Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur return with another scorching volume in their Claimed by the Mate series featuring two delicious, unforgettable novels in one!
In Wild Passions by Kate Douglas, six women—friends closer than sisters—head off to an exclusive mountain resort for a week-long bachelorette getaway, where most of the women just want to know if there are any good men left in the world.
There are, and they’re the men of Feral Passions, a unique resort located on a private wolf preserve, owned and run by a pack of sexy werewolves who use it as their own personal hunting ground for mates.
In Her Perfect Mates, Malec Zenta was part of a loving lycan family until his twin brother’s suicide took a piece of his soul. Channing Verdi never knew his parents, but that was fine because at the age of sixteen on the night of the full moon, he realized his purpose. The only pleasure these two betas have managed to find in their life was in the bed with the women they shared. Now, a human woman has entered their lives...a woman who sets their primal instincts on fire, a woman they can't help but stake their claim on...and give her the ultimate pleasure of being with two shifters at once.
About the Author
Kate Douglas lives in California and loves 'happily ever after' endings.
A.C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue.
Kate Douglas loves to write and she especially loves those 'happily ever after' endings, which makes writing romances the perfect career choice. A life-long Californian, Kate and her husband of over forty years live in the Sonoma County wine country within walking distance of three of their six grandchildren. She is the author of Wild, Intimate, and Awakened.
A.C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently lives with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!
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Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 2
By Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2016 St. Martin's Press
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"Everybody here?" Traker Jakes took his seat at the head of the big dining room table in the lodge and pointedly made eye contact with every other wolf who'd managed to show up tonight. Kentucky Jones, a.k.a. Dr. Tuck, the pack's vet, sat at Trak's left, Trak's older brother, Lawz, was on his right.
The rest of the single guys — Evan Dark, Manny Vicario, and Drew Miklos — had taken seats, and while there was space for Wils and Ronan and their mates, no one really expected the four of them tonight. They were currently somewhere up in Canada celebrating a long-delayed honeymoon. He'd kind of thought Brad and Cain and their mate, Cherry, would show up, but you never knew. Understandable, considering how flat-out sexy Cherry was. Trak imagined she could prove to be quite a distraction.
Those four guys had all found their mates, proof that the whole concept of Feral Passions was on target. Everyone — including Trak — had laughed at Brad when he'd first proposed the idea that they build an upscale resort for women here on the wolf preserve as a way to meet and find mates. The guys had laughed even harder when Trak reversed his original opinion and agreed that building a resort designed with the single woman in mind was an excellent way for the pack to attract available women up here to the middle of nowhere.
It wasn't as easy as it sounded for single werewolves to find lifetime mates, especially when their women birthed only male children and the guys liked to howl at the moon.
No one was laughing now, and it hadn't escaped Trak's notice that all of the guys had ended up joining the partnership of Feral Passions Resort Inc. Cherry had been the catalyst — Cherry DuBois had won their hearts when she'd fallen for both Brad and Cain, accepting not only the fact the guys went furry and ran on four legs, but also that she'd get two guys for life — a very long life — when she went furry along with them. Brad and Cain had been a pair in search of a third, and Cherry had slipped right into her place as part of a loving triad. Even better, Cherry had come to the resort with her sister and her sister's best friend, two women who'd fallen for each other as well as both Ronan and Wils, and another atypical match had been formed.
As if there was anything at all typical about women falling in love with werewolves.
But it was already the middle of August. They'd agreed they'd shut down for the season by mid-September, and there were still six wolves actively searching but still without women. Not that they hadn't had plenty of chances, but no one wanted to risk falling for a woman who wouldn't be able to handle the kind of life the pack could offer.
"Ya know, Trak, it would be a hell of a lot easier if we could tell them what we are, damn it." Evan glanced from one guy to the next. "Trying to figure out if a woman's the kind who can handle pack life without a hint of what she's getting into? Think about it."
Manny's laughter lacked a certain amount of humor. "Tell me about it. Convincing a woman you love her while hiding the world's biggest secret isn't easy. We want them to be honest with us, but we're lying to them through our very sharp canines."
