Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Mating Chase by Bonnie Vanak

Title:  The Mating Chase
Author: Bonnie Vanak
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Werewolves of Montana #1
Main Characters: Beth and Dale
Release Date: March 2013 
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Description:
Book 1 in the Werewolves of Montana series. This is an erotic short story containing explicit sex.

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all...

Home from college, where men teased her for being overweight, Beth doesn't fit into pack life at the Mitchell ranch. Because she’s forgotten how to shift into a wolf, the pack alpha has ordered her to choose a mate or leave. The only male Beth desires is Dale, a fiercely protective Lupine who loathes the human lifestyle she embraces. She hungers for the handsome shifter’s touch, but fears their differences are too vast to overcome.

Dale has waited for four long years for Beth’s return. Her scent ignites his desire and her voluptuous body fires his blood. He is determined to awaken her to the sensual world of the Lupine. Although she acts more “Skin” than wolf, he can’t deny his overwhelming drive to claim her.

As the heat of passion threatens to consume them both, a new peril arises. Someone is killing a local rancher’s livestock and blaming it on wolves, endangering the pack’s ability to shapeshift. It will take all Beth’s courage and Dale’s skill to find the enemy threatening to destroy their world...

My Review:
This is one hot little book....and it is a short one, but it is NOT short on story. I really enjoyed this book. 

Beth is home after being away at college for 4 years. But she is one of two unmated females in a pack that has 57 unmated's dangerous for her to go unmated. PLUS because she has been out in the "skin" world for so long, she's forgotten how to shift. Her cousin, who's the alpha, knows that she needs a mate. BUT, Beth has been out in the world too long and her self-confidence is shot. She has a figure made for breeding...lots of very feminine curves that the real world calls fat.

Dale thinks she's absolutely perfect. They were friends before she went away to school and he wants her now. Seeing her with her self-esteem so low is killing him now especially with how much he wants her. The problem....Dale was abused by "skins" early in his life so he lives pretty primitively which is in complete contrast to how Beth has been living. He doesn't even have hot water in his house.

I really enjoyed this book. I immediately became immersed in the story and didn't come out until I finished it a little bit over an hour later. I also really like Bonnie Vanak's werewolf's a bit different from other shifter worlds and I like that little bit of a different take on it. Both of these characters were just amazing and were really well defined in such a short book. I love that they had a connection before and that made the quick romance work for me. Oh, and yeah...I probably should mention that this is erotica....smexy werewolves...seriously, how can that be bad?? ;o)

Even better....this is just the start to a new series. As a reader, we get glimpses at the two characters (Kyle and Arianna) in the next book, The Mating Hunt, which looks like it's going to be a good angsty read...LOVE those!

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