Hello friends! Today I’ve got my book review for
The Mating Heat by Bonnie Vanak.
The Mating Heat is a novella (#0.5) to the Werewolves of Montana series.
Trigger/Content Warnings: Physical Abuse, Drug Abuse, Body Weight Issues (main female character)
After an explosive kiss that awakened a burning passion, Lupine Kara Mitchell is certain she will never see Ryder Carrington again. Her alpha father punished them for their illicit love and Kara fled their home with her brother Aiden to start a new life in Montana. Left scarred by her father’s ugly cruelties, she is certain no Lupine can ever love her. When Aiden faces financial ruin, she risks going back to find her family’s cache of gold and is captured by Ryder.
Former Omega werewolf Ryder Carrington spent ten hellish years living under the thumb of his cruel, violent leader. After killing his alpha in a Challenge to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate to bring peace to his fractured people. Kara is his and his alone. He will never let her go, despite Aiden’s demands to release her. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…
Warning: This is a romance novel containing explicit sex and language. Not intended for anyone under the age of 18
The Mating Heat wasn’t for me —- to say the least.
Quickly into reading The Mating Chase, I realized just what TMC was really about. And honestly, I wasn’t for it. I finished reading The Mating Chase and I’ve got to tell you that The Mating Chase is truly a short novel that is only Porn with Little Plot.
The main aspect of this novel was really only about how Ryder needed a mate to help calm the pack down. And he chose his long-time crush, Kara.
While I read Ryder’s point of view, I couldn’t help but be a little irked by him. He comes off as a douche most of the time. I’m not even kidding—- for at least 95% of The Mating Chase, Ryder is a total asshole.
Both Ruder and Kara have heavy pasts. I won’t be talking about that, just in case you plan to read The Mating Chase in the future.
Ryder is very controlling, and that pissed me off a lot. What makes me even angrier is that his possessiveness and his need to….control almost everything had tried to be justified because he was the True Alpha.
When I read Kara’s point of view I found that she too had some stuff about her that I didn’t enjoy. Mainly that she had an issue with her weight, and that she had typical “girl problems” (not to say that these aren’t problems that everyone has). I just don’t like how the topic was approached and then brushed over.
Another thing that I didn’t like about this story was how forced most of the dialogue felt. There was also parts of the story that felt forced as well.
Overall I didn’t particularly enjoy The Mating Chase, but I didn’t hate it either.
I give The Mating Chase, 2 stars.
Have you read The Mating Chase? What are your thoughts on the story?
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