Madeline Grant has never quite felt
normal, but with the extreme tiredness and inhumanly painful
cramps she’s been experiencing lately, the ER nurse feels
less than human. That’s no surprise to Jake Redthorn. When
he comes to the hospital Maddy works at, he immediately
senses she’s a shifter and is about to go into heat.
Maddy’s in danger if she doesn’t breed with a shifter ASAP,
but Maddy’s a Lynx and Jake’s a Wolf – their mating would be
forbidden. To save Maddy, Jake calls his best friend, Will
Tanner, a Lynx shifter, and asks him to help Maddy through
her first time. But when the weather interferes and Jake’s
forced to help Maddy himself, their taboo bond sets off a
whole series of problems. Neither Jake nor Maddy’s tribe
will take their break with tradition lightly, and to make
matters worse, Will immediately falls for Maddy as well.
Will would be the perfect match for Maddy, if her heart
weren’t already taken. What’s a shifter to do?
Evangeline Anderson heats up the
holidays in this sexy shifter adventure. In
Madeline’s Mates, Will, Jake, and Maddy are all
thrown in an untenable situation. Tradition and the laws of
their people demand that Maddy and Jake be separated, even
though it’s pretty much love at first sight. Will, who
would have been the ideal man for Maddy, only comes in
second best to her affections for much of the book because
she fell for Jake first. The drawing point of this story is
the likeability and inherent honor of all three
protagonists. Yet, while Maddy and Jake’s romance captured
me from the start, her connection with Will never seemed as
solid to me. I appreciated the strong bond of friendship
between Jake and Will, but try as I might to see it
otherwise, Will felt like a third wheel. Despite Ms.
Anderson’s best efforts to convince me otherwise, I still
felt by the end of the story that Jake and Maddy would have
had a complete relationship sans Will. Still, I thoroughly
enjoyed Madeline’s Mates and when it comes to
writing meltingly hot sex scenes, few match up to Ms.