Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lost Mate by Dirk Greyson

Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and the foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power than the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.

Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncle’s plans, and when one of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge shifter fan, but the blurb got my attention. Falco met his mate when he was 12 and has waited for him ever since. When he finds Carter unexpectedly, he can’t believe his luck. With unrest in Falco's pack, he doesn't think he can have his mate and his pack. Carter was a sweetie, he just had a good heart and was willing to give up his mate for the good of the pack. I wish this book was a little longer, but it was a good fast read.

I really enjoyed this book. Falco finds his mate when he is just a boy, then he disappears without a trace one day.

After looking for his mate for years Falco gives up on the fact that he might never have him again. Until he finds Carter again. Problems arise and the pair are prepared to do what is best for the pack, even if that means losing each other.

I love a good shifter book and this didn't disappoint.

3.5 Stars

Dirk Greyson is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style easy to read, with a rapid flow, and beyond sugary sweet.

Lost Mate starts when Falco is only 13 – Carter is being bullied, and Falco tries to save the day, only to be hit with an unmistakable need. In the weeks that follow, Falco tried to get to know his mate, only to have the boy up and disappear, never to be heard from again.

In the present, Falco is dealing with his homophobic uncle as the newest alpha. I was a bit confused at the 180 his uncle had gone through. In the prologue, the uncle was considered the paternal figure in Falco's life, as the father was busy being alpha. Falco talked highly of his uncle, but in present time, the man was a nightmare.

Falco instantaneously recognizes Carter's scent in town, and the mating dance begins...

I won't go into further detail, as this is a very short novella, and I'd spoil the plot. Overall, I was entertained. The romance was syrupy sweet, a bit too much for me to be honest. It happened at warp-speed, even for a fated mate storyline. The villains in the story had single-minded focus, and saw little else.

I think what I found most difficult was how wooden/stilted the dialogue felt – most people don't speak in such a perfect manner: the flow wasn't natural, no slang or cussing, answering questions not asked out of nowhere, over-explaining, going into details to tell the story instead of showing the story. The book didn't delve too deeply, just riding on the surface of the story, without any real human emotions being sparked.

Lost Mate was an easy read – I'd call it a comfort read. The conflict wasn't stressful, the reader knowing everything was going to be okay. The between-the-sheets action was more fade-to-black, and the story was devoid of swearing. This was a sugary sweet, clean romance, that I'm sure will please fans of the author and those looking for a relaxing fated mates type of romance without any stressful angst and/or conflict.

DIRK is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a master’s degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century-old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lost Mate by Dirk Greyson to read and review.

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