Published by Harlequin on January 1st, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes, with one sex scene involving drugs.
Reviewed by: Kim
Lost Mermaid. Werewolf Protector.
When Zach Cantrell’s mermaid sister disappears, he goes looking for answers. What he finds instead is Shayla Dover, a mermaid princess moonlighting as a paranormal investigator. Even for a mermaid, she’s mesmerizingly gorgeous… Not that it should matter to Zach. His marriage has already been arranged. Shayla has her own reasons to keep her distance from this sexy shifter.
But, after an attack on Shayla’s life, their undeniable attraction quickly grows into something much deeper. Soon they find themselves pitted in a race against time amid a sea of lies, betrayal and an enemy that threatens them both…
With so much focus on the underwater characters, it’s disappointing that THE TEXAS SHIFTER’S MATE didn’t try to capitalize on the originality of its premise. This book should have had the word mermaid in the title. Zach and Shayla are torn between land and sea for most of the book, which makes their HEA that much more satisfying.
The mystery of Zach’s missing sister was interesting and the reveal of the big bad genuinely surprised me, which is hard to do in a genre so filled with tropes. I also loved the distinctions between the different supernatural creatures.
I really enjoyed exploring both Galveston, and the nearby underwater city of Coral, and discovering the fledgling Shadow Agency, the detective agency that Shayla and her friends start. This book was obviously written as the first in a series, with the tropes of having multiple single girls and a much larger world peeking around the edges. Unfortunately, it seems like that the proposed series never happened and parts of the story seem rushed because of that.
Although most of the sex was hot, there was one scene in particular that irked me. Shayla had been accidentally drugged, which makes her sexually aggressive and she pounces on Zach. Although they were both consenting, she didn’t tell him why she was acting so aggressive and that omission felt off in a book about kidnapping young girls for unknown purposes.
This isn’t a perfect book, but the mystery and the emotionality of the characters were fun enough to make me forget any awkward bits while I was reading. If you want original mythology and heroes and a mystery that is way bigger than it appears, THE TEXAS SHIFTER’S MATE is just the fluff you need.Similar Titles: