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Brian's Mate [Kindle Edition]

Hollis Shiloh
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Brian is the alpha of the least impressive pack of wolves at the whole Moon Ceremony. When a human is discovered uninvited in their midst, he bonds with the man to save his life.

Luke doesn't know about all this wolf stuff, but he’s starting to develop feelings for the gentle man who rescued him. Both Brian and Luke expect to quietly dissolve the bond later. But feelings intervene, and some bonds are not so easy to cast aside.

Building a life together as alphas will take love and hard work—especially when new wolves keep inviting themselves into their lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I92F2VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Feb. 2014
By T ann
Format:Kindle Edition
Hollis Shiloh is the author I go to when I want a sweet gentle romance. This is one of the best - it's a great tale which starts off with a forced mating to save a human who wondered where he shouldn't but then turns into how they make they make their mating work and find others who need help and expand their family. It's a great read and I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Mate 6 Mar. 2014
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This is such a good romance novel that I enjoyed very much and just couldn't put it down its one that is a very good read the more I enjoyed it the quicker I was reading.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance and this is a very good one so just enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long, slow easy romantic read. 16 Feb. 2014
By B ME - Published on
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This is a lovely story that starts off slow and a little awkward. There is a sense of Brian, as the Alpha of the smallest pack in the history of creation, trying to fit in with the rest of the wolf Alpha's but just hanging in there in terms of actually qualifying as an Alpha. Luke, a human, stumbles across a wolf shifter event with Alpha's, packs and the Alpha's Alpha. Since he is human that means he has to die, it's the rule. But luckily Leo, a friend of Brian's, is the Alpha whose men found Luke. He gets Brian to take him into his little pack, which he can only do without Farn's (the Alpha's Alpha) approval if Luke is his mate. Brian takes Luke as his mate, even getting his favourite meat and cooking it for him ceremonially per their custom. He takes Luke to his home where he lives alone (the rest of his pack, his brother, sister-in-law and their pups) live elsewhere. Luke comes from a care background and has no job and no money - he is suspicious of Brian's motives but more than that he is ashamed at his lack of resources and contribution to the relationship. But there is something that holds them together, far from just pretending they are actual mates. They find a way forward and then because Luke is now an Alpha through the mating, he starts inviting wolves into the pack - broken wolves, sick wolves, lost wolves...lots of wolves. The pack grows to bursting point. From five, to six (with Luke) to 26.
The love story develops too.
The writing is ok. It is a little awkward. The phrasing is a little clunky in places and some of the emotional connections aren't really there. The pack hierarchy isn't as strong as the genre usually shows, it is implied it isn't as dominant. It is, however, a story that engages you the more you read. It made me smile, it made me laugh but it also left me wanting more detail and perception. Worth the read, even just a sample - but remember it gets better as it goes along.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 6 Feb. 2014
By Sassy - Published on
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This is really a beautiful story. I cringed when it seemed to begin with the traditional trope of: Meet person, declare MINE, sex, fall in love. But that was barely where the story started. After all, there is more to a lifelong relationship than declaring MINE. This story shows how a relationship comes into being, how a family is made out of strangers, and how love can be carefully cultivated. Luke and Brian are beautiful characters but more so how they interact with everyone else, creating family where neither of them had experience.

Luke is wonderful and openhearted. I loved him, not so much for anything he said but for what he did.

I have this in my favorite book pile for those days when I need a reminder that there can be wonderful, caring people in the world.

Loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted some more depth from the characters 14 Mar. 2014
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- The transformation that Luke undergoes through the story is sweet. He’s a weakling at the start, but by the end he’s thriving on the love of his mate and his family and the sense of community within their pack.
- Some of the mating rituals are amusing, as are Brian’s and Luke’s unusual performances of them.
- When Luke’s vulnerability is subtle (rather than slap-you-in-the-face-with-a-fish obvious), it’s endearing. Brian’s protective nature is well established.

