The Orphan's Mates

Dani April
Paranormal romance
Available from Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 978-1-62241-960-9
November 2012

Allie & Bryce are young (she's twenty-one and he's twenty-five) wolf shifters. They met in New York then discovered they could shift. Both of them had been put up for adoption and they really wanted to learn more about their roots. Bryce hired someone to look into their records and they were told the two of them were from Wolf Ridge in Montana. So they bought some property and moved. The two really have no clue about being shifters. Bryce and Allie are in love and would do anything for each other. Then we meet Clay. He's the one who sold them the property, and he also just happens to be a wolf shifter. Oh, did I mention he's Allie's mate?

At least through thirty-eight percent of the book I really just didn't like Allie. Then Bryce gets hired to photograph something on the East Coast, he arranges for Allie to be with Clay. Allie kind of turns into a Stepford Wife for a while. Ok, I still didn't like her, but in a different way. I guess it's mostly because at this point she's all 'I'm a female shifter and he owns me'. Huh? Where did that come from? Quite frankly, I was rolling my eyes when she and Clay were having sex. You know that's a bad sign. Sigh. It wasn’t until chapter seventeen I was okay with Allie. At this point she and Clay had truly bonded and become what I guess is called true mates. She also knows she needs Bryce in her life and he was shooting in New York determined to never return.

I chose this book to review since I recognized Ms. April's name, and even reviewed her book Arielle and the Three Wolves here at The Romance Studio. I am happy that this is a better story than the previous one I read, and Ms. April did a better job with this as a Ménage a Trois as opposed to the Ménage a Quatre from the other story. I did like the growth Allie had to go through to become one with her wolf side, well and to become tolerable to read. Both Clay and Bryce had their own growing to do, by themselves and with Allie. I kept thinking maybe Clay should take her over to another shifter’s home who has more than one mate... towards the end Clay saw hunters entering the town and I thought maybe he should warn Allie and Bryce. I did read it, and I truly liked the characters Bryce and Clay, eventually liking Allie. I was glued to my Kindle from chapters seventeen through twenty-one. I certainly shed some tears and wasn’t sure if this would end well, but it did!

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Bec
January 3, 2013

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