Audio Review: A.C. Katt – Scarred Mate (Werewolves of Manhattan #3)

Author: A.C. Katt
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Genre: Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Summary:

Colin Callahan, scarred as a child in a fire, delivers Chinese to supplement his income until one day he delivers to the loup garou who is his mate.

Alpha Marc Thierry was used to the North Woods of Minnesota so his elevation to third on the loup garou council necessitated a move to a Gramacy section of New York City. On Monday nights his housekeeper is off and Marc doesn’t like casseroles. He calls for Chinese and gets a musical voice on the line that calls to him. To his delight and surprise the boy on the phone delivers his food and is his destined mate. Unfortunately for Marc, Colin Callahan thinks that the only reason Marc could want him is biological, he has to like his mate. Colin has a scarred face and thinks no-one could love him as he is. It’s up to Marc to convince him differently.

Review:

This was a delightful story, made even more enjoyable by the audio performance of the very talented Joel Leslie.

Alpha werewolf Marc Thierry moved to New York City after a promotion on the werewolves’ council in Minnesota. When the delivery boy for his Chinese takeout order arrives at his apartment, Marc is stunned—here is his lifemate—after 140 years of living alone and despairing of ever having one. However, it’s going to take some smooth-talking to convince the young man, Colin Callahan, whose self-esteem is extremely low. Colin was severely burned when he was eleven years old and the scar on his face has ruled his life ever since. His burn was the cause of his parents’ divorce, and then after his firefighter father was killed on the job, his mother committed suicide. Colin has taken on the blame for all of it.

But Marc is persistent and finally convinces Colin that his scar makes no difference and isn’t even a thought on Marc’s radar. With the help of the other two werewolves on the council and their mates, all of whom were apparently the MCs in previous stories, Marc succeeds in securing his lifemate’s devotion.

There’s plenty of action and adventure in this one, including a killer alpha she-wolf, so the pace is fast and the story very interesting.

The author took the time to fill in any gaps readers may have due to not having read the previous books, and this reader is grateful for that since I hadn’t read either of the previous two books. Because of the clever way the information is backfilled, I have no problem recommending this book to anyone who loves shifter romance—even those who haven’t read the first stories.

Joel Leslie’s narration is outstanding, as usual, offering a variety of vocalizations and accents so that all of the characters are unique—and there are a lot of secondary characters in this one! I especially loved Colin’s Irish accent, but honestly, each person “fit” the voice he gave them. Overall, this made for a very enjoyable listening experience! In fact, I liked the story and narration so much, I am going to go purchase the early books and/or audiobooks so I can get the full enjoyment from the series and I recommend it highly to all.

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