Review: The Mating by Nicky Charles

Posted January 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

Review: The Mating by Nicky Charles
The Mating

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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

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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

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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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Lorna
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I read Bonded back in 2013. Back then all her books were free. Something about she had enough money and just wanted people to read her stories. It was good (4 stars), but didn’t make me read another one, although I think I have this one in my tbr. I might have to try this one as I don’t remember Bonded feeling like a first book. Thanks for putting this back on my radar.

Sophia Rose
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Oh, now that’s different about her giving away her stories. Good of her. I checked. And yes, the Bonding is the one that says its first in series on one site. Her note indicates it chronologically happened first, but she didn’t write it until later so its like one of those prequels that works best after a few of the others explain the worldbuilding and situation better. I don’t recognize the names in the blurb so it must have people I haven’t encountered in the series yet. You’re welcome, Lorna! I’m hoping to drag out several books for review this… Read more »

Lorna
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Thanks for explaining. I wondered why I read that one first! And these aren’t free(except this one) anymore.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I figured they weren’t all free anymore. There are quite a few now and another prequel that’s really this story just from the hero’s POV. I think I’ll just follow the reading order on GR which is the publishing order, but who knows when I’ll get back to the series. LOL

Alyssa Susanna
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Oooooooo, free on Amazon, that’s tempting… I’ve not heard of this author. Surprisingly, I actually love the arranged marriage/arranged mating/marriage of convenience tropes! Maybe it’s because arranged marriages are a huge part of my culture and I’m used to the idea? I personally won’t be opting for one, but I like reading about them in ~romance~ novels. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
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Yep! It sure tempted me. 🙂

I liked the arranged mating, too. It offers some built in tension and I get to see total strangers learn to like and then love each other. But, I don’t blame you for not wanting to go that route in real life.

Thanks, Alyssa!

Alyssa Susanna
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Oooooooo, free on Amazon, that’s tempting… I’ve not heard of this author. Surprisingly, I actually love the arranged marriage/arranged mating/marriage of convenience tropes! Maybe it’s because arranged marriages are a huge part of my culture and I’m used to the idea? I personally won’t be opting for one, but I like reading about them in ~romance~ novels. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Alyssa Susanna
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Oooooooo, free on Amazon, that’s tempting… I’ve not heard of this author. Surprisingly, I actually love the arranged marriage/arranged mating/marriage of convenience tropes! Maybe it’s because arranged marriages are a huge part of my culture and I’m used to the idea? I personally won’t be opting for one, but I like reading about them in ~romance~ novels. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Carole's Random Life
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It’s nice when you find an enjoyable book offered as a freebie. I do love a good shifter story so I might have to check this one out. Glad you enjoyed this one.

Sophia Rose
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It really is. I’ve been trying to read through some of the ones on my Kindle and most are only so-so at best. I liked how this author built up her characters and portrayed the arranged mating situation. It helped that I love shifter romances. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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I do like the werewolf theme and the premise of the story. These are the kind of stories I enjoy.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the premise is what hooked me to try it (wasn’t sold on the cover, but there are new ones now). I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next for the series. Hope you get the chance, Mary!

Lola
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That does sound unique with the werewolves and the arranged marriage theme. Sounds like Kane handles it well and gives her space and time to get used to the idea. And that’s nice there were some surprises in the suspense part of the story. Although that part Marla manipulating everyone and no one seeing it despite her not being subtle, does sound a bit annoying. It sounds like a pretty good read. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I really loved the arranged mating element and how it was handled. Oh yes, it was dreadfully annoying. It was impossible to believe that no one connected her to the bad stuff going on in the pack. But, I’ve read mysteries like that, too, where I found it hard to believe that the characters were so oblivious.

Melanie Simmons
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I think I have this entire series on Kindle (I got the whole thing free at one point). I think I started reading it, but didn’t finish the series. I don’t remember how much I even read. I’m not sure if it was a mood thing or what. This was a long time ago. Maybe I should give it another go.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
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It wasn’t exactly a gripping read early on so I can imagine if you wanted some good werewolf action that it might not have held your attention enough to finish it. It was one that I took a while to read and had no trouble setting down to read others or do other stuff. But it was moderately good for a freebie. 🙂

Hey, that’s great that you have all of them.