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Clutch

Forbidden Desires, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Forbidden Desires, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

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.

©2018 Piper Scott, Virginia Kelly (P)2019 Piper Scott, Virginia Kelly

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loved it

such an interesting premise. I'd read some of the other books in the series and it was nice to see the origin story. excellent narration.

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Great start - looking forward to the rest of the series!

Fantastic start to the series - a whole new world with dragons and mates and magic, beautifully written and (once I got over the voice reading it not being mine!) fantastically narrated. I particularly love Harry and his voice, although I’m fairly certain Seb is Chris Hemsworth!! After the initial shock of finding that dragons exist, and he’s birthed eggs, Nate Boudreaux has a turbulent introduction to the laws, family and world of his eggs’ sire, Alistair. With ups and downs, and old feuds, the constant is his bond to his eggs and, as it develops, to their father.

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Fantastic & Funny

Just loved it - such a refreshing change. The sarcasm, humour and of course the sex! Lots of sex!! Highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun and refreshing change to the ‘norm’ 😁😊 Looking forward to listening to the next instalment ‘Bond’!!

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Great Book and Great Audio

Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly are an instant-click for me in print, and now it seems they will be in audio as well. This was my first audiobook narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo and I was extremely impressed. To start, Clutch is a fantastic story. It is incredibly unique - set in omegaverse where mpreg exists, the omega MC Nate is simply looking for someone to help through his heat without any complications of strings. The alpha, Alistair, is looking for a similar hookup but has his own hidden secret; he is a dragon capable of impregnating an omega with eggs. By accident and chance Nate gets knocked (egged?) up, with some pretty serious consequences to follow. Nate is sassy, opinionated, and willing to do whatever is needed to keep his egg babies safe. While he did not ever expect to have an omega or a clutch, Alistair is similarly inspired to protect his new family, and his possessive streak - innate, it seems, to dragons - develops. Ferraiuolo does a fantastic job of creating a series of voices for a pretty big cast, somehow making each distinct and suitable to the character. From Nate's soft but strong tone, to Alistair's drawling upper-crust British accent, to the sarcastic undertones of Everard and the bookish Harry - each character's voice is chosen with care and precision, and perfectly fits. I cannot express how much I look forward to further partnerships between these authors and narrator.

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laugh aloud funny

Light frothy and so amusing! I can't wait for book 2 'Bond' and more of Harry.

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Superb from start to finish.

I loved this book when I first read it, so snapped up the audio version when released. I wasn't disspointed. Michael Ferraiuolo does one of the best narrations I've heard. Each character is voiced so differently that it is easy to know who was speaking at any given time and with four regular plus a series of secondary characters that must of been quite a task. I absolutely loved this audio version and really hope Ferraiuolo will be doing the rest of the series.

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So good!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5 🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5 So good! My first Dragon shifter book and I loved it! The characters are so dynamic, bold and often hilarious. I loved Nate's sass, protectiveness, and fire. He's a great character and the perfect match for the sweet and often clueless Alistair.  I didn't know what to expect from this book or these authors but was pleasantly surprised and draw in from the first sentence. The writing style is captivating and the characters so unique and vibrant I couldn't help but love them right from the start. I loved the dynamics between Nate and Alistair and how their relationship evolved over time. I felt they were well matched and liked the slower progress to their mating.  I loved Alistair's cluelessness and how he would take what Nate said literally! It leads to some hilarious scenes! My favorite character would have to be Harry though. Nate's nerdy, inquisitive, overzealous former roommate and best friend. All Harry's interactions are hilarious and endearing I can't wait for his story!!! Great story, wonderful adventure, and fantastic narration! A definite winner for me!!! Thanks for reading!

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Very unique and fun

This is nothing like I've ever listened to before so the uniqueness of it really captivated me. It jumps right into the action from page one and gets more interesting as it goes on!! A few parts really caught me off guard and while this isn't my usual read I really enjoyed it. Both boys quickly grew on me and they were really hot together. I'm generally a big fan of this narrator however for this one I felt like he played Allistair's voice a little too bored. Which did work for the character however it came off as a little too monotone for me.

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Funny and entertaining!

OMG…So funny! A snarky omega, a dragon shifter alpha, one wild night, and an unexpected clutch lead to a wild, fantastic adventure. I loved the characters, the comedic family relations, and Harry…oh Harry. An internet hook-up leads to unexpected consequences and a possibility of love and family. Very enjoyable! I can’t wait to listen to more in this series. Good narration and emotional delivery. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook through the author and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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A Lovely Surprise!