Trak glared at Manny. "Armando, if that jackass Cain can do it, you can figure it out."
"Who you callin' a jackass, my exalted alpha? Good evening, gentlemen." Cain Boudin sauntered into the dining room with Brad and Cherry beside him. "Sorry we're late. I know you've missed me like crazy, Trak, but Ronan called. They're in Alberta, everyone's having a great time, and they said to tell all of you hello from the four of them. By the way, they've got a bet going that Tuck and Manny are going down this week or next. Just thought you should be forewarned."
Tuck laughed, reached across the table, and high-fived Manny. "She'd better be a whole lot of woman. We are not small men." He gave Manny an appreciative glance. "Anywhere."
Cherry laughed so hard she snorted. Trak merely waited them out while the jokes got tossed around the table. It was good to see them laughing, because there'd been a time when he feared the pack wouldn't survive much longer. When a man lived for hundreds of years, he saw a lot of changes, and the modern era had not been good to shifters. The old days had been so much easier — when you wanted a mate, you took one. Grabbed a woman and hauled her into the hills, and rarely did you find one who wasn't willing to make a new life within the pack.
Women back in the day led hard lives, treated like so much chattel with very few rights and not much to look forward to beyond popping out babies on a regular basis. Pack life was always a shared life, with women treated like royalty. Once they'd decided on a mate — because in the old days, the women were given a choice of men once they were captured — then they went through the process of joining the pack physically. A single small bite, and she became one of them with a life span to match her mate's and the chance to run as free as any other member of the pack.
Female werewolves were made, not born. A female bore only male children, all of them werewolves, but she was an equal within the pack. Before women had won equality in the modern world, it made a captive mate's changed circumstances much easier to bear. Modern women, though? They already had it all. When you couldn't tell a gal what you were offering her beyond life out in the boonies surrounded by men, it wasn't easy to make it look like a very good trade-off for life in the city and all that it offered.
The purpose of Feral Passions was to change all of that. It gave the men a chance to get to know women, in many cases intimately. That was one of the really terrific things about the modern woman, at least the ones who'd made it to Feral Passions. They really liked sex. Loved sex, in fact, and while only four men had found mates, every guy here had enjoyed more quality time with the feminine gender than at any other time in their very long lives.
Hell, he'd waited for a mate for well over a hundred years. Trak figured he could wait a few more. In the meantime, Feral Passions had turned out to be the best financial investment any of them had ever made. And they'd gotten Cherry, Christa, and Stephanie in the first season. Not bad.
He clapped his hands, and the chatter stopped. "Okay, gentlemen. Time to figure out the work schedule for the coming week. We've got six young women expecting to have the time of their lives. Three of them are nurses, two more are in finance, and the last is unemployed and looking to have 'way too much fun.' Seriously, that's what it says on her reservation." He shook his head. Never a dull moment. "It's up to us to make sure that's exactly what happens."
"The week after that, we've got a bridal party coming," Manny added. "Three bachelorettes and the bride-to-be coming to celebrate a week of freedom. Now whether or not the bride's freedom is, shall we say, all encompassing, we'll have to wait to find out. But in case it isn't, I would suggest you manage to keep your paws off the woman while still showing her a good time." He raised one very expressive eyebrow. "The bridesmaids, however, are fair game."
"Excellent point, Manny. If the bride-to-be doesn't want a man trying to get her into the sack, all men will back off." Trak made eye contact once again with everyone at the table, including Cherry, who had the audacity to wink at him. He had a feeling she'd never quite get the concept of deferring to her alpha. He bit back a smile.
She'd definitely gained self-confidence along with her werewolf mates. It was all good.
