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Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Mates Since Birth by Miranda Stowe

Title: Mates Since Birth
Series: Half-breed Shifter Series Book 3
Author: Miranda Stowe
Published: 2013 Whispers Publishing
Format: Ebook provided for review
Tour: Yes, Sizzling PR

Who knew one little mark could bond them together for eternity?

When a stranger shows up in her front yard claiming he’s her mate, Ari Fallow wants to laugh in Dane Griffin’s face. But the sleek, sophisticated jaguar makes her hormones hum with a desire she can’t deny. She almost wants to believe his claim that she’s been his since birth.

Her father, however, is still sore over the fact Dane marked her when she was only minutes old. After summoning a pack of wolves to their quiet community for Ari to make her own decision about which male she wants, Dane's original plan to sever his ties to Ari fly out the window. He can’t lose her again. This time, he's playing for keeps.

Mine.  Every PNR fan I know gets giddy goosebumps when they see those four letters italicized on their page, and I'm no exception.  I read this book in one day and I loved it.  I have to catch up books one and two and see if book four is out.  This one book made this series an instant hit with me. I absolutely love stories about mated shifters.  This one is terrific with lots of action, heat, and a few tender moments sprinkled in.

Right away you get to meet Ari, who is a wolf and deer shifter.  How cool is that?  But her wolf is predominant.  And when we first meet her she is trying to get her cat out of a tree.  She loves cats, but for the life of her, she can't keep one as a pet.  This whole scene made me giggle.  Then Dane comes along, and it is a good thing that Ari lives in a half-breed shifter community, Dane makes sure of that. My giggles stopped and the swoon started!  Wooooo, talk about hot!

Dane right off the bat had that smart ass edge to him, which I loved.  He helps Ari, and informs her that she is his mate and they actually already know eachother.  The care in his eyes really endears him to me.  You can tell he loves her, and has always loved her.  That jaguar has a whole lot of swagger, and I couldn't get enough of him from the first page to the last.

Then, as the story goes on and things come to light, other things are set metaphorically on fire between the two of them.  This book was awesome in all aspects.  I think the idea of hybrid shifters is great, and to pair a wolf with a deer in a woman?  Awesome!! And when stuff goes down, and everyone's back is against the wall, the action and drama were exciting.  So yep, I'm a fan for sure now.  Like I said, I have to catch up on the rest of this series - but I definitely will. I think if you are looking for something hot and exciting, with some great comebacks and strong characters, this is definitely a series to check out.

About the Author:
Authors Bio: Miranda lives with her wonderful, Brad-Pitt-lookalike husband (hey, they're both blond-haired and blue-eyed) and adorable still-needs-to-learn-the-meaning-of-NO toddler daughter on their spacious corn-field-and-cow-pasture-front property in Kansas.

Librarian by day and author by night, she is also published in YA and contemporary mainstream romance under a different pen name.