Friday, October 18, 2013

The Mountain Man’s Mate

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-77111-662-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Jason can’t handle things at home anymore, he heads to his uncle’s for help.  Only Raul isn’t where Jason thought he would be and when Jason does find him, he is not sure how happy Raul will be to see him.  Then there is the big mountain of a man that Jason can’t help but be attracted to.  When secrets come to light, Jason wonders where that leaves him.

With each new book that Ms. Richard’s introduces to the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, the author brings more new characters and situations that keep the readers coming back.  The Mountain Man’s Mate is no exception.  Both main characters are new to the reader.  Jason is Raul’s nephew who shows up in need of help.  I love that the author makes these characters so believable; you can feel Jason’s anxiety as he shows up unexpectedly on his uncle’s doorstep. When you find out why Jason has left home, it is easy to understand why many of the secondary characters become upset. 

Michel is over three hundred years old and came to the States with the original pack alpha.  Currently in hiding, something shifters have to do from time to time, he is used to being alone but it is not something he likes.  Michel is a big man and I love the gentleness he shows Jason as he tries to woe the younger man.  There is a strong connection between the two, and the author brings that out with some intensely passionate scenes. 

The Mountain Man’s Mate, like some of the previous books in the series, centers on a pair, where one of the men is human that does not know about the shifter world that exists around them.  In this story, that person is Jason and the author does a good job keeping the telling fresh.  The way that Jason finds out about shifters is different from what we have seen before and the twist it throws into the sub-plot is sure to cause some important changes.  

In The Mountain Man’s Mate, Ms. Richards clears up one of the long running sub-plots that have existed in this series.  It did leave me wondering just what she has planned for the future books.  At first, I have to admit, I was glad to see the way things played out with the scientists, yet at the same time could not help feeling that the other shoe had yet to fall.  

I find this series a fun read with many wonderful and quirky characters.  While some of the stories have some angst, it is not heavy handed or dark.  There is some crossover between this series and the author’s Kontra’s Menagerie series. While it is not necessary to read them in order, it is strongly recommended.

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