Mated (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, Novella 3)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 16 reviews
Cole is attractive and warm---so different from the coldness and death Jane has grown used to. If the werewolves didn’t have a worse reputation than the vampires, being taken by the alpha might feel like rescue, but Cole’s growing possessive nature, makes Jane fear he’ll only abuse her like the others. If he doesn’t, could becoming an alpha’s mate free her from the vampires for good? More

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Review by: Alex Fairfax on July 02, 2013 :
Jane Tanner is 24 years old and the plaything of a vampire called Paul but is rescued by werewolf Cole Riley, and – after a number of trials and tribulations – comes to realise she is Cole’s mate.

So far so ordinary. And there are other problems with the book. I hadn’t realised when I bought it that this is the third in a series, which wouldn’t be a problem if the author fully explained any previous events – as she does not, there are places where I was considerably confused. In addition, some events are treated with ridiculous and totally unconvincing brevity: near the end, for instance, Cole suspects another werewolf of being the villain but changes his mind simply because the werewolf assures him he’s innocent.

But this novella is rescued by the author’s vision of the world her characters inhabit, and by the main characters who are strong and interesting. I found myself in the odd position of getting annoyed by individual aspects of the book yet being interested enough to keep reading and find out what happened to the characters. In short, this is a flawed book but is yet worth reading – though I’m not sure I shall look at another in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ann cooper on March 21, 2012 :
love it thank you cant wait for more
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A.M. Harte on Dec. 26, 2010 :
In Claimed, Jane was dating the vampire Paul, who seemed like an alright guy at the time. You soon find out how awful he is — at the beginning of Mated, Paul has incurred a load of debts and decides to literally use Jane to pay them off. Cole takes her as a hostage/guarantee and she ends up living with him for the duration… but Cole’s pack don’t make living arrangements simple.

As with the previous novellas, Mated was a fun and entertaining read, the kind of light-hearted fiction which you devour in one sitting. And it works great as a teaser: not only are the main characters different, but the kind of preternatural involved differs between novellas, meaning that you get new insight into Winter’s creative world. The werewolf society is rather different from any I’ve read about before — I love how they live in underground cave systems of a sort, and their magical protection (thanks to Cain the incubus) is pretty unique. Of course the usual pack politics remain, making Mated an instant hit with werewolf fans.

However, I have to say that — despite enjoying the story — Mated was my least favourite of the Blood Lust trilogy. For some reason, the characters and plot didn’t quite capture me as in the previous two, and I wonder whether it’s because all three novellas share a similar plot that, with familiarity, loses its effectiveness. In all three the female lead is in some way endangered by a preternatural force beyond her control. In all three the male lead, reluctantly at first, takes the female under his wing to protect her from said force. The two then proceed to live in close quarters, leading to misunderstandings, arguments, and sexual tension. They get together, solve the looming menace, and live HEA. It’s a formula that works, but I couldn’t help noticing the similarities when reading the three novellas back-to-back.

The other issue I had was with the characters. Now, I like Cole. He’s one of those dark and dangerous bad boys who’s actually a sweetheart inside, which as always is a great combination for a sexy male lead! But I actually wish he was darker, more conflicted — perhaps more like Anthony, the lead in Claimed.

Jane, on the other hand… Perhaps the fact that she annoyed me in Claimed biased me, but I didn’t really connect with her. She lacks the sparkle that Winters’ characters normally have, the snarkiness and clever wit. Yes, she’s got the worst background out of the three, and I admire her strength despite all the adversity she’s faced, but she just felt more passive as a character compared to Winters’ other heroines.

Despite my nit-picking, I must reaffirm that I did enjoy reading Mated — it was a fun, light-hearted read with great world-building. I especially liked the hell dimension, where Cain the incubus was, and look forward to reading more about that in the sequel to the Blood Lust trilogy, Save My Soul.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Wulfie on Nov. 04, 2010 :
This was my first werewolf romance book and I loved it. The story is complete in itself, apart from the other two novellas in the series, and can stand alone. The story has everything: well developed characters that make you want to know more about them, mystery, tension, and a pace that keeps you turning the pages. I highly recommend this one and look forward to reading more of Zoe Winter's writing. She gets better with everything she writes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doina C on Nov. 01, 2010 :
I started reading this book and i enjoyed it so much that i have decided to read the first 2 books as well. Only disappointment was that there are no more books in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brittany Albers on Aug. 03, 2010 :
I fell in love with this book. My only wish is that I would enjoy it to be a little longer, but I guess that could be part of the appeal. Overall, I highly recommend reading this!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ilona Fenton on July 23, 2010 :
Having read the first two books I was expecting the continuation of the main storyline and wasn't disappointed. I was also expecting excellent characterisations and again I wasn't disappointed. In fact my only disappointment was that it was too short and that there were no more books to follow.

