Title: Scarred Mate (The Werewolves of Manhattan #3)
Author Name & Publisher: A.C. Katt (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 8, 2015 – 186 pgs
Colin Callahan, scarred as a child in a fire, delivers Chinese to supplement his income until one day he delivers to the loup garou who is his mate.
Alpha Marc Thierry was used to the North Woods of Minnesota so his elevation to third on the loup garou council necessitated a move to a Gramacy section of New York City. On Monday nights his housekeeper is off and Marc doesn’t like casseroles. He calls for Chinese and gets a musical voice on the line that calls to him. To his delight and surprise the boy on the phone delivers his food and is his destined mate. Unfortunately for Marc, Colin Callahan thinks that the only reason Marc could want him is biological, he has to like his mate. Colin has a scarred face and thinks no-one could love him as he is. It’s up to Marc to convince him differently.
So I want to start of this review by saying I really liked this book!
So you get Collin who was injured in a fire when he was younger, now he has a scar on the side of his face. I have to say I really loved his character!
Then you get Marc who calls in a order for Chinese food and hears Collin’s voice over the phone and knows there is something special about him. The moment they lay eyes on each other Marc knows Collin is his mate.
Now this can be read as a stand alone but for me at least I really wish I would have read the others first because I really wanted to know more about the other couple from the previous books which you do see a lot of in this book.
I have to say I was not a huge fan of everyone giving Collin a hard time and accusing him of whining because he had only known Marc for a few days and was not ready to be claimed as his mate, Collin is human so of course he is not going to feel the pull as much as Marc. Talk about peer pressure there I could not blame him for being unsure so that part drove me a little nuts lol but other than that I really liked this book.
You get your angst and sweet with this book which I loved how well everything worked together in this book. Also I loved the authors pretense of this story and the way the shifters were portrayed.
All together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
I want to start by saying that I have not read the previous stories. However, I didn’t feel lost – the characters might have overlapped, but if they did, it was not in a way that left the reader wondering who they were.
This was a book about overcoming your own insecurities. You have Colin, who has a scarred appearance and can’t seem to believe that people will see anything other than his scars. While he is a talented writer, he has to supplement his income before he really becomes more famous and while doing that, he meets his mate, Marc.
Marc was not your typical alpha male, at least for me. He was alpha and broody, but he was also so careful with Colin. He wanted his mate to feel the love and connection – to know that he didn’t care about the scar.
The supporting characters in this story were fun. I liked the other mates – they seemed to create a great atmosphere. The antagonist is a terrible person, I wanted to hunt them down myself! To carry such animosity would be terrible!
So, while I enjoyed the story and the hunt for the antagonist, the story didn’t quite speak to me like other shifter stories have. It was more of a sweet novel and I am not sure if that was the feeling that the author was going for.
Overall, it was a quick read that you could do in a day, but not a series that I would have to read.
The new mate learns about unconditional love, Sean uses The Voice in a showdown, Ian’s cuteness shines forth and the Alpha of all Alphas trip to Costco is mentioned. This book was the best of the series.
I loved the plot line. A person with a physical scar who thinks that no one wants to be his friend because of it. Hiding who he is from others and, I think, from himself, somewhat. Being teased and humiliated as a child by a few people left emotional scars as well. This was a good idea, I believe, because a lot of people I think feel that way. Some people have some kind of emotional scar that they hide from others and even themselves. So I loved this idea of using that type of character as one of the stars of this book.
I loved it that the characters from the first and second books were involved in the plot line of this book. The two alpha mates befriended and took Colin under their wing teaching him what he needs to know.
The first two books have villains. It’s interesting that the author chose not to have a villain but to just have a plain mean person. I loved that scene of the “showdown” with Lorraine and Sean using The Voice. That was a really great scene.
My only criticism for this book would be the very lengthy descriptions of the house and the protocols of the Loup Garou.
Overall, this book is a great improvement from the other two in the series. I would recommend this book and I would also recommend reading the first two books in the series to be able to understand everything.
I absolutely loved this book!! I love most books by this author. This book was very well written. I loved Collin and loved how the author shaped him. It was clear that he had issues but was able to find love regardless. It took him a while to believe that no one cared that he was scarred. I felt everything that he felt and to me that makes a great story when an author can draw you in like that. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned next for this series.
Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she’s found her niche writing GLBT romance. Her current releases (from MLR Press) include the award winning Rock and Roll novel Shattered Glass and her just released BDSM novel, A Matter of Trust