Author: Toni Griffin
Narrator: Dominic M. McCartney
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/21/2016
Length: 04 hours 47 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Life isn’t meant to be easy, but for Zachary Bennet the last two years have been downright hell. The one shining light in his life, his precious daughter, Hayley. Deciding he needs a clean break, Zack gets a new job in a small town called Leyburn in the hopes they can settle down and live a peaceful life.
Between worry over one brother’s increasingly erratic behaviour and constantly walking in on the other two making out with their mates, Simon Holland is ready to pull his hair out. All he’d ever wanted in life was a mate and a family. When his wish is finally answered with Zack’s arrival, Simon finds out first-hand how far hate and bigotry can drive some people. But life wasn’t meant to be easy and Simon would protect what was his to the end.
I recently listened to an audiobook written by Toni Griffin and was less than impressed but I always like to give authors a second chance so I picked this book for that. I’m glad I did because now I see the appeal of her shifter series.
Even though Protective Mate is the third in the Holland Brothers series I had no trouble understanding and enjoying the plot.
As a single father myself I totally related to Zachary Bennet. He was a realistic and likable character from the beginning. The beginning of the book dragged a bit and seemed rather unneeded because it focused on Zach meeting who would become his best friend in high school and beyond—Sara. There’s time spent on them meeting then later, after high school, about them becoming roommates. While his relationship with Sara is important in the big scheme of things—she’s the mother of his child—this was a romance and I could’ve done with such a prolonged backstory. I was ready to get to the meat of the story way before we were done with the past.
I’m not always a fan of the fated mate type of story because at times it feels like authors just tell readers the couple is in love and don’t show it. That wasn’t the case here. Simon and Zach’s chemistry sizzled from the beginning. I loved how not only did Simon have no problem with Zach having a child but neither did anyone else in his family.
As much as I loved Simon’s family, that’s how much I hated Sara’s parents. They were despicable and bigoted people who didn’t want their grandchild raised by a gay man and would do anything to get what they wanted. They were a bit on the cliché said but it worked well with the story which isn’t terribly heavy.
Add in the fact that this sets up an MPREG story and I found this tale quite enjoyable.
Dominic M. McCartney had the perfect Australian accent for the characters in this book. He wasn’t the best narrator I’ve heard. There wasn’t a lot of changes in inflection or timbre in his voice but I didn’t dislike him.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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