Reviews for Third Mate

5 from Vvivacious on Goodreads

This book is awesome and if you want to know why it’s because it is a completely new take with a brand new formula on writing a series.

The first book is about Josiah and River, the second about Jax and David and I was kind of guessing the third would be about Xavier and Trace or (and this is after finding out the title) about Malcolm, Danny and Zane. But this book is not about a particular couple even though the story is still first and foremost a romance. This series has taken the road less travelled and now tells the story of a pack and its members taken as a whole instead of focusing on just one member’s love story while have an arc concerning the pack forming the background of the series. This series has taken the background and brought it centre-stage and that is something that has really paid off in this book.

So what do I mean by all that, well what I feel is that this series is now telling a much bigger story than that of just its pack members. It is now firmly on the path of telling the story of a pack disintegrating, torn between the conservatives and radicals, and on a much bigger scale sends a message of tolerance.

As we have seen in the past two books, River has been making efforts to assimilate and extend relations between weres and humans and how events have come to unfold in the wake of this change. But you can only take the horse to the water. The increasing changes have made most pack members conservative, wishing for a swift return to earlier ways. In the foreground of this political turmoil things have reached the tipping point for the River Wolf Pack.

Also this time we have four POVs. We are already familiar with Josiah so getting back in his mind was awesome but things are difficult with River and Josiah given that their daughters are the only females in their pack and represent a radical change in werewolf society. So things are on the roll for Josiah and River as they try to make their family acceptable…

…and then there is Jax. We had David’s perspective in the previous book so it was nice to see their relationship from Jax’s perspective. Jax’s place in the pack has always been questionable and being the only human in the pack has been a prickly experience. But these two are anticipating the worst (the end) and what I loved about this story was that it was kind of leading us to believe something else but it ended up with something completely different which took me by surprise, but then ended up shocking me by how natural that particular turn of events was.

What I loved is that even though we dealt a lot with Jax and David in the previous book their relationship hadn’t finished evolving and still is and we are just going to have wait and watch where this relationship will take these two. Some of the scenes between David and Jax were just so emotional it’s amazing the relationship these two share, and how much it has changed and yet remained the same.

And bringing up the rear are come Foster, Sam and Leo with their weird love triangle…? While things are initially very unclear on that front, these three are the focus of this book. Sam and Leo are the other two POVs in this book and they really held their own as protagonists especially since they were competing with seasoned protagonists for attention.

But what I adored about this story was the focus on the pack and the political and romantic ambitions of its members. There are a lot of characters in this book interacting in different ways with our MCs. The River Wolf Pack is on the verge of change and this book is the ride to see if they will accept it or reject it.

After finishing this book, I can’t wait for the next book…

****

 

4.5 from Star, Goodreads

I have loved every book in this series but this one definitely my favorite one due to the story line being complex and full but handled so well you just never want to leave this world! This one is filled with more couples (and previous ones), more babies (who doesn’t want babies?), more bad guys (and they aren’t just human), and enough angst and unrest to make you sit on the edge of your seat!

In the last book we got to see the birth of River and Josiah’s twin girls and the ripple effect their birth caused throughout the human and wolf worlds. Not only because they are girls but because they may not even be shifters which just gets the hackles up on some of the wolves in the River Wolf pack. So much change in what seems like a short time for the wolves, even if to some the change is needed, the wolves are starting to doubt their Alpha’s ability to keep them safe for humans and rogues alike.

This story is about David and Jax; does Jax finally stand up for his man and find a way to stay with him? Does Brooks somehow fit into the equation or is he the thing that pushes Jax completely out of the picture?

This story is about River and Josiah; Do they win against the part of the pack that wants their twin girls out of the picture? Do they agree that the rogues that they took in need to get out the pack? And in order to do all of this does River have to step down as Alpha?

This story is about Leo and Sam and Foster; Does Leo finally step up and claim to the two young men he’s drawn to? Does Sam tell Leo how he feels about him or will his heat change the name of the game? Does Foster stay in a pack of wolves with Leo and Sam instead of finding his true mate in another coyote pack?

