Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Star-Crossed Mates

Title: Star-Crossed Mates
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-654-8
Genre: {M/M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Klaus is a man who takes his responsibilities to Wolfram seriously and consequently has refused to claim his mate. For ten years Clay waited, hoping Klaus would finally complete their bond, but once again he’s rejected and with his heart breaking, leaves, realizing he can’t compete with the Magistrate. He doesn’t expect to find his other mate, Ross, when he returns to the family compound. 

Ross has been a pawn of the powerful feral, Joseph, for years and when he’s sent to spy on the spirit wolves doesn’t expect to find his mate, or to get aid in escaping, but Clay believes in him. They’re on the run from just about everyone, and Ross has been infected with the feral virus and is getting sick. If Klaus doesn’t find him in time,his sanity will be destroyed.  

Star-Crossed Mates is the final release in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Spirit Wolves series and it’s a case of leaving the best for last. The author did a great job with the characters. Who wouldn’t feel sorry for Clay being rejected by his mate? His unhappiness with Klaus, which started in book 4, only gets more intense here, as we learn what’s been going on between them. The same with Ross, who previously seemed like a bad guy. Then there’s Klaus who I had trouble liking initially because of his indifference to the pain he was causing his mate. There’s dedication to your job…but come on…can you say overboard?  

All three of these men have great depth and have also suffered in some way. Because there’s so much going on I was afraid some of the plot threads would be left dangling but Ms. Hyacinth deftly wove all the pieces together into a satisfying whole. She also gave us several twists and turns that added some great interest to the story…and then there’s the dramatic ending…I really didn’t see that one coming. It’s a creative way to fix an earlier problem and brought in a mystical character only referenced before. 

The plot flow is good; the storyline believable within the well-crafted spirit wolf world and the simmering tension between Clay, Ross and Klaus is nicely done. When they finally get to confirm their mating bond, it’s tender but also passionate. I really liked this one and when I checked Ms. Hyacinth’s website to make certain it was the last release, I was sad to see it was indeed the finale, but all isn’t lost. She does make note that at some point a spin-off series is planned, making me one happy reader. Enjoy.

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