I'll be Mated by Christmas by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal, holiday
Length: Short Story (33 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood
Bethany Johnson grew up one of the only humans in a pack of werewolves. She didn’t have an easy time and her self-confidence was almost non-existent. Finally, after some serious psychotherapy and the help of weight-loss surgery, she is feeling like the Bethany she has always wanted to be. But now she has to say goodbye to the werewolves in her life. Out with the old and in with the new this year…
Luke Denarius is the new Alpha of the Delta pack. He’s never met Bethany but the second he scents her he knows she is his. No way is she going off to Italy for adventure and hot sex with other men.
With the help of Madame Eve these two will find that a mating is in the works for Christmas.
I thought this was a sweet heartwarming story with just enough heat to keep a person smiling through the cold winter nights.
Ms. Royce can spin an erotic holiday tale sure to make you want to howl at the full-moon.
Madame Eve/Evangeline runs a very unique dating agency in this “One Night Stand” series. Again Madame Eve has plotted to bring together two more wolf lovers.
Bethany Johnson is one of only a few humans who has grown up with werewolves as her extended family after her widowed mother mates a werewolf. Now that her mother is no longer with her, she feels emotionally damaged believing she can't quite measure up where her family is concerned. Suffering from low self-esteem and conscious of her weight struggles, Bethany decides weight loss surgery, a new life, and maybe a new man is the key to helping her get a new attitude in life. Visiting her family one last time for the holidays is her way of saying goodbye to everything werewolf and hello to her new way of life.
Luke Denarius is now the new alpha of the delta pack. He has plans to turn this pack around toward a healthy family unit instead of the abusive lifestyle most of these werewolves encountered in the former reign. He has his hands full. While making the rounds to visit his new pack members, he discovers (quite by accident) that Bethany is his one true mate when he scents her unique fragrance. Now he has to find a way to win her over before she moves on to her new adventures.
I really enjoyed this story and the character development. It was a well choreographed short romance that served up a whimsical fantasy with imaginative settings.
I found myself lured into the world Ms. Royce created, and I was intrigued enough that I could not put this book down once I started reading it. Though short, this story was simply cute and cuddly.
Authors of novellas face an enormous task to create a complete love story in a small amount of words. Rebecca Royce has done that with this book. You can relate to her characters and enjoy this tale in one quick setting.
Looking for a holiday werewolf romance? This paranormal may be right up your wonderland-alley.