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Friday, January 14, 2011

Tartan Mate by Selena Illyria

Tartan Mate by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling, Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Iain has made plans for a date night with Katherine that she won't soon forget. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.

What will he do when he finds out Katherine has a few plans of her own? Why lie back and take it of course.

Tartan Mate delves into a relationship that is being undermined by duty, work and pressure and what a couple does to rekindle their passion.

This book jumps right into a period of adjustment for the hero and heroine. It’s definitely a part of a series but surprisingly I didn’t feel left out from not having read anything previously. This short story can be told about anyone anywhere as we all have things we want in life where stresses and responsibilities get in the way and make us lose our focus. This is just one example, though a very hot and exciting one, of how a couple jumped started their waning love life and reasserted their commitment to each other.

What I found amusing was Iain’s elaborate and overly drawn out romantic plan to woo back his mate. He went for the big picture with all the bells and whistles. He was going to impress his mate with his thoughtfulness and fervent adoration. Instead, his mate, Katherine, had a totally different and very kinky plan that delightfully trumped and beat his down to the ground. He couldn’t even get back up. It was a ton of fun to read and I had a great time watching Katherine bring Iain to heel.

The paranormal aspect actually made this book a bit more interesting because Iain’s wolf had a role in the revamping of their romance in an unexpected manner. I’d never heard of that before and its uniqueness had me fascinated. I think I may have to take a closer look at this series.

Tartan Mate appealed to me on many levels and I think it’s a great little story. For readers who like werewolf romances and are short on time, this book fits the bill and delivers a satisfactory validation of their happily ever after.

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