Monday, July 13, 2015

To Save a Mate and To Love a Mate by Krystal Shannan - Double Review

Title: To Save a Mate (VonBrandt Family #1)
Author: Krystal Shannan
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

A chance he never thought he'd have comes at a price he never wanted her to pay.


What do you do when everything you thought was real turns out to be a lie? How do you pick yourself up and move on? Move past the pain?

Kara McClure is living the perfect life. A great boyfriend, supportive loving parents, and a full ride to John McAdams University on a scholarship. What could go wrong? But something always does. When tragedy hits, you’re supposed to be able to count on those closest to you for support. Kara turns to the love of her life, Vincent Harris, only to find him supporting the nether lips of her sorority sister.

Luke VonBrandt is a business college student with a secret no one can know. When an accident threatens the life of an innocent girl he's secretly loved since high school, he risks everything to give her a second chance on life, even exposing the truth about what he is. The blue-eyed beauty haunts his dreams and her scent is all he can think about.

Luke’s wolf insists he find a way to claim her as his own.

But Kara’s broken heart will fight him every step of the way.
Running over the love of your life is never a good idea. When Luke quite literally runs into Kara - he's forced to take drastic action to save her life. Of course, since he's been in love with her for as long as he can remember, his wolf is quite pleased at the change of events. But Kara (while glad to be alive) isn't so sure she wants to link her life to his forever.

I really liked how Krystal Shannan worked with Kara's emotions. She was traumatized and betrayed - so of course she doesn't want anything to do with anyone!!!  Who would?? I really loved cheering Luke on as he tried to find a way to prove himself to her and show her that he is the perfect man for her.

I also liked that there wasn't a whole lot of "other stuff" going on. We had no ultimate bad guy set out to kill anyone - we had a jerky ex-boyfriend, but I think every girl has one of those. It was all about Luke and Kara - and I totally loved it!


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Title: To Love a Mate (VonBrandt Family #2)
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Can a small-town cowboy win the heart of a woman who doesn’t have one?

Surviving charity functions by day and automatic weapons and death threats by night, Emma Carrington learned to be as hard as the men her daddy hired to protect her. Hell, she even carried a military grade stun gun in her Prada bag and could shoot just as well as any of her ex-military bodyguards if the need arose.

When a failed kidnapping attempt forces her to hide out in Somewhere, Texas, Emma finds herself stranded, floundering through cow patties, and desperate for a car. Who better to “borrow” from than the sexy naked man she sees turn into a wolf and leave his perfectly good pickup truck available for use. It’s not like he can drive it in his current condition, right?

College senior Noah VonBrandt knows the pack law better than anyone —only a bonded mate can know his secret. He watched his brother find the mate of his dreams and he wants the same thing, but you can’t just make the “right” girl appear out of thin air. To his surprise, lightning does strike. When a beautiful blonde woman trespasses on the ranch and sees him transform, he knows he only has two choices —claim her or let the pack erase her memories. But even as Noah fights to save her, Emma’s past is hot on her heels and out for more than memories.
What I loved most about this book was Noah and his total devotion to keeping an innocent woman safe. Even though she discovers his secret when she watches him shift, he will do anything to protect her. And she has a lot to be protected from right now.

Emma can take pretty good care of herself - she has a purse that holds all - and some of that "all" is very deadly. I love that she can take care of herself and her loyalty to those that have treated her well in the past. There was a TON of excitement in this story - much more suspenseful than the first. This was a great change of pace, especially since I read them back to back, but it did take a little from the romance.

I really wish there had been just a tad more of them getting to know each other and falling in love. It all happened so very suddenly at times. However, the ending....OMG the ending!!!! I don't know that it could have been done any better. I fell in love with both of them all over again.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest reivew*


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