Rating: 3.75 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Symon is a werewolf who is all about control. He’s the typical corporate type and he’s determined to show the world that werewolves aren’t slavering beasts who give in to their base nature. When Symon gets the opportunity to buy Shiftr.com, he jumps at the chance. Taking over the company and making it better than before is his only goal. But when Symon meets Adrian, his instincts come to the fore.

Adrian is a lone wolf, a tech geek, and programmer extraordinaire. He’s worried the new boss will ruin the company, but he quickly realizes that Symon is a good guy. When Symon steps in to stop a bully and then subsequently fires him, Adrian is impressed. And when Symon and Adrian connect over late night pizza, they go from zero to sixty.

All Symon wanted to do was take care of the overly exhausted Adrian, but he instantly realizes that Adrian is his mate. They move into a relationship pretty quickly, the attraction between them undeniable. But there are nefarious things afoot, first with the code, and then with a fire. Someone is mad about Symon’s takeover of the company and will go to extreme lengths to get what they want. Symon’s biggest worry is foremost keeping his mate safe, and then, with the help of his brothers, to get to the bottom of who is coming after them.

This is my first foray into Minerva Howe’s stories, and the blurb on this one caught my attention. Not only because werewolves are my favorite, but because of the mention of a Pallas cat (who is Adrian’s best friend.) I was expecting a quick, easy read filled with engaging characters, and that’s exactly what I got.

The story is lacking a bit in the world building department, and I would have liked to see some more explanation about how this particular world works. There were no mention of humans, and I’m not sure if it’s an alternate universe or simply because no one connected to the characters was human. But that being said, the story works pretty well without the in-depth world building. The host of characters keep the story moving forward and the added mystery is a nice touch.

Though the words “fated mates” aren’t used, that’s what this story is. Symon realizes almost instantly that Adrian is his, and Adrian is just as drawn to Symon. There’s a bit of the Alpha/omega dynamic, and this is definitely an omegaverse type story, complete with knotting. I liked both the MCs and their dynamic. The author did a good job showing their chemistry and their instant connection, and I enjoyed Symon’s caretaking. Their romance is more about finding the ways they fit together and how they are going to move forward. But there’s a lack of discussion about it that I would have liked to see.

The mystery side of things is pretty obvious, and part of it is wrapped up by the end of the story. But there’s clearly more going on here and, since this is the first book of the series, that makes sense. The author did a good job of writing a complete story, but also leaving the door open for what comes next.

All in all, this was a quick, fun read. It’s a little sparse on some details and discussion that I would have liked to see and that would have made the story stronger. But the characterization is good, the secondary characters flesh out the tale, and there’s a comforting air about the whole book that I liked. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.