I would recommend this to everyone I know.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Candice on July 10, 2010 :
Loved this book only down side was that it was to short I want to know more about what happens between Cole and Jane!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: barbara on July 06, 2010 :
Great summer read, fast and enjoable.
Cole is my dream hero: protective and HOT.
Jane goes after what she wants. What else to say without given the story if you want a HOT ride for a summer day just grab this one and you won't be dissapointed!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carol couture on June 17, 2010 :
I think that Zoe Winters is an incredible writer. "Claimed" has won my heart...the story line is wonderful and so are the characters. The endings not what I anticipated, and it was great all the same. I can't say enough about these novellas and can't wait for more!!

I recommend these to all my friends and avid readers, even if you're not, I recommend them!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S.J. Collins on June 09, 2010 :
We first meet Jane in Claimed, where Charlee, the protagonst, views her (Jane) as a helpless, if spunky, vampire groupie. Goth clothes, make up and pink hair to boot. As Claimed heats up though, Jane's true nature as a hardened survivalist seeps out of her little by little. Totally won me over. And she was only a side character then.

In what I'm affectionately calling "true Zoe Winters' fashion" Mated kicks off right where Claimed ends. Only, some things have definately changed since Anthony, the hero from Claimed, took over as King. Paul, Anthony's underling from Claimed, lets his true nature shine too. And it's pretty damn ugly. I was thrown for a loop. I knew when I'd first read the synopsis that something must have happened to Paul for Jane to have been "sold off" as it were. After all, he'd (paul) been so affectionate with her (jane) in Claimed and seemingly protective of her that I didn't even think he'd been the one to do it.

But I've already established that Zoe Winters is a dark writer. Or maybe just a realist. But stuff happens.

Stuff happens to Jane a lot.

So, Paul, the little DB, gets more than a little indulgent. Not because Anthony, his main man, is now Vampire King, but because he feels neglected by said King. And whenever something doesn't go Paul's way, there's Jane. To be smacked around at his convenience.

You may have noticed I'm not a fan of abuse, but I love a writer who doesn't shy away from it. And I love a heroine who overcomes it even more.

Of course, she has help.

Cole is the big sexy alpha of the local pack and Paul's lost one two many poker games to him. Not usually one to be led around by his neither regions, he can't deny the fierce need to protect Jane when he witnesses Paul's latest beating.

I think Dayne and Anthony had a few things in common while still remaining separate entities but Cole is ...different. Gentler. But not a Beta by any means. He's the Alpha wolf after all. You'd think after what I said about Anthony that Cole wouldn't do anything for me.


Hello? Multi-dimensional here. I don't have a "type". Not in real life and not in my fictional one. And in case you missed my last review: Werewolves top Vampires for me. Blasphemy you say? You'll get over it.

Of all of Zoe's heroes, Cole was definitely my favorite. (Claimed is still my favorite book though.) And as always, Zoe totally delivers on the sex scenes. ..I may have panted a few times. *g*

Another thing I like about this author is that she always brings a new twist on the mythos of the creatures that go bump in the night. She laid out one DOOZIE of a new twist in Mated, that I'm totally not spoiling. But I'll give you a hint as to what it entails. Ever wonder why Vampires and Werewolves really hate eachother?

And of course, I have to gush over the world building. The werewolves in Mated were tech savvy and I digged it. It was a nice departure from the norm. They still had reclusive ways, but on an upgraded scale.

Zoe has a knack for ending her stories on an almost perfect note. I always smile at the charm of the last line. Or the wit. She does both rather well.

I'm looking forward to the next book. Zoe's proven that she'll always deliver an entertaining and enjoyable romance...with a little blood on the side.

