Mating Call by BA Tortuga

Mating Call by BA Tortuga
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Stephanie has three rules when it comes to her relationship with werewolves Shaw and Jordan—keep their lusty encounters casual, never invade each other’s space and no biting. The boys have always seemed perfectly fine with all that, leaving her plenty of time to do her magick and keep her shop going.

Her rules come back to haunt her when the local pack leader gives Jordan and Shaw an ultimatum—find a mate or find another city to live in. Jordan and Shaw hate having to ask Stephanie to help them find a mate. She’s not just their best friend, she’s the hottest lover they’ve ever had. The boys will have their hands full convincing Steph that rules are made to be broken, before it is too late.

“No strings” dating sounded great to Stephanie but only up to the point where she realized that no strings meant her wolves would have to look elsewhere for a mate. She might have to give them up but she didn’t have to be happy about it.

Boys can be so clueless sometimes. Jordan and Shaw are trying to obey the packs orders to find a mate. Even without knowing that the three of them belonged together, I could see that Jordan and Shaw wouldn’t be happy with anyone but Stephanie and vice versa. Their story was going to be one of those “You don’t know what you got till it’s (almost) gone” type tropes. I figured that out pretty early on but it didn’t detract from the story in the least. I was anticipating how the author would bring them all to the realization that they didn’t just have great chemistry during the full moon phases. They were totally meant to be!

I liked all three of the characters in Ms. Tortuga’s short story but Shaw is just precious. He’s such a typical wolf pup. He’s eager to please, loves to play and he wants so bad to keep Stephanie. Jordan isn’t the pack alpha but he clearly makes the calls for this threesome. He’s just controlling enough with the right amount of gruff to keep both Shaw and Stephanie on their toes and ready to follow orders. Stephanie comes from a long line of magick. She’s independent, talented and is just realizing how much actually loves two clueless wolves.

Ms. Tortuga doesn’t make her readers wait long to see just how hot these three are together. The first time is fast and sweaty but who can blame them when they only see each other once a month. It works for this story. Plus, I knew the true plot would deal with how the guys would talk Steph into helping them find their mate, how she’d take the news and how they’d eventually find their HEA, because they simply had to end up together. Ms. Tortuga didn’t disappoint. It’s not all mating and fun for Steph and the guys. Someone’s come to town to cause some trouble and does he ever?

Be sure to play close attention to Stephanie’s friend Wendy. I think we’ll be seeing more of her as well as the pack alpha, Brett. At least I hope to read their story! If a short, hot, tension wrapped little novella is what you’re in the mood for and you fancy the paranormal like I do, be sure to pick up a copy of Mating Call.

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