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I Belong

Early Review: Mating Instinct by Katie Reus

Title: Mating Instinct

Author: Katie Reus

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Moon Shifter (Book 3)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451239601 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451239600 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Shirene


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…

Quick & Dirty: Relationships are messy but Jayce needs to learn whether he can live without the woman he loves or risk it all for her love.

Opening SentenceJayce Kazan parked his Harley in front of December McIntyre’s house.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

One word for this book, “DAAAANNGGG!”  This is one of the amazing results of getting to review books sometimes you will be blown away by a story, characters and author’s sheer brilliance to get a story told.  This is one of those rare and elusive gems.  There are not many authors who can be completely unknown to me and rocket to my favorite author’s list but Katie Reus has done just that.  Now let me tell you how and why.

Eighty percent of this story is told from Jayce’s perspective, our delightfully charming and sinful hero.  His motivations and presence on the page were ever present during this entire story.  The reader is gripped by his angst, uncertainty and his passion for the one woman he would save from the repercussions of his own life’s work and his inability to save her when she needed him most.

The rest of the twenty percent we see into Kat Saburova’s life after a horrific torture and near death experience which resulted in her being changed into a shifter.  She longs to let Jayce back into her life after leaving him 9 months ago due to his refusal to turn her when they were together but struggles with the fact that he lied to her which she may not be able to forgive.

The reader is also thrown into a mystery of the Antiparanormal League (APL) who are seeking to destroy the credibility of the shifters in Fontana, North Carolina through a series of unexplained deaths that are linked to a shifter.  Often this divergent story is only used to fill up pages in a book but Ms. Reus used this story line to convey more of the main characters’ story very effectively.

Some of you maybe wondering about jumping head first into a series 3 books in?  I say run to your closest bookstore or favorite online store and pre-order this book NOW.  You will not be sorry.  I’m looking forward to going back and reading the previous books of this series while I wait for the next two books to become available.

Notable Scene:

“What the hell are you doing here?” she practically shouted.

Before he could answer, Scott was next to her, in front of her actually, partially blocking her from Jayce.  “Can I help you, buddy?”

Kat smiled haughtily at Jayce.  At least Scott wasn’t a total wimp.

But then Jayce trained his gaze on the other man.  Jayce was scary when he wanted to be, and as she watched his normally gunmetal gray eyes turn to black, she actually had to force herself to stand her ground.  He growled low in his throat.  “You can go inside your fucking house and leave us alone.”

Moon Shifter Series:

1. Alpha Instinct

1.5 Lover’s Instinct

2. Primal Possession

3. Mating Instinct (March 5, 2013)

3.5 His Chosen Wolf (November 5, 2013)

4. Avenger’s Mate (December 3, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Signet Eclipse/Penguin provided me with a copy of Mating Instinct. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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