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Summary: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn’t matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.
Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she’d end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.
What Rhea thought: Now, I’m Team Vampire through and through. Maybe Jacob Black ruined it for me, maybe I’m not meant to be a Wolf Chick at all, but one thing is for sure – Werewolves are a huge turn-off (thank you, Leah Clearwater.)
Enter The Mating.
“Very few free e-books are worth mentioning,” my soul-sister says. “Bull. Crap,” is always my quick reply. Moments like these I’m glad I say this to her on a regular basis.
Elise is in love. Or so, she thinks. Bryan is the one for her, she believes, and sooner than later, he’s going to ask her father–The Alpha of the Pack–for her hand in mating.
As luck would have it, a truce needs to be made with a neighbouring pack and said Alpha gives away his daughter as a Mate to the Alpha of the other pack, Kane. They mate that first night – the council leaders need the evidence, too – and Elise is sucked into the vortex of being away from her own pack, a pack she’s been born into, and adjusting with a new one, not to mention the guilt of actually enjoying the hot and amazing schmexin’ with her new husband-of-sorts.
I had my own qualms about the book. The villain was OBVIOUS and I couldn’t help but hate him/her (I’m not revealing!) Overall, The Mating is an absolute work of art and Nicky Charles has done an amazing job with the characters. An author putting up their work for free is something that has always amazed me and I couldn’t be more glad that she did!
About the Author: Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:
In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, and soon became ‘hooked’ on story telling. She joined a fan-based group for the show and through there met Jan Gordon. It was an idle comment made by Jan during a review of Black Silk (Jan’s newly published book) that inspired Nicky to write her first original story. Over the course of the next two months, she hastily scribbled down a suspense driven romance entitled Forever In Time and presented it to the world in August of 2009. Soon after, she wrote The Mating, a paranormal romance and followed it up with The Keeping and The Finding. The three stories formed a loose paranormal trilogy called The Law of the Lycans. Nicky continues to expand the Lycan series and has a long list of possible plots waiting in the wings.
Find her at her website.