To Love A Mate

To Love A Mate

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by Krystal Shannan
     
 

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Can a small-town cowboy win the heart of a woman who doesn't have one?

Surviving charity functions by day and automatic weapons and death threats by night, Emma Carrington learned to be as hard as the men her daddy hired to protect her. Hell, she even carried a military grade stun gun in her Prada bag and could shoot just as well as any of her ex-military

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Can a small-town cowboy win the heart of a woman who doesn't have one?

Surviving charity functions by day and automatic weapons and death threats by night, Emma Carrington learned to be as hard as the men her daddy hired to protect her. Hell, she even carried a military grade stun gun in her Prada bag and could shoot just as well as any of her ex-military bodyguards if the need arose.

When a failed kidnapping attempt forces her to hide out in Somewhere, Texas, Emma finds herself stranded, floundering through cow patties, and desperate for a car. Who better to "borrow" from than the sexy naked man she sees turn into a wolf and leave his perfectly good pickup truck available for use. It's not like he can drive it in his current condition, right?

College senior Noah VonBrandt knows the pack law better than anyone ---only a bonded mate can know his secret. He watched his brother find the mate of his dreams and he wants the same thing, but you can't just make the "right" girl appear out of thin air. To his surprise, lightning does strike. When a beautiful blonde woman trespasses on the ranch and sees him transform, he knows he only has two choices ---claim her or let the pack erase her memories. But even as Noah fights to save her, Emma's past is hot on her heels and out for more than memories.

VonBrandt Family, in series order...
To Save A Mate (Book 1)
To Love A Mate (Book 2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781514760949
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/31/2015
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

You Can Find Out More @ www.krystalshannan.com Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive. As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult, the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies. She is guilty of indulging in and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay..... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies. She enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. Her favorite book is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon. But really, if it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board! Krystal writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely-paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. However, for those looking for a magickal ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

