Scent of a Mate (Sassy Mates #1)

I wasn't asking for permission. You're already mine.

Scent of a Mate
Milly Taiden
Sassy Mates, book one
ebook, 250 pages
Published September 20th 2013 by Latin Goddess Press
ISBN 9781301183388
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Mission: Scent a Mate

Jordan Alvarez knew that a promise to her best friend involved staking out the local wolf pack's scenting ceremony and recording the graphic details, but she was the writer and the only one with the balls to finish the task. No one would know that four human women had sneaked proof of their rituals, or at least, that was the plan until Aric Wolfe showed up.

Mission: Stake a Claim

Aric Wolfe knew his baby sister was up to something, and expected her best friend, Jordan, to be in on the chaos. He finally had an opportunity to lay claim to a mate that had been under his nose for years. Jordan's scent called to both the man and the animal, and he was done fighting the call of the beast. It was time to mark his mate.

Mission: Survive an Alpha

When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan's strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever.

This was my first read from Milly Taiden and I'm having a difficult time understanding why. She's credited with about thirty books, most of which fitting into the genre I've spent the last eight years exploring and yet I just now picked up one of her wolf shifter stories.

It won't be the last.

Jordan fell for Ellie's eldest brother, Aric, when she was a mere thirteen years old. Coming from a shattered home and raised by alcoholic parents, Jordan found a lifeline to normalcy from Ellie and her family though, strangely enough, they're a family of wolf shifters.

Aric was changed the day he met Jordan. His wolf sensed his mate in her, despite that she was human and six years younger than he. So Aric distanced himself and for years, once Jordan was older and mature enough, begged his sister to help him make Jordan his.

Then one night, where the wolves gather from packs all over for scenting and match making, he finally gets his chance. As do the rest of Ellie's brothers with her other friends: Jake with Nicole, Nathan with Karla, and Mason with Emma. Ellie, meanwhile, has a semi complicated relationship with Caleb who faces the challenge of becoming Alpha to his own pack.

There's a good amount of time jumping in this story, and it's not always done smoothly. And damn, does Jordan take a beating. A few times actually. But not once does she consider the idea of not being able to handle being with a shifter. Other things, yes, but not that.

Ellie's friends are all taken from the same mold. They're curvy, supposedly sassy, and all deeply infatuated with the Wolfe brothers. For that alone, I'm pushed to skip the other three brothers' stories altogether and dive right into Ellie and Caleb's book. Unfortunately, it hasn't been published yet.

3 out of 5 stars.

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