Maverick's Mate by Lynn Hagen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Story Description: Maverick Brac has formed a pack of his own, naming them the Brac Pack. With fourteen men under him, they all have one thing in common, the preference for men.
Cecil Walter was living a life no one would wish on their enemy in an abusive relationship with his partner with no way out.
Getting away from pack problems and a migraine, Maverick indulges in his one secret love, Chai tea. While in the coffee shop trying to forget the world outside exists for five minutes, Maverick has found what he never thought to have, his mate, his very human mate. Rescuing Cecil from his abusive boyfriend to finding out who in his pack is trying to take Cecil’s life, Maverick has his work cut out for him, but the largest challenge is getting Cecil to come out of his shell and be the man he once was.
My Review: I read this story, then 4 more in the Brac Pac series. I felt like, as the first book in the series, Maverick's Mate laid down some groundwork, but it wasn't a great story in and of itself. There were typos first off, which wacked off a star right off the top. I also felt that it was formulaic, however, I happen to like that formula type of story and enjoy watching where various authors take it. This could have been a bit more original, because the main aspect of that is how the supernatural world is organized. This story doesn't really impart any new type of werewolf mythos.
I also felt some of the characterizations were a bit off. Maverick was an over the top alpha, Cecil was a bit too roll over and bare his throat submissive for his later characterizations in the series, and the villian... well let's just say I saw him coming a mile off. The drama during the climactic scene was well done, with all the fear and anger portrayed well. I would have liked to see more of that sort of writing in the whole eBook, to be truthful.
The sex ... that's tripped up a lot of people. I don't think it was abusive, or rape, in the fantasy characters/world that Hagen came up with. I think it would be in real life-of course. It can be hard to separate the two for some readers. It wasn't realistic, but it at least fit in the character's personalities as written.
All in in all, this was an okay book in an okay series. I haven't read past book 5 though, cause they didn't work for me and the plotting didn't vary enough to keep my interest. If you like this forumla style of storyline, this might work for you, but for me, it was an okay read.
I wouldn't recommend it as a purchase though, unless you got a steep discount.
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