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Scales and a Tail (MM)

Midnight Matings

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SCORCHING
Word Count: 42,170
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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters]

The paranormal world is in chaos. The elders are tired of their younger people playing the field, causing trouble, and fighting with each other. Everyone who attends the UPAC Conference now has twenty-four hours to claim a mate of a different species. If they don't, they will never have a mate. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings.

Beauregard Stratford is a bunny shifter. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately, he is the only white bunny shifter in existence. He also is cursed with violet eyes, hyperactivity, a strong weakness for anything shiny, and a penchant for leaving bubble gum everywhere.

When he finds himself mated to Sebastian Drakus, a dragon shifter and prince of his kind, Beauregard can't seem to make himself behave no matter how hard he tries. He wants to be good, to make Sebastian proud of him, really he does, but things just keep happening to him…bubble gum mishaps, getting drunk, not to mention the fact that he is a true bunny and constantly horny. Nothing seems to go right. Can he convince Sebastian he's worth the trouble, or will the dragon prince wash his hands of the whole bunny fiasco?

A Siren Erotic Romance

 

User Reviews
Awesome read!

- Sally

im loving the midnight matings series, an original idea which leaves so many scrambling for a mate (or two) to call their own within 24 hours or never get one at all. this storey is a great one, reall...

- Violet Joicey-Cowen

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4 STARS: "SCALES AND A TAIL will have you rolling on the floor. The second in the Midnight Matings series gives us the story of Beauregard Stratford, a bunny shifter and Sebastian Drakus, a dragon shifter and the prince of his kind, insert joke here. This story broke my heart, and made me laugh out loud. They are my favorite couple of the series--so far! The elders of the paranormal race turned their world upside down when they decreed that everyone had to find and claim a mate in 24 hours and that mate had to be of a different species. Sebastian Drakus thought it was a joke, but the ensuing chaos convinces him it is not. While trying to make his way out of the Great Hall a small man grabs onto his leg and won't let go. Beauregard just wants out. There is no way the Elders can force him to mate, if he can just make it out of the Great Hall. Trying to escape every Alpha in the room, he latches onto a leg in front of him and refuses to let go. After fighting off a stubborn werewolf to keep Beau safe, Sebastian takes matters into his own hands and decides to mate the man himself. Thinking all they have to do is register the mating and go their separate ways, they are once again shocked to find out there are certain requirements that force them to consummate the mating. They may have gotten off to a rocky start but Sebastian and Beau are determined to make the best of the situation. Unfortunately, someone else doesn't want them to succeed. If this book had a theme, it would be miscommunication. While this added to the overall story line and made for some really funny moments, like who knew apples would get a bunny drunk, it was also the reason for some of the more hurtful moments in the book. Beau has to be my favorite character from this series, but all bunny shifters should come with a "how to" manual. Sebastian was everything a dragon should be and so much more. What he did to apologize to Beau was so very touching and proved how much he not only physically loved his mate, but how well he had come to know his mate's idiosyncrasies. If you are a fan of odd pairings and watching them struggle through their learning process, you are going to love this book. Lots of surprise moments that will make you laugh and one fabulous AWWWW moment. I am still trying to get a mental picture of Beau's "flexibility." I am looking forward to more from this series." -- Tyra, The Romance Reviews

4 CHERRIES: "I have to say this is a very entertaining story with a lot of imagination. The idea of forcing shifters of different species to mate is comical and destined to wreak havoc for everyone involved. In this story we meet a rabbit and dragon who, for lack of better words, have been forced to mate. With a pairing like that it’s only natural for there to be a lot of mishaps and misunderstandings. This author took an unconventional pairing and made them into an unforgettable couple. Sebastian is a dragon prince and he is not custom to following others orders. When informed that all shifters have to mate with someone of another species, he makes a hasty escape for the exit. He is stopped when he gets distracted by a small man running for his life. One small act of kindness on his part has his life changed forever. Beauregard is an anomaly amongst other rabbits but even more so with his dragon mate. Beauregard is a very likeable character. He marches to the beat of his own drum and his quirkiness adds life to this story. His whole life he’s been made to feel different and when he meets his mate he grabs for his chance of happiness. When events unfold that Beauregard never for seen coming cause the relationship to go south. It takes love and forgiveness on both these mates part to make this relationship work. The story line of demanding that people mate with the deadline being death if they don’t succeed is very inventive. The hijinks that ensue when you force people to step out of their norm cause endless conflicts. With this couple in particular there is a surprise that you will never see coming when involving two men. This story steps out of the realm of possibilities in more ways than one. Ms. Glenn has written a story that will keep you reading until the very end. I highly recommend giving Scales and a Tail a read." -- Coreopsis, Whipped Cream Reviews

