by Katie Reus
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: NetGalley, Publisher
As the beast within struggles to break free, he must learn to be what she needs…
Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.
A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf.
And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job…
MATING INSTINCT is the third book in the increasingly exciting Moon Shifters series. The overarching plot dealing with human wariness and hatred towards the shifter community is fascinating. I love how each in each book we delve deeper down the rabbit hole of just how complex and evil the Antiparanormal League is. This book has everything from tons of action, racial politics, to an intense rekindling romance.
At the center MATING INSTINCT are two extremely tough characters with incredibly strong personalities. I truly admire Kat in her slow acceptance of becoming a shifter and dealing with the physical and emotional trauma of being tortured. She is strong, determined, and not willing to be coddled by anyone, which is just what I like in a heroine. Considering she is a brand new shifter, I did think she needed to calm down and reconsider her insane plans for revenge against the APL as she could very well have gotten–and almost did–get into trouble.
The relationship between Kat and Jace is sexy and volatile especially considering that Jace is very alpha and probably even more headstrong than Kat. There was so much angst and mixed feelings between these two that I was almost worried they wouldn’t get together in the end. My worries were for nought, however, and I enjoyed seeing the slow and careful rebuilding of their broken relationship especially since these two characters fit together so well.
MATING INSTINCT was a great read with complex characters, serious political issues and a world I am looking forward to coming back to in AVENGER’S MATE, the fourth book in the Moon Shifters series, due December 3, 2013.
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