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- Print Length: 159 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XDT619H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Not My Mate (shifters and partners Book 12) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Not My Mate is Charlie's story. He is an adult wolf shifter from a moneyed background, well loved by his adopted parents, smart and strong to get into the program, and talented enough to be on a special 'team' under the direct control of Grant and Sahil. (We met them in book 4, My Sahil). And while I'm mentioning that story. . . I hated it. Absolutely hated it. !! To see a human in Sahil ignore a strong alpha wolf like Grant and treat him so poorly totally turned me off. But like any good authors, that story turned around for me in this book. Sahil was abused and his horrible past was hard to overcome. All that was detailed in this story and how it affects his mating years down the road and on into Charlie's story.
Like any complex character, Charlie has vulnerabilities. He can't stand to be touched and only two people can. His father and his boss he's imprinted on, Sahil. It's a hopeless situation for Charlie and he knows it but he can't stop how he feels. Amazingly enough Grant puts up with it knowing there's nothing sexual going on, even when he's gone. All that comes to a head when Charlie's team mate and fellow wolf shifter Russ pushes his nose in.
This isn't an easy fun loving story. No. It's deep and complex, a hard won relationship that survived so much and is open to so much more. What I appreciated was seeing the growth in Russ. He reaches deep down and controls his instincts and wolf so he can slowly, with patience, and so much care, win over his mate. It's not easy to read but the end goal is wonderful. The broader view of even Sahil and Grant - Russ even learns to appreciate them and what they've done for Charlie. Tolerance. And to top it off Russ isn't a push over. He's still the big bad alpha all fierce and growly but now he's tempered it with respect and understanding.
I wondered why Charlie's parents didn't hook him up with another wolf shifter. I was under the impression they adopted a wolf shifter cub.
I wanted a few more pages with the zoo wolf stepping onto Grant's compound there. Who knows. Maybe that was a shifter and no one knew, someone lost like Charlie and not knowing his full identity.
Wonderful story, highly recommended. - Dan's Wife
Healing is a large portion of the message in Not My Mate.
Charlie has a history of being the victim of child molestation. He was groomed by a pedophile who preyed on his beliefs in 'mates' and being 'fated' to be together and he was so socially awkward with so many communication issues he couldn't bring himself to seek help from his parents or anyone else when he'd desperately needed an adult to save him. I liked that Charlie slowly realized his unrequited love for Singh could actually be genuine love for the man -love which was returned in a way which had zero to do with sex and everything to do with genuine emotion- as well as seeing him realize he could let himself try with Russ.
Russ seems to get the bad end of the stick a lot in this one. I can't really feel too sorry for him though. Charlie is so damaged. The guy really should have communicated better because it should have been obvious Charlie wasn't a good communicator. I mean, most of their conversations were traded insults then biting each other. It's not like they'd really worked on having a deep, meaningful connection prior to Russ deciding to be all "You're my mate!" to a damaged guy who couldn't bring himself to think about that idea much less have it shoved in his face as if it was a statement of fact rather than a choice.
Everyone focused on giving Charlie a choice.
That was important to me.
In the end, I really believed Russ and Charlie had gotten to a point where they'd really have their shot at love together. It might be a strange romance they shared, but romance and love should always be personal for the individuals involved. There's no sex in this book and I feel that was appropriate. Charlie wasn't ready for sex and Russ didn't need sex from him to be satisfied since to him? The best part of any day was simply getting to share it with Charlie and shouldn't that be the way of things for anyone who's in love? Being with the person you love is more important than what you do with them?
I really enjoyed this addition to the Shifters and Partners world. I also see Singh a little differently now too. I'm glad I'm able to take part in this world as a reader.
Liked Russ but story needed to be a little longer with more detail in day to day life to convince me Russ and Charlie would actually make good pair long term.
Please can we get back to adorable foxes????