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Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: A Mate for Christmas by Katie Reus

The final chapter of the Moon Shifter series brings the feels for the holidays!

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: KR Press, LLC
Release Date: December 6, 2016

It will take a miracle to survive the holidays...
After recently losing her parents, packmates and a sister, Noel Cordona isn’t even close to being in the holiday spirit. It seems that everyone around her is moving on and happy, but she can’t seem to get it together. When an unexpected kiss changes everything she thought she knew about her packmate Nathan O’Neill, she feels alive for the first time in a year. She’s too broken for him though. At least that’s what she tries to tell them both.

But Nathan’s been waiting patiently for Noel. He’s not going to lose faith now. With a little holiday magic, he can help her overcome the weight of her grief and show her that opening her heart to him is the best Christmas gift he could ever give her.

Watching her family and packmates find mates and be happy after all the tragedy that has befallen the Armstrong-Cordona shifter pack is making the holidays more difficult for Noel Cordona. Adding to her difficulties is her packmate Nathan O’Neill. When the two share an unexpected kiss, Noel’s already shaky world turns upside down. As much as she wants Nathan, she feels she’s too broken for him but Nathan has been waiting patiently for Noel for such a long time and he wants her to know that he’s willing to help her move past the pain of losing her parents, a sister, and a cousin.

What the blurb for A Mate for Christmas doesn’t mention is that it’s actually a “Catching Up With Everyone” book. All of the past characters are checking in and readers get to see how everyone is doing. I loved being able to not only see how each couple was doing but to see how they interacted as a pack, which has always been part of the appeal of the Moon Shifter series. I loved the scenes with each couple just as much as I loved the new romance between Nathan and Noel.

Both Nathan and Noel have been supporting characters for so long that they almost became an afterthought but I’m so glad that Katie Reus gave them their own happy ending. With everything that the Cordona women have been through, it’s nice to see each of them happy. Noel seemed to have been the one that had suffered the most though so to save her for last was a fitting ending *sniffle* to the series.

It wasn’t all sadness and romance though, the one big thing that A Mate for Christmas does is bring the holiday spirit to life in each and every scene. Whether it’s with the Christmas trees popping up at the Armstrong-Cordona homes, or just the overall feeling of togetherness after such a long hard battle against their enemies, the happiness and love can be felt from beginning to end and it made this book such a great read for the season.

One thing I will say though, as much as I loved A Mate for Christmas, it did leave some questions and loose ends. I get that it is essentially the last chapter of the Moon Shifter series BUT there were some supporting characters from previous books that are suddenly together in this book. What??? I was so hoping that they would get their own stories before the series ended but sadly that doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to happen. A shame really because I was really interested in seeing those characters get their stories told.

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Final Verdict: A Mate for Christmas is the final chapter of one of my favorite paranormal romance series and while it’s bittersweet and leaves what I felt were loose ends, it’s still a must read for fans of Katie Reus and of paranormal romance. It’s such a feel good, sexy holiday read that I can’t imagine anything more fitting.

Random Observation: The cover model looks like actress Audrey Esparza from Blindspot. So Noel looks like Audrey Esparza to me now cause I love her.

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