Monday, March 14, 2011

Maverick’s Mate


Title: Maverick’s Mate
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren – Bookstrand, Inc.
Publisher URL: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-319-0
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Maverick feels the start of a migraine coming, he decides to head into town for some Chai tea, not knowing that he’ll be meeting his mate at the same time.

Maverick’s Mate is the first story in Lynn Hagen’s Brac Pack series and as the first story, carries a lot of responsibility since it must set up the future stories, as well as introduce the main characters. This is a big job for a novella to accomplish and while it did an excellent job in some ways, in other ways, for me at least, it fell short.

As the first book, in a 19 book series, the author did a wonderful job introducing the secondary characters and setting up the pack dynamics that will easily carry over to future stories. Maverick is the first to realize that Cecil is his mate and some readers may not look kindly on the men’s first act of intimacy. While the connection between these two soon become very strong, the men have many problems to overcome and these issues will hold the reader’s attention until the end.

However, so much is going on in Maverick’s Mate that I feel the reader does not get a real chance to see the relationship form between the men. While I loved the story and can’t wait for the rest of the series, I would have preferred not to feel as if the storyline was being rushed in order to get all the points in that the author was trying to get across.

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