Wolf's Mate by Katie Reus, Savannah Stuart
Series: Crescent Moon #7
Also in this series: Alpha Tales, Falling For His Mate
Published by KR Press, LLC on July 3, 2018
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She wasn’t supposed to fall for him.
Erica’s time away from her pack was just supposed to be fun. Then she met Hudson. Instead of the no-strings attached fling, she ended up falling for him. But they’d promised each other that they’d keep things casual. Instead of risking her heart, she ran. Now she’s pregnant—and he’s determined to claim her. But the last thing she wants is to be an obligation to him.
Now she’s pregnant.
Erica could never be a duty to Hudson, but for some reason that’s what she thinks she is. He tried to go slow, to give her space—so he wouldn’t scare her off. Now he realizes that was a mistake. It’s time for this wolf to claim his mate. Unfortunately a neighboring pack is stirring up trouble for his pack, and his she-wolf is determined to keep walls between them. Walls he intends to bring down once and for all.
Author note: all novellas in the series can easily be read as individual titles. There are no cliffhangers and each story has a HEA.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I love Katie Reus books, so nabbing Wolf’s Mate was a no-brainer. I’m not a huge novella fan but Ms. Reus has treated me to some awesome ones full of rich characters. Since this was a paranormal about wolf shifters (one of my favorite kind of books!) I settled in for what I knew would be a good read.
The book begins with Erica leaving Hudson. She’d been on a sabbatical of sorts from her home pack, traveling around visiting other packs and his pack was her last stop. She’d hit it off with Hudson almost immediately and they started something that was just supposed to be a bit of fun. When her feelings started to ramp up but he didn’t show any interest in taking it further than the current status quo, she decided it was time to go before she ended up more heartbroken than she already was.
The main problem stems from these two not talking to each other. Which was unfortunate since lack of communication is in the running for my least favorite trope. They both had their reasons with Hudson being the main
dumbass-I mean culprit, but Erica should have been honest about her feelings too. It’s good that I liked them both despite this.
I especially liked Erica and her determination to do the right thing and inform Hudson of her pregnancy no matter how much it would hurt her already wounded heart even more. When faced with difficult choices she always made the ones I hoped she would, even if the cost to her was high.
It took a bit for me to get over Hudson and his serious miscalculation when it came to his relationship with Erica. I loved that he was loyal to his pack and dedicated to his duty. No matter how boneheaded I thought he was being, in his mind he was doing what he thought was best for Erica which allowed me to not only forgive him but to end up being won over by him.
My biggest letdown was in the action department. The small amount there was felt like it was thrown in there just to say there was some. Another little annoyance was the timeline jumping. For me at least, the story would have been better told in a linear fashion instead of the jumping back and forth between past and present.
Despite my issues, I enjoyed Wolf’s Mate. It’s the characters that saved it and now I find myself wanting the know the stories of some of the other characters. Since this is the 7th book in the series, I’ve got lots of catching up to do.
Rating: 3.5 It’s All About The Characters Stars
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