(Mismatched Mates #2)
by Eliot Grayson
Captured, imprisoned, and…falling in love?
Arik is many things. Shaman, necromancer, a little on the snarky side…no one could ever accuse him of being boring. But one thing he never intended to be was imprisoned by angry werewolves. Maybe casting that love spell on the sexy alpha pack leader wasn’t such a great idea after all.
Matthew Armitage has a problem. Several of them, actually. And the biggest one is Arik. The shaman can’t be trusted. He’s dangerous enough to get the entire pack killed. Matthew knows that. But knowing doesn’t make it any easier to keep his mind (and hands) off Arik. Surely everything he’s feeling is a side effect of the spell…right?
It’s not long before enemies of the pack start circling—including one intent on claiming Arik as his unwilling mate. If they have any hope of surviving, Arik and Matthew will need to work together. And if they want a shot at happily ever after…well, they’ll just have to cross that bridge when they get to it.
If they get to it…
Captive Mate can (sort of) be read as a standalone, but works best when read in order as part of the Mismatched Mates series, beginning with The Alpha’s Warlock. This book contains a vivid memory of a sexual assault, but the assault occurs in the past and off-page and is not between the main characters.
Confession time, I haven’t read the first book in this series and while it can sort of be read as a standalone, I will admit it took 1/3rd of the book for me to become fully invested in the story, mostly because I was a bit confused over the world-building. So, I think for maximum enjoyment, reading the series in order might be best.
Arik is a great character. He’s not your run-of-the-mill protagonist, he’s more of a charismatic antagonist (think Loki from the MU). I wasn’t sure I even liked him at first, and then by 33%, I was totally charmed by him. Yes, he was kind of selfish and did some things that understandably put him at odds with the Armitage pack and Matthew, but he had good reasons to be that way, and I just loved the growth he had throughout the book. I really liked Matthew, too. He was reliable and steadfast and even if at first, his feelings were heightened by Arik’s spell, he went up and above to show his prickly mate that he really cared for him.
I really liked Nathan and Ian and I’ll definitely try to read their story at some point.
Overall, a really great read, but read book 1 first so you don’t feel as lost as I did when I started Captive Mate. It was fun, hot, engaging, and action-packed. I hope there’ll be more books in this ‘verse, so we can catch up with Arik and Matthew. Recommendable!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure a review wasn’t a requirement. ***