An Impossible Mate
by Joy Lynn Fielding
Loner Matt Urban has somehow ended up as alpha to a pack of outcasts and misfits. When Jesse Turner, a scruffy stranger with a bad attitude, turns up on his doorstep one night, Matt’s blindsided to discover he and Jesse are mates. He’s still coming to terms with the realization when a hostile alpha claims Jesse as his own.
“Firstly,” Matt said, “I need someone here to keep an eye on Tristan—”
“He’s nineteen years old,” Jesse spat. “Don’t give me that bullshit, Urban. He doesn’t need a babysitter.”
“He’s not like you, Jesse. Sure he’d fight, and he’d go down hard, but up against the kind of wolf you described? The kid wouldn’t stand a chance, and I’m not doing that to him.”
“So let Bryce or one of the others stay.”
“And secondly.” Authority rang through Matt’s voice in a way that made even Jesse think twice about ignoring it. “It’s you they want and I am not losing you, you stubborn bastard, no matter what you say.”
“You’ve got no right—”
“I’ve got every damn right.” Matt snarled. “This is my house, my territory, my pack, and you’re my mate. You will do as I damn well tell you.”
Jesse fought not to flinch at the power that flared so bright and hot in Matt. He could see now why even Karl and Christian obeyed him so swiftly. But no matter how scary Matt was in that moment, nobody told Jesse what to do.
“I want you to lock the door behind us, and you will stay here tonight.” Matt was already moving to the door, confident that Jesse would obey him.
Jesse was just winding himself back up to tell Urban to go fuck himself when Matt looked back over his shoulder. “Please, Jesse,” he said.
It sliced Jesse open, the sudden vulnerability and trust Matt showed him by asking. He found he had no defense against it.
When I read the blurb to “An Impossible Mate”, I was hooked. This sounded like a story I'd enjoy—shifters and a mate with a smart mouth and an attitude problem? I was intrigued and I wasn't disappointed.
We are introduced to the main character Matt Urban, who is the involuntary alpha to a pack of misfits, when he comes back from work and immediately realizes that a male intruder is on his territory. The intruder happens to be Jesse Turner, a young man who is as stubborn as they come. Jesse is injured in the initial scene, but we are introduced to the supporting characters, of which there are several. From the set-up, I'm assuming that some of them will get their own story.
Although Jesse doesn't want to stay, Matt convinces him with the offer of food. Well, that, and Jesse reacts strongly to Matt's presence and can't deny the pull toward the man. Neither man is able to withstand the other for long, and then we have their first sex scene, after which Matt realizes Jesse is his mate.
Jesse and Matt have some obstacles to overcome before they get their happy ending, which includes another pack wanting Jesse because he harbors a secret he isn't even aware of.
The story is well-written. I could relate to both main characters and, interspersed with suspenseful moments, were hot sex scenes as well as some funny moments. This was the first book by Mrs. Fielding that I've read but I'm definitely on the look-out for more of her books. I've read on her blog that there will be another book in this series, which will feature one of the supporting characters (Jason) and I'm very much looking forward to read it.
Overall I'm rating “An Impossible Mate” at 4,5 stars and would recommend it to readers who enjoy a well-written and fast-paced shifter story.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Joy Lynn Fielding is a sucker for happy endings. She believes, however, that if characters don’t suffer along the way, they won’t fully appreciate being happy. Not all of her characters thank her for this viewpoint, but what do they know?
Joy lives in a small English market town. She has a tendency to share enthusiastically with anyone who will listen to the latest fascinating facts she’s stumbled across in her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador, who has a gift for looking as though he’s interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.
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