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The Mating

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Author: Nicky Charles

Published: February 26th 2010 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2010)

Format: ebook , 340 pages

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Language: English


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She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her. Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a com She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her. Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.

30 review for The Mating

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richa

    *a spoiler free and quick review* The deed was done. They were mated. Beside her, he stirred and she sensed him rolling over, his amber eyes staring at her. She made no move to look at him and instead tried to steady her breathing. It was no use. As she inhaled, her breath quivered betraying her emotional state. Despite blinking rapidly, a stray tear trailed down her cheek. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meet Elise. She is the daughter of her pack's *a spoiler free and quick review* The deed was done. They were mated. Beside her, he stirred and she sensed him rolling over, his amber eyes staring at her. She made no move to look at him and instead tried to steady her breathing. It was no use. As she inhaled, her breath quivered betraying her emotional state. Despite blinking rapidly, a stray tear trailed down her cheek. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meet Elise. She is the daughter of her pack's leader. She is young (19 year old to be exact), fun loving, carefree...... And she is a WEREWOLF!!! Meet Kane. He's the Alpha of his pack...the leader...kind, fair, tall, hot, and practical. [image error] And they've been mated.... It's an arranged mating....a move to strengthen political alliances between 2 packs, secure pack area boundaries....not a love match... [image error] But jealous exes, a dangerous brother-in-law (who's probably the culprit behind creating havoc for the pack), interfering well-meaning adopted in-laws and love have a way of breaking down defences and bringing two people, literally strangers to each other, close and close and closer.... All of it can turn even the most sensible man into a possessive lover... When Kane finds Elise talking to her childhood friend, Bryan, on returning to her after finishing some important errands... Kane gave Bryan an almost imperceptible nod. “I’m glad you had someone to keep you company while you were waiting, but it would do your ‘friend’ well to remember that you are now my mate and off limits to all others.” Feeling her face burn at his innuendo, Elise tried to defend her actions. “We were just talking, nothing else!” “I do not appreciate other males standing quite so close when...talking... to my mate.” The words rumbled from his throat and Bryan stepped back, instinctively acknowledging Kane’s dominance. ...."...I do not share my mate with anyone. We are bonded and you are mine. No other male is allowed to sniff around you.” But will it turn into something more? Will it ever grow into love?? Read to find out.... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was a nice, light, quick read. I enjoyed it as a one-time read, mostly because I love paranormal romances and shape shifters. The story is interesting and fun and the characters are enjoyable( the story could have done with a little more development but it was enjoyable nonetheless). So, if you're in a mood for some wolfy-love and light paranormal romance, then you can pick this one....and it's pretty easy to get it because it's free! It's available here on Goodreads. Here's the download link: http://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/downl... So, hope you'll enjoy it if you decide to give it a try. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Night

    I liked this book at first. It starts off a bit awkwardly, but draws you into the world of the werewolves nicely. Somewhere around the half-way point it totally loses it and becomes a bad Nancy Drew detective novel. The main character, Elise is so mind-numbingly stupid I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book. Elise actually makes a list of all the things that have gone wrong, but still can't figure out what's going on. The hero is equally stupid. The ending is choppy and has even more s I liked this book at first. It starts off a bit awkwardly, but draws you into the world of the werewolves nicely. Somewhere around the half-way point it totally loses it and becomes a bad Nancy Drew detective novel. The main character, Elise is so mind-numbingly stupid I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book. Elise actually makes a list of all the things that have gone wrong, but still can't figure out what's going on. The hero is equally stupid. The ending is choppy and has even more stupidity and wacky hijinks that make no sense. I assumed it was a young adult novel because the characters were so immature. There is absolutely no mystery since it's obvious from the beginning who is behind all of the bad things happening in the pack. The author drops clues like anvils all over the place. Not subtle. I also found the way the women in the packs were treated and Elise's blind acceptance of it when she considers herself a "modern female" to be insulting. Bad behavior, and a near-rape are all blamed on her heat cycle, also very insulting. If it wasn't for the graphic (yet horribly boring) sex, this would be a young adult novel, no question. For a free book, it kept me entertained. No way would I pay money to read this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Warning: I read this last night while watching last weeks SNL and realizing how much I miss Amy Pohler on Weekend Update This book was a freebie on Smashwords.com. It is pretty good, sometimes free stuff not so much. A werewolf romance, it reminded me a bit of J.R Ward’s series, many of the rules of mating are similar, but for a free book very enjoyable. Elise is mated/arranged marriage to neighboring pack leader Kane. This is not what Elise had planned for the weekend, but she seems to be a team Warning: I read this last night while watching last weeks SNL and realizing how much I miss Amy Pohler on Weekend Update This book was a freebie on Smashwords.com. It is pretty good, sometimes free stuff not so much. A werewolf romance, it reminded me a bit of J.R Ward’s series, many of the rules of mating are similar, but for a free book very enjoyable. Elise is mated/arranged marriage to neighboring pack leader Kane. This is not what Elise had planned for the weekend, but she seems to be a team player so that’s that. It’s not just a trashy romance (which there is totally some sexytimes, no worries there) Nicky Charles is world building and does a pretty good job of it too. It’s just the main character, Elise is kind of a dumb dumb. Not only is she the Queen of the pack, she is also the “Queen of not using her God damned brain”. So your new husband’s ex shows up in some skanky-ass outfit, hangs all over oblivious said husband, makes demeaning remarks towards you and then reports to your husband that you have been extremely unkind to her, causing new husband to reprimand your behavior. You apologize and promise to try harder. Really!??! And then arch nemesis is found snooping in restricted areas of the compound including your own bedroom, she has the lamest excuse ever and just wants to be friends. First friendly advice is to lie to new husband and shatter his trust completely. Of course now that you two are friends she seems extremely trustworthy and you are absolutely SHOCKED when she rats your ass out to him and tries to break up marriage and get herself in there. Really!??! Big time showdown in the woods and finally a villain is shot, no one checks vitals, the consensus is that our baddy “looked very dead” and that “we will comback for the body tomorrow “ Really!??! Jessi rule #1 always check for a pulse, come on! Really!??! Still a fun paranormal romance read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Georgia ♥

