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.
(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
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
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.