  • 06-08-20

More humour, eggs and posturing dragons!

Misha (aka Magpie) is a hacker whi has his sights set on Reynard Drake’s considerable fortune. Reynard is the financial guru of the Drake dragon family, a recluse who lives simply, well, shabbily, and has never wanted a mate. He has well and truly found his match in Misha who never takes ‘no’ for an answer! Scott and Kelly could just keep inventing Drake siblings, as far as I’m concerned, they strike gold every time. Each book explores another relationship permutation with the message that “love is love”. As usual, there’s plenty of humour, dazzling eggs, and posturing dragons. The story was strong, although I felt the external threat arc failed to resolve satisfactorily - maybe there’s more to come in the next book. 🎧 Michael Ferraiuolo archly purrs his way through this, and his Russian words and accent impressed me!

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  • The Smut Librarian
  • 05-07-20

Brilliantly witty, sexy and fun!

Another brilliant spin off story to this series! The intrigue and power exchanges in this book were powerful and a pure delight! Once again these wonderful authors create characters with depth, humour laden dialogue and steamy scenes.  Not to be missed - but MUST be read after the other Forbidden Desires books. Once again Michael Ferraiuolo brings sparkle, sizzle and feeling to these wondrous characters in the Audio edition!