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Jason Matthew's is a broken man. He's lived through hell and barely come out the other side. All he can thing about is getting to his best friend, Brian, but after that he has no idea. Jason's scared out of his mind when he's met by not only Brian but two large men as well, and he does the only thing he can think to do. He tries to run. One of the men, though, turns out to be his mate. A mate he is in no condition to have or want, a mate that won't allow him to flee.
Alex Holland is forced to stand by and watch as Jason is taken to the safest place they know, too scared to be around him. He knows something bad has happened to Jason and he's going to need every ounce of his Alpha control to give his mate the time he needs to heal and start living again.
©2013 Toni Griffin (P)2016 Toni Griffin
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By Belen on 05-07-16

Hurt/Comfort with some suspense

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I enjoyed reading the first of the series, Unexpected Mate, enough to pick up Alex’s story. <br/><br/>Alex Holland is the Alpha of the Leyburn shifter pack so when his brother’s mate Brian’s best friend, Jason Matthews, calls and asks to come to Brian’s home he’s granted sanctuary. From the moment Alex hears Jason’s voice he’s almost sure Jason is his mate. When Jason shows up at the house, his senses are confirmed. Alex is overjoyed at the sexy, beautiful man, but quickly notices something wrong: mainly Jason freaking out entirely upon seeing Alex and his brother.<br/><br/>Jason’s been kicked out of his pack, and come to his best friend Brian for comfort while he heals. However, instead of being happy to have found his fated mate, Jason is horrified. Having just been through a traumatic experience only a couple of weeks before, he is now shattered and cannot stand to be around big men. Which is unfortunate being that all the Holland men are super-huge.<br/><br/>But Alex is patient and works with Brian to make Jason as comfortable as possible, giving Jason the time to heal so Alex may finally claim his mate. <br/><br/>Though I really enjoyed the hurt/comfort aspect of the story, unfortunately that enjoyment was dampened by the author using the plot device of teasing the “traumatic event” that has hurt one of the main characters so deeply, but not letting the reader know what the event was for more than half the story. <br/><br/>Now, I will admit this is a personal pet peeve of mine and not shared by everyone. I just hate it when that’s done, I mean it drives me absolutely nuts! <br/><br/>I enjoyed Dominic McCartney’s narration of the story, his tone and character voices were good and overall he made listening to the story fun.<br/><br/>In the end I enjoyed the story enough to want to pick up the next book in the series, Protective Mate and see how it goes.

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By HB on 04-02-16

Lightweight Series w/ good potential

The Holland Brothers books so far each have a strong premise and appealing characters that make you want to read the next character's book to find what happens. Unfortunately the actual stories are only So, So. The narration is appropriately Australian but doesn't bring up the overall effect. Determined Mate is a fairly unrealistic portrayal of recovery for someone who has gone through the trauma portrayed. But again the characters are likeable so I'm just as glad he reaches his HEA as easily as he does. Good book to get on sale.

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