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Magpie: A Forbidden Desires Spin-Off Story

Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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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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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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!

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  • KBR
  • 27-04-2020

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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  • Karen
  • 08-05-2020

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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  • R Keebler
  • 06-05-2020

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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  • Kass
  • 23-06-2020

Not My Cup of Tea

While not my general taste in books, I wanted to give this a chance and after doing so... yeah it's still not my cup of tea. According to other reviews, I'm guessing that near to the middle/end that it becomes far more accepting of Reynard; or rather what he is and isn't. I understand the point of the book but I've never been one for these types of relationships and as such struggled quite a lot to get to where I did... and it's a meh for me. I don't want to dissuade others from giving it a try- but I want to be clear that if you're not into the whole "sir" in the bedroom type of thing then you will most likely find yourself in my shoes- cringing and at times making a fake gagging noise. In good humor, of course. However, I did still buy this book simply because I love the series and want to support it however I can. I'm hoping for a return to the main story as, even though "Mate" at the start was a slog for me- I eventually fell in love with it's message. Sadly I simply can't push past feeling creeped out by Misha and having a mixed bag of feelings for Reynard. I'd say give it a try, Michael Ferraiuolo is amazing and it's clear that the authors put a lot of love into these books,.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-2020

WHEN I NEED A GREAT ESCAPE!!!...

These books are whimsical and sweet - I know, totally silly, total fantasy - but romantic, fun, serious and just a little bit of escape is what you need! I love big old grumpy dragons turned into a pile of goo when they finally meet their other half. I absolutely LOVE Michael Ferraiullo as this series narrator! He has these guys nailed - I know that is why every one of these books are memorable and completely diverting! There are several narrators that are in a league of their own - they take a good book and make it better (if that is possible. Michael is one of those narrators. I love to keep on listening and listening! Since Magpie came out, I listened to This and all of the other books in this series again. Thanks Piper and Virginia, keep writing together - you are an Amazing, beautifully synchronized pair - and your books together really show it! Keep the coming! I'm digging the dragons!

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  • S Wilgus
  • 12-06-2020

This whole series is great

I was looking forward to this installment of the Forbidden Desires series and was not disappointed at all. Michael Ferraiuolo really brings the characters to live and it is a totally enjoyable listen.

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  • Sue C
  • 08-06-2020

loved it

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes
Note: this book could be read as a standalone, but some of the references may be confusing. It would be better enjoyed if familiar with the other characters and their world.

Story comment: Magpie is more "dramatic" than some of the other titles in the series. It's a great addition to the Forbidden Desires series and gives us another spin on what a Dragon "thinks" he should be. Misha is sassy and snarky and a perfect mate for Reynard, I liked that this book tested their bond and that everything wasn't sunshine and roses.

Narrator comment: I cant imagine a better narrator for this book. Michael Ferraiuolo's narration style is perfect for this series. Each character has a separate voice to the narrative that reflects the character's personality perfectly. His rhythm, inflections and intonations in addition to the variety of accents he brings to the players, all work to bring the story to life.

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  • save our wildlife
  • 30-05-2020

you will love misha

this is a great series, if you like dragons then you will love this one

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  • Kelly G.
  • 23-05-2020

New Fav in this Series!!

*****Possible Spoilers*****I enjoyed listening to this narrator; he has a way with accents and his narrating flow pulled me in. I enjoyed Misha and Reynard’s story! Misha was so sassy and I loved his snarky mouth. I liked how he went after what he wanted and what he wanted was for Reynard to be his dragon, his mate, for always. One of my fav moments was when Misha defended Reynard and took on Everard and left him speechless. Also, I liked how Reynard was happy submitting to Misha and wanted to give Misha whatever he wanted. They both wanted to be mates and was determined to make it happen. There was so much packed into this story that I kept wondering how it all was going to come together. There was so many sweet moments as well and I'm looking forward to more from this series.

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  • Kashonna
  • 18-05-2020

diamonds are forever

Reynard & Misha are great. I love their dynamic. It was fascinating to see even more differences between the Drake brothers.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 08-05-2020

The dragons are back at it

Reynard Drake is responsible for watching over the finances of the amethyst clan. He’s observed his brothers get paired up and have baby dragons. This has never been of particular interest to him. Now, however, he’s been tasked for his brother-in-law Harry’s experiment of mating ‘disgraces’ with dragons. No one likes the term disgrace, but it’s been used for centuries. When Misha Vasiliev shows up at Reynard’s doorstep, he knows something’s afoot.

Mischa’s knowledge of cybersecurity rivals Reynard’s, and he’s made it his mission to steal from dragons. He’s matched wits with Reynard many times and when the opportunity to truly best the dragon is placed in front of him, he can’t refuse. What that means, however, is coming face-to-face with his nemesis. He lets Reynard know that Magpie is now living in his house.

Reynard is, frankly, besotted. This disgrace blows into his world and nothing is ever going to be the same. When Mischa’s place in his home is threatened, Reynard stands up for the man he loves, and of course his brothers step in to help. But dark forces are powerful and it’s going to take all of the Drakes to keep their newest member safe. So there is action in the book, to be sure. There is also the humor I’ve come to expect:


Everard came to stand beside the egg bed. “Do cover yourself, brother. Good,” he added after Reynard set the pillow in front of his groin. “No one wants to see that. Have some decorum.”

