Friday, August 25, 2017

Book #Review: Coyote's Mate ( Breed 18, Coyote 2) by @LoraLeigh_1

Book Title: Coyote's Mare (Breeds 18, Coyote 2)
Author: Lora Leigh |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Parnaormal Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Hardcover 
Cost: $5.99
Pages: 341
How I got it: Purcahsed at Library Book Sale
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM
Publication Date: Feb 2009
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For six years Anya Korbin worked with Del-Rey Delgato--the genetically altered rebel known as the Coyote Ghost--to free a group of coyote women kept in her father's lab. As Anya matured into a woman, she and Del-Rey grew close…, but then he broke his promise and killed her father. Now she must deal with her animalistic desire for the one who betrayed her.
This story has a bit of a sketchy beginning, the first chapter actually started in the book before it and gets fleshed out more in this one.  This one was also highly anticipated for me because well, we never had a good coyote, and then bam here we go.  I believe this glimpse of the society of the Coyote's is the first time we are truly seeing a Coyote fleshed out as more than Council weapon.

After the cliffhanger in the last book, I couldn't wait to get to this and I'm so glad because this was an awesome read.  I loved the introduction into the world of the Coyotes.  I loved that the women were just as strong as the men and just as brutal.  So many of the characters were hilarious to read.  I loved seeing the developing world, their home and their stance as a society.  I loved the development taking place.  Seeing how the fit into the Breed society as a whole and watching them figure out how to e outside the world of the facilities.

The leading couple of course are at the center of the story and their development as a couple is what lends their pack into being a society.  As a warrior the Alpha Del-Rey has no concept of family and what that means and how it works, so he pushes back when Anya his mate tries to make the men more than just a fighting unit.  He believed it would soften the men and weaken them instead of giving them a reason to fight.

Anya and her pack however have always been a family and they want to bring that to the others and bring them into the fold.  This merge isn't going so well because the Alphas aren't on the same page. Anya does something unprecedented within the packs, she seeks somewhat of a divorce until she's more certain of his intentions and feelings.  This has never been done before.  And of course it doesn't go down so well especially because their packs are already split between those loyal to him and those loyal to her; as long as they didn't work together then the packs also didn't work together.

The way these two fight and come at each other, they are both so confused about how to blend in.  She wants to be a partner like the other women are, however Del-Rey only knows how to protect and he's not used to sharing authority, he doesn't believe she should be making choices and his belief is the catalyst from which their fights are based.  He wants to protect her so much he regulates her to menial tasks.

The two couldn't find their way out of a paper bag.  They couldnt' see how necessary what they wanted was for the other and when Anya tried, her needs were being neglected. I mean I get why Del-Rey felt it was necessary to do what he did, including not claiming certain litter mates, but he didn't see how far reaching his decisions where until too late.   Not only do they have to fight to figure how to blend their packs, they also have a traitor in their midst, someone is selling secrets to the blood hate groups and of course they aren't really fitting in with the other Alphas.

I loved the push and pull and that it wasn't easy for these two strong personalities to blend themselves and their ideals together, because it shouldn't be seen as just so easy to compromise and come together.  I loved that the two were so strong yet completely vulnerable to each other; their pain, their fears, were still so powerful and debilitating.  I loved that their story & their growth as a couple and his growth pushed the other alphas as well as Del Rey to learn to see their partners as more than just people to protect; more than liabilities, still love it even months later, because I'm writing this way after finishing the book and I still remember so much of the story.

There were definetly moments in this books I teared up and got in my feelings especially closer to the end. Del -Rey is so stupid sometimes, and so is Anya.  There are also moments in here I wanted to punch Del-Rey, but then I had to remember he's literally never had anyone to teach him at all.  The foundation of the next story is seen in here as well, and so many more are coming down the line I can't wait.
Happy Reading my loves, 

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