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The last thing Knox expects is for Angela to show up on his doorstep on a rescue mission, as sexy and irresistible as ever. And he can sense how much she still wants him, too. She's gone against both their species' rules and trespassed on his land. By law he can keep her as long as he...
The last thing Knox expects is for Angela to show up on his doorstep on a rescue mission, as sexy and irresistible as ever. And he can sense how much she still wants him, too. She's gone against both their species' rules and trespassed on his land. By law he can keep her as long as he wants—and Knox doesn't intend to let her go ever again.
As their desire explodes once again, Knox is more sure than ever that he's must claim her forever. But as vampire and werewolf, they are natural born enemies. Can she truly be his destined mate?
Posted October 30, 2011
The book IS NOT worth the money. The story is actually only 50 pages, 59 total with the table of contents, author's note, etc. I wish I would have known BEFORE I purchased it.
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Posted October 25, 2011
Two hundred years ago Angela Lavigne fled her home and her love when she was turned into a vampire against her will. Knowing her lover's intense hate of vampires she couldn't take the chance of him killing her, so she disappeared never expecting to see him again. When Angela believes her friend and fellow vampire is kidnapped though by a pack of werewolves she storms their keep only to come face to face with the one man that has the capability of destroying both her life and her heart.
Knox is a powerful and fearsome werewolf alpha, titles well deserved with a thousand years of life, but he never forgot the young women he fell in love with centuries ago. When she suddenly appears in his home, Knox is not going to let her disappear on him again and will use any means necessary to keep her in his arms, including using the irresistible attraction between them to remind her of what it can be like once more. But can Knox convince Angela that he has changed his stance on vampires since her turning, assure her that they can overcome vampire/werewolf discrimination and prove that she's his Destined Mate?
What can I say about Destined Mates besides that I loved it?!?! It was a fast-paced, sexy and all together captivating novella that I was able to finish in one night. Katie Reus builds a vivid paranormal world where vampire and werewolves have deep seated hate but a shaky truce, the dynamics and politics of the two races was fascinating and added an important element to the story and Knox's relationship with Angela.
I always find it more believable when a couple featured in a novella have a past history together; this makes the fast-paced relationship realistic and still gives the couple plenty of time to work out their conflicts and issues. In this case, Knox needs to understand why Angela left him and Angela needs to believe that Knox has lost his intrinsic hate for the Vampire race while trusting that discrimination in his pack will not come between them in the future. An irrevocable bond formed between them two hundred years ago and despite their lengthy separation passion and desire still flame high. I was intrigued by both characters right away, Angela's willingness to face danger and possible death for a friend and Knox's leadership and dedication to the woman he loves. Katie Reus got the part of alpha hero just right with a strong, dominating male who has just enough charm and give. She gives readers a sensual romance and a couple that you can easily fall in love with.
Add to that the action and tension, you end up with a fabulous paranormal romance with plenty of spice. I'm looking forward to the next novella in this series!
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Posted February 17, 2012
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I found Destined Mate to be a quick and enjoyable read that fit well into my love of the paranormal genre. Though short, author Katie Reus spins a well told and highly descriptive tale of love - forbidden between werewolf and vampire. Add a dose of sizzle, an action packed fight and destiny - no matter how against the grain it may be - and you have one heck of a story.
Knox is a sensual, strong and stubborn Alpha werewolf. Angela is a strong-headed vampire, who was turned a century ago. At one time their love for one another was a blazing fire that could not be extinguished. The love and desire that they shared for one another was like none other. Then, when Angela is turned into a vampire, she runs, knowing Knox's extreme hatred for vampires. Both hearts shattered and broken.
It is when Angela goes looking to save her dear friend that she once again runs in Knox and the sparks instantly fly. Nothing goes as planned and stubbornness fights against chemistry and passion. Which will win in the end and who will come out on top?
This was my first Harlequin Nocturne Craving story and I wasn't completely sure what to expect. I was quite happy with the way the story unfolded, the bits of sizzle and sensuousness and I loved both the characters of Angela and Knox. Their personalities showed through incredibly well and I loved the push and pull between the two of them. Though short, Destined Mate was a lovely story and I greatly look forward to reading more by Katie Reus in the future.
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Posted December 1, 2012
Wow...this was a sexy and fast paced read. This novella captures the reader from beginning to end. The downside is that the story is over just as it begins. I always love a cross species romance and what better story than a vampire and werewolf. I would definitely read this one again. Enough said!
Katie Reus is the must author to read. Don't sleep on her.
Posted July 6, 2012
Posted March 30, 2012
As a human, Angela had been Knox's lover and she was well aware of his deep-seeded hatred of vampires. So when she was brutally attacked and turned into one, she didn't want to put either of them through that trauma knowing he would more than likely kill her as a result. That was 90 years ago and Angela hasn't seen him since and has no idea that he changed all of his opinions after she was changed. The only thing that she knows is that Knox's pack is holding one of her best friends and fellow vampires and she has no intention of letting them kill her.
The book starts with Angela infiltrating the werewolf compound, and wow, this girl has some moves. She's fast, quick-thinking, and incredibly strong. She also realizes when she's beat and knows when to back down. I love that she's a really strong vampire and daywalker. For me, that made the romance between her and Knox more viable.
The chemistry between Knox and Angel (as he calls her) is instantaneous and incredible. It may have been 90 years, but you would never guess it from the way that they react to each other. If there was a single thing that I could change about this book, I would have liked to see more interaction between them. This is a short novella and the chemistry works because of their history. I just felt like it was all a little too short between the two of them.
Overall the book was a fun and entertaining read. It's really short, but there is a lot packed into this little book. It's a great overview of the way that this world works, within the pack and within the vampire clan...as we get to see the leader of the vampires, Titus, too. There is TONS of action...both fighting and sexual. It's quick-paced and very easy to read. I am looking forward to book two in this series, Protector's Mate, which is about Alaric, Knox's second. We get to see fabulous glimpses of him in this book as he helps to soothe Angela when Knox needs his focus.
Posted January 16, 2012
Angela has been hiding from Knox for decades. She knows how much the Alpha werewolf hates vampires and cannot face the idea of her former lover killing her. Only the kidnapping of her friend gives her the courage to risk her heart and her life by seeing him again.
Knox has hated vampires since they destroyed his family centuries before. He believes they are all evil and should be killed on sight. That is until his lover is turned against her will.
He has searched for her for decades without success and suddenly she is on his land and in his power. Can he convince her that his feelings about vampires have changed, but his feelings for her never have?
This story was a quick read at slightly over sixty pages. Although the forbidden relationship between a vampire and a werewolf is not unique, the author develops the story well in regards to how the pack does or does not accept Angela.
Most of the tension in this book has less to do with Knox convincing Angela that he still loves her as it does with Angela not understanding his reactions as a werewolf. That is not much different than human women not understanding human men . . . now is it?
My only reservation with this story is that it is a story. I would love an expanded version that explores the dynamics of Angela’s vampire tribe and Knox’s werewolf pack. I would also like to see more of how the female werewolves accept her as their Alpha female.
Posted March 20, 2012
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