Title: Mating Instinct (Moon Shifters #3)
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: NAL/Signet Eclipse
Date Published: March 5, 2013
Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.
A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf.
And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job…
I highly recommend you read Alpha Instinct and Primal Possession first. You can also read Lover’s Instinct, a novella in between the first and second books, but it is not necessary in order to read this one since it takes place mostly outside the other characters and location of the main books. Each Moon Shifter book gets better and better to me. I know all the other characters in the story well (Connor/Ana, Liam/December, etc) so that makes it more fun to read. I hate letting go of characters so I love a good series. In all the the books Katie Reus takes us on quite the adventure. She writes in several characters’ points of view which allows you see a bigger picture and only makes for a big build up of how everything will come together at the end. There is always plenty of action, suspense, and just the right amount of love and passion. Sometimes I think humans complicate love and we could learn a lot from Katie’s shifters. One of the things I enjoy most about her shifter books is that for most of the story, her characters are in human form and trying to maintain control of their “inner wolf.” It is more relatable that way.
In this story we find the Anti-Paranormal League (APL), an unofficial group of humans that wants to wipe out all paranormals, still functioning, despite losing some members in the last story. They are trying to turn the humans in Fontana against all shifters and do some very shady things in order to accomplish this task. In addition to that problem, there are people trafficking vampire blood which is like a drug to humans by giving them super strength.
Jayce has been sent by the shifter Council to check things out in Fontana. He certainly doesn’t mind since Kat is in Fontana and he is drawn to her anyway, especially since her attack by APL members. He hates that he was not there for Kat when she needed him most. He let her before because he didn’t want her vulnerable to his enemies. When it comes down to it, he just can’t stay away from her. Kat went through a horrific situation in he last book and was near death when another wolf, Aidan turned her into a shifter to save her life. Kat is still having nightmares about the situation and never wants to be put in that position again. Because Kat was turned without given a choice, the pack allows her to live on her own and have a little space to deal with the post traumtic stress, as long as she has Jayce with her. Jayce trains her to protect herself and teachers her about what it means to be a shfiter. During the time they spend together they realize how much they truly need each other.
It is so cool that Katie’s shifters are able to scent all the emotions humans and paranormals put off. It adds such an interesting aspect to the story. We see glimpses of future stories in this one in Erin and Noah and hopefully Brianna and Angelo. I always enjoy Vivian’s scenes, the little she-cub that Ana and Conner take care of. It looks like Jayce and Kat might have their hands full in future books with a teenage shifter, too. I just love how Katie sets up her stories. If you like shifter book stories that have a lot of romance, action and suspense in them, I highly recommend this series.
Reviewed by: Amy R.