Member of the Black Hills Pack in Los Lobos, South Dakota, Jace Matthews is sent to check out the new owner of a piece of land adjoining his packs. Once he steps into her small bookstore in Collins, he’s taken by surprise by the small, prim woman behind the counter. At once, he recognizes his mate. While the wolf inside urges him to complete the bond, Jace knows he must take his time with his human mate. But when danger arises, threatening Michelle’s life, Jace is done waiting. It’s time to claim his mate.
After she inherits her aunt’s property, Michelle Sanders moves to Collins, South Dakota, to escape the monotony of her routine life. Unfortunately, the only person she manages to befriend is not only the hottest guy on the planet, but also gay. However, she never expects a favor for her sexy new friend to result in a series of weird events that will change her life forever.
Review: Claiming His Mate, a novella is the fifth book in the Black Hills Wolves series. It can be read as a stand-alone. This is my first time reading M. Limoges’ work as such I was not sure what to expect. What drew me to this title were the cover and the synopsis. I am a big fan of stories about werewolves so I figured this would have been a treat for me.
It was a quick and easy read. I finished reading it in one sitting. This installment tells the story of Jace, a werewolf and Michelle a human book store owner. Michelle had relocated to Los Lobos after her aunt had died and left her everything she had owned. The instant Jace laid eyes on her he knew that she was his mate. On the advice of his pack he decided to court her in the human way, this however had its challenges. There were some moments in the story that had me chuckling.
The characters were not sufficiently developed. It’s my opinion that the length had a lot to do with this. There was a little background information on Michelle but for Jace it was non-existent. This made it somewhat difficult to connect with them. I did not like how the threat to Michelle was dealt with. A land developer by the name of Carl Marston was interested in her land and no indication was provided as to his reason for wanting to acquire it. It’s obvious that it was important as he had threatened her because she refused to sell. This aspect of the story was rushed and not adequately dealt with.
This was a very steamy read. The plot on the other hand was very predictable. There was nothing unique about this story. It was pretty much the same thing I have read in other werewolf stories. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this installment and would love to read the other books in the series.