Main Characters: Charma, Brand






Brand meets his dream girl in college—a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

The love they share is soul deep but the fate of Charma’s family lies in her hands. The memory of every heated touch they share will cut out both their hearts when she leaves him but to save them all, she must run. After nine years of desolation and heartbreak Charma is back. She risks forfeiting her life to warn Brand of an impending attack but she doesn’t hesitate. Brand has her in his arms once more and he will never lose her again.


I’ve read every Laurann Dohner book that has ever been released. It’s a guilty pleasure. I like her brand of sci-fi romance. Truthfully, there are a few that I felt were a bit mediocre, but I’ve enjoyed most of her work. The New Species series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.

Having said all that, I’ve always felt that this Mating Heat series is the steamiest among her other series of books. The heroes here are all going through the shifter’s mating heat period where their libido is at an all-time high, and all they want to do is have sex as often as possible, all day every day.

This book, though, had such a simple story with a very simple conflict. Even the way that the conflict was resolved left me wanting more action. I was really looking forward to reading a scene where a huge fight between a pack and a pride happened. I was disappointed there. Not that I did not enjoy the book because I did. It’s just that I felt that this book could have just been a novella because, really, you can simply tell the story from beginning to end in five sentences.

I’m still a fan of the author because a lot of her sci-fi and paranormal romance books were, in fact, enjoyable. This book, however, fell short of my expectations. I wish that there were more happenings instead of the hero and heroine declaring their love and need for each other. I don’t mind the sex. Of course. But them going on and on about their love, their past, and all that almost became boring. I would still recommend this book to her fans, especially those who really enjoyed this series. I hope there are books to look forward to with the other alpha brothers like Rave and Braden.




Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Mate Set

Book 2 – His Purrfect Mate

Book 3 – Mating Brand




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