    3.5 Stars This was a surprising and well constructed story that reminded me why I enjoy werewolves tales... ♪♫ Run with the wolves Calling all the wolf pack When did you go and when did you get back? ♪♫ ~ The Vaccines - Wolf Pack I ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY LOVE WOLF PACKS!!!!!!!! The bonds among the wolves, the solidarity, the caring, how noisy and nosy they are, are completely endearing to me... Maybe because I come from a large family and they remind me of them. The support, interference, being the 3.5 Stars This was a surprising and well constructed story that reminded me why I enjoy werewolves tales... ♪♫ Run with the wolves Calling all the wolf pack When did you go and when did you get back? ♪♫ ~ The Vaccines - Wolf Pack I ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY LOVE WOLF PACKS!!!!!!!! The bonds among the wolves, the solidarity, the caring, how noisy and nosy they are, are completely endearing to me... Maybe because I come from a large family and they remind me of them. The support, interference, being there no matter what and no questions asked. Wolf Packs fascinate me!! So, back to our story.... Elise and Kane are forced into mating for the allegiance between their two packs. We watch them struggle with their feelings, themselves, each other and especially an outside threat. An evil, ready to tear their whole lives apart! Our heroine, Elise is pretty young (19 years old) and the sheltered daughter of an Alpha. She fancies herself in love with her childhood friend but all her dreams crash when she has to mate with another Alpha for the sake of her Pack and an ancient Lycan Law, The Mating . She is innocent, naive and how to put it mildly.... she comes off as a little... stupid. There I said it!!! She irritated me in no end!!!!!!!! Half the time, I was torn between hitting her with my Kindle and crying. If she had opened her pretty little mouth and used half her brain we could have avoided many hair-pulling incidents... And by many, I mean A LOT people! Misunderstandings, accidents, injuries, deaths... EVERYTHING!!! Okay, okay. I'm calmer now. Don't get me wrong. She is endearing and likeable but.... Our hero, Kane, is the Alpha of his Pack. He won this position through blood and heartbreak. He fought his own brother to earn it and he faces many threats from the outside world and his pack, trying to keep their existence secret and upholding another ancient Lycan Law, The Keeping . He is magnetic, protective and possessive. A true Alpha. A little inconsiderate at first of his new mate's needs and stubborn, but also strong and decisive. The suspense/mystery factor in this book is pretty exciting, with many twists and turns and a satisfying climax. AND THE BEST VILLAIN EVER!!!!!! Sidenote: For the sake of this review and because I don't want to give anything away, I'll proceed as if he were male. Don't make any assumptions!!!!!!!!! Where was I?? Ah, yes the villain... True, pure evil!! I loved him! Crafty, devious, scheming (and OK with a lot of help from our unsuspecting heroine) he ruled this book! I won't call the ending a cliff-hanger but there are a few threads dangling to keep you interested in the next books. I liked where the author goes with the werewolf mythology and with a little more depth in the characters I'd give a higher rating. I have a good feeling for the future.... FAREWELL GIF-T

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    What can I say? LOVED. THIS. BOOK! I've read some other reviews and I feel that they are unnecessarily harsh. People forget that this book is free and not "free for publicity" but free as in "I wrote it and am self distributing it". I doubt the writer has a team of editors to "edit" the plot, delete sections, etc. to change the story into something that will sell the most amount of copies and appeal to the greatest audience. That doesn't mean it isn't good, it means it's different. This is similar What can I say? LOVED. THIS. BOOK! I've read some other reviews and I feel that they are unnecessarily harsh. People forget that this book is free and not "free for publicity" but free as in "I wrote it and am self distributing it". I doubt the writer has a team of editors to "edit" the plot, delete sections, etc. to change the story into something that will sell the most amount of copies and appeal to the greatest audience. That doesn't mean it isn't good, it means it's different. This is similar to the difference between a music artist with a powerful label behind them and one without. The artist without a label has a little less polished product, and usually an edgier because they have more control over their product. In the end they have a different product than the mass produced label artist, and many people would argue that the non-label artist is actually a better artist with a better end product. What am I saying here? I am saying that this book has to be approached differently than your polished, run-of-the-mill, mass-produced Harlequin. I didn't like everything about this book. Particularly, I thought there was a LOT of narrative, that I ended up skimming through. Also, I didn't know how to categorize the story. Was it meant to be a mystery? I think it was, slightly, but I think everyone will agree that the main villain was no surprise in the end. So not so mysterious. The mystery was in the details ... The story was interesting, though. I really liked the emotional setting of the book. The romantic development was crafted well and was realistic (or at least not utterly and completely bs fantasy). Loved the characters, although I couldn't relate to either of them, it was interesting to see how they functioned and what Elise's rationalization were for her actions. Although the book was written in 3rd person, it was mostly from Elise's POV. People have complained about that. I can understand why it was done that way - We do see a pivotal scene from Kane's POV, and putting it in 3rd person doesn't allow there to be any misunderstanding about who is the subject of the scene. Also, 3rd person allows the reader to be privy to info about the characters that the characters might not know or realize. This is an uncharacteristically long review for me. I don't know the author and only read this book because I am on a werewolf kick and I literally tripped over it on a site (it's a free ebook). Having read it now I can say I am a supporter of Nicky Charles. I will follow her writing. I hope she puts up a website. I think she has a great book here and I can't wait to see more characters from this story/world get their own books. Hurray for Nicky Charles!! ** P.S. You may get a copy of this book that has all types of errors. I read somewhere that the conversion software used by some doesn't convert error free. I posted a version on GR that is mostly error free (from what I could see). Some reviewers are really down on this book because of the lack of "editing" - but I think they are confusing the conversion errors with careless proofing. It may be free but the version I read was complete and error free. If you get a version with errors find a clean copy of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    azerjaban

