An Arranged Mating (Susan’s Review)

Title: An Arranged Mating
Author: Jane Wallace-Knight
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Release Date: July 12th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 37,560
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Hunter White left home as soon as he was able. Coming back to take over as alpha, Hunter learned of the serious debt his father had left the pack with. Desperate to save them, Hunter entered into a deal with a powerful vampire. The nest leader would pay off all the pack’s debts, on one condition—Hunter had to take a vampire for a mate.

Vampire Aeron Lyons had been in some serious scrapes during his unnaturally long life, but nothing came close to this. Being given to an alpha werewolf, like he was some sort of bargaining chip, wasn’t what Aeron wanted for his life, but he wasn’t dumb enough to say no to a man like Ken Roberts.

Resigning himself to join a pack who already dislikes him on principal, Aeron has no idea how rocky the road ahead will be or how he’s going to spend the rest of his life with a man who hates him.

Interesting premise, but it didn’t pull me in as I hoped it would. The romance was too rushed for me to believe in it.

Aeron is a vampire with a debt. The leader of his vampire nest has been paying for his mother’s medical bills for years, so Aeron knows he has no choice to do what Ken asks of him. And Ken asks Aeron mates with a werewolf. A werewolf who is not interested in mating with a vampire unfortunately. But since Ken wants an alliance, the alpha has no choice but to agree to these terms as well.

And that’s how Aeron finds himself in Brekkle Bay, where he is about to mated to Hunter, the alpha.

Hunter has become alpha after his father died 4 months ago. But it looks like the pack has not accepted him as his new leader yet. And it doesn’t help that he has taken a vampire as a mate. If only the pack knew the financial trouble the pack was in and why Hunter had to mate in the first place…

I liked how this started out. I liked that Aeron was quite a happy person and that he did not let Hunter’s grumpiness get to him. I wanted Aeron to slowly thaw Hunter so that they could kiss and be happy. But before that could really happen, the action started. And I had a hard time that one moment Aeron was thinking that they hardly knew each other (which was true), and a couple of hours later he came to the conclusion he loved Hunter. And even after the love declarations, they went back and forth telling each other that they didn’t knew each other that well. It was very confusing.

So while I liked some parts of the story, I just wanted a bit more. More romance, more relationship development, more in depth side characters. Everything was so rushed that there simply was’t time for all of that. Too bad, because this could have been great.

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