MATING INSTINCT (Moon Shifter #3) by Katie Reus
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: March 5, 2013
As the beast within struggles to break free, he must learn to be what she needs…
Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.
A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf.
And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job…
REVIEW: MATING INSTINCT is the third full-length storyline in Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter series focusing on the Armstrong-Cordona wolf shifter pack and their struggles with the Antiparanormal League (APL).
We were first introduced to Jayce and Kat in Primal Possession. Kat had fallen in love with Jayce and Jayce’s ‘wolf’ knew that Kat was his mate, but the human in Jayce feared for Kat’s life. Jayce is an enforcer for the Shifter Council and has made many enemies along the way. When Kat was mortally wounded and had to be ‘turned’ by another wolf, Kat ran from Jayce believing he wanted nothing to do with mating a human, let alone Kat.
Mating Instinct follows Jayce and Kat as they are thrown together in the war against the APL. As an enforcer for the Council it is Jayce’s duty to ferret out rogue shifters and take down those responsible for killing other paranormal beings. But the war became personal when Kat was held hostage and left for dead, by the APL, the year before. Kat believes it is her right to take down the members of the APL and Jayce believes it is his right to protect Kat at all costs.
The relationship between Kat and Jayce was already established in Primal Possession but through the first half of Mating Instinct Kat refuses to acknowledge Jayce’s attempts at a reconciliation. The sexual tension is fraught with the pull of the ‘mating instinct’ and one Kat refuses to believe, As a turned wolf and not a born shifter, Kat was unprepared for the lifestyle and pack laws. More than once Kat has defied the Alpha when she refuses to accept what she has become.
There are several secondary story lines developing. Katie brings back many of her previous storyline characters allowing for a familiar feel to each successive novel. All of the couples we have met previously play an active role in Kat and Jayce’s story and we are witness to several developing relationship.
Katie Reus is one of my favorite authors. I am a huge fan of her Red Stone Security Series as well as her Moon Shifter Series. MATIING INSTINCT does not disappoint. Katie writes with an intensity that can be felt right down to your soul. There is plenty of action, suspense, and steamy sex and a little bit of humor to keep everyone smiling. Another fantastic storyline from the mind of Katie Reus.
1. Alpha’s Instinct
2. Lover’s Instinct
3. Primal Possession
4. Mating Instinct
Copy supplied by publisher through Netgalley
Reviewed by Sandy