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To Love A Mate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JudyLewis More than 1 year ago
DELICIOUSLY CUTE, SERIOUSLY SEXY AND DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING !!! Title: To Love A Mate: Somewhere, Tx Series: VonBrandt Family Designation: Book Two (A Standalone Western Shapeshifter Werewolf Romance) Author: Krystal Shannan My Rating: FIVE FUN-FABULOUS STARS ***** Well cowpokes, we're back in Somewhere, Texas for another exciting adventure and I, for one, absolutely love it! Krystal Shannon has delighted her readers yet again with To Love A Mate, the second release in her amazing VonBrandt Family series and this time around, we have handsome, charismatic twin, Noah VonBrandt. Oh my!Those VonBrandt men are certainly swoonworthy and Noah is no exception! But I digress. Let's talk about the book. THe story is most definitely exciting, is certainly full of adventure and danger at every turn, and even has a large dose of humor but man oh man, is it ever super sexy and fabulously romantic! And did mention hot? No? Well, it's hot! The interaction between the two main characters is a blazing exchange fed by a backdraft of attraction and emotion! Oh my! The dialogue is smart, sassy, exceptionally well written and flows effortlessly. But my favorite element of this story is the characters. Yeah, yeah, I know, the characters are always my favorite. They are powerful, well developed, fascinating, engaging, endearing and sexy as sin. Shannan skillfully combines these elements into a delightfully entertaining paranormal romance full of danger, adventure, passion, sweet romance and forever love. After growing up the daughter of a billionaire arms dealer masquerading as a philanthropist, Emma Carrington knows heartache and has almost grown accustomed to all the kidnapping attempts and death threats - almost. Now, she's on the run for her very life - again. And this time, it's from her very own bodyguards who now seem to be playing for the other team. She has only one possible option - try to get to Lucy Craig, her former guardian. Lucy kept her safe from harm for the first sixteen years of her life and is the only person who has ever truly loved her. If she can just get to Lucy who is now owns a safehouse in Somewhere, Texas, Emma knows Lucy will have a plan to protect her. But getting there safely is a major problem! Can her life get any crazier??? Yep, it definitely can! After a deer runs in front of her car on a backroad near Somewhere, Emma finds herself in need of another means of transportation. And just when she spots a truck to steal, she witnesses an unbelievable sight - the owner of the truck, a handsome, sexy young cowboy, has just transformed into a wolf!!?? What the heck??? Werewolves aren't real, are they??? Noan VonBrandt has been more than a little restless and his wolf won't settle. He senses something and he suspects he may just know what it is. He's hesitant to believe that his possible mate may be close so maybe a late night run will help to settle his nerves. Unfortunately, Noah's transformation is witnessed by a beautiful blonde and instead of freaking out - she attacks him with a taser...umm...stun gun and steals his truck! Huh? Tasers(stuns) him and steals his truck??? How in the world did she manage that??? And when he finally catches her, she stuns him again! What the heck??? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me! Who in the world is that young woman? He has to find her! She's the one - his mate! Oh my! Will Noah be able to catch Emma before it's too late and even if he does, will he be able to keep her
Anonymous 7 months ago
115 pages on my nook. Book 2 in series. No cliff hanger. Books all stand alone. Some sex, but not gratuitous. Love the characters and their chemistry. Fast paced, but well developed story. Definitely recommend!
pammyl More than 1 year ago
Great paranormal romance! Emma's father is a rich man who deals in things that are not in the good side of the law and puts Emma in danger. One night out with friends she has to run from her body guards to get to Lucy. The woman who raised and took care of her. In the race for safety she ran into Noah and his family secret. Wow this story is really great, so much action and hotness. I really enjoyed reading this, it's not your standard paranormal romance it's got depth and lot's of story twists I will definitely be reading more from Krystal Shannan if her other books are this good!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Emma Carrington is a Hampton socialite on spring break with a friend; Emma’s father is very wealthy but does shady business. During an outing, one of her assigned bodyguards slips some drug in her drink. She decides to ditch him, switches clothes with a woman in the restroom of the bar where she was; she leaves quickly and rents a car. She gets a call from her dad who says security has been compromised and to call her former guardian, Lucy Craig. On her way to Lucy’s safe house, she has an accident and she sees a man undress and … change into a wolf! What a great story! I love that Emma doesn’t do anything stupid: she is careful, she doesn’t panic, she doesn’t jump to conclusions, even when she sees the werewolf, who is otherwise the gorgeous Noah VanBrandt. TO LOVE A MATE is the second book in the VonBrandt Family series, and can easily be read as a standalone. There’s a lot of action: Emma’s life is in danger from both her family’s side and from the werewolves’ side, and there are several unpredictable plot twists! The characters are multi-dimensional, Noah and Emma are very engaging, and I loved Lucy; it was fun for a change to see an older character involved in the story. The romance between Noah and Emma is sweet and sexy, and progressed naturally; they have a lovely relationship amidst all the problems they face. Ms. Shannan’s prose is very fluid, very eloquent, elegant and clear, the story is fast-paced; I loved everything about TO LOVE A MATE: A great read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has action, passion, and humor. Poor Emma when she's running through the woods man I felt for her falling in questionable substances. Her life is threatened and she finds herself in Somewhere. Her day couldn't get any worse or so she thought. She didn't count on werewolf Noah to make his secret known. Now Emma has more on her plate then ever before. Noah is still waiting to find his mate then Emma comes barreling into his life. It's nothing like he thought it would be. With men out for Emma's life plus now add in his family to the equation things are about to get very interesting. Can Noah protect her even from his own family?
