Friday, August 19, 2011

Three Mates, One Destiny

Title: Three Mates, One Destiny
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-653-X
Genre: {M/M/M} Werewolf Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

With his father mated to two spirit wolves, finding a cure to the feral virus has become the entire focus of Paulie’s life. Between living at the isolated Hart compound and the dedication to his research, he doesn’t have a personal life, but that changes with the arrival of hunters, Marcus and Sebastian. Paulie gets the surprise of his life on discovering the two are his mates but he’s reluctant to confirm their bond, feeling like a third wheel. 

Marcus and Sebastian have battled many things in their century-long mating but fighting against Paulie’s mistrust, while trying to win his heart is the hardest fight of their long lives. As they struggle to convince Paulie of their heartfelt sincerity, betrayal and danger surrounds them. Can they find happiness or will the ferals working against them win? 

Three Mates, One Destiny is book four in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Spirit Wolves series and it’s my favorite, thus far. This unique and interesting set of books just keeps getting better and better. Note: Due to the importance of returning characters and the ongoing plotline, I suggest they be read in order. 

After meeting Paulie in the first book, it’s nice to see him, as an adult, working with his dad to find the cure for the feral virus. I liked how the author gave the series continuity by using the research theme through all four books and seeing the close relationship between Paulie and his father is a nice touch.  It’s also nice that the author managed to integrate so many of the characters met in previous books into the story. 

Adding mates Marcus and Sebastian is Paulie’s final step into the adult world and Ms. Hyacinth uses her creative skill to take a character that readers have seen as a child and changes him realistically into a grown up. I liked that Paulie didn’t jump into mating Marcus and Sebastian without thinking about the repercussions. He has a mind of his own and doesn’t want to feel controlled by the bond instead of his heart. Good for you, Ms. Hyacinth.

Lastly, I liked that there is plenty of well plotted action scenes with their enemies to balance out against the new and growing three-way relationship, and the ending sets up the next book nicely. I can’t wait to see what happens in Star Crossed Mates.

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