Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks (review)

Tagline: A man in the Alaska wilds tells the traveling photographer he is fated to mate a bear – an insta-mate, lumbersexual, mpreg story that works

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Title: Wild Fate 
Genre:  Paranormal M/M Shifter Romance
Format:  Novella (17k words, 55 pages)

Series: Walk on Wild Side

Book Sites: AuthorPublisherGoodreads
Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-501-4

Retail:  $3.99

Also available:  Walk on Wild Side Anthology

Rating:   star star  star  half-star  (3.5  stars – I liked it a lot.)

Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released one a day during the month of June.

Synopsis: Caden is a wildlife photographer looking forward to spending time isolated in the Alaska wilderness practicing his craft – until he meets Drake.  The rough and tumble lumberjack of a man has a reputation for being a grumpy loner, but when Caden gets past the initial awkward meeting, his mind (and other parts of his anatomy) can’t stop thinking about the rustic hunk of a man.  When Drake tells Caden they are fated mates and, oh yeah, he can turn into a bear, the functioning brain in the photographer doubts the wisdom of staying in an isolated cabin near this man, while his body seems to have other ideas.

Review:  Fated and “instant” mate stories are often drafted with too much of a trope that seems incredibly artificial and unbelievable.  For a short story, this author handles the “insta-mate” phenomenon with some fineness and more credulity than many novels.  While the pairing was a central theme, surrounding setting and plot devices nicely brought out and reinforced the hesitant yet strong connection between the two, yielding for a pretty decent, quick, and enjoyable read.

Spoiler:  On top of a good insta-mate bear shifter story, the author adds a hot lumbersexual and mpreg in a very readable and decently written story – nice work for topics that often veer into incredibly cheesey, simplistic, or sex-focused smutty reads.

Recommended for fans of (spoilers):   Bear shifters, lumbersexuals, mpreg, and couples with kids.

Sizzle:
Explicit Heat: fire fire – Only a couple explicit scenes, but they add an appropriate, nice sizzle to the story.
Passion: heart heart  heart – The instant mate attraction and need for each other was handled in a pretty decent manner, reinforcing the story without losing all believability.
Genre:  Adult Romance


Other Comments (spoiler):

Human mates, instant/fated mates, mpreg, bisexual character – this story covers many of my favorite themes.
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