Release Day Blitz and Net Galley Review: Claimed by the Mate Vol 3 by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur


On behalf of Kate, A.C., and St. Martin’s Press, I am very pleased to announce that Claimed by the Mate Volume 3 is now live at your favorite retailers!!  Here’s the pricing, blurb and a bit of info about the authors:

CLAIMED BY THE MATE, VOL. 3 by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur
E-Original published by Swerve
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
ISBN: 9781250132390
Price: $4.99

Book Description
Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur return with another scorching volume in their Claimed by the Mate series featuring two delicious, unforgettable novels in one!

In Dangerous Passions, Feral Passions Resort is the place for women to find romance and seduction with a hot, hard werewolf alpha mate. Traker Jakes and Evan Dark of the Trinity Alps pack have yet to find a strong, sexy BBW woman to consume with heady pleasure. But a special woman has arrived at Feral Passions Resort. The one who will burn with passion between these two sexy werewolf shifters. Desire will reach its peak…and the best these three can do is hold on to the sensations that erupt between them.

In Bound to the Wolf, Phelan Sava is a lycan werewolf shifter with a dark side to his soul. He lives for pleasure and revels in pain. But what burns for more than anything is a woman to dominate with his unbridled passion and desperate lust for good. Marena Panos is an attorney with a dark secret that follows her into the mountains and into the bed of a Phelan Sava. And when she is hunted by the feral beast that ravishes her body and claims her soul, Marena has no choice but to give in with no intention of ever looking back.

Author Bios
KATE DOUGLAS loves to write and she especially loves those ‘happily ever after’ endings, which makes writing romances the perfect career choice. A life-long Californian, Kate and her husband of over forty years live in the Sonoma County wine country within walking distance of three of their six grandchildren. She is the author of Wild, Intimate, and Awakened.

A.C. ARTHUR was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently lives with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!

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I would like to share an excerpt of the book and my review of it for you.  Having read the entire series of stories has been a real pleasure for me!

She entered the cabin and waited while Trak set her clothes on a chair in the
main room. Naked and wanting, transfixed by her beauty, he watched her change.
She paused by the chair, glanced his way, and then focused on the floor between her
front paws. Her body rippled and shimmered beneath the overhead light, flowing
like molten metal. Coppery gold and rust red fur gave way to silky honey-toned skin.
Her muzzle flattened, her ears lost their points, her bone structure changed, as she
gracefully morphed from wolf to woman.

Her long dark hair fell loosely over one shoulder, pooling on the hardwood

Her shift wasn’t as fast as his, but she was still faster than some of the guys in
his pack, denoting her alpha status. Oddly, Chelo seemed totally unaware of her own
power. He wondered how much she even knew about what she was. Had anyone
told her anything at all?

Her shift complete, she stayed on her hands and knees for a moment,
blinking into the light. He recognized that momentary disorientation when the
body’s senses shifted from the ultrasensitive wolf to their more mundane human
abilities. He’d worked at overcoming that, and with a bit of training he imagined
Chelo would learn to work through it as seamlessly as she’d shifted her body.

He was doing his best to ignore his erection when he walked over and held
out his hand. She raised her head, blinking as if coming out of a sound sleep. Then
she smiled, realized what she was looking at, and her pupils flared. She took his
hand and he pulled her to her feet.

She was a truly remarkable woman, her body curved in all the right places,
full breasts standing proud, broad hips flaring from a narrow waist, her bottom
more than a handful but perfectly formed. With her thick, dark hair falling to her
waist, she was the epitome of an ancient fertility goddess, an open invitation calling for his touch.

He released her hand, crossed his traitorous arms across his chest, locked his
fingers around his elbows. Literally holding himself back from touching her. “Thank
you for the run tonight, Chelo.” He kept his voice level, the cadence smooth. At least his alpha strength was good for some things. Staying calm when everything told him to act was an alpha ability he’d rarely had to call on. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to shift and run for the pure joy of it.”

My Review:

I have been eagerly waiting to read the Feral Passions story from this book, so I was very excited to receive a copy from St. Martin’s Press! Unfortunately, both stories in this book conclude the series overall and the A.C. Arthur installment really drug down the entire book.

Dangerous Passions by Kate Douglas
This was an amazing conclusion to the Feral Passions series! It was a side by side romance for Traker Jakes and Evan Dark of the Trinity Alps pack, but the blurb for the story was a little misleading. Both men have an individual woman that completes them, they don’t actually share one woman. I liked that we had a character return from the first short story, and that we had someone completely new come in for Trak. The new shifter was very interesting and a perfect mate for Trak! 4 out of 5 stars

Bound to the Wolf by A.C. Arthur
I really hated this conclusion, in so much as the major plot arc was not fully resolved! Phelan was a jerk, and his attitude wasn’t fully explained. Marena, while a very independent woman, whined entirely too much about the turn her life had taken. I found myself very bored while reading this story and it really slowed my reading pace down. 1.5 out of 5 stars

All things considered, I would whole-heartedly purchase every book in the Feral Passions series, but would probably avoid the A.C. Arthur stories in the future.

My reviews of the other books of the series:
Claimed by the Mate Volume 1 Review: Goodreads
Wild Review (book contains Claimed by the Mate Volume 2 and an additional story by Eve Langlais): Goodreads