Mated Forever by Michaela Rhua

Mated Forever by Michaela Rhua
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (33 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The full moon is always a time for danger and mating. This month it brings the scent of Louisa’s mate. Jorie is on the run and in grave danger. Being rescued by Louisa brings safety and a new temptation. As the girls act on their feelings, and passion overtakes them, they are unaware of the danger surrounding them both.

When Jorie is kidnapped, it’s a race against time. Will Louisa be able to save her mate, or will the past and all its secrets destroy them before they even have a chance at forever?

How do you know when you’ve met your soulmate?

Even though their relationship moves quickly, Jorie and Lou have great chemistry. Each step they take closer to one another felt like a natural progression to me. More than once I wished that I could continue following their lives as both women are fascinating individuals.

While their sex scene was quite well written and erotic, as I was reading it I thought it should have happened later on in the plot due to some things the reader learns about one of the character’s pasts. After finishing the whole thing I came to understand why the author made this decision, though, and I now agree that it was ultimately the best choice for character and plot development.

Unfortunately, there are multiple run-on sentences and grammatical errors in this tale. In most cases I was easily able to decipher what the author intended to say, but once or twice the absence of a word or punctuation mark muddled or completely changed the meaning of certain sentences. If not for these issues, this story would have earned a much higher rating.

The world building is fairly complex for something this length. I finished it wishing I could know more about the social and political structures in their packs as what I learned about the way their society is set up was sometimes unexpected. A subplot involving something from one of the character’s pasts also added depth to the current conflicts, and while I figured out what was happening with it early on I really enjoyed seeing how everything unfolds.

I’d recommend Mated Forever to anyone who loves shape-shifting stories. It’s a great example of this sub genre, and I will be mentioning this book to everyone I know who is a fan of it.

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