Title: Lost Mate
Author: Dirk Greyson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Shifter
Page Count: 96
Reviewed by: Colin Hardy
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and the foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power than the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.
Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncle’s plans, and when one of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.
The author has a number of existing publications to his name, but sadly this reads like a first novel attempt.
The plot is formulaic, if you are looking for twists and surprises then you won’t find them here. Most of the scenes in the story are predictable and err on the safe side. As such there is little tension, which makes for light reading. The characters are reasonably well defined, but the style of writing is such that there is no sense of richness to either their looks or personality development. Similarly, location is not fully defined.
The two central characters, Falco and Carter are the most fully developed, but even so they lack depth. This applies to their thoughts and actions when together or apart. The passion between them and the sex, when they get round to it, holds your attention but not sufficiently to make the characters believable.
The book is easy to read and is sufficiently well structured that it can be picked up and put down without the need to backtrack. The writing style if simplistic and naive which makes the book a fast read.
The ending was predictable and very up-beat. This is not a book you would want to re-read or leave you with the anticipation of a sequel.