Six hundred years after losing his wife and son to his cousin’s deadly scheme, the demigod cougar shifter known as Tito Perez still refuses to take a mate. He couldn’t protect his family in pre-colonial Tenochtitlan where Aztec gods freely roamed, and he won’t risk endangering another in modern New Mexico.
Too bad he doesn’t know he already has one from a tender affair with a sweet bar waitress he abandoned.
After waiting five years for Tito to return to his senses, December Farmer tracks her daughter’s absentee father to the small town of Maria, New Mexico, to make him step up, but he’s not the only one in for a shock. The town is overrun with supernatural beings and, apparently, her daughter, Cruz, is one of them.
December isn’t sure she can stomach being the mate of an immortal shapeshifter, but the stakes are higher for Tito. His cousin intends, yet again, to take away the only things Tito holds dear, and this time, Tito may have no choice but to cast his precious humanity aside and become the unflinching warrior he’s never wanted to be.
Review: This is the first in the Masters of Maria Books by Holley Trent, and I am so glad I got to read the first installment. Paranormal romance is something I really enjoy. I don’t know how I would react if the person I was dating or wanted to date was really a shifter or some other supernatural being, and was my mate to boot. I want to say that I would be brave, but I would be lying. I would probably be freaking out and running for the hills.
December handles the truth about her child’s supernatural abilities, Tito’s supernatural abilities, the fact that he’s a demigod, and her mate, well, I wouldn’t say she handled it well, but she didn’t run for the hills. She also has to accept all of the fighting amongst the Gods and demigods and all of the vendettas and curses they plague each other with. It’s a lot to handle.
Tito has to accept that he has another family to take care of and protect. He also has a meddlesome mother who is also a Goddess with incredible powers that he has to contend with. No problem. Tito is a complex character, he wants to live in peace, safety, and have a simple existence, yet he can’t because of the fighting of his family members. Tito thinks if he doesn’t engage with his family, with anyone at all, that somehow he’ll skate around all that drama. It doesn’t work like that, and he learns that lesson and so much more. This book was so good.
The first thing I thought of when I started reading this book was the show Bewitched and Samantha’s mother Endora. I thought this because of all the beings being able to pop in and out whenever and wherever they wanted. I loved that concept in the book as well as the show. Imagine being able to transport anywhere at any time. I think that would be fun, especially if that music played while I popped in.
I loved the fact that in the town of Maria, supernatural beings and humans coexist with each other and everyone guards the secret that supernatural beings live there. I have a feeling that there are going to be lots of stories and back stories and all kinds of fun stuff and I can’t wait.