Bonded Pair by Lauren Dane
Series: Cascadia Wolves #5
Also in this series: Wolves Triad, Reluctant Mate, Alpha's Challenge
Published by Carina Press on April 24, 2017
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Previously published under a different title
A Cascadia Wolves novella
Megan Warden, Seattle's devoted Enforcer of the Cascadia pack, knows that she has a mate. Somewhere. She's just never found him. Then there he is at her cousin's wedding. Megan isn't just drawn to the werewolf's masculine, head-spinning scent—she's consumed by it. He seems so perfect, there has to be a catch…
With a successful practice in Las Vegas, Dr. Shane Rosario has lived outside the pack since he was born. Raised to hide his wolf in shame, he always assumed he'd marry a human.
Until Megan. Shane thrills to the ease with which she wears her wolf, and he craves every inch of her. But the idea of forever could be impossible. He's not willing to abandon his human life—even for a mate.
Something's got to give. Because this time, even destiny may not be enough to bind them.
This book is approximately 44,000 words
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
What happens when an enforcer’s mate turns out to hate his wolf side? A complete angst fest, that’s what. It’s official, although I really love this series, I like the books with suspense and action more than the straight up romances. Not that I disliked Bonded Pair, but I’m a fast lane girl and books without suspense are like driving in the slow lane for me—occasionally okay if there is interesting scenery to look at, but that’s a rare occurrence where I live.
I’ve always loved Megan. She’s funny and witty so she cracks me up. The beginning of the book was freaking hilarious, especially when she was guzzling alcohol to get through some serious family time despite her werewolf metabolism preventing any chance of intoxication. I’ve been known to do the same but, thank goodness, I can get a buzz to dull the drama, LOL. That’s not to say having a super fast metabolism wouldn’t be awesome!
I did not like the fact that Megan got saddled with Shane as a mate. His human mother had raised him to be ashamed of his werewolf side. I wanted to throttle his dad for standing by and letting his mother screw with his head like that. Yes, Shane became Layla’s (Megan’s sister) anchor, but he’d mainly just been dipping his toe into the werewolf world and basically passing as a full human. He should never have mated with Megan knowing how he felt about werewolves in general.
What he put Megan through by expecting her to deny her werewolf side and come live with him just flew all over me. Plus, it took him way too much time to man up. Maybe if we’d had more time with them as a solid couple I would have felt differently about him, but I never got over my initial dislike.
I did enjoy spending time with the Cascadia family, and we had lots and lots of girl time which helped. Overall though, this book was somewhat of a disappointment especially since it’s the last of the Cascadia Wolves series. The series overall is one I’ve enjoyed and have no problem recommending despite my disappointment with Shane and the pace of this particular story.
Rating: 3 Life In The Slow Lane Stars
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