Review: Mating Instinct by Katie Reus

April 30, 2014 Reviews 2 Comments

Review: Mating Instinct by Katie ReusMating Instinct by Katie Reus
Series: Moon Shifter #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on 5 March 2013
Pages: 257
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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Werewolf enforcer Jayce Kazan has a complicated relationship with Kat Saburova. They were together and blissfully happy until Kat realised that Jayce didn’t want to make her his bondsmate and spend the rest of their lives together. Jayce can’t forgive himself for not being there when she needed him. 

A shifter transformed Kat after she received horrific injuries and gave her the one gift that Jayce had long denied her. Kat’s unfortunately knows next to nothing about pack law and has refused to integrate with the rest of the pack. Kat fails to inform her Alpha, Connor, that she wants revenge on the organisation that had her tortured making her position in the pack all the more precarious. She also earns Jayce’s ire when she puts herself in physical danger by hunting down APL members (anti-supe vigilantes) who are high on vampire blood.

Jayce knew that as an enforcer he placed a huge target on whoever he fell in love with and so tried to pretend Kat was just another human. He rationalised his behaviour any way he could but it didn’t take away the hurt when Kat refused him. Jayce is determined to protect Kat when she refuses to rekindle their romance, he settles on training her to control her inner wolf and defend herself in both human and wolf form. His reputation as a badass has been cemented in previous books which provided a nice contrast for his sensitive side that he displays when trying to romance Kat.

The way the APL self combusts is a bit disappointing as they had been touted in the previous few books as the ‘big baddies’. Reus spends a good deal of time introducing us to the next heroine in the series, Erin, which helped make this one more appetising. I think the female enforcer-in-training is an interesting character who would benefit from more page time but I couldn’t help mourning the neglect of Brianna, the Fae warrior, in this book. She randomly appears and then disappears again without contributing much to the overall story.

Please do not read this book without reading at least the previous one to orientate yourself.

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