“I want to,” complained Harry, taking up a post beside the bed and opposite his mate. “I was so wrapped up in studying the attack when we went to rescue the eggs that I forgot to look. I wanted to compare dragon anatomy in both lizard and human forms for ages and it’s very disappointing you won’t let me. It’s science, Ev.”

“For the millionth time, Fois Gras, no. You will not ogle my relatives in dishabille under any circumstances.”

“But Ev!” Harry pleaded. “Science.”

“Lemon Grass, you get hung up on the strangest notions.” Everard sighed. “After we’re done here, we can go home and you can sketch me in the nude to your heart’s content. How does that sound?”


These two really are my favorite couple, although all the Drakes make an appearance. Soon Mischa finds himself embraced by all the love he can handle. I got my hoard, my dragonettes, and my happy ending - what more could I ask for? Well, another book might be nice. I hope one is in the works.

Michael Ferraiuolo is the narrator for the series and he’s perfect. He does Mischa’s Russian accent perfectly and nails Reynard’s snobbish British-like accent. And, again, his Harry is spot-on. Anyway…more please!

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 24-05-2020

Pretty shiny things and no honour among thieves

I love this series by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly about dragons and their mates, their hoards and the competing clans. This spin-off series from the original Forbidden Desires stories didn't disappoint as we meet the infamous Magpie (aka omega disgrace Misha Vasiliev) who has been the bane of Reynard Drake's existence for years. I love how the two meet and discover sides of each other that they never knew existed. They bring out the best in each other, even when they're at their worst. Highly recommended Dragon shifter MPreg fated mates story, voiced by the highly talented Michael Ferraiuolo, who is one of my favourite narrators.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 20-05-2020

FANTASTIC

I love this series and Reynard's story is just perfect. Mischa is fiery and perfect for Reynard on every way. very exciting story that has all of the other brothers in it too. it feels like an integral part of the series rather than a spin off. the narrative is excellent and that sexy Russian accent is to die for.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 10-05-2020

Misha and reynard


Magpie is a spin-off novel set in the world of Piper Scott and Virginia Kellys Forbidden Desires series.Both use theinternet, they met each other more than once, virtual, as rivals and both feel the attraction. Magpie a Thief is Misha, aka Magpie, clever as he is, manipulates his future so he can be with Reynard in Harry's experiment. Fun and games, kidnapping and falling in love happens, really enjoyed it

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  • Emma Jane Marie
  • 10-05-2020

In love!

I couldn't stop List to this book! I'm in love with these characters and love how Michael Ferraiuolo Brought these characters to life! A highly recommended listen!

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  • Shannon
  • 10-05-2020

Great listen

Another wonderful read in the Forbidden Desires series, Magpie is both funny and sexy. The characters are wonderfully flawed, and have great chemistry together. I love how the Drake family continues to grow in both number, horde and love!
The narration by Michael Ferraiuolo continues to be outstanding. He truly brings out all the emotions with the voicing of these fantastic characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2020

Humor, heat, conflict, sassy, and incredible

Reynard is not like his brothers and has found himself isolated for the most part. The one interaction he enjoys for some time is with Magpie, a hacker that tries and sometimes succeeds in breaking through his security walls. Misha has never felt like the other Disgraces in his cloister due to his wants and when he discovers where he will be placed, he takes his future into his own hands.

When these two met, Reynard is afraid of others finding out his secret desires until he discovers that those desires and wants are the same that Misha wants. As they work towards their bond, they must fight to keep their relationship.

Head's up: you will need tissues!

The narrator is incredible with all the accents and voices. He brings everyone to life and you will be sucked into the story.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 09-05-2020

Opposites attract


Misha is an omega and also a completely confident and take charge Dom which is exactly what poor, sweet, tender, and completely lost Alpha Reynard needed in order to bring some semblance of order to the chaos that his mind and therefore life have become.
Also, the fact that Misha was so confident didn't spare him his bouts of insecurities.
He struggled to believe he was worthy of love, specifically Reynard's.
His father was an especially vile person who was the root cause of his self doubts.
Thankfully Reynard was able to help quell his fears and doubts.
This book was so full of love, laughter, and hot as sin moments as well.
Michael Ferraiuolo of course has done an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.
Another absolutely stunning addition to this series.
I can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Kat
  • 08-05-2020

Speak Russian To Me

Where can I sign up to hire Michael Ferraiuolo to just follow me around and speak Russian to me all day? Cause I really need that in my life.

Seriously.

This book was amazing. The chemistry between Renaud and Mischa was out of this world, and I adored the unexpected twist of their relationship. Mischa is not the type of omega to do what he is told, and I love that he not only took charge of his destiny, but helped Renaud achieve his dreams too. The emotional levels of this book were off the chart, and the audio definitely worked to emphasise this. The action scenes temper it well, and makes for a well rounded and engaging read.

As always, Ferraiuolo's narration is flawless. He has quickly become not only my favourite narrator, but is one of the only narrators I buy anymore - no one can compare. His accents are fantastic, and his control of humour and emotion is perfect.

A great book all around. 100% reccomend!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 08-05-2020

Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a great addition to this very entertaining series.
I can’t wait to read more stories in this universe.