4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Contemporary DA Fated Mates Gay Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

Determined Mate (Holland Brothers #2) Audiobook by Toni Griffin Narrated by Dominic M McCartney


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Jason Matthew’s is a broken man. He’s lived through hell and barely come out the other side. All he can thing about is getting to his best friend, Brian, but after that he has no idea. Jason’s scared out of his mind when he’s met by not only Brian but two large men as well, and he does the only thing he can think to do. He tries to run. One of the men, though, turns out to be his mate. A mate he is in no condition to have or want, a mate that won’t allow him to flee.
Alex Holland is forced to stand by and watch as Jason is taken to the safest place they know, too scared to be around him. He knows something bad has happened to Jason and he’s going to need every ounce of his Alpha control to give his mate the time he needs to heal and start living again.


Jason is Brian’s friend and he had been left behind at the pack when Brian was exiled for being gay. Unfortunately he was found out as well and beat up and forced to find refuge with Brian and his mate.

Luckily, one of the Holland brother’s – Alex – turns out to be Jason’s mate. The problem is that now Jason is terrified of the Alpha in Alex and doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to mate with im.

With the help of Brian and the Holland family Jason finds the ability to heal and accept Alex as a mate.


This was a good second installment in the series. I didn’t like it as much as book one, but it was still very sweet. I didn’t connect with the MCs as much as I did in book one, and I think the abuse made their connection more awkward.

Jason and Alex are sweet together when they finally move past the abuse. You have to put on your “suspension of disbelief” glasses and trust in the power of the mate bond, but that’s fairly typical for shifter stories.


Dominic McCartney does a great job with this and book one. His accent makes the story feel more authentic and he has a good sense of timing.

Overall 4 of 5 stars for the story and 5 of 5 for the narration, 4.5 overall


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