Unexpected Mate by Toni Griffin ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

18400078Title: Unexpected Mate

Author: Toni Griffin

Narrator: Dominic M McCartney

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 10/02/2015

Length: 04 hours 10 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

Brian Townsend was having one hell of a week. Rejected by his parents, kicked out of his pack and now his car breaks down on his way south. What else could go wrong? He soon finds out when the police rock up, and the sexy cop turns out to be his mate. What he didn’t expect was his mate to walk away from him, without so much as a backward glance.

Marcus Holland was having one hell of a week. Breaking up with his girlfriend, and then copping an earful from his mother about settling down and having kids. All he wanted was to go home and relax. Little did he know one last call-out on his way home would change his life for ever.

Can Marcus come to terms with the fact his mate is a man or will he risk losing Brian forever. However, not everyone in the pack is entirely happy with this mating.

Story Review:

The first book in the Holland Series introduces us to Marcus Holland. He is the only straight brother in a family of four sons and all expectations of grandchildren have been firmly dropped at his feet. This is one of the main issues at the start of the story but the one with the biggest problem with it seems to be Marcus himself.

Brian Townsend just assumed his parents would always love him and they did until he told them he was gay. Being thrown out of the house is just the start of the crappiest week of his life but his parent’s reaction fades into insignificance when he is rejected by his mate.

Some of my favourite stories involve shifters and it was refreshing to have a story where there were difficulties instead of insta love. The treatment of Brian by his mate is heart breaking when the man is already down but Marcus is completely oblivious to his turmoil.

Marcus’s parents don’t prove to be any problem but sorting themselves out doesn’t happen easily. Marcus has only ever dated women and one of them takes real issue with him finding his mate and goes out of her way to cause trouble. Brian may be a lot smaller than his mate but he has a big heart and is willing to fight for what is his.

I have already read this series once, albeit quite a long time ago, but it is one I enjoyed and it is well worth continuing with to see how the rest of the brothers get on especially the Alpha!

Narration Review:

As much as I enjoyed the story I really didn’t enjoy the narration. This is the first time I have listened to Dominic M McCartney and he is not someone I would rush to listen to again. His pronunciation seemed off and it came out flat and difficult to listen to. He didn’t draw me into the story at all and it took some of the pleasure out of the story for me.

Links

Unexpected Engagement on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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