Saturday, May 26, 2012

Haven: Rules of Mating

Title:  Haven: Rules of Mating
Author:  Nia K. Foxx
Publisher:  Loose Id
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61118-717-5
Genre:  {M/F}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Ashlei has a crush on the new sheriff, but feels he isn’t interested in her.  She also comes across as human, though she is actually a non-shifter shifter. Seth gets tongue tied around Ashlei, but all that changes after he is attacked during a hunt. 

Haven: Rules of Mating was a fun book to read.  As the first book in the Haven series, it was full of light-hearted moments, as well as a mystery subplot that will carry throughout the series, though this showed up late in the story.  Ashlei is resigned to live her life as the ‘mascot’ of the town and the constant matchmaking efforts of her mother.  I thought she was well-balanced with the exception of one area of her life which Seth changed.   

Once Seth made love to Ashlei, other single shifters decided it was okay to try to date her, which caused some very ugly misunderstandings, due to rules within this shifter society that Ms. Foxx created.  This also led to some very humorous situations later. 

Ashlei’s family and friends are interesting characters, and I can see where there will be some very interesting stories in the future.  The mystery-suspense was very slowly revealed and gave just the barest hint of what may come.  I love a good suspense story and this did frustrate me a little as I wanted more details.   

Be aware that there are some rough scenes, but it is in keeping with the shifter mating rules and relationships and was done very well in my opinion.  The heat generated between Ashlei and Seth is intense.  Their relationship was not always smooth, even at the end, which is more true to life than a lot of other stories, but the resolution was done well.   

This series will have to be read in order if the mystery is any indication, but I am looking forward to it.

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