His Purrfect Mate by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full length (152 pgs)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone
Shannon is a quarter puma but can’t shift. She’s just a human with a few extra genes. But she knows how dangerous shifters are and now she’s their prey, captured by a group of werewolves for a deadly hunt. Then she’s rescued by the biggest werewolf of them all. He’s the sexiest male she’s ever seen—jet-black hair, muscular body, piercing dark eyes and a growl that heats her blood.
Anton’s body responds fervently to Shannon and he vows to protect her with his life—only to discover she’s the enemy. As the future alpha of his pack, Anton knows a cat will never be accepted. There’ll be hell to pay. But it’s mating heat, and he’s about to lose all control to that driving sexual need. His wolf wants her, can smell her desire. There’s no way to stop it now—his animal won’t be denied.
Shannon is a damsel in distress. After being accosted in a parking lot by several werewolves, who can smell that she is part puma, she flees to hide at the top of a tree. The threats keep coming until Anton, the next Alpha of the tribe comes to her rescue.
Ms. Dohner has spun a Romeo and Juliet style story where the two species are at war, the pumas and the wolves. Anton is like the hunky Alpha heroes that this author has a knack for writing but Shannon isn’t a simpering female. She’s a bold, if skittish, heroine who is absolutely a complete match for Anton. Their bantering is laugh out loud funny, even though it does get campy from time to time. But the sex is scorching hot and I instantly started rooting for the adorable couple to get together.
I do feel the need to warn about the rape scene. The warnings the publisher tagged this book with of a near rape scene is absolutely no exaggeration. Since this is a romance novel, you can be sure Anton comes riding in on his white horse to save the day (or would that be a black wolf…?) but it's a tad bit uncomfortable. But that was tame compared to the familial sub-plots that literally made my mouth drop open. It would be safe to say Ms. Dohner doesn’t hold back in this book.
For the women who love sexy Alpha heroes, I absolutely wholeheartedly recommend His Purrfect Mate to you. Even if you haven’t read the first book, which I haven’t, it wasn’t needed to enjoy this story. I loved this book and Ms. Dohner has a clear winner here.