4 NYMPHS: "Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn is release two in the new Midnight Matings series and while the premise of the story is the same from one release to another, each can be read as a standalone. Okay, I admit it. I loved Beauregard. He’s just so cute and cuddly, with his white hair, violet eyes and kind heart…what’s not to like. Then when you learn he just wants to be loved because no one but his mother ever has…well, you want him to have his happily-ever-after. Let’s just say Ms. Glenn has crafted a sweet and adorable character that really pulls at the heartstrings. Then there’s Sebastian. He’s all Alpha dragon and he acts like it and while his personality is just as well developed, due to his ability to misunderstand and jump to conclusions with his mate, I wanted to boot him in the butt on more than one occasion. The details of dragon and rabbit shifters are nicely integrated into the story and I especially enjoyed learning about the traditions and rituals that ruled Beauregard’s life. They made for interesting complications between the two new mates and the male pregnancy part of the storyline wasn’t something I expected but enjoyed. Sebastian and Beauregard are at odds during most of the pregnancy and the author does a great job juggling their painful emotions. She does get them back together believably and it’s just in time for the birth of some very special babies…and wasn’t that an interesting delivery?" -- Dragon Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews

"The great Gathering is called once more. Every four years the paranormal community meet at the Elder’s castle in Scotland. This time however the Elders spike the drinks and cast a spell which forces everyone there to take a mate whether they want to or not. Making it even more awkward they must mate with someone outside their own species. A prince among his people Sebastian Drakus is a powerful black dragon who has no intention of following the Elder’s edict until he’s had time to think it through. Unfortunately for Sebastian his plans are altered when a timid little blonde latches onto his body. It seems the little guy would rather go with the tall, intimidating dragon than a brutish wolf with no manners. Already singled out by his own people for being different Beauregard Stratford, a white bunny shifter is at a distinct disadvantage when chaos erupts in the ballroom. When everyone goes crazy Beau ends up in the arms of a muscle bound dragon. Making the best of a difficult situation Beau and Sebastian agree to mate without realizing exactly what their lives will become. Hold onto your hats because the bunny and the dragon are in for a wild and hairy ride. Hilarious and unexpected moments abound in Scales and a Tail, the second Midnight Matings story. Their courtship is practically nonexistent and their mating is fast, yet somehow Beau and Sebastian are still talking when they reach the dragon’s home. The horny bunny is more than a handful for the dignified dragon prince which makes for some interesting moments. Miscommunication and ignorance almost ruins what could be a good match. Scales and a Tail is a heartfelt and sexy addition to this popular series. You will fall in love with Beau and Sebastian’s story, promise." -- Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed

4 SWEET PEAS: "If you are looking for a fun and funny book, Stormy Glenn’s SCALES AND A TAIL is exactly what you seek. This is pure fluff with a side of silly, but Ms Glenn makes it work. The Council of Elders, which rules the paranormal world of shifters of all kinds, has decreed that everyone needs to find a mate right now or be forever without one. Sebastian, a huge prince of dragon shifters, decides this is a ridiculous command and tries to leave the meeting. As he is on his way out the door he sees a small bunny shifter being bullied by another, bigger man and on impulse Sebastian decides to claim Beauregard as his own to protect him. A fight ensues but Sebastian is the victor and snip, snap, dragon and bunny are mates. This story is very cute. How could it not be with a little white bunny shifter and a huge alpha dragon as his mate? Don’t leave your imagination at the door because this is about as different a shifter story as it is possible to be. Fair warning: the mpreg trope is used here. Don’t know what that is? Read the story and find out in graphic detail. I really had fun reading this story, more than one time, actually, and telling others about it. The usual reaction is, “What!?” I have since read many of the Midnight Matings series but this remains my favorite, just for the sheer craziness of the plot and the delightful HEA at the end." -- Becky Condit, Miss Condit & Friends Read Books

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STORY EXCERPT

 

 “I’m getting really tired of this shit,” Sebastian growled. “You’re not getting the little guy so bugger off.”

“Mine!” the shifter shouted.

Sebastian rolled his eyes. He just wanted to go home, no fuss, no muss. He didn’t want to fight his way out of the damn castle. It didn’t look like he was going to get what he wanted without a fight.

