Rating: 3.5 of 5 kinks!
What will it take for him to stop running and realize he’s her mate?
Francine’s loved Mitchell, a wolf like herself, since she first set eyes on him back when they were just kids. However, Mitchell’s never seen her as more than an annoying pest. Determined to make him realize she’s his mate, she enlists the aide of Alejandro, a gorgeous cat shifter. She never counted on wanting them both.
Alejandro knows Francine is special from the first moment he meets the fiery plump wolf, which is why he suggests she use him to make Mitchell jealous. A great plan, especially if it means he gets to kiss those luscious lips. One taste, though, and he’s addicted, but how does he make her see past the man she loves to realize she’s also meant to be his mate?
For a long time now, Mitchell’s been avoiding Francine, his bratty sister’s friend. However, the girl he remembers is all grown up, and when he sees her in the arms of another, a need to claim her overrides all his common sense. But, he’s waited too long and fate has decided that he’s going to have to share. Can he bend enough to accept Francine with her other man, or will his freakn’ jealousy send him running?
Review by Penelope:
The plot had promise. A friends to lovers theme with another guy bringing out some jealousy for the conflict. Told from the paranormal angle, I looked forward to a jaguar and wolf conflict where fur would fly. But, while the characters didn’t make rugs out of each other, I didn’t expect the avoidance and minimum contact approach the characters used. There are frequent steamy M/F scenes that have heat without graphic or extreme elements. The borderline kink factors include one M/F/M scene in the whole story that was mild and more of a suggestive nature. I do enjoy a story that has good smutty in your face sex with a plot that can hold my attention.
The central characters didn’t have a flow or appeal as a group. Francine’s character was the best developed. Her character had been established in the previous book, which carried through to this book, but she still has issues for me. Mitchell’s character is bland. I can’t see an inner passion or romantic bone in his body. His ‘let’s be friends’ philosophy changes so abruptly to a “mine” claim, that I didn’t feel it was supported. The result is him being more of a third wheel in the relationship. Jag’s character is what saves this book. His immediate lust reaction to Francine gave me shivers. His playboy past, and the fact that he is one FINE cat, is the stuff I go for. I loved the chemistry between Jag and Francine! And the intensely hot sex scenes caused me to change batteries at least once. By the time all three came together in the one and only menage scene of the book, I was primed for one HOT, underwear-changing time. The buildup of tension and teasing among the three could only be mind blowing. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.
The other issue I have with this book is all the twists and turns in the story line. There were tidbits and scenes that I felt could have been cut to help the flow of the story. There were little details that were cute, but were never mentioned again. Also, I felt there was some inconsistencies. One example being that based on previous information, I felt the author handled Jenny all wrong. The phrase ‘too little, too late’ comes to mind.
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy mild erotica menage relationship stories of a friends to lovers premise that has that feel good ending to it.