Nate is one cute, snarky human omega and Alistair is an brooding dragon shifter alpha. Their lives both changes when Nate gives birth to a forbidden clutch of eggs. This audiobook book is truly a pleasant surprise. I would highly recommend this listen!

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 21-07-19

So good!

This story is fun and sexy, with some wonderfully heartfelt moments mixed in. I enjoyed Nate and Alistair's growth from one night stand to eventually becoming mates. Their shared concern for their eggs was sweet. The cast of characters is large and interesting, and I can't wait for the other books I've already enjoyed to be released in audio format. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing this book to life. I highly recommend this to fans of paranormal tales and romantic comedy. Loved it!

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  • The Book Wench
  • 21-07-19

Lovely performance

I loved this story when it first came out and this performance by new-to-me narrator Michael Ferraiuolo has added a delightful layer to an already great fantasy. I love the accents and the tones of voice that the actor imbues these characters with. Quite a lovely ride in a world where dragons can impregnate humans and those humans can lay eggs that become dragons. I like Ignatius 'Nate' Boudreaux, the snarky omega, and Alistair Drake, the sweet, successful-against-the-odds runt-of-his-clutch alpha, even more now that they've been given life in this performance. A full-on fantasy that is quite satisfyingly enriched by the acting, with a lot of world-building action interspersed with sweet mate-bonding.

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  • R Keebler
  • 19-07-19

I wish I could of given the narration more stars

The below review is very similar to the book review I posted. The audible version is so good, I think this may be the first time I’ve wanted to give more than 5 stars. Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration brought to life all the things I loved about the book. Alistair’s, Sebastian’s, and Everard’s snotty attitudes. Harry’s wonder and joy with life. Nate’s bemusement over EGGS. Really well done. This book was a joy from beginning to end. Nate and Alistair so belonged together. Nate toned down Alastair’s want to be in control and Nate’s feisty personality came to the forefront in dealing with his mate. The premise of the book is that dragons are (normal), eggs are (normal), mate bonds are (normal and so hot). So much happening in this book it’s hard not to give to much away. The other characters are well fleshed out and added so much to the story. Even Olive the pig had a personality. However, Olive eating twice cooked pork is so not cool. I enjoy Mpreg (even though this was very different). I’m very eager for the next book.

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  • H. Spanarella
  • 05-08-19

Absolutely Delightful

This was my first omegaverse read, so when this came out in audio, I didn't even wait for it to Whyspersync and used a coveted credit. I am here to to tell you - it was SO worth it! These authors first introduced me to this genre and I knew it was a must read when I saw everyone buzzing about it! I’m going to tell you I may be hooked. This story had a lot going for it, first the authors Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly (Lynn Van Dorn) - amazing. Second - dragons, knotting, mating, eggs (Meggs), and super hot sexy times! This was sexy, funny (guys I legit laugh snorted in PUBLIC while listening at the grocery store), and with some feels thrown in. If you haven’t read omegaverse in the past, this may be the book for you, and if you have this is THE book for you. I’m sure you’ve seen everyone raving about what an awesome job that Michael Ferraiuolo did with narrating Clutch and they are all so right!! Seriously this was a fantastic read, an amazing listen and I so happy the next book, Bond is already out in audio so I can slip right into Everard, Harry and Steve's story!

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  • Dee Slate
  • 07-07-19

Perfect!

This is one of my favourite books, so when I heard that it would be in audio, and there was no hint of the narrator, I worried. I really wanted to enjoy the characters I'd already grown to love - Nate (Iggy), Alistair, Harry and Ev (especially the latter 2). When it came out on July 4th, (as a transplanted Brit, it is not a holiday I readily identify with, for ... reasons ...), I was happily surprised; when I saw the narrator- Michael Ferraiuolo, very pleased; when I listened, extremely pleased and when I heard Harry personified, I was ecstatic! This is going to be an audiobook I listen to again and again. Mr. Ferraiuolo does a fantastic job with all the characters - there is no dissecting what was done well, etc. The entire narration is PERFECT! (well, the way Alistair is pronounced is a little different from what I'm used to, but no matter). I am hoping that the next 2 books will be available soon, and with Mr. Ferraiuolo Ms. Scott and Kelly, your *clutch* landed in the right hands! Loved it!