Of course, if he took the reason for the fight out of the picture… Sebastian turned to see the little man he’d held a few minutes earlier huddled against the wall, hugging his knees to his chest. Sebastian gestured with his hand for the man to come to him.

The man frantically shook his head, his wavy white hair bouncing around his face. Sebastian growled deeper, gesturing with his hand again.

“Come here!”

Violet eyes widened fearfully. The small man climbed to his feet and walked the distance between them until he stood directly in front of Sebastian. His thin little body trembled. Sebastian almost groaned with the way the man’s eyes dropped submissively down to the floor.

“Do you want to be mated to this man?” he asked softly, hoping his gentle voice would calm the man.

“No,” he whispered. “Please.”

The moment the words were spoken, Sebastian opened his mouth and let out a billow of smoke, enveloping the man. This smoke wasn’t pure black like normal, but gray and tinged with blasts of red flames.

It was the mating fire of his kind. As long as he didn’t exchange blood with the little man, the effects would wear off in a few hours. For now, it would mark the frightened man as his, warning all others to steer clear of him or suffer Sebastian’s wrath.

The man trembled and cried out, grabbing the back of his neck. Sebastian knew he was feeling the brand that all mates felt when they were claimed. Sebastian’s life symbol would be burned into the man’s skin, only fading when he died—or if Sebastian didn’t complete the mating in the next twenty-four hours.

Satisfied that the man had been saved from the shifter, Sebastian grabbed him by his arm and jerked him close to his side. He turned back to give the shifter a bored stare. “Now it’s no longer an issue. He has been claimed and is no longer available.”

“You’ll be sorry,” the shifter sneered. “He was mine. He’ll be mine again.”

“Yeah, yeah.” Sebastian made a shooing motion with his free hand. “Get along little doggie. We’ve had enough of you.”

Sebastian knew he had guessed the shifter’s race when the man growled and suddenly sprouted fur and fangs and two pointed ears. There were some things that were instantly recognizable in certain breeds… like ears and a tail. Fur was a big one, too. Sebastian had scales.

“I’m going to kill you!” the shifter snarled.

Sebastian rolled his eyes. Like he had never heard that before. He didn’t usually start fights, just because he hated the drama involved. But he would certainly finish one, given the chance. He wouldn’t back down from a challenge.

“When and where, furball?”

“How about here and now?”

“Very well.” Sebastian twisted his head left and right, popping a few vertebrae, then pushed the small man at his side behind him. He flexed his claws and let his teeth extend, a small billow of smoke coming out of his nostrils. He gestured with his hand for the shifter to come toward him. “Let’s get to it then.”

The shifter tensed and crouched as if getting ready to pounce. Sebastian braced himself for the fight to come then dropped his jaw in shock when someone barreled into the shifter, sending him crashing to the floor.

Before the shifter could gain his feet, he was yanked up and a vampire sank his teeth deep into the shifter’s throat. A long frustrated wail filled the air as the shifter was claimed by another. Sebastian almost felt bad for the guy—almost.

The shifter was yanked to his feet and dragged off before he could protest. Sebastian snickered and turned to head to his rooms again, only remembering the small sprite when he nearly tripped over him again.

“Well, what am I going to do with you?”

Sebastian’s mouth dropped open when the man before him suddenly shifted, dropping through his clothes to the hard floor beneath him. He reached down and started sifting through the clothes, just barely catching the sight of white fur before it started scurrying across the floor.

“Oh no, you don’t!” Sebastian snapped as he grabbed the bunny by the scruff of the neck and lifted him up into the air. He looked the rabbit over, a slow smirk starting to cross his lips as an idea came to him. “Yes, I think you’ll do just fine.”

The bunny started to struggle. Sebastian hissed when the little furry’s hind legs came up and scratched his arm, leaving deep bleeding welts. “Knock it off,” he growled, shaking the bunny. “I’m not hurting you.”

The bunny glared, flattening his long ears against the side of his head.

“Now, you just be a good little bunny and we’ll get along fine,” he said as he tucked the bunny under his arm and walked back into the main gathering room, heading for the dais of elders. The fighting seemed to stop the further he walked into the room, people parting to give them a wide berth.

“You’re not being a good bunny,” Sebastian said as the bunny continued to struggle. Sebastian lightly thumped him on the back end. He almost chuckled when the bunny stopped struggling, but flattened his ears down to his head even further. At least he listened well.