Meg Bonner stood in the bedroom doorway, watching her boss as he slept the unrepentant sleep of the well-fucked male. He lay on his stomach with one hand draped over the side of the rumpled bed; his black hair, streaked with iron gray and usually so neatly combed, was tousled into sweaty curls around his face. With his penetrating hazel eyes hidden in sleep, the thick sweep of dark lashes left perfect half-moons against his cheeks. He was, without a doubt, the most breathtaking man she'd ever seen. And he was hers. Sighing softly, her gaze roamed his body. Sheets tangled over his perfectly formed butt, and sunlight through the window highlighted his sleek, muscular back and strong arms, teasing her with the visuals and sensations of exactly what he'd been doing with that body.
Of what that body had been doing with her body.
Muscles pulsed between her legs, released, and tightened again. Her mind filled with memories of his strong thighs between hers, the clench and stretch of rock-hard buttocks beneath her hands, his strength as he powered into her. Her breath hitched in her throat. At one point, he'd dipped his head, taken first one nipple between his lips and then the other. Her breasts, which felt so ponderous to her, captivated him.
His big hands had held her, fingers tangled in her hair as he looked into her eyes just before taking her over the edge for the most amazing orgasm imaginable.
Yet here she stood, fully dressed, hair combed, purse in hand, ready to go back to work. Even worse? She was actually thinking of looking for a new job, of walking away from him forever, even though she knew it would kill her. She was such an idiot, but he was just too ... too everything. That had to be the reason for the panic, because for the life of her, she couldn't figure out where else this monumental case of cold feet could be coming from.
Her boss, her lover, and her fiancé? That last word was the one she still couldn't seem to wrap her head around. The most handsome, the smartest, sexiest, nicest — not to mention richest — guy she'd ever known wanted to marry her. No caveats, no prenup, nothing but her promise to love him back as much as he claimed to love her.
If she could actually make herself believe he really meant it.
Just like her mother never meant it. She'd made damned sure Meg knew there was nothing about her worth loving. She glanced at the sparkling solitaire diamond on the ring finger of her left hand. He'd actually gotten down on one knee in one of Portland's nicest restaurants in full view of the other patrons, asked her to marry him with promises of love forever, and then slipped it on her finger just two months ago. She'd never forget the sigh that spread across the exquisitely decorated dining room — an audible wave of pure emotion — or the applause from the other diners when she accepted, sitting there at their table in absolute shock and happy tears until Zach stood and pulled her into a loving embrace. He'd cried, too, hazel eyes sparkling beneath the crystal chandelier.
Theirs had been — and still was, for all intents and purposes — a storybook romance. The wealthy young owner of a successful company falling for his personal assistant, courting her, asking for her hand.
Storybook, as in fantasy — but that was the problem in a nutshell. Fantasies didn't come true in Meg's world.
In all that time — all the plans they'd made for the wedding, all the laughter and meals with their friends, the private times like this when they sneaked out of the office in the middle of the day and raced to the condo she shared with him for a quickie that was anything but quick — in all that time, she hadn't really believed it.
Why would anyone like Zachary Royce Trenton love a woman like her? She wasn't blind. She saw herself in the mirror every single morning, a neatly attired yet obviously plus-sized blonde with a loud laugh that matched her full-figured size, a somewhat raunchy sense of humor, and the ability to organize even the most disorganized businessman and make his office run like a well-oiled machine.
That had to be the only reason he wanted her. The sex was beyond wonderful, and he always seemed to be enjoying whatever they did, but there was a bit more of her than most men generally found attractive. Zach said she was lush, sexy, and voluptuous. She figured those were his politically correct terms for fat. She knew she didn't look horrible if you ignored the pounds that no amount of exercise seemed to affect, and she was always — as her grandmother used to say — well put together, but still ...
Zach said he loved her, and he talked about their future with stars in his eyes, but who did he really see by his side? Did he honestly want a woman who might make him a laughingstock among his wealthy, physically attractive, and active friends? A woman who never went out in public in a bathing suit and never played golf because of the way she looked in the shorts?
Did Zach really love her? Did he love Meg Bonner in spite of her imperfections, or did he merely love what she could do for him and his very successful company?
On that depressing thought, she quietly stepped out of the bedroom and closed the door behind her. She'd left a stack of paperwork on her desk when he'd grabbed her hand and, amid his laughter and her flustered protests, tugged her out of her chair, out of the office, and into his private elevator to the parking garage.
