Eugene’s a far cry from my little hometown, but I’m doing my best to blend in with the locals. I grabbed my new fitness tracker and headed out for a jog. Deep into the trail, I thought I stumbled upon some hippies until they changed into wolves. And the moment I screamed, they set their sights on me. I ran for my life until my clumsy ass tripped and blacked out.
Now I’m waking up on a handsome stranger’s couch, with no recollection of what I’d just seen. Rex is intimidating and a little rough around the edges. But something about him sets me on fire. And when I land a job, and he ends up being my boss, he awakens something deep inside me, and it’s not just another hot flash.
Too bad Rex is the only one who wants me around. My coworkers at the rock club have it in for me, and when they threaten me after work one night, a nightmare comes to life before my very eyes. In mere seconds, they shift from men to snarling wolves.
But I realize that nightmare is just beginning when I look down at my trembling hands… and see snow-white paws instead.
*This series is part of the Shifter Nation Universe and begins right after the Fated Over Forty series*
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This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Forbidden Midlife Mate
Series: Marked Over Forty
Author: Meg Ripley
Published: January 6, 2023
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Forbidden Midlife Mate begins the Shifter Nation: Marked Over Forty series with a fast-paced, well-written, intriguing story that quickly drew me in. Anything you’d really need to know before picking up this story for yourself can be found in the Cover Description for I try very hard to give spoiler-free reviews. What I do feel comfortable mentioning is that we met Rex briefly in Bear’s Midlife Christmas which wrapped up the Fated Over Forty series, and I’d definitely recommend that series if you haven’t discovered it yet.
Rex and Lori have a very strong story full of danger, intrigue, and sizzling passion. It’s not easy beginning your life over again far from all you’re familiar with, but when your husband cheats with an employee… well, that jerk got kicked to the curb real fast no matter what Lori’s future might look like. And being somewhat premenopausal wasn’t helping how she was dealing with the changes in her life one little bit. She wasn’t sure which was worse, the cheating ex or the hot flashes… most days the hot flashes won. She’s begun jogging (very slowly) as a counter to those hot flashes and that will lead her to a world unknown, and the man she was destined to spend her life with. But not before there is a ton of danger and mystery tossed her way.
I enjoyed Forbidden Midlife Mate very much. I was fascinated by Rex when we met previously and simply fell more under his spell during this story. I adored Lori, she’s stronger than she believes, funny, and realistic in her reactions to what’s going on in her life. There are some nasty villains that this couple will be dealing with along with some discoveries that will change just about everything for them. I had fun here, got caught up in another Shifter Nation connected series, and I’m definitely looking forward to more.
If you love a well-written, emotional, action-packed, sizzling-with-passion Shifter Romance then you’d feel right at home with Forbidden Midlife Mate.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
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