Romance Book Review: Checkmate

Author: Annmarie McKenna
Series Connection: Seeing Eye Mate
ISBN: 1-59998-326-5
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspence/ Red Hots!

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Eli Graham has been gone on a job for eight long months. Now that he's home he has decided it is time to claim his mate. The only problem is when he gets home he finds that Nikki has been having some serious problems that no one has told him about and now she has a killer after here. Eli will need all his shape-shifter abilities in order to keep his mate alive.

Nikki left the mall one dark afternoon and is attacked by three men. Barely escaping with her life, Nikki gets away only to be run off the road by her attackers. If that isn't bad enough, eight months later she plans an evening with friends, only to find when she gets there that her three friends have been brutally murdered and the killer is still in the house.

Nikki has loved Eli since high school and he's finally noticing her as a woman, will Nikki be able to put her trust into the only man she's ever loved?

Checkmate is a wonderful suspense novel that will keep readers on their toes trying to figure out exactly who the killer is. Nikki and Eli are great together. I would have liked to see a little more of Eli's wolf, but otherwise it was a well thought out suspense.

Description:
What’s an alpha shape-shifting wolf to do when the woman pre-destined to be his mate no longer trusts men?

After returning home from an eight-month security job, Eli Graham is ready to claim his best friend’s little sister as his mate. He’d put it off for years, thinking he was doing the right thing by waiting. Instead of the stubborn, independent, carefree girl he left behind, Eli finds a shell of the woman he once knew.

Having lived through a near fatal attack, Nikki Taylor has hidden herself away from the world. Now the time has come to face head-on the one man who could devastate her completely, Eli Graham. She’s loved him forever, craves him, body, heart and soul, but he’s never treated her as anything but a little sister.

When Nikki witnesses a murder, she has no choice but to rely on Eli’s expertise. While guarding her from the man bent on wiping out a witness, Eli shows Nikki that he’ll not only protect her body, but he’ll show her just what it means to be a wolf’s mate.

Warning, this title contains the following: hot, explicit sex, graphic violence and language, and is not for the faint of heart!

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