Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it makes references to events in previous books. If you haven’t started this series check out our reviews for Alpha Instinct and Primal Possession, books one and two in this series.
Mating Instinct, the third book in Katie Reus’ Moon Shifter series, sees newly turned wolf Kat and Enforcer Jayce take center stage.
As the only Enforcer for the council in North America, Jayce is the epitome of the lone wolf. Acting as judge, jury and (when it’s called for) executioner. He’s highly skilled, deadly and has a permanent target on his back. After Kat’s kidnapping he vowed to do everything in his power to protect her, even if it means not being with her. He walked away from her once but this time his wolf is determined to have its say
Kat is trying to come to terms with the torture she suffered at the hands of the sadistic APL, as well as her new abilities and life within the pack. She’s angry and scared, but rather than hide herself away, she’s out for revenge on the APL. To her surprise, when Jayce discovers her plans he offers to help. He broke her heart once, something she has no intention of repeating but she knows that if anyone can help her learn to fight it’s Jayce. She’s hell bent on vengeance, by any means necessary.
Mating Instinct has a pairing that is alpha to the core. With much of their backstory covered in Primal Possession, we hit the ground running when it comes to the main couple. The dynamic between them is an angry (lust-filled) powder keg just waiting to explode. Kat is in a dark place at the beginning of this book, ready to lash out at anyone, Jayce in particular after he lied to her about bonding. What I love most was the fact that he didn’t try to save the day for her instead he helps her fight. Even when his instincts are screaming at him, he does everything he can to give Kat her sense of control back. It’s a tough journey with these two but one worth going on
Like in the previous books, the action and plot are deeply layered and imperative to the romantic aspect. Since Jayce is the Enforcer this was less about keeping the Pack safe and more about hunting the bad guys, making it an action packed read. We finally get to meet the leader of the APL, although it was very brief, and there were hints of a much nastier big bad on the way.
One of my favorite characters was Erin, the trainee enforcer. Tough and full of attitude, she has some serious issues to work through. The next book in the series Avenger’s Mate is set for her to be one of the main character and, if the sample chapter at the end of this was anything to go by, I can’t wait.
A whole host of new characters were introduced as well, and even though at times it could get a tad confusing, I liked the injection of fresh dynamics. With a tantalizing glimpse of a vampire character and the return on Brianna, the Fae, I’m hoping to see a lot more of the other supernatural races in future books.
If you’re looking for a sexy shifter series, heavy on action and romance, Katie Reus’ Moon Shifters is definitely worth taking a look at.
Sexual content: Sex, references to rape.