Blake is on a mission from his alpha--to track down a werewolf whose parents dragged her into the human world years ago, one who may be in danger. He expects the lead to go nowhere, given how few wolves live among humans, but he discovers something rare indeed, caged in a basement: a beautiful, curvy woman gripped by the fever, ready to mate.
Ashley Todd has never fit in. She's always been too much--too big, too demanding, too aware of the wolf hiding beneath her skin. She's been locked away for months—been alone for a lifetime—and in walks Blake to save her from her prison. Her rescuer is hard, intense—a dominant wolf whose bossy attitude makes her growl...and yearn to submit.
Soothing Ashley’s mating fever is Blake’s responsibility--and his pleasure. Their passion is explosive, undeniable. But what started out as a job for Blake quickly becomes something more, and the toughest part of his mission looms: taking Ashley back to his pack so she can choose her permanent mate from amongst his brethren.
Ashley is drawn to dominant Blake, but meeting the rest of the pack reignites her desire. She is overwhelmed by her new life and all it entails, but embracing her inner wolf means embracing the truth: if she doesn’t explore her attraction to the other members of the pack, she’ll never find her forever mate .
Protecting Their Mate was originally published as an eight part serial under the penname Mia Thorne. It has been repackaged, but the story remains the same.
This is just the beginning of Ashley's journey as she leaves behind her human existence and embraces her werewolf heritage. The story begins with Ashley locked in a basement shortly after her mother’s death. Her father couldn't cope with his grief but to my mind that's no excuse for the mental cruelty, not to mention near starvation Ashley has gone through.
Blake has been sent by his alpha, Lucas, to discover if the rumours about Ashley are true. What he finds is a young female wolf in heat, not knowing how to shift and not realising exactly what she is. Ashley has been lied to, deceived, and now it's time for Blake to rescue her and that means taking her back to his den and his alpha!
Okay, Protecting Their Mate sets up quite nicely for whatever is still to come in this world where it seems most werewolves have retreated and lost their magic. I won't lie, it's not as this book finishes a romance but it is a very erotic story that jumps in with the willing Blake trying his hardest to satisfy the hunger that is burning through Ashley. I'm guessing each instalment will place Ashley in the arms of a different wolf as already it's setting up to be a series that allows the heroine to experience pleasure and experiment. What's interesting is the way Blake handles things as he seems quite smitten. The problem is, Blake knows Ashley's wolf will seek out the strongest and that's clearly Lucas but as this book ended and Ashley meets the alpha I was very pleasantly surprised, but alas I can say no more!
Hot, a little bit dirty, but if you enjoy something that raises your temperature, then not a bad start to this series.
This voluntary take is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are my honest and I believe fair.