Claiming Their Mate by Paige McKellan

Samhain Publishing

Erotic Shape Shifter

ISBN: 978-1-59998-915-8

Reviewed by Talia Ricci



Jules Kingston has always known that it would be her duty as her fathers' heir to become Lioness of her Pride - she just didn’t know she would have to assume this position so soon.  Her fathers have decided to step down as Leos of the Pride and in doing so have made Jules' life a living Hell.  It is the tradition of her Pride to have two Leos and one Lioness in charge.  Much to Jules' dismay, when her fathers step down, every lion in the direct vicinity is sniffing after her trying to get her to mate, and she's tired of it.  Ready to run, Jules comes face to face with the two men who have no qualms about claiming their mate.

Luke and Gabe Beckett knew three years ago that Jules was destined to be their mate and went to her fathers to cinch the deal.  Of course, Jules’ fathers neglected to tell her that bit of information and when she finds out, she does exactly what they'd thought she'd do—she tries to run.  She doesn’t get very far and when she's caught by Luke and Gabe, Jules is taken to their home and claimed.  The mating will come later once she accepts her position.  Time is not on their side, however, because Luke and Gabe aren’t the only lions wanting Jules.  Now they must accept a mating challenge with the hope that they will be the victors.

Claiming Their Mate was a great book!  I loved how Luke and Gabe could sense Jules’ thoughts and feelings and did their best to make her comfortable in her new home.  Jules’ temperament often seemed off to me—I wanted her to care for the brothers as much as I could tell they cared for her. But, despite that, I enjoyed the foray in the White Sands Pride of lions.  Claiming Their Mate was sensual and highly charged.  It was a well written ménage that was almost innocent in its sensuality because of the lack of a certain sexual position shown in most ménage stories.  The ending was sublime, although it seemed a bit cut off because I would have loved to have seen Luke, Jules, and Gabe at home in their own bed loving each other.  However, that wasn’t enough to keep me from reading another book by Paige McKellan.  She is on my radar now, and I can’t wait to read more of her work! 


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