The Werewolf's Mate by C.A. Salo
Other Kin Book 1
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Length: Short Story (84 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Tulip
Betrayal and fright caused her to run. A threat to her home town lures her back.
Welcome to Alston, Maine. A place where different Other Kin species have lived in peace and thrived for centuries. However, there’s one major rule: if you leave and know of a threat to the town, you must come back in person to report all details.
Woodland Fairy Kalana Fairlawn ran when she thought her soul mate, and Lyken warrior, Drake Roven, had betrayed her on the night of their first mating, leaving her pregnant and vulnerable.
Nine years later darkness emerges that could threaten the existence of Alston and all the different Other Kin species who call it home.
The Werewolf's Mate has everything it takes for a fun and sexy read. It has hunky Lyken, sexy vampires, and bad-ass fairies all living together in peace until an ancient evil threatens not only their town but their very souls Now, an outcast has returned to save them all - and to claim the man she still loves.
Kalana Fairlawn once ran from the man she loved ...the man she believed had seduced and betrayed her. Reviled for her human/Fae blood, Kala was tormented by the bullies in her hometown . Drake Roven was one of the few who treated her as an equal. When a cruel misunderstanding on the night of their mating leads to heartbreak, Kala runs away. Now, nine years later, she returns with warnings of a dangerous threat against the town...and also of the traitor within their midst.
Angry at Kala for running , Drake distances himself from Kala. Until he meets Livi, his very precocious young daughter. A daughter he never knew about. Kala and Drake decide to stay together for the sake of their daughter - a Lyken child on the cusp of her first shift. And to sate the desire they both still feel for each other. Drake and Kala have their hands full coping with the lingering prejudices that still threaten Kala and her daughter. Although, Kala may have once been an easy target for intimidation, her powers have increased exponentially since she's been gone. In other words, she's one bad-ass fairy. As one challenger fast learns.
As a dark storm races toward the town of Alston , the townsfolk come together to fight an ancient evil that stalks their town...and threatens to steal their very souls. Salvation comes as an outcast and an unforeseen Guardian step forward to protect the land in a climactic ending.
I'm a big fan of the paranormal genre and of shifter stories in general. That being said, it was the heroine that stole the thunder in this short story. Kala was one kick-ass Fairy. She protected what was hers. That meant she was willing to go to the mat to defend her mate, her daughter and her town. I also liked the fact that instead of being a vindictive bitch, Kala came back to save the same people who had treated her so badly.
I must say that I was very impressed with the author's writing. The plot was very interesting. The storyline was consistent. However, I thought it would have been better had we heard the hero's point of view. As a rule, I enjoy the story more when I get to experience not only the POV of the heroine but that of the hero also. Just a small suggestion would be that next time give the hero a voice too. That being said, I still liked the story enough to look forward to a next entry in the series.