Reviewed by Tori
Protecting Their Mate is an erotic paranormal shifter story that revolves around a young female wolf, Ashley, who has been missing since her parents left the pack. Found after years of being locked up and forced to act human, she is rescued by the alpha’s second in command, Blake, and brought back into the pack. Happy to be able to finally let her wolf go, she is shocked and intrigued by the sexuality exhibited by the males of the pack. Female wolves are rare and she is a gift from heaven for the one she and her wolf will pick as her forever mate. But in order to find him, Ashley will have to let down all her defenses and explore her sexuality as she gets to know them all.
Each part (3 total) offers readers a little story that introduces the world and pack while setting up the first romance. And sex. A lot of sex. It would be very easy to become over or underwhelmed depending on what you were expecting, but you’re not. It all works because the writing duo Rogers is not only very gifted at writing erotica but also because they take their time to individualize the narrative and the characterization. They draw out the storyline while offering their characters the freedom to express themselves in whatever means they need and want.
Some may remember this was originally an 8 part serial written under the name Mia Thorne. Moira Rogers has kept the story the same just repackaged so no need to repurchase if you already own the original serials. I have chosen to write my review this series as a whole rather than each individual series as they released. You can purchase the individual serials now but the box set isn’t scheduled to release till September 15, 2017. Each serial is a short, fast, and hot dirty read that focuses mainly on the sexual liberation of Ashley while giving us individualized backgrounds on the males of the pack.
Part one does a bare bones introduction to the world and its characters. Ashley’s parents left the pack when their alpha died. It solidified to them that their magic was leaving and it was time to integrate with the humans. The plan backfired when Ashley’s parents aren’t able to subdue Ashley’s wolf so they choose to lock her up during the full moon. Luca, the new alpha, sends Blake to look for Ashley when rumors get back to him that things aren’t going well. Blake finds Ashley’s father dead and Ashley starving and going into the mating fever. Blake helps to take the edge off her fever, introducing her to the joys of sex, but what begins as a good deed on his part turns into much more when his wolf demands they to claim her for themselves. Only, Ashley’s wolf has the final say on who will be her mate and Blake knows it could be anyone of his pack mates, so he takes her to her new home to give them all a shot.
“You can have us all. However you want.”
Part two introduces Ashley to her new pack mates (4 total) and they are all on hand to help her through her mating fever. She is given permission, so to speak, to indulge herself and learn that there is nothing out of boundaries as long as its consensual. Sex is power and freedom, a notion that Rogers pens in all their series. M/F/M is the most common scene in here though there are hints that two of the pack mates, Max and Camden who share everything, may become a triad once they find their forever mate. Rogers advances the arc slightly, giving us clues to a conflict in the form of another pack while going a little deeper into the pack members individual backgrounds. Sex is still the main objective and it controls this serial though the romance exerts itself more. I like the emotional latitude used in here; it helps to offset the feelings that it’s just about sex. Ashley and Blake are brutally honest about their feelings and desires with Blake continuing to go the extra mile to ensure Ashley is happy, safe, and never denied.
He would guide her down the path into her own desire desires. He would orchestrate her pleasure, her surrender, her total submission if that was what she wanted. And when he knew every need, every fantasy, every dark hunger that made her heart race-he’d give them to her. Himself.
Part three begins to herd us gently towards the end, highlighting the results of Ashley’s influence on the pack and their influence on her. The pack has given her back her confidence and self-esteem while she has given them the affection and hope they have been missing. We also are given clear signals to whom her heart belongs too. The arc reaches its pentacle while the external conflicts play out and open the door to the next packmate(s) Defending their Mate. I’m curious to see who is next. Blake’s little moment of martyrdom annoyed me. Ashley should have spanked him for what he did. Lol
All in all, Protecting The Mate is a short, fast, and dirty set of erotic niblets as one would expect from Moira Rogers. I only had a couple qualms. One, I wish that the mating fever hadn’t been used as the reason Ashley got to have sex with multiple partners. It felt like an excuse at times. Also, I wish we had gotten more input from the alpha, Lucas. He seemed less developed than the rest. Hopefully, his story will draw him out.