Mated by Midsummer

Stratton Wolves, #1

Ten years is a long time, and Kelli is finding out some things don't change no matter how much time passes. Max is right where she left him, both physically and determined to make her his. She took the "easy" way out last time, but this time she's taking a closer look at what, and who, she left behind.

Eighteen years old is pretty young to be presented with the prospect of a forever mate, and it took guts for Kelli to clear out. But did she have the whole picture of what was in store for her? As the story progresses, we find Kelli isn't just an object or a means to an end for Max. He's bided his time and been careful of his bed partners, since he was "saving himself" for Kelli. In other words, only human sex partners, no wolves. I kind of liked that consideration and Max just became more endearing as the story went on. Of the two characters, I must say Max was my favorite. Kelli kind of tucked tail and ran, and I got why, but it messed with my interpretation of her as an alpha.

Most of the story is Max and Kelli reconnecting, a jealous female wolf who thinks Max should be hers, and a lot of foreplay leading to the epic sex scene. No epilogue, but two more books in the series. A good read.

Book Blurb for Mated by Midsummer

Weddings are awesome, as long as they're not hers. Not so awesome? Facing the Alpha she ran from...

After living for years amongst humans, Kelli Copeland has to go home for her brothers wedding. She's hoping that a decade is enough for pack alpha, Max, to forget her, settle down and have a passel of kids. If she's lucky, he'll be old and grey to boot.

No. Such. Luck.

Pack alpha Max Daniels could have the pick of the females in Stratton, but he only wants one woman, the one who ran from him years ago. When he learns Kelli is back in town, he'll do everything in his power to make sure she doesn't leave again. Up to and including kidnapping her… The problem is, he isn't the only wolf in town with an agenda.

This time, Kelli's departure might the permanent kind.

*Please note: previously published elsewhere under the title 'Midsummer Heat'*

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.00