The Bear’s True Mate (Divergent Species, Bk 1) by Elizabeth Monvey ~ Book Review by Queue

BearTitle: The Bear’s True Mate (Divergent Species, Bk 1)

Author: Elizabeth Monvey

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/23/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal


Henry McBane had a wife. And a true mate. And they weren’t the same person. He once made a terrible mistake and it cost him everything. When he found his wife dead from a group of shifter hunters, he gets work as an enforcer to the Shifter Council in order to bring the hunting club down.

Ajay Orbin has been a prisoner for months, trapped with others as living science projects and held at the whim of a horrible scientist. When he’s finally rescued, he can’t believe it’s by the man he once loved with his whole heart.

Can he find it in himself to forgive Henry? And what happens when he finds himself…pregnant?

My View:

I almost didn’t read this book because I’d previously read a shifter mpreg book by Elizabeth Monvey and wasn’t overly impressed. I am so glad I gave this one a chance because I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Bear’s True Mate handles mpreg in a way different than any other book has before. It provides an explanation of how the impregnation happens instead of just blaming it on mother nature or whatever. Here the MC gets pregnant because of experimentation while being held captive.

The book starts with bear shifter Ajay being held with multiple other species of shifters. An evil lady is experimenting on them but they don’t know why. They’re all held for some time before being rescued by several men out to take down the organization hunting down shifters.

Among the rescuers is Henry McBane who also happens to be Ajay’s true mate. What was really cool with this story is that this isn’t insta-love situation where they just immediately end up in each other’s arms. In fact, Ajay and Henry have already met—when Henry was married.

There’s a fair amount of bitterness in Ajay because of what happened in the past and at first he wants nothing to do with Henry. Henry is willing to oblige, even though his wife is dead, until an odd sickness strikes Ajay. The two have a convo about the dead wife and Ajay is unable to stay away from Henry, even though he’s still angry about being lied to.

But they go at it like bunnies, or bears if you will, but things still aren’t perfect. Ajay’s pregnancy shocks them all and the evil lady’s return puts Ajay in danger.

I loved the resolution to the danger as well as the relationship. It’s also perfectly set up for future books in the series starring the other men held captive with Ajay.

A fun read for sure.

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