Review: The Mating by Nicky Charles

Review: The Mating by Nicky Charles
The Mating

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
three-flames

Series: The Law of the Lycans #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 1, 2010
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book

Get it at:
add to goodreads

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...

The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #17 PNR
Literary Pickers #17 Arranged Marriage
Mt. TBR #12
Indie #7
COYER #31 

Recommendations

Review Blind Wolf by Aubrey Rose  Review Darkness Awakened by Katie Reuss

Preview

The following two tabs change content below.
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.