“Elder Burke,” Sebastian called out when they reached the dais, “I wish to have my mating recorded.”

 

 ADULT EXCERPT

 

“My name is Beauregard Stratford. I’m not a prince, or anything remotely noble. I don’t even know who my father is. I’m not widely accepted in my colony because I have all-white fur and I was a single kit litter. I even have violet eyes, and no other bunny does. I’m an anomaly.”

Sebastian’s features had started softening as Beauregard spoke, but it was the only part on his body that did. In fact, the long hard part between Beauregard’s naked thighs just seemed to get harder with each passing moment. Beauregard trailed his hand down Sebastian’s chest, flicking one button open at a time until the man’s shirt lay open.

“However, I am still a rabbit. That being said, and considering we are now mated, you should know that rabbits are clichés. As the saying goes, we fuck like bunnies. Carrots are an aphrodisiac, and if you piss me off, I will leave pellets in your shoes.”

Beauregard shrieked when he was suddenly grabbed and swung around. Sebastian pressed him into the mattress and moved to kneel between his thighs. He hovered over the top of Beauregard, his arms resting on each side of Beauregard’s head.

“I am a dragon, little bunny, and I am not a cliché in any form of the word. I’m big and bad and mean. I can break you in two without breaking a sweat. Piss me off and I’ll singe every bit of fur from your body.”

“I can lick my own balls.”

Sebastian’s mouth dropped open. “You can what?”

“I’m a rabbit.” Beauregard smirked and wiggled his eyebrows. “We’re very flexible.”

One of Sebastian’s eyebrows shot up. “Just how flexible are we talking here?”

Beauregard pulled his legs up then grabbed his ankles, effortlessly lifting them up by his head and planting them into the mattress by his ears. It brought his ass up into the air in an embarrassing manner, but the sudden exhale of breath that shot from Sebastian was worth it.

“Fuck!”

Beauregard lowered his legs to the bed again, keeping his knees bent and pressed close to Sebastian’s sides. He liked the feeling of the large man between his legs. “I’ll bet I can lick your balls while you fuck me.”

Sebastian’s eyes closed, and he breathed deeply. The rigid clench of his jaw told Beauregard that Sebastian was holding on to his control by a mere thread. Beauregard hoped to break that control. Their mating would never be complete unless Sebastian fucked him.

And Beauregard had been waiting his entire life to be fucked by his mate. He didn’t plan on waiting much longer now that he had met the man. He just had to push Sebastian a little bit further.

“I’m pretty damn flexible, Sebastian. I’m also resilient. I doubt there is much you can do to me that I can’t take.”

“Beau-Beauregard.” Sebastian’s eyes were almost black when he opened them and stared down at Beauregard. He looked hungry, and not in the I want to eat you sort of way. “You don’t know what you’re saying, bunny. You really don’t.”

“Try me.”

Sebastian growled. That was the only warning Beauregard got before he was flipped over onto his hands and knees. His ass cheeks were pulled apart and a long, forked tongue stroked across his tight hole.

Beauregard cried out, the sound filling the room in its intensity. He felt like screaming as Sebastian licked his ass over and over again. Beauregard had never felt anything like it in his life. Hell, he’d never even imagined it, and he had a great imagination.

When Sebastian’s forked tongue began to harden and push into his ass, Beauregard did scream. The licking suddenly stopped and large hands flipped him over, Sebastian’s worried face staring down at him.

“Don’t stop!” Beauregard shrieked.

“Geez, bunny, I thought you were hurt.”

“No!” Beauregard quickly turned back over and stuck his ass into the air. “Again.”

“Are you demanding, little bunny?”

“Please?”

Sebastian chuckled. “That’s better.”

Beauregard groaned again when Sebastian’s forked tongue went back to licking his ass. Being mated to a dragon was definitely looking up. If Sebastian could make him into a pile of goo with just his tongue, Beauregard couldn’t wait to find out what he could do with his cock.

Beauregard almost protested when Sebastian stopped licking his ass, until he felt two thick fingers sink into his ass. Considering they were the first real, non-plastic object he had ever had in his ass, he was definitely in favor of real over a dildo. There was just something different about it, more erotic.

Beauregard couldn’t keep his loud moans to himself. He just opened his mouth, and they spilled out, growing louder each time Sebastian’s fingers sank into his ass. Yeah, he was loud. So fucking what? Sebastian seemed to like it. The louder Beauregard cried out, the more force Sebastian used. Beauregard was in heaven.

“I think my little bunny likes this.”

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