SLGIL More than 1 year ago
5 stars This was the story of Emma and Noah. There was adventure. There was romance. Emma is a tough daughter of a crime lord. She has seen it all. She finds Noah while trying to escape a kidnapping. At first Noah is only a means to her escape. Finally Emma surrenders to the feeling of love between them. Noah believes that Emma is his mate. He pledges to do anything to help her. He bonds himself to her to keep her safe. Emma leaves him to disappear from her past. How can she be his mate if she can leave? There are some graphic sexual scenes. There is a happy ending. I think that the end was wrapped up rather quickly, but it was a good ending and a fun read.
KristyHeinicke More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest review. WOW, I just finished reading 'To Love a Mate' book 2 of Krystal's "VonBrandt Family" series, WICKED!! I would advise that you read book 1 of this series, you really don't want to miss out on anything. Emma Carrington gets the feeling something isn't right one night whilst she's out with friends, then she gets the phone call from her father to go to Lucy, her safe house. Somewhere Texas is her destination, taking a wrong turn, then hitting a deer in the middle of the road, she finds herself on the VonBrandt ranch. Noah VonBrandt has been feeling the magic inside rise, everynight he's out in wolf form... but one night changes everything, thinking he's safe, he lets the magic take over... but Emma see's it all & that's not all he notices.... I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages, I was enthralled in this action packed story, next thing I knew it'd finished. I loved everything about the story, the action, the heat, the trust, everything! I can't wait to read what happens next in Somewhere, TX for the VonBrandt family.
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting rollercoaster read of emotions! Emma is a socialite in the rarefied life of a billionaires daughter who finds herself on the run when her bodyguards turn on her and her only haven a small town and retired nanny! Wow wish we all had a Lucy in our life for love, protection and connections!!! And to find your life in upheaval and then discover your life changing for another reason that seems unbelievable makes this story gripping. The magnetism between Noah and Emma is scorching and the story sizzling! A great story with action, excitement and terrific dialogue! Can't wait to read more of the VonBrandt Family of shapeshifters!!
Lynnsdragon More than 1 year ago
I was given this Arc in exchange for an honest review. Krystal Shannon has created a wonderful and well written story. It draws you in in. This is the second story in the series, but was good as a standalone. I truly enjoyed this story and give it 5 stars. This is Noah (a wolf shifter) and Emma who is running for her life.
Racycarr More than 1 year ago
I remember the 1st book in this series about Luke and Kara and that was an amazing story but I have to say the story of Noah and Emma is my favorite so far. If you haven’t read the first book don’t worry I don't feel you would get lost if you read this book first. Though I highly recommend reading the 1st book sometime just because it is an amazing book. Emma Carrington is a daughter of a billionaire crime family. She always has long for something more in her life. People always wanted something from her. They never could look past her money or her family name. She only had one person in her life that truly loved her and that was Lucy Craig who was in her life until she was 16, that is when Emma’s dad ripped Lucy from Emma’s life and told her she could not have any contact with her. Things went to hell for Emma when she was out partying one night. She realized the ones that were suppose to be protecting her were now her enemies. Her life was in danger. She knew she must get to the safe house were Lucy was. Could she get there in time before captured? Noah VonBrandt whose family owns VonBrandt Oil Industries INC knew something was getting ready to chance. His magick was letting him know that his future mate was coming. His fear was, would he know her when he saw her. See they only got one chance to bond.Bonding was for a life. So if you said those magical words you better be certain that she is the one. In this book Noah’s secret is revealed. Noah’s family wants make sure that the secret remains a secret. Can Noah protect Emma? She is not only running for her life from people who killed her parents but from Noah’s family as well? Noah and Emma will discover pain like no other, will this pain ever go away?
C_Casto More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read of Krystal Shannan's and I am hooked! It has it all action, love, drama, and a bit of sex. This book starts out with alot of action and it continues throughout the story. I was told that you really don't have to read the first in the series (To Save A Mate) to know whats going on but I will admit I wish I would have because there are a few things I didn't really understand so now I will be reading it next. This was a very well written story with great characters and plot. Hope there will be more to the VonBrandt Family series!
ecwordwiz More than 1 year ago
