Title:An Impossible Mate
Series:Strength of the Pack, 1
Author:Joy Lynn Fielding
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex)
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Loner Matt Urban has somehow ended up as alpha to a pack of outcasts and misfits. When an injured shifter blunders onto their territory one night, swearing he didn’t know it was pack territory, Matt is suspicious. It doesn’t help that the stranger, Jesse Turner, is as stubborn as Matt. Wanting answers, Matt persuades Jesse to stay a while, and the intense attraction they feel for one another soon blazes into heat. That’s when Matt realizes—the stranger with the smart mouth and the attitude problem is his mate.
Matt, still mourning the lover he lost years ago, doesn’t want a mate, and Jesse doesn’t believe in mates. Yet neither of them can deny the pull they feel toward one another.
They’re still struggling with the situation when a hostile alpha claims Jesse. Matt has to fight to protect Jesse. First, though, he has to fight Jesse’s stubborn independence if he’s to win his heart.
This was my first time reading author Joy Lynn Fielding and I can honestly say it will not be the last. With An Impossible Mate, she managed to give me a story full of strong characters and whetted my appetite to learn what happens next. All while not leaving me feeling cheated with Jesse and Matt’s love story. Both Jesse and Matt were strong, alpha males. I was unsure if either would be able to bend enough to make things work, but Ms. Fielding showed us with love and acceptance compromise is possible. Jesse was such a hard nut to crack. He was so angry and closed off that at times I was unsure if it was possible for him to accept happiness. But Matt balanced him well even as he struggled to accept the changes having Jesse meant both for him personally and for his pack. I loved that Ms. Fielding showed both Jesse and Matt had a vulnerable side. And she did it in such a way that did not take away from their strength. I loved their make shift pack and the distinct personalities of each member. Each member added to our understanding of both Matt and Jesse. Both men learned who and what they were willing to fight for with each interaction of the pack. Ms. Fielding gave us a book full of joy, pain, laughter and love. And I for one can’t wait to see what happens next as each member finds his happily ever after in the Strength of the Pack.
Four Twinkling Stars