    I can't even explain how much this book pissed me off. Especially because I couldn't stop reading it. Even when I wanted to reach in, tear open the heroines belly with my bare hands and dance in her blood... I still couldn't put it down. Oh Elise, how much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways: 1- You're so very very stupid. Calling you naive is like calling Gollum special, it's a huge understatement. You actually made lists, Lists!, of everything going on around you and STILL couldn't connect th I can't even explain how much this book pissed me off. Especially because I couldn't stop reading it. Even when I wanted to reach in, tear open the heroines belly with my bare hands and dance in her blood... I still couldn't put it down. Oh Elise, how much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways: 1- You're so very very stupid. Calling you naive is like calling Gollum special, it's a huge understatement. You actually made lists, Lists!, of everything going on around you and STILL couldn't connect the dots. Even when the dots were evenly spaced out, in a straight line and had start and end signs. 2- You have no purpose. You simply exist. First as a tool for your father, then as a pawn for Marla. You have no ideas, no influence, no pertinent thoughts. If I had succeeded in my plan to eviscerate you - NOBODY WOULD NOTICE. 3- You think being raped, threatened, bossed around and intimidated is sexy. You need therapy, lots and lots of therapy. I'll move on from Elise, and summarize. The world was stupid, other than shifting NOTHING else was about werewolves. It could have been a regular book about humans and there wouldn't have been a difference. The backward gender roles PISSED ME OFF. Men do all the pack "business" and allow the poor feeble female minds to focus on womanly duties, like nursing, cooking, shopping and having babies. When Elise had to "ask permission" to leave... I threw up a little. In fact Marla was the only character I could stand, despite the author spending no time making her more than a shallow queen bitch. She was the only woman with a job, was smart, and had them all dancing to her tune. Good for you girl! ... Now if only she had succeeded in killing Elise

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann has a dirty mouth

    Since this book is free, I feel like I should rate it 5 stars. If I had paid $6.99 for it though, I would have rated it a 1 star. It started out good, but the middle section really dragged, there was a lot of exposition and many meaningless misunderstanding MacGuffins(editors note- that is my best use of alliteration in a goodreads review.) Marla was also super over the top for a villian. If she had a moustache, she would have twirled it. However, this is at least as good as that Amanda Ashley b Since this book is free, I feel like I should rate it 5 stars. If I had paid $6.99 for it though, I would have rated it a 1 star. It started out good, but the middle section really dragged, there was a lot of exposition and many meaningless misunderstanding MacGuffins(editors note- that is my best use of alliteration in a goodreads review.) Marla was also super over the top for a villian. If she had a moustache, she would have twirled it. However, this is at least as good as that Amanda Ashley book I snarked the other day, and I really liked the werewolf world that was set up. The book made it sound really fun to be a werewolf and I enjoy that not all supernatural creatures are so emo. And for everyone on here complaining about the Canadian spelling, give it a rest! It is free for Christ's sake! Canadians are people too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    I read this years ago and really enjoyed it... well with qualifications. So i listened to the new audio book... the reader, Vivienne Leheny was good. The things that bothered me the first time around were just as annoying this time unfortunately, so I deducted a star. It's probably more of a 3 star read, but I loved the setup and I like the author's writing. The story opens on the wedding/bonding night between Kane (the new alpha next door) and Elise, the sheltered 18 year old. I don't know Kane's I read this years ago and really enjoyed it... well with qualifications. So i listened to the new audio book... the reader, Vivienne Leheny was good. The things that bothered me the first time around were just as annoying this time unfortunately, so I deducted a star. It's probably more of a 3 star read, but I loved the setup and I like the author's writing. The story opens on the wedding/bonding night between Kane (the new alpha next door) and Elise, the sheltered 18 year old. I don't know Kane's age. I would guess it is at least mid twenties. It was an arranged mating between Kane and Elise's cold dictatorial father. She doesn't even meet him til the ceremony because her father forbade it. Elise had hoped to bond with her childhood friend, Bryan and finds herself torn between her friend and her new overwhelming attraction to her mate. This doesn't go far enough to be awkward but it does bother Kane and make him jealous. Which he deserves for his blind spot to his childhood 'friend', Marla. This is technically a spoiler but it's so OTT obvious from the start that Marla is evil. There I said it. She's an evil BITCH. This author tends to make her villains VERY villainous. She plays Kane and his brother Ryne off of each other till they no longer seem like brothers. Ryne shadows the story as the invisible boogeyman. Always in the background doing evil deeds. Elise is left to fend for herself between Kane's willful blindness towards Marla and his devotions to his job as alpha. She makes some friends in her new pack, but she has nobody to talk to about her suspicions. SO my big complaint with the story isn't so much Marla. She just defies logic. My complaint is with the lack of closure between Kane and Ryne. And also between Kane and Elise. No grovelling and only one sort of offhand apology. The extent of Kane's blindness to Marla when all and sundry hate her and tell him so, just made him look kinda stupid. And same for Ryne. (view spoiler)[ What Ryne did when he issued the challenge based solely on Marla's say-so was so f*cked up. Ryne had sworn to protect his little brother ALWAYS. It bothers me that there was no apology from Ryne to Kane, for thinking so poorly of him that he would challenge him to the death. I mean WTF???? Why would the author just drop that thread. Just because Marla's manipulations were the root of all evil in the pack, doesn't mean Kane and Ryne weren't still culpable. Serious grovelling needed!!! (hide spoiler)] Safety is OK. (view spoiler)[ It's never really said outright but Kane and Marla did date briefly before she switched her affections to Ryne. Did they f*ck? probably. Kane lets Marla touch him on his arms and even on his chest. No cool! No other details are given for Kane's sexual history. Elise was a virgin. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    Holy Moly, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters. I loved how this world was portrayed. I was sucked in, the dynamic between Kane and Elise just grabbed me. I am a fan of shifter romance’s and find there just are not many that don’t all feel the same. This book really was different from others I have read/listened to. It is an arranged marriage and maybe I just haven’t read/listened to many of them but I found it fascinating how they build a friends/relationship from nothing. Holy Moly, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters. I loved how this world was portrayed. I was sucked in, the dynamic between Kane and Elise just grabbed me. I am a fan of shifter romance’s and find there just are not many that don’t all feel the same. This book really was different from others I have read/listened to. It is an arranged marriage and maybe I just haven’t read/listened to many of them but I found it fascinating how they build a friends/relationship from nothing. Like I said I was enthralled I want to shout it from the roof PEOPLE LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! The narration is fantastic, Vivienne Leheny not only captures Elise’s voice but she does an amazing Kane. I highly recommend this book and HOPE we get more from this author and the narrator. If you love shifter romances as much as I do, you will love this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    A very enjoyable read. Different from other series that have been written in this genre. In my opinion this book is better than what I've seen from established and published authors. The story moved along nicely and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt that the 2 main characters, Kane and Elise, had great chemistry and the passion between them felt real and not forced. It was nicely written. Looking forward to reading The Keeping and other books in the series. Thanks for the great freebie N A very enjoyable read. Different from other series that have been written in this genre. In my opinion this book is better than what I've seen from established and published authors. The story moved along nicely and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt that the 2 main characters, Kane and Elise, had great chemistry and the passion between them felt real and not forced. It was nicely written. Looking forward to reading The Keeping and other books in the series. Thanks for the great freebie Nicky Charles!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I have a unique perspective with any book written in 3rd person. If it's done correctly, (in my opinion), it can be a rewarding and exciting point of view. Although, when it's not, the narrative can come across as patronizing; even making the reader feel like the proverbial 12 year old. That being said, this book had good potential, it just couldn't follow through. The story begins with Elise, the heroine who also happens to be an 18 year old virgin. In order to keep relations peaceful and land I have a unique perspective with any book written in 3rd person. If it's done correctly, (in my opinion), it can be a rewarding and exciting point of view. Although, when it's not, the narrative can come across as patronizing; even making the reader feel like the proverbial 12 year old. That being said, this book had good potential, it just couldn't follow through. The story begins with Elise, the heroine who also happens to be an 18 year old virgin. In order to keep relations peaceful and land bountiful for the two neighboring werewolf packs, Elise's father thrusts her in the arms of Kane, the neighboring Alpha and story's hero. They are strangers to one another and when they "bond" it will unite the two wolf-packs as one. (Simple enough, right?) After Elise and Kane's first few nights together, they return to Kane's "Alpha-house" and most other pack-members are very welcoming towards Elise, excpet for one. Enter "Marla," the overberring, spoiled, too-pretty-for-her-own-good and too bitchy (pun intended), to have any real friends. She and Kane grew up together and even dated and (of course), are very close. Unfortunately for Elise, Kane hasn't clued in to Marla's minipulative ways and money hungry, viscious schemes. (There's always a clueless man involved, unfortunately.) The premise of this story showed great promise at first, and I was enjoying myself. That being said, the actual writing was driving me crazy. I didn't need to be reminded when dinner was every night and how Elise and the other women would set the table. Or how when Elise and Kane would kiss, they would have to step back from on another, "breathing heavily," over and over again. I actually kept hearing the old cliche' line in my head, "Meanwhile, back at the ranch," throughout this book! That's when I succomed to the fact that I was rolling my eyes WAY too much. I'll admit to skimming a bit, which, I usually never do. Towards the end, however, it did get better, or maybe by then, I was used to feeling like a 12 year old having a story read to me. Either way, this author had a few clever moments and I was happy with the outcome of this book; just not her writing style.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    For the good of the pack, Elise has been told she will be mated with an Alpha from another territory. Gone are the dreams of remaining by her best friend, the man she had hoped to spend eternity with. Presented in front of Alpha Kane she must do what is expected from her. Within twenty four hours her life has changed, she is mated and relocated to the new pack. Finding her way though is an uphill battle when loyalties are questioned, despite her growing feelings for Kane, will he trust her enough For the good of the pack, Elise has been told she will be mated with an Alpha from another territory. Gone are the dreams of remaining by her best friend, the man she had hoped to spend eternity with. Presented in front of Alpha Kane she must do what is expected from her. Within twenty four hours her life has changed, she is mated and relocated to the new pack. Finding her way though is an uphill battle when loyalties are questioned, despite her growing feelings for Kane, will he trust her enough as his mate to believe in her. This was a fascinating read, loved every morsel of it. From the very beginning it is startling as Elise's life is being ripped apart but she endures and has a strength that would challenge even the best heroines in books. Kane is a complex character, as the story unfolds you begin to realize what his hopes are from Elise, but he is vulnerable when it comes to her as well. Would reread this one in a heartbeat.