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  • Lena Belle
  • 01-12-19

Hilarious Love

I can’t believe I bought this book and returned it, thank goodness I bought it again. Can I just say that Michael Ferraiuolo had me laughing out loud the way he brought the all the characters to life. Piper and Virginia wrote a very funny, steamy and touching shifter mpreg book that should not be missed.

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  • Mariah Norris
  • 14-09-20

As advertised

Exactly the sort of fluffy story I wanted. Great narration. Good story for when you do not want to think too hard or deal with much angst.

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  • Little J
  • 23-08-20

light, fun, silly but a bit boring

This is a fun, light read/listen. I laughed out loud several times at the jokes and general hilarious absurdity of everything going on. Toward the end, the humor tapered off, and I enjoyed the book less. If you're going to have a dude lay eggs and develop a magical bond that the eggs use to play peek-a-boo, you might as well lean in and let the book stay silly. Writing any of it too seriously just doesn't fit the tone established in the first half of the book. Otherwise, go full throttle with the seriousness and flesh it out. Proud declarations of love and serious story developments felt a bit awkward because they were simultaneously shallow while too serious within the context of a light book. It all just felt a bit hollow and frankly boring (around the point at which Nate stopped having any semblance of his personal identity). The ending left a lot to be desired. There is setup for a lot of conflicts (Nate's mother's mysterious background, the council's stance on the egg clutch, the topaz dragons, Nate's PhD, etc.) that never see any real resolution. It's annoying, and I felt cheated. Alistair is a mighty dragon with a hoard of gold and wealth, yet in his culture, he's considered a runt living in squalor. His genuine belief that his multimillion dollar net worth is poverty is written with hilarious sincerity. I really enjoyed Alistair's POV because of this. The scenes in which he is in his dragon form are not as strong. Instead of just writing the scenes as if we are seeing it through a wild beast's primal thoughts, we just get told over and over that Alistair can't be thinking rational thoughts (which he still thinks anyway) because he's too wild. Instead of just telling us this, the writers should have shown us Alistair's literal wild thoughts. It is a huge missed opportunity that weakens the already-mediocre writing. Nate began as someone interesting, and he eventually just became a husk of a character. His aspirations for higher learning and distaste for omega discrimination are brushed off and forgotten. Several times throughout the book, he's counseled on why he should be proud and happy to be a possession. I found this an exhausting manipulation on the narrative's part. It's such a damaging idea and honestly made very little sense. There was just no need for it. It added nothing to the story. At a certain point, his only personality trait becomes egg-minder, and it's boring. Just so, so boring. And weirdly offensive. Parents still have personal identities outside loving their families, and I think that should hold true for egg-laying omegas in semi-comedy novels too. Haha. The side characters are a lot of fun. They're about as complex as the leads (that is to say, not complex at all), but I enjoyed them anyway. They're good for humor. Everard is a delight (although the pet name gag is overused to the point of exhaustion). Harry is a character archetype that could be so much fun, but he's written with such contempt for curious, studious minds that I became furious at the writers anew each time Harry has a scene. He's downright annoying and illogical. A biologist with a doctorate who intervenes in an egg hatching is such absurd nonsense that I couldn't accept it, even amidst a freaking omegaverse romcom with humans laying dragon eggs out their bum. Instead of his curious mind being a strength, it's used to infantilize him and irritate characters around him (all of whom treat him with the same contempt the writers clearly have for him). It became obvious to me that his relationship with Everard will be in follow up books, and I was right. I have no idea how they'll manage to write that in a way that works. I think the most damaging thing for Harry is how the narrator voices him. He sounds like a nasally middle school nerd from a 90s cartoon, not a grown adult with a PhD in biology. It's cringey to listen to and a serious mark against the narrator for me. He could have played him as an overly enthusiastic dork without infantilizing and degrading him. Other than this, the narrator is great. The steamy scenes aren't particularly well-narrated either (too stilted and flat), but those scenes aren't particularly interesting anyway, so I just don't care. He narrates the majority of the book extremely well, delivering the humor with perfection. The humor is this book's greatest strength, so the narrator suits the book well. (As a sidenote, I eventually started to notice the complete absence of women aside from like 2 briefly mentioned at the start, and it felt strange. Normally, I don't notice this in mm books because the story is laser focused on the male leads, so it's understandable and harmless. But as the world of this book grew, the absence of women stood out to me more. It feels more like a failing on the writers' part to exclude them rather than the simple result of a harmless focus on male leads. The world building is extremely, extremely weak in this book.)

