Saturday, November 12, 2011

Book Review: Destined Mate by Katie Reus



THIS BOOK WAS REVIEWED FOR NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
RELEASE DATE:Oct.1st 2011
CATEGORY: Nocturne Cravings / PNR 
ISBN: BOO5N99JFK
PUBLISHER: Harlequin
LENGTH: Novella 
HEAT LEVEL: Sensual/Steamy
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MY RATING 4.5 Stars A Top Pick Review for Night Owl Reviews


*THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR FOR REVIEW

SUMMARY:
Almost a century ago, Angela Lavigne and Alpha werewolf Knox had a shared passion neither could control. Then Angela was turned into a vampire and disappeared.
The last thing Knox expects is for Angela to show up on his doorstep on a rescue mission, as sexy and irresistible as ever. And he can sense how much she still wants him, too. She’s gone against both their species’ rules and trespassed on his land. By law he can keep her as long as he wants—and Knox doesn’t intend to let her go ever again.
As their desire explodes once again, Knox is more sure than ever that he must claim her forever. But as vampire and werewolf, they are natural born enemies. Can she truly be his destined mate?


FIRST LINE:
Angela inhaled the various forest scents and tried to steady her breathing. She knew she was insane to sneak onto the land of the most powerful werewolf in the United States. But she had no choice.

TEASER:
A shudder snaked through her. She remembered that side of Knox. When he could barely get out a few words let alone say a full sentence, she knew she was in for a long, hot night.

PLOT:
Destined Mate was a sensual feel good read despite the tension filled confrontations between the werewolves and vampires. The connection between the two main characters ignited the moment both met up after ninety years of separation. Given the amount of time apart I really thought they would have a harder time reconnecting, yet in this novella I saw how true love can really stand the test of time. Cliche maybe, but it worked for Knox and Angela's story. Another theme that stood out to me was the heroes ability to grow past his strong prejudice towards vampires. True, he had good reason to hold a passionate grudge against the species, but when his human lover is attacked, turned and then leaves him because she can not bring herself to be in his presence for what she is, he learns one can not be judged by what they are. I found this lesson the be a great example and reminder of how I can better myself and this is why I enjoy this genre so much. The sense of family and belonging brought the plot together and was topped off with the reunion of to lovers, two hearts, and two destined mates. The story was beautifully wrapped up by the end and made me want to look up more stories from author Katie Reus!  

SETTING:
Destined Mate takes place on the expansive property of the most powerful Alpha werewolf in the United States.

WRITING:
Katie Reus is a fabulous story teller! She knows how to deliver a wonderful tale of love, strength and finally happiness. The true back bones of the genre! 

CHARACTERS:
Once human and now a vampire, Angela flees Alpha werewolf Knox's side in fear he would hate her-as he hated all vampires-for what she had become against her will. I found her to be a strong heroine and she demonstrates this with her determination to save a friend in need even if it means stepping into hot water to do so. She brings to the story a passion for life and ultimately a passion to recapture what she at first refused to acknowledge and what her heart truly wanted-love and acceptance from the one and only man that could give it to her. And Knox is definitely a perfect match. He knew exactly what she needed and how to guide Angela towards admitting to herself it was okay to let down her guards and attempt to rekindle their once untamable passion for one another. He was the right amount of protectiveness and dark sexiness to equal a hot alpha hero!

LAST THOUGHTS:
I look forward to another Katie Reus Nocturne Cravings novella! She brought my attention to Harlequin's paranormal Ebook series and I will be sure to keep up with all her upcoming releases. I loved her smooth story telling and ability to weave a tale of danger and sensual passion!   

ENJOY MY SNIPPET READING OF DESTINED MATE:

MY RATING 4.5 Stars A Top Pick Review for Night Owl Reviews

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