Just the way I like it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah on June 05, 2010 :
Jane has been able to sense vampires since she was a child and this has meant she has lived her life in danger from the vampires who don't like the fact that she can see them. She has been forced to become a vampire groupie in the hope that one of them will turn her so her life will no longer be at risk. Abused and beaten by the vampire she had hoped would protect her it only gets worse when he gives her to the werewolf alpha Cole as payment for his gambling debt. She knows the rules of the vampire world and knows how to survive but finding herself at the mercy of a werewolf she has no idea what will happen to her. She has always believed that the werewolves are even worse than the vampires but can Cole prove she was wrong? And what will happen if the pack member who wants Jane dead manages to get hold of her?

Although I loved the first 2 novellas in this series I have to say that Mated was my absolute favorite. We were introduced to vampire groupie Jane in Claimed when she became friends with Charlee. I didn't think she was a particularly interesting character but as soon as I got to know her better in Mated she quickly became my favorite heroine in the series. She has been to hell and back but is a survivor and desperately wants to find somewhere she is safe and accepted. I absolutely adored Cole! He is a strong alpha who quickly recognises that Jane is his mate and wants to protect her. Understanding what she has been through he doesn't want to rush her or force her into anything so goes against all of his instincts by not immediately marking her as his mate. He is so sweet as he tries to gain Jane's trust & I dare you not to fall for him yourself.

Overall I would definitely rate this as a must read trilogy for fans of paranormal romance. Even if you're new to this genre I'd recommend giving it a try. I love Zoe's writing style and having seen what she can accomplish with these novellas I can't wait to get my hands on the full length novel that is due out this winter. I love the world she has created and am looking forward to immersing myself in it again in the future. My only warning would be not to start reading unless you have time to finish the whole story - I've read each of these novellas in just 1 sitting and devoured all 3 in less than 24 hours!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on May 28, 2010 :
This time I got smart. I waited until I had plenty of daylight left in the day to start this book. I learned early on that I can't read Zoe Winters' stuff right before bed because her books keep me up.

I enjoyed this one a lot. (I still love Anthony and Charlee in Claimed the most.) I love seeing the same characters pop up in Zoe Winters' books. It's like seeing old friends again, and for those who loved the first two books, you'll be delighted to see those main characters appear in this story.

Anyway, onto this book... I can't remember a time when any paranormal book mentioned vampires as being cold. (Okay, maybe that's because I rarely ever read them.) But this is one example of how her world makes sense. Of course, vampires would be cold. They're "dead". Everything in this world makes perfect sense. It all interconnects, and there are no contradictions. You really feel as if you're there.

I adored Cole and loved seeing Jane again. She was far more than the vampire groopie she was suspected of being in Claimed, and I was glad to see her own story since I did like her. Cole offers his protection, and soon he realizes that she's supposed to be his mate. There's something I really enjoy about all of the characters Zoe Winters creates. The men never force themselves on the women, and yet, they're strong types. The women, likewise, are also strong, but they have that tenderness and desire to be loved and protected.

And the ending was one of the best I've ever read. You have to read it to know what I'm talking about, but there was the question of whether or not waiting for her "okay" to mark her as his mate was going to make Cole do something he shouldn't do. Sorry, but I can't be anymore specific than that.

Oh, someone in the pack does want to hurt Jane, and I love who turned out to be the bad guy. Awesome job!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tirzah Goodwin on May 28, 2010 :
Overall a good story. I enjoyed it and it was well worth 99cents. It was rushed in a few places and could use a bit more plot development but it was actually quite interesting. I'd feel comfortable recommending it to others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Bischoff on May 27, 2010 :
It started with Kept, continued with Claimed, and now the Blood Lust trilogy comes to a close with Mated. If you were intrigued by the character, Jane the "goth girl", who was introduced in Claimed, you'll definitely want to read on.

Reminding us that some monsters just can't be trusted, Jane is more or less sold to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack to cover an outstanding debt. But some monsters are really hot guys with fur, and Cole makes a fabulous hero for us and for Jane. Mated provides romance and emotional depth while also continuing to deliver on the humor and surprising paranormal world details we're coming to expect.

Mated was my favorite of the Blood Lust trilogy. And it's obvious from the details that Winters intends to show us more of her world. Bring it on. (Soon, please.)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J Ryan on May 26, 2010 :
This is the third book in the Blood Lust trilogy - and I loved all three! Each book features a different species of paranormals, but they are all inter-related. The plot is strong, with believable characters and a few surprise twists. I can't wait for more from Zoe Winters!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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