Book Review of Nicky Charles’ The Mating

My acquisition of Nicky Charles’ The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #1) is a bit of a mystery to me. I found it on my desktop one day. Almost certainly I downloaded it. I mean, who else would be downloading books to my desktop, right?  I can’t find any emails from the author in my inbox to suggest to she actually sent it to me and it’s free on Smashwords, so I’m fairly sure that’s where it’s from, but I have NO memory of it. It feels like it just magically appeared one day. (Sorry Ms. Charles if I’ve just forgotten communicating with you, but I suspect that I didn’t. I put it in my review pile just in case though.)

Description from Goodreads:
Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she’d end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.


I thought this was a good werewolf story. It was well written, well edited, and had characters I could connect with. I really enjoyed reading it. I found bits of it really frustrating though. Some parts were exceedingly predictable. I mean, who didn’t see Marla coming? Who didn’t want to absolutely wring Elise’s neck for trusting her even a little bit? I think this was also a little unrealistic. I’m fairly sure most women wouldn’t have after their first initial meetings. Same thing goes for Elise’s frequent Scarlet O’hara moments. If you have something THAT important to say, let alone multiple important things to say you find a time, you don’t wait for tomorrow over and over again. There were an unreasonable number of interruptions. But these are just gripes really, part of the overall story, not any sort of comment on the value of the book. It was well worth reading. I’ve got the sequel (The Keeping) and will be reading it too.


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