Title: At Sixes and Sevens (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #4)
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 10th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Werecats mating with humans was bad enough…. But an Alpha werewolf?
Aidric’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Alpha Carter Lovelock of the Dark Lake Pack—who is apparently his mate. Now Aidric must decide whether to accept the mate the goddess chose, or deny her gift because cats and dogs just don’t mix.
Carter is in a pickle. He always assumed his mate would be a female werewolf. How else is Carter supposed to carry on his line and retain Alphaship? When Aidric comes into his life, Carter’s ex, Sabrina, isn’t giving up easily. Her brother, Delaney, is a thorn in Carter’s side, and some of the other werewolves go out of their way to make Aidric feel unwelcome, including one of his deltas, Evan.
Unfortunately, what little headway they make is destroyed during a full moon hunt when enemy werewolves attack Aidric and threaten the pack house where the Dark Lake pups are kept—an ambush that could have devastating consequences on their future.
Werewolves are notoriously insular, and before Carter and Aidric can build the life they want with each other, they’ll face a fight for acceptance.
I had such a good time reading this and I want to say this was adorable, because I really do think it was in a lot of parts – but I also think that would give the wrong impression of the story.
At Sixes and Sevens is told from the dual POV of Aidric – who is a beta in his clowder of cat shifters, and Carter – who is the Alpha to his pack of werewolves. At Sixes and Sevens picks up about a week after the end of It Takes Two to Tango where Aidric and Carter had both immediately recognized they are mates.
Carter is confused but pretty happy with the whole thing, because he has been been actively searching for sixty-five years to find his mate, so even though it isn’t quite how he thought it would be he is determined to claim Aidric.
My species believed the wolf god, Fenrir, created mates, and I’d found mine.
It’s not so easy for Aidric. I thought the very real complication of Aidric leaving everything he has ever known and starting over somewhere where all the rules and the customs are completely different was handled really well. When Aidric agrees to visit Carter and his pack to see how well they could possibly get on, I was really happy that it wasn’t an instantaneous well-we’re-mates-so-I’m-moving-in-regardless-of-all-this-emotional-baggage kind of thing.
Out of the two of us, Aidric was giving up far more. Somehow I needed to convince Aidric it was worth it. If I had to threaten everybody in my pack in order to make sure Aidric had a nice time, I would.
Aidric has his doubts, but he also has his friends who make sure to help him with some pretty great advice.
“I’m saying you need to trust in our goddess. This isn’t a mistake. She paired the two of you together for a reason. It’s up to you and Carter to figure out what that reason is.”
“Dammit.” I rolled my shoulders, trying to loosen some of the tension. “All I wanted was a nice quiet life.”
“That might’ve been what you wanted, but are you sure that’s what you needed?”
Out of the two of them it’s Aidric who actually not only has more to lose, but also more to grow. Carter is very open from the beginning and willing to accept his mate. It’s Aidric who has to work through some issues.
I really liked the pacing of the story, which I thought was great, but mostly I loved that it was so important that Aidric and Carter communicate with each other. AND THEY DO! THEY ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER!
Not only that, but the two develop an even closer bond than any other before them, which was really cool, but it’s also one of the things I wish had been explored or explained more.
I loved how their sexual dynamic worked – there’s plenty of passion as Carter and Aidric solidify their mating bonds with some fun dirty talk thrown in – but I also loved that outside sex they are so playful with each other, especially in their animal forms that I had quite a few laugh out loud moments.
This was a fun read that I couldn’t put down. Plenty of hot sexy times, dirty talk, lots of action, humor, and a great pace combine to make this a great addition, and I really hope this isn’t the end of the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series.
We only get one destined mate.