"This is truly a grand finale of the second great dragon series (that I have read) by Marcy Jacks about the dragons who came out of hiding, got in a war that almost destroyed the planet, and are now beginning to live in peace with humans and werewolves. ‘Of Dragons and Wolves’ is the other series, but different from dragons and werewolves figuring out ho to coexist, in that, ‘Dragon Hearts’ is all about a different kind of situation. Here, humans and dragons are the main players with werewolves only mentioned occasionally. More than that, these humans have reverted to the Dark Ages, as far as I can see, and live under the cruel rule of David, who uses dragons to get rid of the people he doesn’t like by “sacrificing” them to the beasts. The dragons are more civilized than the humans in this village though, and let the innocent live with them. This series has been about some of them taking human mates, the resulting problems, and the need to vanquish David and his old-fashioned, cruel ideas once and for all. Adam and Novik, as well as their baby son, are one focus of this story. Jason, Adam’s best friend, and Jason’s sister Athy also play a role. David is determined to return Athy to his side despite the fact she was forced to live with him and has no intention of returning, and he doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. It all comes to a head when David breaks into the dragons’ nest and ends up taking not just Athy, but Adam and his baby son as well. The dragon warriors have their hands full saving their lives and setting things to rights. If you liked the other books in this series and want to find out how it all ends, if you want to see how Adam and Novik cope not just with their baby but also with their lives being threatened, and if you’re looking for a read that is as action-filled and suspenseful as it is heartwarming and hot, then you will probably like this novella. I loved the whole series, and look forward to the next one Marcy Jacks comes up with!" -- Serena, Rainbow Book Reviews
Nadack, according to other parents in the nest, was one of the rare babies who actually liked eating mashed peas.
Adam wasn't too sure what babies preferred to eat, so he was just happy that his son wasn't overly picky.
Adam ate his food while Jason slept, and then Adam would feed Nadack a couple of bites in between his own meal.
Adam realized that Jason's escort wasn't around, and only realized in that moment that the man, as tired as he was, must have ditched said escort before arriving in the great hall for some food.
Adam smiled when, immediately after the thought came to him, a tired and out of breath dragon warrior, fresh from recruiting, ran into the great hall, searched around, and upon spotting Jason sleeping there, rolled his eyes, grumbled, and went to stand with him.
Adam didn't need to say anything. Sam was the one to pick at the wound.
"You lost him, did you?"
The other warrior—Adam didn't know his name yet—grumbled. "He does it all the time. Kraigan's going to kill me if he ever finds out."
Not that Adam was making any plans on ditching Sam, but he kind of wanted to know how Jason was doing that.
Soon, the king came in to the great hall, along with his own human mate. The two of them sat at the head table before spotting Adam and Jason.
Dravick waved them over. "Come on up here, why sit down there?"
Adam felt his face heat up. "I don't know, I guess it doesn't feel right unless you're there, Your Majesty."
Dravick waved him off. "You're my cousin's mate, no need to stay down there. Come up here!"
Well, if he was insisting.
Adam pushed on Jason's shoulder, not hard, but the man nearly smacked his chin on the table before he woke up.
Adam nodded to Dravick and Aaron.
"Oh," Jason said, then noticed that his escort was standing next to him, and a nervous smile spread across his face. "Found me, huh?"
"I should have known you would come where the food was," the warrior growled.
Sam and the other warrior helped Adam to carry the last of their food over to the head table. Just in time, too, since the arrival of the king meant that the dinner rush was coming in.
The great hall was becoming louder, and much more crowded. Adam and Jason got up to the head table with the King and his mate just in time.
Nadack made a small, worried noise at the number of people that were now so close by, but Adam did his best to reassure him.
Nadack just settled his face into Adam's chest, hiding.
Dravick adored his little cousin, and he laughed a little at the sight. "Oh no! The child is worried?"
"A little," Adam said.
"Is he all right?" Aaron asked, eying the child and looking as though he would jump out of his seat at a moment's notice to rush off and provide whatever Nadack needed if Adam asked him to.
Aaron was a full blooded human, and he used to be the servant who poured Dravick his win every evening. The man had only had a couple of months to get used to actually sitting at this table instead of serving the people on it.
Sometimes Adam really noticed how that need to be helpful and of use would still kick in.
Nadack would get used to all these people in time. Adam shook his head. "He's fine, just a little scared, but you're good, aren't you?" Adam asked.
Sam pulled out Adam's seat for him so he could sit, and then rushed off to find a booster chair.
Jason's escort grudgingly did the same.
Adam looked to Dravick just then. "Do you know when Novik will be back? I thought he would return by now."
"I want to know about Kraigan, too," Jason said, yawning big one more time. "He's been doing a lot of rounds around the nest lately."
Dravick's expression turned sorrowful. "I apologize, but when they both returned for their resting period, I requested that they stay out a little longer. The new warriors respond well to their training, and I thought it would help."
The fact that Dravick, who was a king and didn't need to apologize for anything, looked sorry for having inconvenienced Adam and Jason, was one of the many reasons why Adam liked him as a healer.
"It's all right, don't worry. I'll just have to make sure he gets well rested tonight when he comes home."
Dravick smiled at him softly, still clearly worried for Adam's plight.
The fact that Adam was holding his son was probably half the reason why the king felt guilty.
So, Adam and Jason ate their food, both saddened that they likely wouldn't be seeing their mates any time tonight.
