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Posted September 29, 2010
If you're in the mood for a sexy werewolf, a sassy human female, and a whole lot of angst, Mate Set is just the book you're looking for. As a fan of Laurann Dohner's Cyborg series, I couldn't wait to meet her shifters. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. Her alpha heroes are just that - alpha - while her heroines are the perfect foil to bring them to their knees.
Mika and Grady are not a conventional couple. She's a human who was adopted into a werewolf family and, though she knows of their existence, is off limits to them. He's a half-breed who has seen the adverse effects of being born in between the two worlds and is determined not to mate with a human as a result. When a brawl forces Grady to mark Mika for her protection, things quickly go downhill. While their chemistry is off the charts, their emotions and fear to connect with each other make this story one hell of a roller coaster ride.
At first, the tension worked for me. Although Grady is alpha to the core and refuses to be swayed in his thinking, he also has moments of tenderness. Likewise, while Mika can be soft and nurturing, she can also be tough as nails and refuses to back down. Unfortunately, after a while, their relationship began to border on toxic. As a lover of an unrelenting alpha, Grady's treatment became too much for even me. I felt this was due to the fact that the story is told from Mika's point of view, which doesn't give the reader the opportunity to understand Grady, his feelings, or his motivations. There were several scenes I had difficulty finishing, forcing me to push through to the end. While there is a happily-ever-after, I wasn't convinced of it, and questioned Mika's reasoning for staying with a man who treated her so cruelly, without any regard for her as an equal.
On a positive note, the sex scenes are burn-your-fingers hot. Ms. Dohner knows how to create and stoke sexual tension, and she uses her talent to the fullest here. I might not have cared for Grady all that much,
but I can't deny that when he and Mika get together they certainly know how to turn up the heat. I did enjoy the dialogue and the world Ms. Dohner has created, and feel this could be the start of a very promising series. There are several interesting secondary characters, and I hope to see more of them in the future.
Originally posted at: Whipped Cream Reviews
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Posted December 16, 2011
Gotta say, I love all of Laurann Dohner's work. As long as you can overlook the poor editing, the books in this series are all great reads.
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Posted January 8, 2013
Found this one while waiting for the next New Species book (impatiently). I really enjoyed this character. Very sexy, very manly and extremly hot. The storyline was fun and exciting to read and the romance part was naughty and enjoyable but nothing compared to New Species. I already purchased book two and can't wait to read it. It didn't excite me the way the Species line did but I could just be being bias.
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Posted May 9, 2012
Posted April 1, 2012
this book gives a girl everything she wants.... i steamy relationship with some ups and downs .. with a hint of fantasy .. LOVE IT
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Posted July 3, 2013
Great start to this series! Grabbed me on the first page and reeled me right in. Strong characters, and it lets you know you'll be getting very familiar with them in future books. Can't wait to read book 2.
Laurann Dohner continues to be a favorite go-to author for para-norms.
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