Wednesday, November 27, 2013

An Impossible Mate Review

Loner Matt Urban has somehow ended up as alpha to a pack of outcasts and misfits.  When Jesse Turner, a scruffy stranger with a bad attitude, turns up on his doorstep one night, Matt’s blindsided to discover he and Jesse are mates. He’s still coming to terms with the realization when a hostile alpha claims Jesse as his own.

“Firstly,” Matt said, “I need someone here to keep an eye on Tristan—”

“He’s nineteen years old,” Jesse spat. “Don’t give me that bullshit, Urban. He doesn’t need a babysitter.”

“He’s not like you, Jesse. Sure he’d fight, and he’d go down hard, but up against the kind of wolf you described? The kid wouldn’t stand a chance, and I’m not doing that to him.”

“So let Bryce or one of the others stay.”

“And secondly.” Authority rang through Matt’s voice in a way that made even Jesse think twice about ignoring it. “It’s you they want and I am not losing you, you stubborn bastard, no matter what you say.”

“You’ve got no right—”

“I’ve got every damn right.” Matt snarled. “This is my house, my territory, my pack, and you’re my mate. You will do as I damn well tell you.”

Jesse fought not to flinch at the power that flared so bright and hot in Matt. He could see now why even Karl and Christian obeyed him so swiftly. But no matter how scary Matt was in that moment, nobody told Jesse what to do.

“I want you to lock the door behind us, and you will stay here tonight.” Matt was already moving to the door, confident that Jesse would obey him.

Jesse was just winding himself back up to tell Urban to go fuck himself when Matt looked back over his shoulder. “Please, Jesse,” he said.

It sliced Jesse open, the sudden vulnerability and trust Matt showed him by asking. He found he had no defense against it.

My Review:
4 stars

I’ve gotten a bit tired of the overdone typical shifter book, and I was leery when I started An Impossible Mate. However, I was blown away. While this does have the usual shifter characteristics, I liked the differences that made the story stand out.

For one, I loved the characters. Matt was a typical alpha male, yet he was also unique enough to interest me and make me care about him. And Jesse...Jesse just made my day. I loved the mix of a scrappy, independent fighter and a vulnerable, caring man. Add in his attitude and his wit, and I absolutely loved him. I also liked the secondary characters in the pack, and finding out tidbits about their pasts just made me want to know more. I can’t wait to read their books and learn more about them.

I also liked the author’s writing style. The book flowed well, and was full of humor and wit. I was laughing throughout the book, and I couldn’t stop reading.

I also enjoyed the surprise twist thrown into the plot involving Jesse and his past (and that’s all the spoilers you’ll get from me), and I can’t wait to see where the author takes it.

Joy will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift certificate or BN eGift card (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

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December 11: Dalene's Book Reviews

Author Bio and Links:
Joy Lynn Fielding is a sucker for happy endings. She believes, however, that if characters don’t suffer along the way, they won’t fully appreciate being happy. Not all of her characters thank her for this viewpoint, but what do they know?

Joy lives in a small English market town. She has a tendency to share enthusiastically with anyone who will listen to the latest fascinating facts she’s stumbled across in her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador, who has a gift for looking as though he’s interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.



  1. Love the sound of this book. The excerpt really left me wanting more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks so much, Debby - I'm delighted to hear that. Good luck in the draw!

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  3. Thank you for hosting. It's much appreciated!

  4. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

  5. What was the hardest part about writing An Impossible Mate??

    andralynn7 AT gmaiL DOT com

    1. Hi Andra, and what an interesting question. When I first read your query, I thought my answer would be that I'd found some difficulty in balancing the 'mate' impulse with the attitudes of the guys involved (biology telling them both one thing, but their brains another), but I've just realized that there was something more difficult than that to handle, which was the rest of the pack trying to muscle their way into someone else's story.

      I'm currently working on the fourth book in the series, and it's still happening - a cameo appearance here and there satisfies none of them, it seems!

      Thanks for such a great question, and the best of luck in the draw.

  6. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks for letting me know. Good luck in the giveaway.

  8. I liked how Matt said Please in the excerpt, that he doesn't have to strong arm his way with Jesse.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed that. Jesse doesn't take well to attempts at strong arming, even from Matt! Thanks for letting me know you liked it, and good luck in the draw.

  9. this sounds so good, I love shifters and the cover is so hot. thanks for the giveaway. my email is lacombejc at suddenlink dot net

    1. Thanks so much, Christine. Good luck in the draw!