Adam was comforted when Athy came into the great hall, however, her own escort trailing behind her, and clearly just as in love with her as Javick was.
Javick, the dragon warrior she would be marrying, was nowhere to be seen, He was also working with the new recruits.
Lightning, however, entered with his own mate, Blue, and Tatsu another dragon warrior, came in with Nathan, whose belly was swelling out now with his own pregnancy.
Tatsu insisted on being close to his mate for this period of their lives, and for Nathan's protection.
Some warriors were here, but others had to be gone, out defending the nest and making sure everything ran smoothly.
It was calming to Adam, to know that not everything had to be on Novik's shoulders, but that didn't lessen the sting of being without his mate, or of hardly seeing him for what felt like days at a time, or unless he was sleeping.
They would get over this. Adam had to hope for that much.
"I am playing," he said, somewhat defensively, knowing that he wasn't, that he was trying to get to the end goal instead of enjoying the ride.
Novik laughed right at him. "All right, all right, how about I make you feel better? It's what you want, isn't it?" he asked, pushing Adam's knees up.
Adam wasn't sure what the warrior was doing, but then realized what was happening when Adam was holding as much as of his weight as he could on his shoulders, and Novik held onto Adam's hips.
Novik's mouth and tongue came down onto Adam's pucker. Adam shivered and sucked in a breath, and he moaned when he felt that wicked tongue pushing through him. Adam's body easily allowed it. Probably because it knew all the good things it would be getting if it didn't fight the intrusion. Some things were just instinct.
Adam moaned when that slick tongue pushed into him, and Novik knew exactly what he was doing, where to push it, and where to lick him, to make him shiver and moan.
Adam did, all right. He moaned long and loud, urging Novik to go on, to keep on doing what he was doing because Adam needed this.
They'd maintained a healthy sexual relationship after David's death, but this was something Adam realized he hadn't had in quite some time. It must have been as long as three or four weeks since Novik had done this particular act. No wonder Adam was so eager, and so sensitive to it. It was fucking divine.
"You like that?" Novik asked, pushing his tongue back to what it had been doing.
Adam could barely keep his eyes open, but he could hardly nod his head whilst he was in this position either. "Y-yes," he said.
Novik chuckled, and those damned vibrations...Adam felt them all the way inside of himself.
He moaned and desperately reached for his cock.
Novik attempted to push his hands away, until Adam explained himself. "No, no, I need it," he said. "I'll come if I don't."
Novik seemed to understand that much, and he allowed Adam to hold onto his dick, squeezing it just right so that he wouldn't spill all over his own face.
Adam didn't stroke himself, however. He just kept a firm enough hold to tease, to prolong the pleasure. That was the best part.
Until Novik pulled his tongue away like the evil person that he was.
Adam tried to send him his meanest, nastiest glare that he was capable of making, but he was fairly sure that he'd failed in that one since Novik couldn't stop smiling at him as he put Adam's hips gentle down, until his ass was safely back on the mattress.
"Liked that, did you?" Novik asked, stroking his own massive cock. The bulbous head was enormous. He must need this as much as Adam did.
"I just don't see why you had to stop so soon."
"I didn't have to, but your face was beginning to get a little too red, and I think it had more to do with the position I had you in, rather than what I was doing to you."
Adam didn't stop glaring.
"I think you would much rather have this instead, wouldn't you?" Novik asked, still all confidence as he pressed the head of his dick against Adam's asshole.
Adam tensed, and Novik laughed. "Calm yourself, I wasn't about to just shove it in there."
"That's good to know," Adam said, smiling again as he watched Novik reach for where they kept their oil.
Novik did not take his time with this. The man opened the vial, poured a healthy amount onto his hand, stroked his hard cock with it until it shined, and then massaged the rest against Adam's asshole, and then inside of him.
Adam could not help but smile as his mate pushed his fingers inside, pleasuring him like this, even if unintentionally.
"Are you about to come from having this, too?" Novik asked. "Dear God, man, do you have no self control?"
Adam laughed this time, just because of how serious Novik had sounded when he'd said that. It was too damned funny.
“It wasn’t that amusing,” Novik said, pushing his fingers in just the right spot to get Adam gasping.
“There! Right there, that’s it!”
“And my dick will remember that spot when it gets inside you, trust me.”
Adam growled when Novik purposely pulled his fingers away. He clearly wouldn’t be bringing Adam off right now. The man was intent on waiting.
Then it was finally happening. Adam spread his legs wide, holding onto his knees when Novik pressed the head of his cock against Adam’s hole.
It was always something of a stretch, considering Novik’s size, but it was well worth it, and Adam was more used to it now. He enjoyed waiting long enough so that his body would be tighter than before, but he never wanted it to get to the point that it felt as though he and Novik had never fucked each other.
Then Novik was inside. The bulbous head of his cock had pushed through, after another moment or so, he was able to sink the rest of the way in.
Adam moaned when he felt the soft, fleshy spike come forward and play with his prostate. Adam had a real affection for that piece of Novik’s body.
Novik groaned, hard and heavy on top of him, the man really started to move now.
Adam grinned up as his mate as their bodies slammed together. The sound of flesh slapping together was lewd in the air, but also wonderful Adam’s favorite sound, and he let the rocking commence as he curled his arm around the back of Novik’s neck, and kissed him as he moaned.
This might take a little longer than an hour.