Title: Blaze (Dragon’s Destiny: Fated Mates #4)
Author: Wolf Specter and Angel Knots
Publisher: Wolf Specter
Release Date: March 10th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
Page Count: 311 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
An M/M Gay Shifter Mpreg Romance
A dragon who doesn’t know how to love…
Fate hasn’t been kind to Ivan, but he doesn’t blame her. He’s spent the last couple of centuries doing terrible things to the humans who live in the Eastern European territory once claimed by his sire, Nikolai… which makes him the last person with any right to expect kindness from something as fickle as fate.
It doesn’t matter that he’s changed, Ivan knows that some things are simply unforgivable.
Now, for the first time in his life, Ivan has people he can claim as friends. He knows he’s not good at friendship—and certainly not worthy of anything like the love he sees between the other dragons and their mates—but that doesn’t stop him from wishing things could be different.
A soldier who loves dragons…
Ty is dragonkind’s biggest fan. Three years ago, he’d learned that the majestic, fire-breathing creatures really exist when his twin brother was claimed and impregnated by one, and he now counts all the North American dragons among his closest friends. Ty loves everything about dragons; their loyalty, their protectiveness, their unconditional devotion to their fated mates.
He’s never admitted it to anyone, but Ty secretly dreams of being claimed by a dragon of his own.
That’s impossible, though. For one thing, dragons are male, and Ty isn’t gay. For another, all the ones in Europe–where he’s currently stationed with the U.S. Army—are evil… and evil is the thing Ty idealistically enlisted to fight against.
A destiny worth fighting for…
When a human and a dragon share a soul, fate won’t let anything stop her from bringing them together. But unfortunately, that isn’t any guarantee that life won’t find other ways to pull them apart…
Book 4 in the Fated Mates series. Although it’s not necessary to read this series in order, Blaze contains “spoilers” for the first three books in the series and I would highly recommend reading Heat, Scorch, and Ignite first.
Tyler is straight. But with all the time he spends with his twin, who’s gay and mated to a dragon, and to the other North American dragons he counts among his closest friends, who are all gay and mated to men…well, he doesn’t think it’s so odd to start wondering if there’s something to opening up his horizons and not limiting himself to just women. Especially since he can’t stop thinking about dragons. And desperately wanting one to call his own.
Ivan spent hundreds of years being abused by his tyrannical father, Nikolai. Now that Nikolai is gone from his life, he has the opportunity to really get to know his brother, Maksim and his fated mate Devin, and spend time with his friends Ben and Zander and create a new, real family.
When Ty and Ivan meet they both realize that they are fated to be together. Ty is overjoyed at the thought of his own dragon, but less than thrilled at first that it’s Ivan, who hasn’t got the best track record for being a good guy. Ivan, on the other hand, is terrified that if he completed the bond with Ty, and Ty learns all his secrets, that Ty won’t really want him anymore.
This time, he kissed me gently, his lips hovering over mine like he was afraid to scare me away. His hands slid down my chest to rest on my hips, and he pulled me against him, fitting me to his body like we were two halves of a whole.
Which, yeah, we literally were.
I really liked seeing Ty and Ivan navigate the obstacles facing them. I loved getting more time with some of my favorite characters from the other books in the series and I loved the raw emotion and sexy times that heavily populate the story.
TY—my mate—had my likeness on his body. There could be no mistaking it, the image was my otherself. Seeing it distracted me from the other thing he’d said, and I reached out to touch it, almost afraid to believe it was real.
“How did you know?” I asked.
“That I’d find a mate? For real, I didn’t think I would.” He looked at me with such eager delight that it almost made me forget I did not deserve him. “I mean, what are the odds? Uh, no one knows about this—” he covered my hand, moving my fingers over the tattoo as he traced the lines without looking, a familiarity borne of many repetitions. “But I just… I wanted one so bad, you know? And I thought this was the closest I was ever going to get to a dragon of my own.”
“But… it is silver, Ty,” I said, smiling as I felt the beat of his heart quicken at my touch. “Gray. The color of gunmetal.”
“Well, I didn’t know I’d find you,” he said, his cheeks turning a becoming shade of pink. “So I just sort of… designed my own. I’m sure yours is—”
“Like this. This looks like me.”
“Dude, seriously?” He beamed at me, lighting up the room.
I nodded. “It is not just the color, it is the eyes, and the shape of the tail. Even this…” I touched the tip of the upswept wing. He’d captured its jagged edge, memento of an unsuccessful attempt to defy my sire, long ago.
“Destiny,” he said, laughing like a child who had just received a gift. “Crazy shit.”
I was less enamored of Ty’s potty mouth, and this comes from someone who swears like a longshoreman and a sailor bred a trucker. Between the almost constant profanity and the word “welp” Ty seems to use a lot I’ll admit I was getting pretty annoyed. Although when I was able to block that out I was able to really enjoy the story.
In the end though, I love how everything is tied up and especially the spectacular HEA ending which made me all gooey.