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  • Morgan Kindle Customer
  • 19-08-20

- 4 stars -

This is my second time reading and listening to this book. I have read a couple of mpreg books before, but this is the first series I have read that is an mpreg with Dragon eggs/egg laying and the concept is rather interesting to me. I don't know if I have a preference of which type of mpreg I like (egg laying vs. Human child), but I might prefer the egg laying because - at least in this series - the omega isn't saying "I hate you and this is all your fault that I'm suffering through this pain" during labor. Which I find it sad and rubs me the wrong way when I read someone say that as having a child is a 2 person process and it's something that you should want together, despite the pain and discomfort it brings. Also, the whole giving birth scene just seems to be more tolerable for me to read at times when it's about laying eggs and not about giving birth to a child. * Spoilers * I don't think I have a whole lot to say about this book. I did enjoy reading it and there wasn't a whole lot of angst as despite a few ups and downs, everything went pretty smoothly. I am curious if Nate will finish whatever he was doing at school at some point. Also, I am curious on if Nate and Alistair will have another clutch at some point in their lives. Can baby dragons be female alphas? Nate had named one of his baby dragons Malory and I thought that was more of a girls name than a boys name, but who knows. I am also curious with just how big their new house is, which I am guessing it's probably big, but not as big as what Ev and Sebastian have. I did enjoy both Nate and Alistair as characters, but I felt like Alistair was very negative towards himself except towards the end. I'm guessing it's from all the other dragons - mainly his family - belittling him on who he is and what he does with his wealth. It kind of didn't make sense on what Ev meant by that Alistair always got himself into trouble and so on, when it was never stated how he got into trouble in the past and on what he even did to get into trouble. And if Alistair was brought up with his family constantly saying stuff like that to him, it's no wonder he kept looking down on himself, on what he had, and considering himself a failure as a dragon. I am relieved that Nate was perfectly happy with what Alistair had - and with who he was - and simply wanted to be with Alistair and their eggs/baby dragons and nothing more. Material possessions were pretty much bonuses for Nate. I do find it interesting and somewhat amusing that once Alistair started making more money and Nate saw what Sebastian and Perry had in their hoard with the bed, that he wanted something better than Alistair's throne in their new hoard. But it's understandable that he would have a few suggestions of what he wanted in their new home. I'm not exactly sure If I liked the whole "I provide for you" dynamic Alistair had towards Nate as it did make their relationship feel a bit unbalanced at times - mainly in the epilogue - but if their happy with it than it is what it is. I am looking forwards to rereading Harry and Ev's story again. The last time I read this series I only got to the beginning of book 3 and stopped because it just seemed stressful with the whole forbidden relationship, but this time around I plan on finishing this series. I am curious if we will see all of Alistair's siblings, since he said he had seven (?) other siblings (or maybe he said there was seven of them in the family?) But so far we've seen Ev, Sebastian, and Geoffrey, so I'm curious on who we will see next out of the siblings. *Narration* The narration definitely heightened my enjoyment of the story. At times it was a little hard to tell who was speaking, but that only happened occasionally. There was a couple other issues I had, but weren't exactly too big of a deal. In the beginning when Alistair is telling Nate repeatedly to nest so that he can heal him and also allow Nate to calm down, more than once it sounded like the narrator was saying rest instead of nest, except for maybe the very last time Alistair said to nest. So that whole nest and rest mix up was a bit confusing. Another time the sentence that Alistair had spoken was completely cut off from the audio, so it would sound a little odd if you weren't reading along, even though it was a very long sentence and the meaning of it was pretty much repeated after he had said it. And then the narrator accidentally said siblings instead of hatchling towards the end of the book, which it also has the same meaning in that moment. So basically the issues I had aren't really that big of a deal for me and it's probably just me being nitpicky. Overall, this is a pretty good book and I would recommend it to other people if they were interested in this genre with mpreg.

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  • Sarah Grover
  • 09-08-20

super cute story

I struggled with some of the relationships but thats because of the old fashioned nature which is part of the story plot making it my issue nothing to do with the writing. over all a great story I love the narration his voices were great lots of personality