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Monday, March 28, 2011

Maverick’s Mate by Lynn Hagen

Maverick’s Mate by Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (94 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Maverick Brac has formed a pack of his own, naming them the Brac Pack. With fourteen men under him, they all have one thing in common, the preference for men.

Cecil Walter was living a life no one would wish on their enemy in an abusive relationship with his partner with no way out.

Getting away from pack problems and a migraine, Maverick indulges in his one secret love, Chai tea. While in the coffee shop trying to forget the world outside exists for five minutes, Maverick has found what he never thought to have, his mate, his very human mate. Rescuing Cecil from his abusive boyfriend to finding out who in his pack is trying to take Cecil’s life, Maverick has his work cut out for him, but the largest challenge is getting Cecil to come out of his shell and be the man he once was.

In this story we meet Maverick Brac, an alpha werewolf who, due to his sexual orientation has had to leave his home and start his own pack. I felt sad for Maverick, he’s a strong capable man, but he’s extremely lonely. When he discovers his mate, I couldn’t have been more excited to see where the story would lead.

For the past two years, Cecil Walker has lived his life in constant fear of his ex-boyfriend. So when he finds out he is the mate to a very large alpha werewolf, to say he’s shocked is an understatement. Cecil is a good person with a big, caring heart and it’s in his nature to give Maverick a chance.

The pull of attraction between these two men is undeniable. However, I did found it depressing that Cecil couldn’t catch a break, a lot of bad things happened to this young man throughout the story; it would have broken a lesser person. But it warmed my heart to see him constantly push through all the bad things happening to him and come out the other side a stronger healthier man. He may be small but he has the courage of an alpha.

There was a lot of steamy sex going on between the two men in this story. I didn’t feel as if it took away from the story, it only added to the budding relationship developing between Maverick and Cecil. Even with their age difference and completely different backgrounds, these two men love and respect each other and you can see how much they need one another.

What I didn’t like was all the character hopping going on. It was as if the author wanted to lay the background for future stories in this series. It didn’t deter me reading or liking the story, it just seemed to defer attention from the main characters this particular story was about.

Overall I really enjoyed "Maverick's Mate". Lynn Hagen created her version of a werewolf world and it was definitely creative. I like how, from the start ,you are made aware that this pack of werewolves are all gay. For me it lets me know there will be future stories related to the Brac Pack and I can’t wait to read them.

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