The Hybrid Alpha's Baby
Mate or die.
Gabriel is out of time. As the last unmated omega wolf in his superstitious pack, he faces an ultimatum: mate with an alpha, or be banished to the vicious outside world. Gabriel knows he won’t survive out there, but he doesn’t have much of a choice. It’s stay and mate, or leave and die.
But Gabriel wants to make his own choice. Despite the dangers, he leaves the pack. When violent humans threaten him with death or worse, Gabriel accepts his fate - until a gorgeous alpha dragon appears and saves him from a certain demise.
Fight for love.
Dante hadn't intended to find a mate. As an alpha shifter with the hybrid powers of dragon and wolf, he’s gifted with immortality and power. He’d rather be at home with his books than escorting a scout over the lands and searching for new omegas to bring back to their tribe.
But when Dante sees an omega wolf fall into the hands of cruel raiders outside the pack's walls, he feels the spark. Gabriel is his fated mate. Dante refuses to find his mate and lose him in the same night. Dante will fight tooth and talon to protect Gabriel, and doesn't care what stands in his way.
The Hybrid Alpha’s Baby is a 50k novel with steamy scenes, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It is the first book in the Dragons of Cinderhollow series.
Rating: 4 cups
Gabriel is trapped. An unmated omega in his village, he has a choice: choose a mate or be banish and face sure death outside the walls of the village. Neither choice is ideal. Gabriel's village is isolated and very superstitious. Wolf shifters, they hide behind the walls of the village. It may keep them safe but the walls are a prison to Gabriel and he chooses almost certain death over an unwanted mate. Gabriel doesn't get far from the walls before he's attacked by a group of humans.
Dante is a carefree dragon. He's not looking to be tied down but that changes in a second. Scouting for omegas, Dante comes upon a wolf being attacked by a group of humans. The wolf is his fated mate and he'll do anything to save him.
Once saved, Gabriel is given a choice to go to Cinderhollow and he takes it. Gabriel is fascinated by the dragon city. His village hadn't even had cell phones; exposure to Cinderhollow opens Gabriel's eyes and horizons. Fated mates wasn't something his village believed in. Magic wasn't real there. But in Cinderhollow they both exist. Gabriel learns magic taught by another dragon, Ryu.
Gabriel finds happiness with Dante but his village and the backwards way they were living. Dante, wanting to keep Gabriel and their baby safe, refuses to take him back. Gabriel is too stubborn, especially knowing his magic is stronger while he's pregnant. He goes without Dante, although Dante's brother goes with to help. I'll let you read to find out what happens next!
Gabriel and Dante are a great couple. I loved reading Gabriel's world expand with knowledge and experiences.
There's a lot to love about the world Hawke created. Dragons and magic and true mates and Cinderhollow. Cinderhollow is quite the fascinating place. I want to live there with a dragon mate of my own. *Sigh* Only in my dreams I suppose.
The Panther's Pretend Mate
Omega seeks Marriage of Convenience.
Adventurous and flirty Raja longs for freedom. But since Raja is both an exotic black panther and a rare omega, his traditional clan worries that he’ll fall victim to poaching - or worse. The clan chief issues a decree. If Raja wants to leave the village, he must marry an alpha - one that will protect him.
Frustrated, Raja turns to a shifter dating site. A fake marriage is his ticket to freedom. All he needs is an alpha who will lie for him - one who will pretend to be his mate.
Alpha seeks Happily Ever After.
Alpha dragon Lorenzo didn’t expect much when he put up an online dating profile. He believes love happens naturally and can’t be rushed. But when his younger brother takes a mate before him, Lorenzo begins to doubt if he’ll ever find an omega of his own.
After turning down countless omegas on the site, Lorenzo’s uncertainty deepens. It’s only when an unusual black panther shifter begs him for a fake marriage that Lorenzo first feels a spark of something more.
Lorenzo and Raja both know a real relationship is off the table. But how long can Lorenzo hide his true feelings? And how long can Raja deny what his heart honestly wants?
The Panther’s Pretend Mate is a full-length novel with steamy scenes, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It is the second book in the Dragons of Cinderhollow series.
Rating: 4 cups
Raja is the rarest of the rare: a black panther omega. He's a prime target for poachers, who would make a pretty penny off him, even dead. To keep him safe, the chief (who's also Raja's father) forbids him from leaving the safety of their village. Raja craves freedom, to be able to hunt and explore like everyone else can. Desperate, he sneaks out to go hunting. Unfortunately, it's a trap. He almost ends up as a poacher's meal ticket. Raja's parents are understandably upset but offer a solution: marry a strong alpha, someone who would be there to protect him. Raja decides a fake marriage is his way out.
Lorenzo is ready for a family. Babysitting his nephew and watching Dante and Gabriel's in love makes him want to find love too. Gabriel and Dante push him to sign up on an online dating site. Raja and Lorenzo start communicating. Raja quickly asks him to come to village and fake marry him. Drawn to Raja, Lorenzo decides to agree.
Lorenzo's arrival in Raja's village is met with great celebration. Raja's parents are thrilled to see the silver dragon of the chief's prophetic dream.
Unlike the first book, Lorenzo and Raja don't instantly fall in love and know they are fated mates. It takes a bit of time and their falling in love leads to uncertainty. Admitting feelings is the hardest thing to do, it takes courage to take that leap and Lorenzo struggles with taking the leap.
I happen to love the fake relationship trope. Fake it until you make it, lol. Fake intimacy can lead to real intimacy. What's not to like about that?
Raja is immature at the beginning. He acts foolishly and it almost gets him enslaved at best and dead at worst. His parents may have been stifling in their protection but their concerns were warranted. Pregnancy and his relationship with Lorenzo help him mature.
The minor characters of this story were great. Raja's parents and cousin were likable and funny. Ryu is great too.
I like seeing glimpses of Gabriel and Dante's lives in this story as well.
I enjoyed this story and read it quickly. I love the world created for the series and the characters as well. I can't wait for more.
Hi. My name is Jordan K Prince. I live and breathe MM fiction. I am particularly fond of mpreg; I can never get enough. I'm in the process of writing my first MM novel, mpreg, of course.