Mating Brand by Laurann Dohner

Mating Brand by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (132 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Brand meets his dream girl in college—a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

The love they share is soul deep but the fate of Charma’s family lies in her hands. The memory of every heated touch they share will cut out both their hearts when she leaves him but to save them all, she must run. After nine years of desolation and heartbreak Charma is back. She risks forfeiting her life to warn Brand of an impending attack but she doesn’t hesitate. Brand has her in his arms once more and he will never lose her again.

I have waited a long time for this one. At last comes Mating Brand, the long awaited third book in Laurann Dohner’s Mating Heat series. I must say that it was well worth the wait.

Brand is finally reunited with Charma in this book. Devoted readers will remember the lost love that he revealed to his cousins in the previous book. Curiosity had me anxious about what happened to tear them apart. Dohner didn’t keep me in the dark long. It was extenuating circumstances that led to their long seperation. Poor Charma. She can’t turn away again so she burns her bridges and rushes to warn her love of impending danger.

I loved Brand and Charma together. I felt the story started off strong and kept up the intensity right up until the end. Brand was a hot alpha hero who didn’t waste any time claiming his mate this time around. They make up for lost time in the bedroom too. There was a great deal of conflict in the story because they are supposed to be natural enemies. The plot was riveting with plenty of action when the big pussies attack and lives are in danger. Okay !!! I couldn’t help myself. *grin* It was well developed with family bonds and Pack dynamics being explored. All the characters were intriguing and, and yes, I need to read everyone’s story. Especially Rave and Von.

It was no surprise to me that this book was very well written. It was put together quite nicely with a solid plot while at the same time being deliciously dirty. It was an engaging and fast paced read. I read it in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. Now, I’m really hoping there will be more books in the series, and that I won’t have to wait so long for the next one.

I happily recommend this book. It’s a great erotic paranormal romance.

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