The Love of a Mate by Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Alfred’s always been the pack’s trouble maker. He’s given up hope of ever being anything else. But, could that change when he suddenly receives the love of a mate?
Caden’s never had any trouble convincing other wolves to do what he wants. He might not have his brother’s status, size or grumpy personality, but that doesn’t matter. He’s always found smiles and flirtations to be far more effective than any of those things anyway.
When Caden sets his sights on Alfred, he knows he’ll need every trick he’s ever acquired if he’s to have any chance of reforming the pack trouble maker into a good wolf and a first-rate potential mate. However, that might not be the only obstacle they face—the rest of the pack might yet prove to be their biggest challenge of all.
Alfred is a gamma wolf who just can’t seem to find his place within his own pack. Trouble maker and slacker are how his pack mates would describe him. Bad luck just seems to follow this character around no matter what he’s doing. At first it seems it’s because he doesn’t care or is just being rebellious, but it stems from a deeper source.
Caden is also a gamma wolf who came to this pack with his brother. He's is known for his good looks and flirtatious personality. When Caden sets his sights on Alfred he has sets a plan in motion to help Alfred become the mate he needs. He also wants Alfred to find his place within the pack and gain the respect from the other wolves.
Half-truths and misunderstanding have this couple at odds. The lack of communication between them causes problems that could have been avoided had they just talked to one another. I also found it frustrating how the alphas of the pack and Caden’s brother just assumed they knew what was going on between this pair. Their assumptions created more doubt to come between these two men.
The Love of a Mate was a pleasant read. Though the story dragged on in spots and I would lose interest and would have to put the book away then come back later. This is the fourth book in this series and there were quite a few references made toward the early books. I felt lost at times on what was going on but I’m convinced had I read the other books I would have had a better understanding of what was going on with Alfred and why he is the way he is.
Overall it was a good read. I would recommend reading the three previous books in this series and in doing that it will make this tell much more entertaining.