She glanced at her watch. Damn. They'd been gone for over two hours! She really needed to get back to work, especially since she was going to be gone all next week. She gathered up her things and quietly slipped out the door.
With any luck, the upcoming week at Feral Passions Resort down in California's rugged Trinity Alps might help her find answers to her questions. She needed time away from Zach, a chance to interact with her girlfriends, to indulge in some time for herself without Zach's overwhelming presence.
It was impossible to think rationally about their relationship when he was around, though she'd managed to compartmentalize her emotional life from her work life. Personal assistant Meg Bonner kept it together because that was her job, but fiancée Meggie Bonner had a hard time questioning what the hell was going on in her personal life whenever she was with Zach.
Zach owned her heart whenever he was near, but when they were apart, it was too easy to see they really didn't have anything going for them beyond the fact she was head over heels in love with the man. Maybe Zach loved the hero worship. Maybe he needed a woman who thought he was flawless, or he had to have a woman who looked at him with open and wide-eyed lust whenever she glanced his way.
Except she knew Zach wasn't a narcissist. He was an honestly wonderful guy, but did he really love her? It was an honest question, one she really needed to find an answer to before they married next month, but it was too hard to figure out just what was going on when she was with him.
Which was why this week away was so important. Time to think without Zach clouding her thoughts. Meg had never heard of the resort before, but Elle and Jules swore that Feral Passions was the ideal place for their bachelorette getaway. Darian had agreed, so all four girls were going to spend an entire week in an isolated resort on a wolf preserve.
Wolves? Now that had caught her attention. She'd always loved wolves, but so had the rest of their "gang of four," as the parents called them. Except Meg's, of course. They barely knew she was alive, much less had friends, but those amazing friends had kept Meg on the right track for twenty of her twenty-five years. She was five when she met Jules, Elle, and Darian waiting in line on their first day of kindergarten, the only girls in a class dominated by stinky boys.
Now? Now she felt as if she paused at a fork in the road where she really wasn't certain which way to go. The boy in question was definitely not stinky. Her friends were still single — no one had a boyfriend, though Jules had gotten close to marriage about a year ago — so Meg was the first to make this journey. Except she, Megan Ann Bonner, the one who would not be stopped at anything she attempted, felt as if she paused with one foot raised and no idea where to plant it. No idea which road to take, much less how to move forward.
She hoped Feral Passions and a week of utter indulgence would help her discover if what she and Zach had was good or bad, right or wrong.
She hoped time at Feral Passions would help clear her head and at the same time give her single besties the time of their lives. While they played, Meg prayed she'd either find the strength to actually look for another job and break off her engagement, or accept the fact that Zach actually meant what he said. That he loved her. That he wanted to marry her.
That he thought she was absolutely perfect. Yeah. Right.
What a joke.
Elle Marcel left her client's office and headed toward the coffee shop at the bookstore. Darian and Jules were probably getting tired of waiting, but the man she'd just spent the past hour with had needed more than the usual go-get-'em-you-can-do-it pep talk. He really was just as bad at marketing and promotion as he thought — worse, even — but it wasn't lack of confidence. It was flat-out lack of ability.
Maybe she needed to write this guy off. She definitely needed a new job. Shouldn't a life skills coach have better, well, life skills? Yep, simple. She was on the wrong career track.
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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!! ***Received a copy of the ebook from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review This book contains two novellas, one by each author, and it is the second volume. They are written for adults only due the content. While you do not have to read the first volume, I think you will feel more connected to the world and characters if you read Volume 1 first. Okay the Feral Passions story was my favorite again. I just really love this world that Kate created, and it is easy to connect with the characters both the women and men. This group of women were all special in some way, and I found it really cool. Cheri and her men made an appearance which I love because when you connect with characters, you never want them to go away. I can’t wait to see what Kate comes up with next at Feral Passions. In Her Perfect Mates, there was plenty of action and some you didn’t even see coming. Malec, Channing, and Caroline are perfect for each other with all of their pasts and helping each other through it. Of course, Blaez and Kira were part of the story because they’re the alpha and alpha’s mate. I think I enjoyed this story more than Blaez and Kira’s. If you enjoyed Volume 1, you don’t want to pass up Volume 2. If you are a shifter fan, you will definitely find something to like in this book. I can’t wait for the next volume.
Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 2 is a quick, easy, erotic, and entertaining. With two novella length tales of passion with steamy shifters, there is no shortage of chemistry and romance. WILD PASSIONS is about a group of friends heading off to a resort called Feral Passions. The resort is built on a wolf preserve, owned by wolf shifters looking to find their mates. HER PERFECT MATES is a story about a vet, that gets tangled up in a shifter war when a wolf shifter brings her a mutilated animal to save. Menages, steamy sexual encounters and sexual tension pretty much make up most of the plot time. This is the perfect book for those how love it their shifters story HOT! I received this copy of Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 2 from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
Title: Claimed by the Mate Volume 2 Author: Kate Douglas & A C Author Published: 6-7-2016 Publisher: St Martin's Press Pages: 340 Genre: Paranormal Romance Sub Genre: Shifters; Werewolves; Gothic ISBN: 9781466891029 ASIN: B01C2SQ61Y Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 . Two stories in one novel and a chance to check out the writing of two authors; what more could you ask for. Well maybe that they both be good. Which luck for me they were. Wild Passion by Kate Douglas tells of The Feral Passions Resort and the pack of Lycans that run it in hopes of finding their true mates. Maggie, Dar, Jules and Elle come to the resort to celebrate a bachelorette party and soon find themselves paired up with a handsome resort employee. Unable to tell the women the truth about themselves until the women are willing to commit the couples must traverse through a minefield before they can find true love. Will the women accept it when they find out their men's secrets. A well thought out story with interesting characters, but be prepared to pay attention as the point of view changes every few pages to another person. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Her Perfect Mates by A. C. Arthur is the story of Malek, Channing He has issues in his past that keep him from forging emotional ties. His friend Channing is warm and charismatic and quickly acts on his attraction to Caroline. Then just as it looks as tho the three may work things through their past comes calling. While Malek is the typical alpha type of male that needs to be in charge at all time, but he keeps his desire for a closer relation suppressed. Channing uses his charm and wit to hide his own past and wants; not to mention the secrets Caroline holds close to her chest. Can these three learn to let go of their past and learn to trust their hearts or will they lose their chance at forever together because of their fears. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
This book contains two complete steamy hot shifter romance stories by two different authors. In the first story, Wild Passions by Kate Douglas, a group of friends head off for a hen party holiday they’ll never forget! They’re off to a special resort, Feral Passions, built on a private wolf preserve for a fun, action packed time. Get ready for some hot encounters, snuggly wolves to cuddle up to at night, danger from poachers, a car crash and plenty of romance! In the second story, Her Perfect Mates by A C Arthur, something is attacking local wildlife. When beta Malec Zenta takes the first one to the new Veterinary Surgeon he certainly didn’t expect to find his mate. As the attacks escalate, danger surrounds the pack and Malec and his partner, Channing Verdi, discover that their mate is also in danger. Dare they reveal their true nature to her? Can they keep safe? How will she react? Both stories are considerably more steamy than I usually read. They do, however, also have intriguing plots with plenty of non-sexual action. Personally definitely preferred the first story as the second seemed to spend more time in bedroom menage a trois antics rather than in developing the plot. If you enjoy your shifter romance with steamy hot action, you'll probably love both these novels. Thanks to the authors, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Wild Passions has six friends having a week-long bachelorette getaway at an exclusive mountain resort that just happens to be run by some sexy men who are werewolves looking for their mates. I enjoyed this steamy and entertaining shifter read. Great chemistry between the characters and lots of emotion. In Her Perfect Mates, Caroline is looking for a fresh start she meets Malec and he is instantly attracted but as a lycan, he doesn’t have sex with humans. Malec is unable to emotionally connect with women and therefore likes to share them with his friend Channing. When Caroline, Malec and Channing share a steamy dance will they be able to resist? This read is a bit darker but the story is great and the sex hot! Loved it.
