Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To Catch His Mate

Author: J. D.  Walker
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publishers URL: http://www.amberquill.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-68175-059-0
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Shape-shifter        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Felix can’t believe the thief he has been tracking has struck once again.  Determined to catch him, Felix uses a few “off the books” tricks to find his man.  What surprises him is that his thief also turns out to be his mate.

To Catch His Mate is my first book by this author and is one I will be re-reading again.  It is a shape-shifter story with a bit of a twist.   While both main characters are feline shape-shifters, Felix has no knowledge of his background.  Found as a young boy by the man who ends up raising him, Felix knows he can change, but not why or who he really is.  While the book was well done, this is one part of the story that I wish the author would have spent more time on and hope the author plans on a sequel to address this issue, especially given the way the story ended.

The main characters, Felix and Tyler, are both likeable characters.  Total opposites, Felix is an insurance investigator trying to track down a serial cat burglar.  Tyler, as you would guess, is the thief Felix is looking for.   During the course of his investigation, Felix begins to pick up on a smell that leads him to believe the person he is looking for may be his mate.  I found it funny that the only reference Felix had for this possibility was shows like Twilight and True Blood.  This is a change from what we normally see and I liked this little twist. 

While the way the two men meet is not much of a surprise, the reason for Tyler’s choice of hobby is.  I really felt bad for Tyler, who like Felix, found himself without his family at an early age.  Where his story changes is that unlike Felix, Tyler had no one to care for him and so finds himself wandering, never making strong connections, and falling in with a bad crowd.  Hoping to make a better life for himself, he takes a job with plans to finally settle down.  Then, at a weak moment, he shifts and is seen by some of his co-workers.  From there his life is no longer his own. 

I like the way these two men connect, and their relationship moves fast.  The need for Felix to make Tyler his, and secure the mating bond, is strong and plays into many of Felix’s actions.  Felix is not able to put aside his duties to his job, however, and I wondered just how all of this would pan out. 

While some may find aspects of this story predictable, it is an entertaining read that will hold your interest.  There are some points that the readers may find surprising and there were a couple of instances that I did not see coming.  One even had me close to tears.  I do love the ending and thought the way the author wrapped up the story was well done.  I am interested to see what else the author has planned and will be checking the author’s website to see what will be coming in the future.

1 comment:

J.D. Walker said...

Thanks so much for your kind review. :)