Hot and fast but definitely fulfilling Emma Carrington isn’t your typical socialite. She’s no air head. Emma is smart, gutsy and well trained in surviving. When her untrustworthy bodyguards attempt to drug and kidnap her she’s quickly onto their game and makes a clean get away if only a temporary one. The end of the trail leads to a safe house in Somewhere, TX. A car accident has her confronting a shifting werewolf. Yet nothing seems to faze Emma when she is set in survival mode. Life has been stressful lately for Noah. His magic is like a livewire and has him irritable and antsy. He knows something is coming and if legend has it right then that something is his mate. He certainly doesn’t expect to be spied on while shifting by a stunning human female. Nor does he expect her to knock him out cold and abscond with his truck. Life just gets more interesting from there. With mercenaries after Emma and Noah’s overprotective pack after her as well, Noah has his hands full protecting her from both. But protect her he will even if that means sending her away along with all his hopes and dreams for a future. As with most fast paced action thrillers where life is on the line the romance was hot and fast but definitely of the lasting variety. I really enjoyed this quick read and look forward to reading more in the series. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a short book - 115 pages. But I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of action and a lot of feelings. Recommend it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I really loved this book in spite of the few glaring editorial mistakes. I love that Krystal writes strong female characters who live up to the coveyed strength. Just when I thought she would crumble and become yet another damsel in distress Emma would surprise me by pushing through on her own merits. That alone gave the book an extra star! Then there was Noah. Sweet, considerate, and sexy as sin. The only character I had trouble with was Lucy. I think that was mostly because she spent more time on the sidelines. I liked her, but I didn't really feel connected to her. I found this to be a refreshing read and I laughed and cried in equal measure right along with the characters. When I reached the last page, I found myself searching for more. It was a great ending that could easily have been carried farther. Kudos to Mrs. Shannon for knowing when to say when. Instead of being simply satisfied with an HEA, I was left smiling and looking for the next book in the series. If you want an overly complicated plot with twists and turns galore, this is not it. If you want a solid plot that is well written with charming characters and a fresh take on wolf shifters, then give this si reachec a try. No need to read in order though it will add to your appreciation of secondary characters, Kara and Luke. Can't wait to read what happens for the next sexy VonBrandt!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Not my favorite, but good.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
To Love a Mate: Somewhere, TX is book two in the VonBrandt Family series by Krystal Shannan. It’s been some time since I read book one in this series, To Save a Mate, and I’d forgotten how much I loved it. In book one we met Luke VonBrandt. In this one we get to know his twin brother, Noah. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. Noah VonBrandt is feeling a little jealous about how happy his brother is with his new mate. He’s also been feeling restless lately, like his skin is all prickly. He did some research and found out that one explanation for this could be that the woman that is intended to be his mate is near. Little did he think that she would be the one to steal his truck. Emma Carrington is on spring break when her life falls apart. She is the daughter of a man heavily entrenched in the crime world. He makes a lot of money and she has been raised in the Hamptons. She’s on spring break when something is suspicious with her body guards. So, she runs. She’s headed to Somewhere, Texas where the woman who lives there maintains her safe house, Lucy. The problem is, Lucy is in the hospital. Emma is trying to find Lucy’s house in the middle of the night when through a series of unfortunate events lands her in the middle of a cow pasture that contains lots of cow pies, some of which ended up on her! This just happens to be the VonBrandt property. She’s lost and frightened when she sees something she never thought possible. A man changing in to a wolf. Once the initial shock passes, she steals his truck. She has to find Lucy’s house. It is strictly forbidden for a human to witness ‘the change.’ Once Noah’s family realizes what has happened, they have no choice. They must erase her memories. But Noah can’t let that happen. He is already feeling something for her. He will protect her. If he bonds with her, then she will be safe. But he hardly knows her. Could he take such a risk? “In less than twenty-four hours, this guy had managed to crack the tough shell she always kept around her heart. She couldn’t fall for him. It couldn’t happen.” The pull of magick was too strong for Noah and Emma to resist. But Emma knows that once Lucy is able to travel, they had to run. So couldn’t she just enjoy what was happening between she and Noah for the little bit of time they had? Wasn’t she entitled to that at least? “How did he do that? How did he make her completely forget that she needed to slam down the walls around her heart? Instead, he opened them wide, showing her how much sunlight she’d been missing for so many years.” This is a pretty short book but it’s non-stop from start to finish. Emma is just trying to survive any way she can. Noah is stuck between the strict traditions and rules of his kind and the feelings he can’t deny for Emma. How will this ever work out? This is a quick, sexy and suspenseful book that I completely enjoyed. I’m going directly on to book three in the series, To Win a Mate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this book from the Author for an honest Review. I have to say I love paranormal books and werewolf's/shifters/vampires are my favourite. So you can guess that I did love this book it had it all. A nice super sexy werewolf and the girl in question was a rich girl but not at all like the rich girls you would think off. I loved Emma's will to survive, Noah was just something you can dream off (really yummy for me anyway). The storyline is great and you want to know what is happing to all in the book and its written really easy to read. Want to have an enjoyable read than don't miss this one, I love it.