Tuesday, June 7, 2016

REVIEW Claimed Vol 2 by the Mate by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

Claimed by the Mate
Vol. 2: A BBW Werewolf Menage 2-in-1 Romance
by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur
Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur return with another scorching volume in their Claimed by the Mate series featuring two delicious, unforgettable novels in one!

Categories ~ paranormal romance, wolves, menage
Audience 18+ 
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In Wild Passions by Kate Douglas, six women—friends closer than sisters—head off to an exclusive mountain resort for a week-long bachelorette getaway, where most of the women just want to know if there are any good men left in the world.

There are, and they’re the men of Feral Passions, a unique resort located on a private wolf preserve, owned and run by a pack of sexy werewolves who use it as their own personal hunting ground for mates.

In Her Perfect Mates by A.C. Arthur, Malec Zenta was part of a loving lycan family until his twin brother’s suicide took a piece of his soul. Channing Verdi never knew his parents, but that was fine because at the age of sixteen on the night of the full moon, he realized his purpose. The only pleasure these two betas have managed to find in their life was in the bed with the women they shared. Now, a human woman has entered their lives...a woman who sets their primal instincts on fire, a woman they can't help but stake their claim on...and give her the ultimate pleasure of being with two shifters at once.

In Wild Passions by Kate Douglas, A cute, fun, emotional story where Meg, Dar, Elle, and Jules who have been BFF's since early childhood head off for a fun week before Meg gets married to hotter than hot Zach. Everyone loves a story with hot male shifters and equally hot women right? Well this is actually more than that. 

This book deals with some emotional baggage carried by several of the characters. As a reader we can see that it is only baggage, not truth and we hope that they work things out. Several things are woven into the story, BBW women, a taller than average woman, and some who do not feel they deserve all the wonderful things they have. I loved how this story hit on all these issues in a kind and gentle way but kept the overall theme of finding a mate and Meg coming to terms with if she loved Zach enough to marry him. 

Trak is the alpha and his interaction with Meg was critical to Meg's soul searching. The way the author handled Zach and Trak's meeting was priceless and brought a smile to my face. There are still several lycan males who do not have mates and I can't wait to see their stories in the future.

I give it 4 STARS for a brilliant display of multiple characters being featured with equal importance.

In Her Perfect Mates by A.C. Arthur, My first story by this author and it is a very satisfying read. Her characters are a mix of dark and light but she balances the three main characters brilliantly with her writing skills. This story deals with a dangerous unknown shifter, secrets, and people wanting or not wanting someone special in their life.

Bad boy Malec will draw the female readers in but Channing is the one that will warm their heart. Their relationship and support of each other is unique. A unique blend that works for the reader and keeps them interested to read further.

I related to Caroline with her past life and her desire to have a different one, a better one. Both Malec and Channing push against her wall she puts up, hitting her in areas of her life she doesn't want to acknowledge. But she knows how to push back as well and she does it with style.

This story gets 4 STARS for showing that your true self will bring you all the happiness your desire. So I wonder will Phelan have his story?

a copy was gifted via Netgalley

Kate Douglas ~ Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly where she covered everything from high school sports to drug busts, and then, in the mid-1980s, decided to write her first romance.

Many submissions and rejections followed.

In 1998, she published with a small ebook publisher before anyone knew what an ebook was, but it wasn't until 2005, a full twenty years after finishing that first romance, that she signed with a New York publisher.

In January 2006, Kensington Publishing launched their Aphrodisia imprint of erotic romance with Kate's Wolf Tales, a sexy paranormal series about a lost race of shapeshifters. Kate has continued on as the imprint's lead author, with twenty-one novels and novellas in the full Wolf Tales series. She also has a series with Kensington's Zebra imprint, DemonSlayers, and has just completed her latest Aphrodisia series, Dream Catchers, which opened with the NightShift anthology and her novella, Dream Catcher, followed by the novels Dream Bound and Dream Unchained.

Her next series, Spirit Wild, debuts April 30, 2013 with Dark Wolf. This is a spin-off series that takes place in the Chanku world readers first met in Wolf Tales. Characters are the grown children of the first Chanku.

Kate and her husband of over forty years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the small town of Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. 

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Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

Working in the legal field for almost thirteen years now she’s seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven reading a romance novel brings. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!

During the course of her writing career Artist has won the YOUnity Guild’s Best New Drama and Romance Author Award in 2005/06; been nominated 3 years straight for EMMA Awards, with the fourth time being a charm she took home the 2007 EMMA Award for Favorite Romantic Suspense; and has also received her first Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Nomination for Best African American Romance. She is represented by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC

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