- I almost stopped reading very early on because of the abundance of werewolf stereotypes and unoriginality. Instamating, extreme possessiveness, a dude in distress… You get the idea.
- The story is heavy on “telling.” Here’s a quote to illustrate: “All the wolves got to know one another, sharing meals, running through the woods as wolves, and talking as humans. It went well… The smaller puppies were intimated by their big cousins, but in a very hero-worship way that soon earned them a welcome. The women got along extremely well.” I want to see PROOF of this kind of stuff in a story. I want to *hear* the conversations they have, I want to *see* the puppies and their cousins interacting, and I want to *watch* the women spend time together and see HOW they’re getting along so well.
- There are short descriptive phrases throughout (examples: “a strong yet gentle, manly touch”; “revealing his masculine figure curled small”) that seem designed to convince the reader how very masculine the two men are in spite of the stereotypically feminine things they’re always doing (crying, for instance). I didn’t find these phrases convincing.

Overall comments: I liked the idea here; if it had been fleshed out, with some deeper exploration into the characters’ heads, I think I might have loved it. But it’s mostly told in a “this happened, this happened, this happened” format, rather than showing much exploration of the characters’ feelings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Wonderful. . . . 10 Feb. 2014
By Daniel Bowen - Published on
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Brian's Mate is a wonderfully paced relationship between Brian and Luke. Brian is an alpha wolf and knew right away Luke was his mate. But things aren't always easy in mating a human. There are doubts but the angst is solved pretty quickly. I didn't appreciate Luke at first. He went from this insecure, emotionally strung out, fearful guy, almost an embarrassment. . . But over time, with love and security he grew into a secure mate of an alpha wolf. The journey wasn't easy, his past experiences shadowed each decision he made. The story is mainly focused on Luke, after all this book is entitled Brian's Mate. But Brian is there in the background, giving support, being the backbone that makes Luke's transformation possible.


Brian acknowledges Luke is the heart of his pack. . . In front of the other alphas. . . Then gives them advice on how to grow their own packs. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall, listening in . . . Especially to those alpha's that kicked out the unwanted. . . Always nice to have your poor choices thrown back at you. . . That is if those alpha's did listen and feel some regret. Too bad that scene wasn't expanded on. Of course we all know it takes time for some to get over their prejudice. But at least Luke and Brian's example to the other packs was a step.


This story was about the growth of a pack from the ground up. I don't think I've ever read a story quite like it. So as we view Luke and Brian's relationship we're also watching their pack grow -- who they were, why they joined, just hearing the various stories of each pack member and what they brought to the whole. Each individual made the pack what it was. Their efforts were rewarded and recognized.

So then I wonder why Brian's brother doesn't move closer. . .

Alpha Brian's personality was pretty constant before and after Luke. He was always patient, a hard worker, and willing to help those in need. What I saw in his growth was stepping outside of his boundaries and doing more than donating money to a worthy cause. Now he gets involved on a personal level. He went outside his normal alpha wolf tendencies, took a step back, and consulted with his mate, making joint decisions together. His relationship with Luke made him into a better person, a better alpha, a better wolf. He grew and matured but his was more subtle. The end result is that gay men can lead a successful pack and a human mate can make a difference.

Brian's Mate is a keeper. Wonderful book and highly recommended for anyone that loves a m/m shifter story, more focus on the characters, not heavy on the sex, which is alluded to or done off scene, which is a nice break. So this story may not have heavy sex scenes but that doesn't take away from how caring and loving they are toward each other. -- Dan's Wife
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and interesting 17 Feb. 2014
By R.Parklane - Published on
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It started off the usual instant love mate thing and I have to admit I was bored for the first 30% of the story as it has all been done before. But once Brian and Luke left for Brian's home the plot really turned interesting and refreshing as it focused on the expansion of their little pack. The introduction of the different homeless wolves, each with his/her personality (well done as this is really a novella), their interaction, Brian's acceptance and Luke' love for these desolate wolves really makes this shifter story stands out. The story may be told from Brian's view but Luke is the real hero as this character grows so much through the story. And I love the way the writer alternates seamlessly between the human and wolf forms. No contrived angst which I appreciate but a well thought out plot indeed.
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