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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mating Games by Stormy Glenn and Joyee Flynn

Mating Games: Delta Wolf 2 by Stormy Glenn & Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Menage, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Sebastian Rule is a Delta wolf, the enforcer for his kind. When word comes rogue alpha is holding a human hostage, Sebastian is sent to investigate, eliminating the rogue Alpha if needed. His mission goes horribly wrong and Sebastian is captured. What he finds when he wakes up though, changes the course of Sebastian’s life. The human that inhabits the shed with him is not only the “pet” of the Alpha, he is also Sebastian’s mate.

Before Sebastian can rescue his abused mate, Dobry, they are both set free by Alastar, a vampire and Sebastian’s other mate. The problem? Sebastian hates vampires. Stuck between a mate that is afraid of him and a mate that he is hesitant to claim, Sebastian’s only choice is to run with both when Alpha Rodrick gives chase. Can they learn to trust each other enough when Alpha Rodrick finally tracks them down? Or will they lose each other before they realize what they have together?

What do a vampire, a human and a werewolf all have in common? Usually nothing but in this book they have a whole lot of running and loving to do.

Sebastian is the Delta wolf from the first Delta Wolf story. I read that book as well and I got the feeling that Sebastian should be a candidate for his own HEA because of the insights I got from that first adventure. Imagine my absolute pleasure to find out that this is his story and it’s even better than the first.

Sebastian is another man who is shunned and relegated to the outskirts of pack society by virtue of just being born the way his is. Basically, he is a hired gun who does the dirty work of the werewolf council. Off he went to do a simple recon and got more than he bargained for. Since when do werewolf guys do anything easy anyway?

What I find interesting about this book and this series in general is the straight forward way of accepting their mates. Their culture is such that it’s a given - no games, no waffling, no whining about how it can’t possibly be real. The nose tells all and it’s so incredibly unique there is no question or mistakes about its accuracy. That gets the chase out of the way so this novella can get to the good stuff.

What is good is the balancing of the relationship. At first there is elation that mates have been found but then there’s the question, now what? It’s not that easy because the next step is to get to know each other, to get over their differences and the baggage that comes with it. I have to say that the emotional issues that come along for the ride are pretty significant in this story. I liked that the characters didn’t stick their heads in the sand. In fact they did something very uncharacteristic for guys – they talked! They shared and they faced up to their inner fears. It wasn’t easy but it sure made for some interesting reading.

And I get it. Dobry is the meek one in this book. That’s not to say that he’s a weak character because he most definitely is not. He is a survivor of abuse and it takes a lot of courage to reach out and take those first steps to heal. Just because he has the loving support of both Sebastian and Alastar doesn’t mean it’s a piece of cake. It just means he’s able to experience a thoroughly positive balance to the horror he lived through, giving him a reason to try. Dobry may be referred to as a ‘baby’ but he’s not really. It’s his particular role and it is vital and important to the threesome. The other two need him which in turn makes him the stronger person – he brings light to their otherwise dark existence. It’s an amazing concept for a ménage relationship and it works.

I enjoy a book series which brings previous characters for a visit or for more integral actions to help out the current situation with whatever is going on. Mating Games does that nicely because it picks up the time line and I got to visit with Zac, Matt and Aiden again. However, if a reader jumps in with this book, there won’t be any confusion. I think it would stand alone just fine. I had a great time reading about everyone though so for me, it upped the fun that extra notch.

Mating Games has everything an erotic romance reader is searching for especial if they like manlove. I found it to be romantic, touching at times and exciting. The bad guy is smart and nasty and there comes a surprise at the final altercation. So now I’m wondering what is going to happen next? Not only about that surprise but what exactly happened to Dobry down by the water? Something significant occurred and I have a few ideas what it might be which gets me excited. What do the authors have up their collective sleeves? I can’t wait to find out. This series is getting better with each book I’ve read and I am looking forward to reading more from the collaboration of Ms. Glenn and Ms. Flynn.

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