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Anyone want to be my mate?
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
I don't know, call me old fashioned, but the female should be the focus of the relationship in RH. I almost stopped reading the series after 'Hawk's Heart' (#4) because Hawk was all about the men, and simply tolerated Callie because he couldn't have the men without her--package deal and all that. Since that installment, I've continued to feel that way about Hawk and Callie, there's no sizzle between them. But, I kept reading and was glad I did.
The budding new mating between Keyla and Creed is fine and dandy. In book 6 'Dark Curse' the author did a great job building their relationship quickly. But now, the two of them are picking up stragglers because Keyla wants to be like Callie and her mates. Doc is the first straggler. Keyla fancies herself in love with him, even though, other than fooling around, there's never been any chemistry between the two. Creed agrees to bring in Doc, because he wants to make her happy. So that happened in book 6. Now, in this book, Creed wants Rhys, so it looks like the dragon shifter will be straggler #2. In fact, Keyla witnesses her supposed mate, Creed, and Rhys getting it on, and she's not bothered by it at all. I mean come on! Your perfect mated is getting serviced by someone else, and you're like, cool, join the party?
Now, on top of two stragglers, we have the fact that Creed is not only in love with Rhys, but he's also hung up on a ex named Bloom. Two-thirds way through the book, he decides he'll start wearing Bloom's necklace, which Keyla encourages.
Although I initially bought into Creed and Keyla, I'm not anymore. And like with Hawk, the relationship between Creed and Rhys overpowers the relationship with Keyla. Bringing the ex-girlfriend into the picture is even more of a turn-off. Keyla is like a sidelined cheerleader. In fact, if the author had left Keyla out of this book completely, it would have moved the story along better. The author has turned Keyla into an irritating speed bump. Who knows what's going to happen in book 8--maybe take applications for more mates? So, once again, I'm debating whether to continue reading the series.