Shannon is a quarter puma but can’t shift. She’s just a human with a few extra genes. But she knows how dangerous shifters are and now she’s their prey, captured by a group of werewolves for a deadly hunt. Then she’s rescued by the biggest werewolf of them all. He’s the sexiest male she’s ever seen-jet-black hair, muscular body, piercing dark eyes and a growl that heats her blood.
Anton’s body responds fervently to Shannon and he vows to protect her with his life-only to discover she’s the enemy. As the future alpha of his pack, Anton knows a cat will never be accepted. There’ll be hell to pay. But it’s mating heat, and he’s about to lose all control to that driving sexual need. His wolf wants her, can smell her desire. There’s no way to stop it now-his animal won’t be denied.
As much as I enjoyed Mate Set, I enjoyed His Purrfect Mate even more. Once again Dohner wastes no time sucking the reader into the action as Shannon is running for her life, her fear palpable as she scales a tree to avoid being torn apart by wolves. Her fear escalates when she realizes that these aren’t just wolves, but werewolves – the most vicious of shifters and a cat shifter’s natural enemy. What made me feel so strongly for Shannon and her situation was that it wasn’t enough for the wolves in question to hunt her; no, when they happened upon her shopping, they knocked her out, kidnapped her, and gave her a head start for the hunt. Talk about an action-packed beginning!
Fortunately for Shannon, the future Alpha of the pack – Anton – happens upon the scene and sends the “pups” running. This is fortunate not only because he has the authority to do so, but also because his sense of smell is currently impaired (I loved that tidbit) and is unable to detect her cat shifter scent. Once he extends his protection to her, his honor will not allow him to withdraw it when he learns that she’s the “enemy,” especially after he discovers she can’t actually shift. When it becomes clear that it is not safe for Shannon to return home, Anton insists she remain with him. But his motives aren’t entirely pure because he finds himself drawn to the cat and with his mating heat approaching, he can’t imagine spending his time with anyone else. While the passion between the two is intense and the sex scenes hot as heck, being the future Alpha means that Anton has certain expectations he’s expected to meet and mating with a cat is so NOT one of them. This provides fodder for a lot of the conflict within the book, the most devastating for Anton and his brothers being that they learn their mother’s true nature.
I have read His Purrfect Mate several times and always enjoy it. The relationship that develops between Shannon and Anton is intense and progresses quickly, but we are dealing with shifters so it’s to be expected. The bond they form is vital when faced with the betrayal that leads to Shannon being kidnapped … again, poor girl. As expected, the author crafts the purrfect ending for them that clearly demonstrates how much they’ve learned about one another in their short time together and how important they are to the other. While we don’t get to catch up with Mika and Grady from book one, we are given a bit of an update on them – it is, after all, mating season and they are otherwise occupied. Dohner is one of my automatic one-click authors. I love the way that her books combine action, romance, and off-the-charts hot sex with interesting characters; that all of her males are ruggedly alpha male (whether they are human or not) just makes the books that much more enjoyable and His Purrfect Mate is no exception. But the best part of this reread is that I get to read Mating Brand next. For the first time. I cannot wait!!!