  13. 5 out of 5

    S.C. Stephens

    A very unique and interesting take on modern day werewolves. The Mating is a hot, romantic novel embedded inside an edge of your seat mystery. Nicky Charles perfectly sets the scene, placing you inside this incredible world of honor and deception, love and duty. You won’t be able to put this one down!

  14. 4 out of 5

    liirogue

    This was a bad book on so many levels. I am absolutely shocked at the high ratings. Let's start with the factual/giant plot holes. An oil company cannot force you to let them drill on your land if you also own the mineral rights. The pack has owned this land for over a hundred years and they were supposedly going to be forced into signing a lease. They are out in the middle of nowhere and probably the only mineral owner out there. This is a completely made-up boogey man. Second, just how big is th This was a bad book on so many levels. I am absolutely shocked at the high ratings. Let's start with the factual/giant plot holes. An oil company cannot force you to let them drill on your land if you also own the mineral rights. The pack has owned this land for over a hundred years and they were supposedly going to be forced into signing a lease. They are out in the middle of nowhere and probably the only mineral owner out there. This is a completely made-up boogey man. Second, just how big is the pack and nearby town? Seriously no one notices that the slick red sports car that belonged to Ryne (the "bad guy") is now being driven around by Marla? Please. Third, exactly how big are the packs? Only about a dozen people are described, but they must be larger or everyone would be mating with their uncles and sisters. And that segues into the lack of description. The author describes the settings, characters and events in a very vague way. We don't know how big these packs are. Do the pack members regularly interact with outsiders? Do they ever date or befriend an outsider? More importantly, what happens when a werewolf shifts? The process is never described. Is it instantaneous or take time? How much energy does it take? Do they have to shift during a full moon? And lastly - the main character drove me up the wall. She's supposed to be the mate of the alpha and expects respect, but never actually does anything to earn it. She literally does nothing except mope around and whine. Her new mate is crazy busy with pack business. So what does she do to fill her time? She gets a part-time job in town. Umm, how about helping your mate with pack business instead? Maybe everyone would stop treating you like a stranger then too. She's just so weak and wishy-washy. She can't solve a problem to save her life and her sole existence seems to be geared towards creating mass confusion and misunderstandings. This is behavior I would expect from a Victorian romance, not a book about werewolves!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Another great one from Nicky Charles and what makes it even better is that this and the others in the series are free from Smashwords. The only thing Nicky asks is that you make a donation to your local animal shelter or foodbank which in my opinion is a lovely and thoughtful thing to do ☺ Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am regretting that I left it so long before actually picking it up and reading it. Like the first one I read (0.5 in the series) I was once again up until the early Another great one from Nicky Charles and what makes it even better is that this and the others in the series are free from Smashwords. The only thing Nicky asks is that you make a donation to your local animal shelter or foodbank which in my opinion is a lovely and thoughtful thing to do ☺ Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am regretting that I left it so long before actually picking it up and reading it. Like the first one I read (0.5 in the series) I was once again up until the early hours of the morning as I didn't want to leave it before finishing. I really liked the character of Elise and felt quite sorry for her that her father just sprang an arranged marriage on her. She had no warning at all - she came home and her dad introduces her to the man she is gonna marry and then the next thing we know there is a mating ceremony and the poor thing has to then be subjected to having the bedsheets shown around the next morning as proof that she was a virgin and that the mating had been consumated. I didn't like the fact that she slept with him immediately despite only having just met him and suposedly was in love with someone else. Yes I know this is normal in PNR but usually both characters feel the mating bond immediately and then get together but neither of these two felt that so it was kind of strange even for this genre. For a werewolf I thought that Kane was a mild mannered man and was kind and considerate towards Elise which made us, the reader, immediately soften to him and thought he was a special man. I do agree with most other reviewers here and that is I wish we had seen more of Kane's perspective rather than just from Elise. These books are not short/novella length but are full size. This one registered as 314 pages on my Ereader.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ...black wolf...amber eyes... ★★★★✩ I enjoyed this book; it held my attention. I really liked that it started off with the hero and heroine werewolves already being mated, a “fait accompli.” That was a nice change. (BTW, it is free right now on Kindle.) This was a quick read as the writing flowed. Not too many editing errors; only one really jarred me out of the story. While there is nothing really new in the story-line, the characters where likable and the pacing was good. Some things w ...black wolf...amber eyes... ★★★★✩ I enjoyed this book; it held my attention. I really liked that it started off with the hero and heroine werewolves already being mated, a “fait accompli.” That was a nice change. (BTW, it is free right now on Kindle.) This was a quick read as the writing flowed. Not too many editing errors; only one really jarred me out of the story. While there is nothing really new in the story-line, the characters where likable and the pacing was good. Some things were reiterated more than I like. **shrug** Still, I gobbled it down in a day. The heroine, Elise, is young, but thankfully NOT a pouting, immature one who is put in TSTL plot contrivances. Mostly this book has scenes of Elise mixing in with her new pack life, both domestic and political. There is a plot about an oil company interested in the pack’s land and a mystery surrounding sabotages and pack member endangerment. Maybe an old friend or family member who was a rival for the hero’s Alpha position? Or could all the trouble be from another source altogether? There is also the “other woman” triangle, if you want to call it a triangle, with the hero just being totally oblivious to her machinations. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent there being some sweet scenes between the H/h as they get to know one another and the sex scenes are well done, if almost a little too rough three-fourths of the way through. This was the first time I read anything by this author; I recommend the book, as I’ll probably read the next in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Mills

    I really liked this book. I fell in love with the world Nicky Charles created pretty immediately. The story starts out fast. There was no dragging and setting up, it grabbed my attention on the first page. I loved how much I hated the villain/villainess and I love that there were surprises at the end that I didn't see coming. I was so impressed with this story because it was free. Actually the whole series was free. I downloaded all of them immediately without having read one word. I'm amazed tha I really liked this book. I fell in love with the world Nicky Charles created pretty immediately. The story starts out fast. There was no dragging and setting up, it grabbed my attention on the first page. I loved how much I hated the villain/villainess and I love that there were surprises at the end that I didn't see coming. I was so impressed with this story because it was free. Actually the whole series was free. I downloaded all of them immediately without having read one word. I'm amazed that she is not charging for this book. Yes, there are a few editing issues, but I have paid for books that are not nearly as well written as this book. I also know I would have paid for this book and not been sorry. That being said, I did have one little issue. I just didn't think Elise could be so naive when it came to Marla. Ugh, Marla. Most women have a pretty good BS radar and can sense insincerity in a person like Marla. I just didn't understand how Elise could fall for her nice act. I also didn't like that Elise didn't tell Kane about Brian BEFORE she met with him the first time. She lied by omission when she said "I'm meeting a friend." That part of the story annoyed me from the start and continued to annoy me every time she FAILED to tell him. But all in all, I really liked reading this. I would have enjoyed a few more tender moments at the end between Kane and Elise because I wanted to read more about them while the world wasn't falling apart. I liked how Elise handled things. I like that she was tough and despite having to mate with Kane when she thought she loved someone else, she did as she was told and she didn't give Kane a hard time. She even tried to be a good mate. I loved that about her. She was strong and she gave Kane a chance to win her heart. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FAVORITE QUOTES "[...] I swear, the tougher they are when they're healthy, the worse they are when they get sick!" ~Julia The reason I love this quote is not necessarily because its funny (it is, but thats not why I love it) but because it is SO TRUE!! PARKER!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kami Dodson-Perry

