Mankind doesn’t know that dragon shifters like Dane Bennett exist, even though their history has been manipulated by the arrogant beasts for thousands of years. Unlike the rest of his species, Dane has dedicated his life to caring for humans, looking out for them, fighting for them, protecting them — and never, ever letting them know what he really is.
Wesley Byrne just broke up with his boyfriend, and he certainly isn’t looking for another. His twin brother, Ty, thinks a night out with some of the soldiers he serves with will be just what Wes needs to stop moping over a man who doesn’t deserve it.
After four hundred years, the dragon inside Dane recognizes Wes as his destiny, but Dane doesn’t trust his dragon. He’s convinced that humans can’t survive a dragon’s heat, and if he gives in it will force him to break the vow he made the day he discovered his true nature — to never take a human life.
But neither Dane nor Wes can resist the powerful pull of a fated mate, and each of them will get more than they bargained for when they finally come together.
Heat: Fated Mates is a standalone novel with a HEA ending, a satisfying epilogue, and NO CLIFFHANGERS!
Content Warning: This book is a steamy gay romance that contains explicit, unprotected love scenes and male pregnancy, or Mpreg. Adults only shifter romance!
Wes has been jilted – again. His twin takes him out for consolation drinks and there he sees across a crowded room a man who sets his insides on fire, Dane.
Dane, who was in the military with Wes’s twin, sees Wes and knows he’s found his mate. This doesn’t bring him happiness, only terror and sadness, because he knows that if he claims his mate, it will kill him.
But… Dane’s dragon half cannot resist Wes and mate they do, despite Dane’s concern.
When Wes ends up pregnant it’s up to Dane to explain his new lot in life and how it may be ending in a few months time.
Luckily there’s more about Dragons than Dane knows and if he finds this out soon enough he may save them both.
This was so much fun! There’s the insta-love that you expect from a shifter story, but it builds, too, over time as Dane and Wes learn about one another beyond the mating heat.
The mpreg stuff is always a hoot and watching Wes navigate the vomiting, emotional swings and weight gain was hysterical. Dane was so sweet to him even though he was torn up inside about the baby.
I didn’t love that Dane was willing to walk away from Wes and leave him to die alone… but he totally redeems himself and makes it seem like the right thing to do at the time, especially when you consider the “mating fire” part of the equation.
I thought this was a creative world and hope to see more of it in the future. Maybe with the twin? Or Ben?
(PS super hot cover!)
4 of 5 stars
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