Afternoon Delight: Shifter Mate Magic by Carol Van Natta

Posted March 1, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: Shifter Mate Magic by Carol Van Natta
Shifter Mate Magic

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Series: Ice Age Shifters #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Chavanch Press
Released on Mary 15, 2018
Pages: 119
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

A lonely over the road trucker and a woman terrified of who is chasing not far behind her have a memorable encounter at a truck stop in Wyoming introducing a new and exciting paranormal world.  I was right in this story and engaged with the main characters from the moment I encountered them on the page and I stayed hooked through this quick and easy, yet exciting and spicy read to the finish.

Review

Jackie Breton is on the run for her life.  The last few months of her life have been a nightmare that few would believe- not that any of her life has been easy growing up the bi-racial child in a small southern community who condemned her mother for marrying her father for the different color of their skin.  She shakes loose of that town and uses her work as an accountant to save for the time she can move her mother to live with her far from there until she makes the mistake of trusting and thinking she was in love with the wrong man who wasn’t even human.  Then, an encounter with a gentle bear shifter who rescues her from trouble at a truck stop asking nothing in return other than to get her to safety shows her that she’s been carrying around her own prejudices against all shifters because of the ones who mistreated and abused her and one left her pregnant with his child before leaving her with worse of his kind.

Trevor has always been alone save for the aunt who took him in when his parents didn’t even want him because his bear side was nothing like any bear they had ever seen.  Most shifters fear him and think there is something wrong about him so they keep their distance.  He just wants to belong- and have a mate and family of his own.  He knows Jackie is his true mate, but he knows she hates his kind and wouldn’t believe him about the mate thing so he puts aside his own hopes and wants to do whatever it takes to make sure she is safe even if that means she leaves him.

This book really wasn’t that long and yet it was developed so well.  The world of shifters, fae, magical humans, vampires and more is introduced, a few possible series-long conflicts are begun, and the main characters are given a deep background and an opportunity for personal growth and healing as well as spicy hot romance while racing for safety together.  The book felt complete and wrapped up the central issues, but also left me eager to dive in for more from the series.

All in all, this was a good one and I can heartily recommend it to those who enjoy fated mates spicy shifter stories set in a world of many paranormal types.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #19
Literary Pickers #40 tiara
Romance-opoly #9 fated mates

COYER Winter #66

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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I loved this one! I loved what he shifted into, that was fun.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! His bear is the coolest. I can’t wait to meet the other shifter animals in this series.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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This sounds really good! I like the fated mates trope, especially when one resists or is unaware. I’ll have to check this one out!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I thought this one handled the trope well. They are meant for each other, but she doesn’t make it a forgone conclusion and they have to work for it which is how I like it.

Lola
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I loved how well developed this one was even while it wans’t that long. The characters and world really came to life. And like you said it introduces a possible series long conflict, but also wraps everything up enough that it feels like a complete story. I really am enjoying this series.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! The development and how she does a short-term and a long series arc plot are fabulous.

Carole Rae
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OOoo I am tempted 😉

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Put it on watch. It might go freebie when she releases the next one in the series. That’s how I got this one. 🙂 Fun one.

Melanie Simmons
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Oh, this sounds really good. Something I would really enjoy. Great review.

Sophia Rose
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Yes! I think this is one you’d enjoy, too. 🙂

herding cats
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Spicy shifters are always a plus 🙂 And nice when an author can make a short one seem so complete

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, and make him a lovable bear size man? Right there for that!
I’ve been dazzled by her sci-fi and this was my first shot at her paranormal. Development is her strength for sure.