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this fast moving light read The author Krystal Shannon is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this fast moving light read. This is one of those books that you want to read when you want a little bit of intrigue, some paranormal happenings, romance and of course a feisty heroine. It is not a deeply intense book but more of a pleasurable read for those days you want to be entertainment while recovering from an intense work week. The authors writing style has a uniqueness about it that will get you to want to read more of her books. I have already downloaded the first book to this series and plan to read it. AN ARC WAS GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
This book being my first book by Krystal Shannan, I was totally caught offguard at this being a paranormal so the storyline came out as a bonus. I definitely enjoy reading about shifters especially wolf shifters. I totally enjoyed reading about Emma. She is tough, definitely knows how to carry herself and know her ways about. The little cool gadgety stuffs like nail polish testing for drugs etc are little things that made the book even more enjoyable. I was swooning over Noah. He was just gorgeous inside and out. The fast paced actions kept me reading and I had to keep myself from laughing out loud at the family humor. The romance was sweet and being wolves, they mate for life which is just so endearing. Really love the wolf-bonding they do. My only gripe was the ending. I just felt it was a little rushed. I'll be checking out the earlier book in this series as well as looking forward to the next one. I'm certainly intrigued and enthralled. I was gifted an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.
green____ More than 1 year ago
To Love A Mate- has me wanting more! This is the second book in the VonBrandt Family series. I was really impressed! I have not read the first one yet, but I look forward to it now that I have read this one! Emma Carrington is on the run for her life. She makes it to Somewhere, Texas looking for a safe place and a woman she knows that will help her. Instead she meets up with man she sees turn into a wolf. From that moment on things get interesting! Danger, Romance, a bit of the Paranormal and this book comes to life! Very well written... the emotions of the characters shined through. Overall a really great book... I can not wait to see more from this series! *Received an ARC of To Love A Mate for an honest review!
CindyB1 More than 1 year ago
Somewhere, Texas, a place where not is all it seems and sometimes, more so. Emma is on the run from the people that killed her parents. She is running to the one person she trusts, Lucy in a place called Somewhere. Noah is a part of Somewhere, his family has been there for quite a while. Secrets abound and supernatural beings are sometimes seen in the flesh!! Now all Noah needs to do is convince Emma that he can save her and his family that she wont ever tell what she saw. Cryptic enough for you? Get ready To Love A Mate.
VampedChik More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, full of action, with laugh out loud humor and a sexy shifter! While this is book 2 to the series, it can be read perfectly well as a stand-alone. But I have read book 1 and would definitely recommend reading that one too just to get the full effect. I adore Noah. He's so sweet and charming with a great sense of humor. He's also very honorable. He was willing to "mate" with Emma even if she wasn't his true soul mate, to save her life. Even going against his family. Emma's one tough chick. I love that she can take care of herself and defend herself. No damsel in distress there. I love the banter between her and Noah and their chemistry is great! I adore Krystal Shannan's writing. She draws you in and keeps you reading until the last page. I cant wait to see what happens next with the VonBrandt family.
betty400 More than 1 year ago
Emma Carrington is a tough, beautiful and savvy socialite who has a father of questionable business ethics, which in turn has her running for her life now. Her parents have been killed and she has to get to an arranged safe house in Somewhere, Tx. It's Lucy's (Lucinda Craig)house and she had raised and protected Emma until her parents yanked her into their world 6 years ago. Emma is in for quite a surprise when she accidentally sees Noah Von Brandt shift into his wolf form and steals his truck. Noah finds Emma and his truck and he's quite taken with her. The Von Brandt's are a very wealthy shifter family who have very strict security and land to protect them and the pack. They are not happy that Emma saw Noah shift-their secret has been kept for a very long time. Noah becomes very infatuated with Emma and wants her for his mate. He finds out why she is running and he also wants to protect her. Emma is in love with Noah too but she doesn't want him to become embroiled in her situation. Now Emma has two worries, the men that killed her parents are after her and now Noah's family who thinks she's dangerous because she knows their secret. Will these two find a common ground and have their happy ending? You'll have to find out for yourself. This is a fast paced book,filled with action,romance and humor. There is one scene that had me on the floor laughing. I just loved this story and the characters!