Forged in Love
by Harper Dakota
Publisher: Highland Press, LLC
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: June 6, 2023
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Tropes: Fated mates, insta-love
Themes: found family, meeting the in-laws
Heat Rating: 3.5 flames
Length: Novel / 65,877 Words / 219 Pages
Forged in Love is part of a series (Nightwood Clan), but it could be read as a standalone.
The book does not end on a cliffhanger.
At one hundred and fifty years old, Ian finally had everything he wanted.
Becoming a vampire when he was eighteen, he viewed it as his chance to find his own fated mate, to explore the world, to live and see new things. He’s never regretted his choice, finding friends among paranormals and humans. When he finally meets his mate, he’s amazed that Fate brought him such a perfect fit. Berkley’s handsome, caring, creative. Everything Ian could have wanted in a partner. They settle into their life together, but when a fun outing takes a dangerous turn, will Ian and Berkley be able to save themselves, or will bigotry and hatred win?
Ian tilted his head, his mate bond letting him know that Berkley was close. “Berkley’s almost home. Did ye want to meet him?”
“What kind of question is that?” his aunt scoffed. “Of course, I want to meet him!”
A minute later, he heard the library door open and felt a kiss on his head as Berkley came to sit beside him.
“Aunt Agnes and Uncle Robert, this is my mate Berkley. Berkley, Aggie and Robert,” Ian said.
“Hi, it’s really nice to meet you,” Berkley said, threading his fingers through Ian’s. He was a little nervous about meeting Ian’s family. “I wanted to say thank you as well, for turning Ian and giving him the chance to be himself. I never would have met him otherwise.”
“It’s lovely to meet you as well,” Aggie replied, smiling. “I’m so happy Ian found his mate.”
Berkley leaned against Ian, relaxing as his aunt and uncle spoke to them. They felt like his family too by the time they got off the call.
“They seem nice,” Berkley said, resting his head on Ian’s shoulder. “Did they yell at you like you thought they would?”
“Eh, not as bad as I thought it would be,” Ian admitted. “They loved ye,” he added, giving Berkley a kiss. “Ye know what I just thought of?”
“Rolf is locked in his office working, Emma’s down at the clinic, Gawain never leaves his room, and the rest are still in town working. Want to head upstairs?” Ian asked, blinking flirtatiously.
“To help you get something out of your eye?” Berkley asked dryly.
“Shut up! I was going for flirty,” Ian laughed, shoving at Berkley’s shoulder before standing up.
“Don’t try that one again,” Berkley advised, keeping his face straight. He stood, grabbing his mate around the waist and pulling him close. “I would love to go upstairs with you, even if you don’t have an eyelash in your eye,” he said with a grin.
“Brat. Let’s go then. I want us naked on the bed, and me inside ye. Now,” Ian said, dragging Berkley out of the room.
They stumbled up the stairs, hands groping and stopping occasionally for kisses. Berkley reached out and fumbled for the doorknob, not willing to let go of Ian’s lips so that he could see. He finally got the door open and they fell inside, Ian kicking it shut behind them. As soon as he heard the click, Ian lifted Berkley, hands under his thighs, moving to hold him pinned against the door. Their cocks lined up perfectly and Ian rutted against him, the friction causing them both to moan. Berkley’s fingers tangled in Ian’s shorter red hair, pulling his head back so that he could lick his way down his neck, sucking a love mark near his collar bone.
Ian took a step away from the door, walking them over to the bed and letting Berkley slide down to sit on the edge of the mattress before stepping in closer between his legs.
About the Author
I have loved reading since I was a child. I also enjoy baking, photography, and seeing new things. My favorite books are romances with a happily ever-after. The world is a crazy place. Sometimes escaping into a great book is the only way I can truly relax. Happily-ever-after is my favorite type of book, so my stories will end with a HEA, even if the road is a little bumpy getting there. I am also a wife, a mother, and a photographer.
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