Sunday, January 10, 2010

Romance Book Review: True Mates Series by Zena Wynn

Spent the weekend reading through, Zena Wynn's series. There are four books out with the last True Mates Tameka's Smile released this past December. Zena's website says she is working on the fifth of the series, but it won't be ready until the end of the year at the earliest.

In the meantime, the other four books of the series are available through two different publishers—Loose-id and Phaze books, and let me tell you the series is worth reading if you are into alpha males and sassy, strong female characters and shifter books.

All four books are written in sequence and the series really should be read one right after the other, although the author does repeat enough information that each book can be enjoyed alone. The books are primarily about werewolves and the search for True Mates. The first book introduces the story and it's characters, while already of giving a taste of future books in the series by offering part story lines of those books. While all the heroines characters are strong-willed individuals, the heros in the series aren't above doing anything they necessary to get their true mates. For vampire fans the third book features a vampire who goes after a werewolf as his "chosen" mate.

Check out Zena's website at for more information and excerpts.

(Information from Zena's website on the books)
High in the Smokey Mountains, near the border of North Carolina and Tennesse and edging the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, lies the small town of Refuge, NC. It's not an easy place to find and that's just how the residents like it. You see, the people of Refuge are not at all what they seem. Behind the human facades are shape-shifters, psychics, and a vampire or two. The males all have one thing in common: they're looking for that special woman, the one that completes them. So welcome, but beware. If you're single and female, don't be surprised to suddenly find yourself mated.

True Mates

Kiesha Morgan is a plus-sized, bi-racial business woman who lives life on her own terms. Her life is all about control...her control. She owns her own business, her own condo, and conducts her relationships the same way she runs her business -- by her rules. Any man that doesn't like it is welcome to leave.

Alex Wolfe is the town of Refuge's only veterinarian. He's also a shape-shifter, and the Alpha of the Raven Pack. He's been waiting for the woman who can complete him, his one True Mate. Even though the odds of finding her are slim, he refuses to settle for second best. Once he finds her, he'll never let her go.

Their worlds collide when Kiesha is snatched out of her nice, safe world and mysteriously teleported to a clearing in the woods outside of Refuge. She's out of her element and things are out of her control.

Life just got a little bit more interesting.

True Mates 2: Mary and the Bear

Mary Elizabeth’s life is spiraling out of control. Her twin sister was killed in an automobile accident. Her bereaved brother-in-law has decided now is a good time to renew their college romance, and her healthy, domineering mother is demanding that she move back home and slave, ah, make that care for her. What’s a woman to do? Get the heck out of Dodge! She jumps on the promotion offered by best friend, Kiesha Morgan, and moves to Refuge, NC. The last thing she wants or needs is a man. She’s got enough going on in her life.

Hugh Mosely, owner and operator of Refuge’s only eating establishment, as a favor to Alex Wolfe, good friend and alpha of the Raven Pack, agrees to rent the empty apartment above his diner to Mary Elizabeth and keep an eye on her. Hugh’s also a bear-shifter actively searching for a mate, a she-bear he can breed with and continue his nearly extinct species. Despite his nearly overwhelming, explosive attraction to Mary Elizabeth, he has no interest in human females.

Unfortunately (or is that fortunately?) for them, the true mate bond doesn’t care about personal agendas. Watch as they both get caught up in the Mating Fever and try to fight their way out.

True Mates 3: Nikolai’s Wolf

A blue moon's coming and for wolf-shifter Shannon McFelan, it's bringing nothing but trouble. Something she's got enough of already. Her body has mysteriously turned on her, going into Heat for the second time this year at the worst possible moment. It will take all the cunning in her possession to survive this lunar cycle without ending up mated.

Vampire Nikolai Taranosky knows exactly what's wrong with Shannon. He’s the reason she's in Heat. By the waning of the blue moon she'll definitely be mated -- to him -- despite what Shannon, her wolf, or anyone else thinks about it.

True Mates 4: Tameka’s Smile

Deputy Chadleigh Wilson, former lone wolf and new to the Raven pack, was raised among humans in foster care. He doesn’t know anything about true mates, but one smile from Tameka Jones and he knows he has to have her. He’ll do anything to claim her. Once she’s his, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Tameka Jones is baffled by her response to the handsome deputy. She came to Refuge to simplify her life. Instead, she finds herself surrounding by people who think they’re werewolves, of all things, and now her dead grandmother is talking to her.

But Chad’s not the only person interested in Tameka. Someone wants her land and is willing to do anything -- even kill -- to get it.

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