Recent Release: An Arranged Mating by Jane Wallace-Knight

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40810918-an-arranged-mating?from_search=true

Blurb

[Siren Classic ManLove: Alternative Contemporary Paranormal Romance, MM, shape-shifter, vampires, werewolves, HEA]

Hunter White left home as soon as he was able. Coming back to take over as alpha, Hunter learned of the serious debt his father had left the pack with. Desperate to save them, Hunter entered into a deal with a powerful vampire. The nest leader would pay off all the pack’s debts, on one condition—Hunter had to take a vampire for a mate.

Vampire Aeron Lyons had been in some serious scrapes during his unnaturally long life, but nothing came close to this. Being given to an alpha werewolf, like he was some sort of bargaining chip, wasn’t what Aeron wanted for his life, but he wasn’t dumb enough to say no to a man like Ken Roberts.

Resigning himself to join a pack who already dislikes him on principal, Aeron has no idea how rocky the road ahead will be or how he’s going to spend the rest of his life with a man who hates him.

Review

Review

 

I was surprised by the level of darkness in this story. I’m more used to this author’s humorous side and this was a bit different. Not a huge divergence, but striking to me.

 

In general the blurb sets this up nicely, and we get two enemies who must mate and their own attraction to one another coupled with circumstances helps them find love as well. The antagonist was suitably nasty as was the (predictable) evil uncle.

 

There was a lot of hot smexy times and though I didn’t always love Hunter, in the end everything turned out really well.

 

I thought the ending was believable in a way that some of these paranormal stories aren’t and I appreciated the author for that! My biggest complaint was I wanted Aeron to stick up for himself more and for the ILYs to be a little more believable.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different – except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through – if he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

Review

(book previously reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/betrothed-by-therese-woodson/)

(Abridged)

Puck is heir to the Earth throne and Sky to the Air throne. They are forced into a political alliance/marriage that neither wants, but Puck throws the most resistance at actually making it happen.

Puck pouts and returns to his father, on Earth, forcing Sky to follow, even though he could be hurt. There, Puck treats Sky like crap for two weeks, trying to get Sky to renounce the betrothal.

Sky perseveres however and eventually even Puck realizes that there is more than just politics at play and that perhaps an alliance between them won’t be all bad.

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The first half of the book is full of Puck being an ass. He’s an admitted brat, but slowly and surely he and Sky grow closer. They are super cute together. Sky’s learning of the human world is sometimes adorable and the growing attraction between them is sweet.

When they finally do give it a go as a couple I was entranced and fully engaged in their love story. My only complaint was that we spent so much time with them struggling that I’d have appreciated them as a happy couple for longer than a chapter or two.

I also thought that the extra drama with the opposing house of fire was un-necessary. Simply going from adamantly opposed to in love was enough work for this story.

However, this was truly wonderful book by and large and by a new to me author and I highly recommend it and will look for more of the author’s work in the future gladly.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Matthew Lloyd Davies did an EXCELLENT job narrating this. He did the fairy voices in his loveley British accent and I giggled when he was forced to put on an American accent (which he did remarkably well!) I definitely thought this added to my overall enjoyment and highly recommend this as a way to enjoy this lovely story.

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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