Two exciting paranormal authors have come together to provide readers with an entertaining read that if you aren't careful, will keep you up all night. Kate Douglas is a master in the shifter genre and her wolves always guarantee an edge of your seat, nail-biting read, while A.C. Arthur ensures that you are not left wanting with her seriously hot ménage, that’s burns up the pages and keeps you panting for breath. Another great read and I’m sure we will see more from this dynamic duo.
4.5 Stars Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 2 is two fabulous steamy stories in one amazing books. I loved both Wild Passions by Kate Douglas and Her Perfect Mates by A. C. Arthur and recommend you add this book to your TBR list today!!
Having never read books by either of the authors I was unsure what to expect. I like a good shapeshifter romance so when asked by the publisher to review for my honest opinion I gladly agreed. I read about book one of the series online to get a bit of background. Wild Passions by Kate Douglass takes place at Feral Passions Resort where werewolf males have set up a business to find mates. Women come in to spend a secluded sometimes sexual intense vacation and the men check out the women hoping to find one to keep forever. In this story we find out that two men in the pack have found their forever mate in book one. There are six men left and four find mates while dealing with poachers and running the resort. My guess is that there will be another book in the series for the last two men to find their HEA’s. This was a fun easy to read book. I liked the interaction between the men and women in the book and loved the idea of having the men as wolves show up at night to sleep in the beds with the female guests – kind of like big puppy dogs. Her Perfect Mates by A. C. Arthur has some mythological entities mentioned along with some that are not known to me to be in the pantheon and a backstory for how werewolves originated that is much different than others I have read. There were a lot of terms mentioned describing groups and peoples and shifters and other things that I believe readers of this author and her shifter series are probably aware of. I felt a little left out at times but though there is a set up for another book to deal with mythological issues as well as at least one more male to find his mater in the Trekas pack I was able to follow and enjoy the story of Malec, Channing and Caroline. Both stories had explicit steamy elements, interesting characters and were complete and able to stand alone. I would like to thank Saint Martin’s Press-Swerve and NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars
Satisfying read In Wild Passions by Kate Douglas, A cute, fun, emotional story where Meg, Dar, Elle, and Jules who have been BFF's since early childhood head off for a fun week before Meg gets married to hotter than hot Zach. Everyone loves a story with hot male shifters and equally hot women right? Well this is actually more than that. This book deals with some emotional baggage carried by several of the characters. As a reader we can see that it is only baggage, not truth and we hope that they work things out. Several things are woven into the story, BBW women, a taller than average woman, and some who do not feel they deserve all the wonderful things they have. I loved how this story hit on all these issues in a kind and gentle way but kept the overall theme of finding a mate and Meg coming to terms with if she loved Zach enough to marry him. Trak is the alpha and his interaction with Meg was critical to Meg's soul searching. The way the author handled Zach and Trak's meeting was priceless and brought a smile to my face. There are still several lycan males who do not have mates and I can't wait to see their stories in the future. I give it 4 STARS for a brilliant display of multiple characters being featured with equal importance. In Her Perfect Mates by A.C. Arthur, My first story by this author and it is a very satisfying read. Her characters are a mix of dark and light but she balances the three main characters brilliantly with her writing skills. This story deals with a dangerous unknown shifter, secrets, and people wanting or not wanting someone special in their life. Bad boy Malec will draw the female readers in but Channing is the one that will warm their heart. Their relationship and support of each other is unique. A unique blend that works for the reader and keeps them interested to read futher. I related to Caroline with her past life and her desire to have a different one, a better one. Both Malec and Channing push against her wall she puts up, hitting her in areas of her life she doesn't want to acknowledge. But she knows how to push back as well and she does it with style. This story gets 4 STARS for showing that your true self will bring you all the happiness your desire. So I wonder will Phelan have his story? A copy was gifted via Netgalley
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.