Scent of a Mate: Sassy Mates Book 1

Mission: Scent a Mate
Jordan Alvarez knew that a promise to her best friend involved staking out the local wolf pack’s scenting ceremony and recording the graphic details, but she was the writer and the only one with the balls to finish the task. No one would know that four human women had sneaked proof of their rituals, or at least, that was the plan until Aric Wolfe showed up.

Mission: Stake a Claim
Aric Wolfe knew his baby sister was up to something, and expected her best friend, Jordan, to be in on the chaos. He finally had an opportunity to lay claim to a mate that had been under his nose for years. Jordan’s scent called to both the man and the animal, and he was done fighting the call of the beast. It was time to mark his mate.

Mission: Survive an Alpha
When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan’s strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever.

The Reviews!

Iris Pross
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2013
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Anyone who looks at my previous reviews will know that I am a fan of Ms. Taiden. However another thing they will note is that I do tend to be very critical as well. I set a certain standard and if that standard is not met, I have no problem stating it publicly. Such has been the case in the past.

The characters were funny and likable. They were relatable in a way none of Ms. Taiden's previous characters ever have been. Jordan and the girls reminded me of my friends at that age. Hell, they remind me of certain friends of mine now. The women are strong and independent yet know when to ask for help. This very thing is what makes Aric officially my favorite shifter hero. He knew when to push and when to let Jordan stand on her own to feet. There were no "Me Tarzan, you Jane" moments here, much to my enjoyment. And the best part? Unlike too many of Ms. Taiden's heroines, Jordan isn't suddenly struck stupid the second she is mated. She is just as strong and independent after as is was before she and Aric get together.

Issues with the book... it ends at 78%. Very true. However, the whole percentage thing is purely an Amazon thing. You're getting a full story here. You just happen to also get a novella written by Ms. Taiden under her other pen name for FREE. This is NOT a sample or excerpt of another book. This is a FREE short story. Essentially getting 2 stories for the price of one. So we really can't complain. Plus the author does tell us that there is a free short included at the end. We are forewarned before purchasing the book of this. So we can't exactly deduct stars for it ending at 78% because of a short story at the end if we the readers don't bother to read what was plainly stated in the author's notes.

The story ends in a cliffhanger... This is book 1 of a new series. Just like in the BDB books, Dohner's New Species series and countless others, the enemy is a common thread that will hopefully tie all the books together. I won't pretend to understand where the author is going with this. However, having read thousands of books just like the ones mentioned above, it's not unheard of or uncommon for the evil enemy to not be caught in book one. Otherwise you end up with a different enemy in every single book which is just ridiculous. I will hold off judgement on the cliffhanger until I see where the author goes with this.

With enjoyable characters, a great plot and some action thrown in for good measure, this has got to be my favorite book by Ms. Taiden to date. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble the other girls get in to!
Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Taiden's work!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2013
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Scent Mate by Milly Taiden
Reviewer: Kris
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

From my own personal TBR list. I was jonesing for a shifter book and this hit the spot.

I haven't met a Taiden book yet that I haven't liked.

Shifters; strong, loyal... HOT! Just the way I like them. This story followed a more "true" shifter storyline, if there is such a thing, but there are always little twists. You get a good sense that the author is attuned with her characters and the world she has created.

Jordan is a strong human female that has been friends with shifters most of her life. She has also had a crush on her best friend's shifter brother all of that time. She was more or less adopted into this family as they helped care for and raise her. Jordan's own parents were alcoholics and could not be counted on.

Aric is the best friend's brother, and a hot piece of soon-to-be alpha. Like most alpha males he is very protective and possessive. But with that he knows Jordan's personality and he doesn't push for submissiveness from her. Not that I could imagine that. He works hard to show Jordan that he is the one. When it came to pack you got a sense of just how fair of a leader he would be.

This book had crotch sniffing, tree climbing, mystery and great romance. There is some set up for future installments with secondary characters... at least that's my hope.
Joyce J. Ruskuski
4.0 out of 5 stars STORY LINE NEEDS MORE UNPREDICTIBLITY
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2015
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This is book 1 of Sassy Mates story and is Jordon Alvarez, human, and Aric Wolfe, wolf shifter's story. It seems that this entire family of wolves with exception of Ellie is destine to find their true one among the human race.

Aric the alpha has known for years that Jordan belonged to him but he has waited until the scenting ceremony of a clan member to finally take the steps to bring her into his sphere as his mate. Jordan has loved him forever as well but has never believed she will be the one to find her true love and her mate in Aric. Although she hoped and wished and wanted it, she has yet to embrace it.

The scenting ceremony allows Aric to mark her as his without the finally mating, but that causes major problems as an Alpha female from another pack has decided he should belong to her. She has arranged accidents and kidnapping an other insidious things trying to get rid of Jordan all to no avail. When it is finally discovered by the clan she is quickly eliminated and the wedding and the mating are undertaken.

It's a good but somewhat predictable story. The characters in this series are all close friends, the ladies that is, and the men/shifter wolves are brothers. I like Ms Taiden's stories but they are at times more predictable then I would like and they tend to be all in the same vain as to plot and movement of the characters. I think a little more variance and some variety of plot here would be nice. Therefore, only the 4 star rating.
MaryLou Hoffman
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ - SEXY WEREWOLVES
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2013
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In a world where werewolves and vampires are common knowledge, Jordan Alvarez, a human orphaned at 13, met Ellie Wolfe at school. She has had a crush on her best friend's big brother, an alpha, since the first day they met. Jordan is writing a family history for the Wolfes and spends a night on the mountainside to watch a mating ritual for the pack so that it can be included in the history. When sexy Aric finds her hiding in the trees with another wolf threatening her, he steps in to protect her from the visiting stranger. He claims her as his own, but can he keep her safe?

Favorite line: "I'm not some little woman to stay barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen while the big sexy man takes care of business." He grinned. "You think I'm sexy?"

This is the first in the new Sassy Mates series and cannot wait to read the books for the three other brothers who make up "the sexy four" and Ellie's destined mate. I absolutely loved this book. The sex is steaming hot. Their passion is tender and possessive. Their love is complete and fulfilling. Ms. Taiden had me laughing so hard my husband started muttering about straightjackets, again! I laughed, swooned, and had to fan myself, many times during this tale.

The theme is that sometimes the best part of your family is the part you chose to include in your heart. It takes Jordan a while to get it, but that realization is the fulfillment of the dreams she didn't even voice to herself.

Recommended for: 18+ due to graphic sex and violence

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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