With all that goes in this story you are never left bored and you are NEVER left confused, a difficult task with so many POV’s but truly the author accomplishes the task perfectly! So many questions need answering because each one changes the path the wolf community is going on. Each one of these couples are going through huge changes and lots of stress but it never seems that everything will get tied up in a neat perfect bow because these characters are not perfect. They are complex and complicated much like their storylines.

The Jax and David continued dynamic was freaking hot especially when Jax topped and David loved it! This author knows how to write a bad guy too because I truly despised and wish bad things to happen to a certain wolf more than once and more than one truly horrible way! Getting to know Leo, through both his own point of view and through that of Sam’s, was truly a walk in complexity is both sweet and tough, strong and soft. What this tells is that the author writes from the heart of each character just just with a writing goal in mind. I would say I hope there is a next book but in this instance I DEMAND another book because there are unanswered questions that I NEED answers for!! Plus you know Foster, or you don’t know but if you want to know…read this series!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://diversereader.blogspot.com/ *

****

5 stars–Beth, Goodreads

“This is the third book and I will admit that I have read them back to back. How could I not, the author has created such an engaging story line. Werewolves who live almost completely independently of both humans and other shifters are suddenly dealing with both on a continual basis. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Seems both species have both, and how it effects each other lead to some great story lines. The sex that is mixed in is hot too.

You have David and Jax still trying to work out their relationship. Brooks trying to find where he fits in. Leo, Sam and Foster dancing around each other. Josiah and River dealing with twin girls and pack politics.

The ending surprised me and made me realize that there is even more of this wonderful world to come. There’s no cliffhanger, but the ending opens up several avenues for the story to go next. And yes I will be waiting for the next one, to continue this wonderful story.”

******

4.5–Cheryl, Goodreads


“This is the third book in the Wolf Pack series and without a doubt, these books just keep getting better and better.

More couples are forming, more babies are being had, more bad guys are sticking their oar in (not a euphemism) and the unrest in the pack increases due to the newcomers, the ever present humans and of course Josiah and Rivers twin girls. It’s all happening and River just isn’t able to please everyone. This instalment really had me on the edge of my seat as there just didn’t seem any way for an HEA without some drastic changes.

The author did well with the ending she gave us and although it would be an appropriate close to the story, there is so much scope to come back with at least one more book to let us know what happens next. I for one am really hoping that is the case here. This feels like the beginning of an entirely new chapter rather than an ending.” (less)

****

4.5 Stars–Jaime, Goodreads

“This is book Three is Rebecca James “River Wolf Pack” series and I have to say it is my favorite book yet! In this book we get to see all of our characters from Books one and two and catch up with them while meeting and falling in love with new characters. If you have not read books one and two in this series, you will not fully understand this book.

The characters are many in this book, River & Josiah – along with their twins; David & Jax, The Omegas; Briar and Kane; Liam and Sawyer; Brooks, Leo, Sam, Foster, Farrah the healer, and more..so it’s a very full story. This story also gives us more insight to another Pack, Milo’s Pack -The Angel Hills Pack.

The love matches in this story are many and then the coupling off to just romp in the woods happen too. The testosterone is flying high in this book as the pack starts to implode and infighting begins as other Alpha’s question whether a River is being too lenient and making decisions based on his Omega Josiah’s desires rather than for the good of the pack. There is also the issue of [spoiler can be read at GR’s] this makes River’s choices even more scrutinized by those Alpha’s in the pack who would like nothing more than to be the new Pack Alpha.

I am a tad upset about the ending – as I wish there were more questions answered but I can only hope that means we have more books coming. I was a little frustrated with Jax and his wishy-washiness over whether to take the bite and be with David fully or to let David go on with his life and Jax return to his; however, I think they have reached a happy medium for now. This has been a fun series thus far, with lots of hot as hell sex – these guys really are almost over the top. If polygamy or certain animalistic traits bother you, this story may not be for you – I enjoyed it however.”

Link to Jordan’s review, as it has a lot of gifs.

 

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