    Let me start off by saying to everyone that Nicky Charles is a very good writer. She is also very generous because all of her books are free. You can find them on Smashwords. This story is about Elise. She grew up in a wolf pack & is now 19. She never really paid to much attention to the politics of the pack. She should have because she is told that she is to marry an Alpha, Kane, of a Northern pack to make an alliance & keep the peace. She never met him before & it is happening in less than 24 Let me start off by saying to everyone that Nicky Charles is a very good writer. She is also very generous because all of her books are free. You can find them on Smashwords. This story is about Elise. She grew up in a wolf pack & is now 19. She never really paid to much attention to the politics of the pack. She should have because she is told that she is to marry an Alpha, Kane, of a Northern pack to make an alliance & keep the peace. She never met him before & it is happening in less than 24 hours. The major problem is she is in love with Bryan. Elise has no choice but to go along with it & hope for the best. She is nervous about the bonding considering it is her 1st sexual experience & now it will be with a stranger. The deed is done & she off to live with Kane & the Northern pack, leaving everyone & everything she knew behind. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Elise & Kane are trying to make the relationship between them work as best they can given the circumstances. Once at the Northern pack Kane is called away to attend other matters & is unable to spend time with Elise. Elise questions if they will ever get to know one another to form at least a friendship & have more than a physical realationship between them. The pack has some major problems steming from Marla, who wants Kane & is trying to break them up. And from Ryn who is Kane's half brother. Their land is in termoil over an oil spill in part of their land & an oil company wants to purchase or rent another parcel to drill on. The oil spill will take lots of money to clean up & the oil company won't give up on trying to push them off there land. In the end it is a happy ending with some twists & turns. Some you see coming & others you do not. I am starting the 2nd book of the series "The Keeping" now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I came across this as a freebie on Barnes and Noble.com. I was pleasantly surprised. In my experience, a freebie is a freebie for a reason. But the description sounded like something I would like, so I took a chance. I'm pretty glad I did. I won't say it was my favorite book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The one thing that bothered me most was the fact that it was written in third person, but still limited to mostly to Elise's POV. If the author was going to limit like that, I think it would ha I came across this as a freebie on Barnes and Noble.com. I was pleasantly surprised. In my experience, a freebie is a freebie for a reason. But the description sounded like something I would like, so I took a chance. I'm pretty glad I did. I won't say it was my favorite book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The one thing that bothered me most was the fact that it was written in third person, but still limited to mostly to Elise's POV. If the author was going to limit like that, I think it would have been better served in first person. In my opinion, you develope a closer bond with the character that way. But, since it was written in thrid person, I think it lost something by not including Kane's thoughts as well. He was an intriguing character, but he seemed to fall a little flat and the story lost dimension. Elise was a little on the TSTL side for my tastes, but I was able to attribute most of that to her age. Things that would be common sense to anyone with half a brian sometimes whizzed right on by her. I found myself just wanting to slap her sensless a few times. But, those few things aside, I loved the way the relationship between Elise and Kane was able to build. They started as strangers and had to work up to a believable romance. The love scenes were faily sizzlin'. And I found myself interested in the secondary characters. If I were to see a sequel followin Ryne's story, I would definately pick it up!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mou

    My first book by this author and it was my first Lycan/ Werewolf book also. AND I am not exactly happy with the outcomes. The hero was polite, understanding and an honorable man, but his stupid blind belief in the evil women was very irritating. I find the heroine was equally stupid, she is good for nothing. She is a Lycan pack member or more precisely she is an Alpha's daughter also but doesn't know anything about the Lycans Physiology and its Business/Politics. Then after marrying another pack My first book by this author and it was my first Lycan/ Werewolf book also. AND I am not exactly happy with the outcomes. The hero was polite, understanding and an honorable man, but his stupid blind belief in the evil women was very irritating. I find the heroine was equally stupid, she is good for nothing. She is a Lycan pack member or more precisely she is an Alpha's daughter also but doesn't know anything about the Lycans Physiology and its Business/Politics. Then after marrying another pack's alpha, she shows no interest in the pack's activities also. Shortly, she can't bother to get involved in anything. About the other issues of the book - * I didn't like the fact when they all blamed a women's Heat Cycle for a man's Sexual/ Questionable Behavior. ** There were no details of the Lycans shifting or the details of the Lycans pack. *** The heroine called herself a modern woman but where was your modern thinking girl? **** Its a suspense book or the author was trying to make it, then why everything was crystal clear to me? Side Notes: * Marla- the evil women, she was an excellent villain. ** Because of the questionable safety issues, I will not continue with the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine1

    This is an excellent story and very hard to put down. It centres on a naive young girl who is abruptly wrenched from her home (and the boy she loves) and dropped into a new pack where she is mated to the Alpha – a man she has never met. Unlike many present day heroines who are almost caricatures (kick-ass, smart mouthed, unbelievable clever etc – honestly, how many 18 year old are REALLY that put together???) Ms. Charles has chosen to keep Elise (the young girl) more down to earth. She’s sweet a This is an excellent story and very hard to put down. It centres on a naive young girl who is abruptly wrenched from her home (and the boy she loves) and dropped into a new pack where she is mated to the Alpha – a man she has never met. Unlike many present day heroines who are almost caricatures (kick-ass, smart mouthed, unbelievable clever etc – honestly, how many 18 year old are REALLY that put together???) Ms. Charles has chosen to keep Elise (the young girl) more down to earth. She’s sweet and shy but has an inner strength that helps her rise above difficult circumstances and put the good of the community ahead of her own wants. The new pack all ready has well-established roles and she spends part of the story trying to find her place and fit into her new status as Alpha female. As the story progresses, her character grows and gains confidence until at the end her true colours are shown. The romance is also well developed. It isn’t an instant love nor an instant hate but rather two people who slowly grow to respect and eventually love each other. There is also a light mystery or a bit of suspense involved. While the reader will have strong suspicions as to who the villain is, it isn’t until the very end that the ‘why’ is revealed with a surprising twist. Nicky Charles builds her stories slowly, sometimes leading the reader into a sense of complacency. Yet, the string of subtle hints and clues that are sprinkled throughout what seems to be the daily humdrum life of a werewolf pack should keep the reader on alert. Unlike many author’s who depict the more animalistic side of werewolves, Charles has chosen to make them more human, having ‘real’ jobs and engaging in ordinary daily activities. She provides good details and insight into the working of the pack and werewolf life as she sees it in her ‘world.’ This was a very enjoyable book from a relatively new author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I was amazed at the high ratings for this book. Kane sounded like a real alpha - tough, loves his pack, disciplines when needed, etc. But Elise for an alpha's mate??? She was young, helpless, weak, and most of all DUMB. You are a freaking werewolf AND the daughter of a pack alpha and you didn't bother to learn werewolf physiology? Or history? Or basically anything else? She's 19 and couldn't even get a job as a waitress without her mate stepping in to ask a favor of the owner. She's the alpha fe I was amazed at the high ratings for this book. Kane sounded like a real alpha - tough, loves his pack, disciplines when needed, etc. But Elise for an alpha's mate??? She was young, helpless, weak, and most of all DUMB. You are a freaking werewolf AND the daughter of a pack alpha and you didn't bother to learn werewolf physiology? Or history? Or basically anything else? She's 19 and couldn't even get a job as a waitress without her mate stepping in to ask a favor of the owner. She's the alpha female, but can't bother to get involved in anything - how about learning to cook with the former alpha female? How about learning to garden? How about becoming involved in pack politics? ANYTHING except sit around a whine. It felt like the werewolf angle was there just to sell books. There were no pack hunts. No description of the shifting process. Elise was too dumb to figure out (despite being a werewolf her entire life) that she probably shouldn't kiss/hug/hang out with an unattached male or her mate might become furious. I don't know how I finished this book, but I won't read another.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

