Now that I've teased my beautiful Renata's mating bite from her, I can finally take her home and claim her like a Ximeran warrior should. Shifters are still being stolen from Earth, and I know we have to stop it, but it can wait until my mate is healthy and happy.
When I learn one of my own people is behind the disappearances, we believe we've ended the danger to the shifters. But someone takes Renata from under my very nose. My tiger is enraged, but not half as much as I am. And I'm going to find her -- no matter what.
Shifter's Mates, Book 2, by Raisa Greywood
SPOILER ALERT: THIS SERIES SHOULD DEFINITELY BE READ IN ORDER. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE TIGER QUEEN (BOOK 1) YET, THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Rakon’s FINALLY convinced Renata he’s ready to receive her mating bite. Little does he know how his life’s about to change! Is he prepared? It doesn’t matter. No price is too high to establish the mating bond. What soon becomes clear is there’s treachery afoot; and suspicion runs high. Known conspirators, long thought extinct, are at large. Only one known culprit is in custody, much the worse for wear. Only he’s in no condition to talk. But someone’s behind the abduction, drugging, and disappearance of shifters from a dying Earth. Who? Why? How? What does Sector 4 have to do with any of this? There’s an agenda of which no one is aware. And just how does Soledad figure into all this? Unknown to any, when First Councilor Fengar boards Rakon’s ship against the Ximeran Council’s wishes, the chief conspirator throws his plans into high gear. Despite the warning bells screaming in Renata and Rakon’s heads, it’s the wily Fengar who figures it out. But at what cost? Landing on Ximera could mean the ultimate destruction. Is the mating bond strong enough? Or will the ultimate betrayal doom not just Ximera but the ruined Earth too?
I don’t have words to describe this series! It’s thrilling, mesmerizing, a maze of unexpected twists and turns, and oh, so very hot! But the incredible intelligence woven into this world Raisa Greywood’s created is extraordinary! I loved Renata from the second I met her. She’s one of the best-written female characters (sci-fi or otherwise) in any book I’ve read. Her existence has consisted of loss and suffering, yet she maintains her pride and joy in being a Siberian tiger shifter. She humbles herself to submit to the Ximeran testing program, has the courage to take a chance on the unknown. She could never know what waits in the wings. Rakon is also unlike any other male I’ve encountered. Strong, dominant, sexy, a commanding presence? Yes, absolutely. But, again, he’s not just intelligent. He’s solves the Gordian knot, but not by using a sword. He unties it! He looks at a puzzle with more than half the pieces missing and somehow sees the greater picture. His instincts are on point nearly without fail. These two take on the universe with no fear as long as they have each other. But this story would be one-dimensional without the supporting characters. Fengar is laugh-out-loud eccentric. Patrek made me laugh more than once, but his strength is also incredible. Add in Norkad, Soledad, Daiyu, the other shifters, the Ximeran Council, and this story jumps off the page and into your heart. After reading the Tiger Queen, I was so eager to dive into The Tiger King that I literally rearranged my schedule to read this in one sitting. I seriously wish I could give this book at least ten stars. Raisa Greywood is phenomenal and has, in a very short time, become one of my very favorite authors. Please take the time to read this series! I guarantee you won’t be sorry!
A final note. This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and all booksellers' websites. Please use these resources. I urge you to leave a review, but with a proviso. Please don’t leave a negative review when you know you won’t enjoy the book. It's not fair to the author. She works hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to a book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!