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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Freeing His Mate by Nancy Corrigan / @Nancy_Corrigan

Series & Title: Howls Romance: Shifter World: Shifter Affairs Series, Book 1: Freeing His Mate
Author: Nancy Corrigan
Author Links: Wbsite | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Publisher: Nancy Corrigan
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
eBook Provided By: Purchased from Amazon

When you learn your true mate is trapped in a bond she never wanted, there’s only one thing to do – free her.

I swore I’d never rejoin Shifter Affairs. I was done with the bureaucracy and the rules that stopped me from exacting my own brand of justice. Then a promise to solve a cold murder pulls me right back in.

I shouldn’t complain. The case leads me to a skittish female who triggers every primitive instinct I possess. We click. Instantly. Just like it’s supposed to be between true mates.

The only problem? Mya’s already taken. She’s also already a mother. And she’s pregnant again.

I’m too late.

I should walk away. Getting involved with Mya could cost me my head. My instincts won’t let me. Mya’s in trouble, forced into an abusive relationship for the babies she can conceive.

Not any longer. My true mate has a choice, even if the law says she doesn’t. And if it takes my death to free Mya, so be it.

~ Rick

This series is set in the same world as the Royal-Kagan series, but the stories focus on Shifter Affairs agents.

Ms. Corrigan is a new to me author, and I'm surprised and awed by the intensity with which she writes.

This shifter world is very different from others I've read about. It's complex and complicated. Laws have been established and are abided by. To challenge a law could mean death. But to take that risk... It could mean all the happiness in the world if you remain the victor.

Is it worth it? Challenging another male for the right to mate with his breeding partner if that breeding partner is your true mate? Is it worth risking the wrath of the male who claimed you against your will to let your heart lead and, for once, grab what Fate has placed in front of you?

For Rick and Mya, yes and yes.

Their story isn't the only one to unfold. The game's afoot as Rick and his new partner, Uri, work to solve a cold crime and find out who's behind the influx of drugs in town. The twist at the end, the reveal of the Whodunit, was well written. No matter how many times I read this story, connecting the dots to that final moment was impossible. Ms. Corrigan did, in my opinion, a terrific job of maintaining the suspense and mystery while letting Rick and Mya's romance grow.

The ending will leave you happy and anxious. Happy for Rick and Mya and her children, even the unborn ones, and anxious to know what comes next.

A word of warning: the archaic brutality of this world might not sit well with all readers. I get it. There's a level of civility I, myself, have come to expect in paranormal romances, and the fact this one is more supernatural and brutal took my breath away.

But is this a book worth reading? Absolutely. Rick and Mya's story is a standalone in this series. Old characters make cameos and may leave you a little lost if you haven't read any other Royal-Kagan stories, but hang in there. I promise it's worth it.

Will I read the next book? Absolutely. If Ms. Corrigan can make me sit up and take notice of this story with just the first page, I imagine the books to come will be just the same.

Nancy Corrigan is a dreamer who one day decided to write down what the voices in her head were telling her. Years later, she's still at it. The number of heroes and heroines waiting for their happily ever after have grown. As a result, you'll find her typing frantically at all hours of the day or night as she brings their stories to life.

When she's not lost in her imagination, she's busy being a wife, mother, and chemist. Yes, she might run on caffeine some days as she juggles all her roles, but that's okay. She loves coffee.

Nancy resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, their three children, dog, snake, and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars, and mythology.

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