    Wow!!! What an awesome find! This book was fantastic. I was endless looking for a book similar to the Phoenix pack and North wolf. Sexy alpha shifters, and some very steamy love scenes, but especially I love to read about the pack politics and dynamics. All i have to say is keep writing books like this! Wow!!! What an awesome find! This book was fantastic. I was endless looking for a book similar to the Phoenix pack and North wolf. Sexy alpha shifters, and some very steamy love scenes, but especially I love to read about the pack politics and dynamics. All i have to say is keep writing books like this!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    I really wanted to like this; however, it used my least favorite plot device of all time: the Big Misunderstanding. Also, the narrative was kind of choppy. Open to trying more from this author in the future though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Despite reading a friend's review of this book, I decided to forge ahead and read it myself. This book is definitely YA with sex in it. There is absolutely NO suspense (I'm fairly sensitive and I try to give authors the benefit of the doubt, so for me to say that there is nothing mysterious or suspenseful is sad). My biggest disappointment about this book was that everything was so clearly spelled out and yet the 'heroine' of the book was so slow and oblivious. As for positives, I do like that the Despite reading a friend's review of this book, I decided to forge ahead and read it myself. This book is definitely YA with sex in it. There is absolutely NO suspense (I'm fairly sensitive and I try to give authors the benefit of the doubt, so for me to say that there is nothing mysterious or suspenseful is sad). My biggest disappointment about this book was that everything was so clearly spelled out and yet the 'heroine' of the book was so slow and oblivious. As for positives, I do like that the main character, Elise, admitted that she had previous skated through life and got away with being completely ignorant of many things. She was easily manipulated, for the most part, but did have some moments strength (rare and not that significant in the overall story, though). On the pro side, Elise is still a teenager, so that could explain some of the stupidity. The story moves fairly quickly - which is good because as the reader you've already figured everything out as it happens. The one 'twist' at the end wasn't much of a surprise.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    An arranged mating, a new pack in turmoil, and a young werewolf female forced to come into her own . I've had this book on my Kindle for some time and finally took a moment to read it and found I had an engaging paranormal romance on my hands. It wove along gently for the most part building the relationship and the suspense plot together to bring things to a riveting moment. The Law of the Lycans series can be confusing a little because at some sites The Mating is listed as book one and at others An arranged mating, a new pack in turmoil, and a young werewolf female forced to come into her own . I've had this book on my Kindle for some time and finally took a moment to read it and found I had an engaging paranormal romance on my hands. It wove along gently for the most part building the relationship and the suspense plot together to bring things to a riveting moment. The Law of the Lycans series can be confusing a little because at some sites The Mating is listed as book one and at others book #2. The author takes care of the confusion on the series GoodReads page. The Mating is the first of the series that was published, but not the first in chronological order. Now that I've read The Mating, I am going to suggest reading it first because it definitely felt like a first of series introducing characters and the situation and the Law of the Lycans world. Alright. About The Mating now. I was drawn immediately to the idea of a political match between the alpha's daughter of one clan and the new alpha of another clan. Sight unseen. It is further complicated by the fact that Elise has feelings for Bryan another male in her pack and her arranged mate might have his own previous history with a female of his pack. Elise is extremely resistant at first, but I loved the way Kane handled it. He was firm on the important matters- they are mating and she is taking him as her mate, but he is careful and coaxing about the rest. He warmly receives her into his pack and generously lets her slowly get acclimated to things. He doesn't force the full blood bond on her, he gives her space and doesn't place expectations on her save one (and yes, that one causes trouble for the whole story), and he carefully builds a relationship with Elise even while he is burdened with so much. The early part of the story, I confess, was not that gripping. Elise is, rightly so for a young person, caught up in her head and tends to just take things in. But she's a sweet girl and shakes off the disappointment to feeling inadequate. She isn't too proud to build friendships and try to learn from the other women in the pack. It was tough seeing her and the others be manipulated so easily by Marla, an ambitious, scheming female. Kane has a blind spot about her and I just wanted to smack him. She's not exactly subtle even when they are all acting like she is. The suspense part of the story if having Kane's estranged brother on the loose and acts of sabotage occurring wasn't exactly hard to figure out, but there were a few surprises there. The werewolf world of the book isn't new ground, but I did enjoy that they have their own thing and there was times when they were in wolf form. The Mating is the opening of a series and there was a lose plot thread to carry over in the series as well as a few characters that I would like to see getting their stories. While it didn't amaze me, I did find it a really enjoyable story and intro to a series I will happily continue reading. Those who enjoy there shifter romances with a dose of suspense would enjoy this one. Incidentally, The Mating is always free at Amazon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tzelina

