A – Z |Misunderstanding His Mate

Misunderstanding His Mate (Paranormals of Rockydale 1) by Ezra Dawn

I picked this up for free during the last Smashwords sale – not the current one, but there is one going on right now – because I needed an M for my A-Z Title Challenge and I do like a fated mate story as much as the next person.

Roman is in love with his best friend, Teague, but instead of telling him, he starts dating his sister. They tell their families that they’ll have a bonding ceremony, and Teague, who knows Roman is his mate, decides to leave town since he can’t stand the thought of Roman and his sister together.

Misunderstanding His Mate is just a short story, around 10k, so there isn’t much room to play with, but I would’ve wanted a little more character development. While fated mate stories give you a headstart on the romance, I wished there would’ve been more emotions at play. I never really felt connected to any of the characters.

I fear I misunderstood parts of it. This is a fated mates story, both guys are shifters (I thought one was human at first), and yet only one of them know they’re mates. Why?

As I said, I got it for free, and I read it in one go with a glass of wine in my hand, so it’s not like I suffered in any way, but I don’t think I’ll continue the series.


Misunderstanding His Mate(Paranormals of Rockydale Book One. This is a short story. It can be read as a standalone but is part of a series. There’s no drawn out villain plot in this series it simply focuses on the love of fated mates.)

Roman Johnson has been in love with his best friend for longer than he can remember. Born to unmated shifter parents, he’s grown up hearing stories about fated mates and wants a love like that for himself. Doubtful that someone as average as him would ever catch his friend’s eye romantically he teams up with Teague’s sister in order to find out exactly how Teague feels.

Teague Jackson has a secret. His best friend is his fated mate and he’s hidden that fact from the man for years. There were legitimate reasons for it at the time but now, Teague is at the end of his rope. He’ll have to either tell Roman the truth or let him go. With his wolf pushing him for control, Teague’s time for telling is beginning to run out.

Can Roman fix the mess his plan has made? Will Teague finally come clean to his mate? Or have their choices already decided their fate?
(Warning: Contains graphic sexual content, Man on Man action, and explicit language. Not recommended for those under the age of 18.)

A-Z Title Challenge 2020

A – All I See

B – Bearly Dating

C – Champagne Kisses

D – The Dark Horse

E – Everybody in the Place


G – A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness

H – Howl

I – I Will Meet You at Asphodel’s Pit


K – Killer Cassava!

L – Landslide

M – Misunderstanding His Mate


O – Out For Delivery

P – Purrfect Harmony

Q – Quill Me Now


S – Set Up

T – Tentacles with Benefits



W – Words

X – Xavier


Z – Zippadacious

I started a Pinterest board for M/M books sorted by title, if you need help finding a title on a certain letter.


Purrfect Harmony | Arden Steele

I figured I needed one more Valentine read this month despite the 14th having come and gone. I was scrolling through my feed, can’t remember if it was Instagram or Facebook (probably Facebook since I clicked a link) and saw a Valintine giveaway over at bookfunnel. One of the books listed was Purrfect Harmony by Arden Steele, and I was in the mood for some shifter smut LOL.

I’m a little confused. After I’d read Purrfect Harmony I went to look it up on Goodreads. It took a little time to find, but I did, only it had no cover. But I clicked my way over to the author profile in search of a website – no such thing was listed. So I googled, and there I fund Ms Steele’s website.

But, I also found a different cover of Purrfect Harmony and an announcement that it’s coming out in March 2020. Below the cover, it said that the new version is 20k longer than the version published in the Heart of the Beast Anthology. So naturally, I tried to find the anthology…no luck. Heart of the Beast was the name of the group giveaway, though.

It doesn’t really matter, I’m just a little confused about what story I’ve read LOL.

It’s cute, I enjoyed it. It’s a mates-destined-to-be kind of tale. Remington Raines is a rockstar and a cheetah shifter. He can have anyone he wants and no one ever says ‘no’. At least not until he asks Kol Livingston out for dinner.

Kol has had shifter boyfriends before, and he’s not sure he can survive another one finding his soulmate when that soulmate isn’t him, so he’s sworn off shifters. It doesn’t matter that it’s the Remi asking him out, he just can’t.

It’s short (though if you buy it, it might be 20k longer), it’s funny, it’s cute. And for those who know me, you know how I hate the uber-romantic scenes where the audience claps. We almost made it through, people, almost.

But, I well aware of that being a me-not-you kind of thing, so if you’re into shifters, give this a go! I enjoyed it.

Purrfect HarmonyKol Livingston believes in the so-called fairy tales, the clichés—love at first sight, soul mates, and happily-ever-afters. He wants it all, but after a series of failed relationships, he’s beginning to think he’ll never meet Prince Charming. He loves his job as a personal concierge at Blackhaven Manor, but with all the gorgeous paranormals strutting around the estate, why would anyone choose him? When cheetah shifter and infamous bad boy, Remington Raines, is asked to perform for the annual Valentine Masquerade Ball, he can’t say no. Literally. Still, an all-expenses-paid vacation from tour buses and screaming fans might be just what he needs. Falling for the quirky concierge with big, brown eyes and a smile that melts him, however, wasn’t part of the plan.

Spring Books | Ofelia Gränd

On the news this morning, they declared that we now have spring – metrological, that is. It’s a bit tricky, but according to what they said, we haven’t actually had winter this year (in my area). For it to be winter, there have to be five days in a row where the middle temperature doesn’t go above 0c.

It didn’t happen this year. It’s crazy. We haven’t had snow that has lasted more than a few hours.

blue flowerSo technically, we’ve had spring since autumn, but it isn’t allowed to be called spring until we’ve hit the 15th of February. So now it’s been a week since the 15th and we haven’t had one single minute below 0 degrees celsius – so it’s spring!

I should probably say ‘yay!’ but I feel cheated. The kids haven’t been able to play in the snow for a single day. Terrible.

But, now we’re gonna be positive because that’s who we are LOL.

All this talk about seasons made me think about my books. I was a bit afraid to check, I feared I wouldn’t have any spring or summer stories. I mean, I know I have a few, but I had this feeling of Once in May being the only spring tale I’ve ever written, and Nine Stones being the only summer story.

But, luckily, I forget what I write LOL

So, if you want to make a false start on spring (if we’re gonna go by the calendar, spring is 1st of March to 31st of May in the Northern Hemisphere) these are my spring books:

laughOnce in a Forest (Nortown #2) – Jason, a bartender from the city, comes to Nortown and spots Tom, a gruff lumberjack. It’s an out-for-you kind of story.

The Empty Egg (Nortown #2.5) – Aiden and Tristan from Once in a Snowstorm are celebrating Easter with chocolate and lingerie.

Once in May (Nortown #3) – John is trying to isolate himself in Nortown, but then Zach shows up, and he just won’t go away. A hurt-comfort story.

Acronym (A Tattooed Corpse Story) – Detective Lars Horn has a problem, there is a body that keeps disappearing from the morgue only to come back in fresh again.

Blood on Sand (A DRitC story) – Zoe is a lizard shifter held captive by werewolves and is forced to fight like a gladiator.

Okay, so five was all I had, ha! I think it’s safe to say, spring isn’t the season during which most of my stories take place. If you click the title, you’ll be taken to the page for the book, and there you’ll find excerpts and more links.

Happy spring!