    It was good enough!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Elise, a werewolf, comes home one day to discover that her father has picked a mate for her -- Kane, the alpha from a neighboring pack. Within hours, she has to set aside a lifetime of feelings for another man and give herself to a stranger. Hours after that, she's leaving the only home she's ever known, and meeting a new pack that has been having some...well, let's just say difficulties. This book got off to a pretty good start, although why we needed a flashback twenty seconds in was beyond me. Elise, a werewolf, comes home one day to discover that her father has picked a mate for her -- Kane, the alpha from a neighboring pack. Within hours, she has to set aside a lifetime of feelings for another man and give herself to a stranger. Hours after that, she's leaving the only home she's ever known, and meeting a new pack that has been having some...well, let's just say difficulties. This book got off to a pretty good start, although why we needed a flashback twenty seconds in was beyond me. I sympathized with the setup, and was eager to find out where things would go. The answer turned out to be not as far as I would have liked, ad not nearly as quickly. I found the pacing of this book to be its biggest weakness. I freely admit that I skimmed through large parts of it -- especially the parts where we sit and stew in Elise's highly repetitive and circular thoughts for pages on end. And for all the skimming, I really didn't feel like I missed any actual story. The second biggest problem with this book was that it didn't take long for me to stop caring about Elise's lost opportunities with Bryin. For all the stewing she did in her mind, she accepted the entire situation far too readily, and came to love Kane far too quickly for me to feel like it was ever a real thing. I guess you could also call this problem lack of tension. The world building was a bit weak, too, IMO, with the werewolf aspect of the novel turning out to be more a matter of setting than plot. Which is to say, the werewolf element wasn't as all necessary -- fun, but not necessary. One random believability issue tie in here: I had trouble believing how easily a wolf's sense of smell could be fooled. There were some things that just plain annoyed me, such as how many times Kane told Elise that she was his mate. "You are my mate." "You are my MATE." "You ARE my mate." "YOU are my mate. "You are MY mate." .... Nope, changing the inflection doesn't make it any different. It just came up far too often. I even get into the whole, "You belong to me" thing in romance, but it loses its impact when overdone. On the same token, I was sick of hearing that Kane was the alpha. At one point, I found myself thinking that a real alpha wouldn't have to say it all the time, it would be implicit. Elise herself was an okay character, but she didn't do much to try to take control of her own destiny. She also didn't strike me as being an alpha female, which isn't necessarily a problem, it's just that it gave me pause when considering what the whole alpha male in a pack thing is really about. Isn't the alpha male supposed to have all the females, and the betas can go...well, you know? The alpha female would then be the woman who asserted herself as leader of the other females? I don't know...the alpha thing in most werewolf books has long been a source of confusion for me. I know what they're going for...the whole dominant male thing (and hey, most of us do like that in a guy), but outside the bedroom, and in a pack situation, the role of the alpha's mate in a monogamous culture isn't entirely clear to me. Hmmm....from all that, you'd think I hated the book, wouldn't you? I really didn't. It was okay. I'd say I thought it had unfulfilled potential. I might even consider giving the author another chance, to see if she fixes some of these technical issues later in the series, but not just now. I'm going to try another new author right now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    {A free read on Smashreads.com} Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn. Excerpt: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings... As the daughter of her pack's Alpha, Elise had always known that the good of the {A free read on Smashreads.com} Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn. Excerpt: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings... As the daughter of her pack's Alpha, Elise had always known that the good of the pack must come before everything else.. She just never thought that would apply to her own personal life! At only 19, she'd always imagined that one day she and her childhood sweetheart would some day be mated. Instead, she returned home one day to discover that not only was she to be given as a mate to a total stranger -- Kane, a new Alpha from the Northern Territories, but that the mating would happen that very night! Now mated to a man she doesn't love and barely even knows, she's thrust into an unfamiliar pack, one where old grudges become new dangers. Worse, Elise thinks she may be falling for her new husband. While Kane has made it clear he wants her in his bed, and has been nothing but kind to her, she can't help but feel as though he resents being forced into a political mating, and will never return her feelings. Okay so I'm horrible at writing blurbs, but mine's still better than the one that came with the book lol What worked for me: * I love the arranged marriage trope in romance. It's always so deliciously angsty to see two strangers forced together in marriage and also beautifully romantic to watch them find happiness anyway. * I loved the idea of Elise being in heat for part of the novel, and how it played into the storyline. * Despite some of my reservations about a few of the scenes, I do have to admit the love scenes were nice and steamy. What didn't work for me: * I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more resistance sexually. Not that I wanted Kane to rape Elise or anything, don't get me wrong, but one second she's all despairing because she had to marry a stranger instead of the guy she loved and the next she's having powerful orgasms. *shrugs* I'd just hoped to have a little less lustiness and a little more emotional drama so early on I guess. * I really didn't care for all the flashbacks. There were several times in the story where you'd read a scene, then Elise would "think back" on earlier and bam, you're in a flashback. Not one of my favorite plot devices to be honest. * There was this weird half-transformation during one love scene that was a bit squicky for me. * There's a disclaimer in the beginning that the author uses "Canadian" spelling in the book. Only, she sometimes does and sometimes doesn't. I have no issue whatsoever reading books with "colour" and "realise" and things like that in it, but it's distracting when sometimes it's Canadian spelling and sometimes it's American spelling. Pick one ;) * Oh my holy hell I despise monologuing villains. EVERYONE monologued in this story it seemed. I admit, I skimmed those parts. Overall, it was a really decent read. There were a lot of nitpicky things that bugged me, but in the end, it was nicely angsty and had a very satisfying ending. 3.5/5 Stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pandionhalatius37.6

    I have just discovered a burning desire... To give a book, specifically this book, negative stars. I'm not even gonna go there. This should be on a shelf with that one Nora Roberts book I read thinking it was fantasy based on the cover. Apparently, there is a market for HORRIBLE literature with lots of bedroom scenes. It was like the rest of the book existed to put a few dozen pages between make out sessions. I could have told you that Marla was guilty of everything. It was blatantly obvious. An I have just discovered a burning desire... To give a book, specifically this book, negative stars. I'm not even gonna go there. This should be on a shelf with that one Nora Roberts book I read thinking it was fantasy based on the cover. Apparently, there is a market for HORRIBLE literature with lots of bedroom scenes. It was like the rest of the book existed to put a few dozen pages between make out sessions. I could have told you that Marla was guilty of everything. It was blatantly obvious. And Kane? No means no. It doesn't mean rape innocent girl because you hardly know her and apparently the best way to begin a decent heartfelt relationship is to rape your not really wife. This book is not really about werewolves at all, or at least that's not the authors intent for selling it. I am begging you, please dear reader, DON'T READ THIS because its a free ebook or because it looks steamy. Unless you are into window pane plots, copy and paste from wiki were wolf "lore", and neon signs pointing to the "big bad wolf", or maybe if you enjoy dull, wimpy, agreeable females who submit to everything and apparently like to run but have no apparent use in a werewolf clan other than being a prisoner/slave to a dominant alpha who is a pathetic excuse for a human being.oh, wait, he's not even human. Just a poor, (scarring childhood) defenseless wolfie who takes it out on an apparently random female in the name of pack politics. It's enough to make me growl. Pun intended. Grrr. If creativity was a delicate many feathered bird, this book would be a tar pit/ oil spill/ black hole/ one of those giant bird eating spiders. If all these books were destroyed the forest of literature would have slain one of its many dragons. Or jabberwockys, if you prefer. If you consider reading this book because its a free ebook, you will regret it until the end of your days. I wish that I'd read this as a paperback. Because there are so many gruesome ways of destroying a paperback that would regrettably injure an iPhone. Burning, shredding, spilling acid, exploding, imploding, stabbing with a basilisk fang, water logging (drowning), so many possibilities!

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