Overall I rated this bundle as 3/5.
Bookish things: 43 pages, the cover is just a collage of the four short story covers. Apt, but a little boring.
Where to buy: This collection is no longer available to buy.
My overall review:
Overall this bundle consists of four short shifter/biker stories. The pace of the stories was fast, the characterisation minimal for the most part, and the backstory almost non-existent.
I liked some of the stories, but others I really disliked. The feel of the bundle was rushed and unfinished, unlike Rebecca’s other polished series, this one leaves a bit to be desired.
Things I noticed:
12% – …at the very top of least (left) breast…
16% – …are you going to put it (in) my…
42% – His (He) adored her with his eyes.
I also reviewed each of the stories within the bundle.
Unwanted Mate (Shifters & Bikers #1)
Synopsis: For years, shapeshifter Gunther West has known Judy is his mate. His little human isn’t so sure. When a tragedy brings her knocking on his door seeking comfort, Gunther is more than ready to provide it. Neither can deny the sparks that fly, but are those sparks enough for forever?
My Review: True to Rebecca Royce style, Unwanted Mate brings the shifters along in quick succession. It didn’t have the polish of her longer works (see the things I noticed, below), but it was an interesting glimpse into the world of Gunther and Judy.
Bar Mate (Shifters & Bikers #2)
Synopsis: Wolf-shifter Yvette Nelson is incredibly bored with her job as a waitress at Gunther’s Bar. Until one night, when a man she’s never met enters the place. He makes her wolf want to come out and play—she has to have him.
Stark just wanted a beer. But Yvette brings out yearnings in him he didn’t even know he had. Together, they’ll find that letting go of inhibitions can open up all kinds of fun times, like a chance at forever.
My Review: There’s something about girls ‘creaming’ their pants that turns me off so fast it’s not funny. This little piece was too heavy too quickly and really didn’t do too much to keep one’s interest.
The characters were flimsy at best, the sex boring and the shifter/human relationship felt totally forced.
Mate by the Music (Shifters & Bikers #3)
Synopsis: A mission to find his brother sends Scott Quaid to Gunther’s Bar, but a storm has emptied the place of everyone except a beautiful shifter hot enough to dry his damp leathers.
Nancy Elwood has faced the worst of humans and shifters alike and has no intention of ever letting her guard down again, until a handsome biker sweeps in with the rain.
As background music throbs around them, a different type of vibration urges two strong souls to mate with animalistic passion.
My Review: With little backstory outside of some name dropping from story two, we see Scott and Nancy partying like it’s 1969.
This felt too unreal, the sex too perfect (I get that one of them is a wolf shifter), but it’s all too perfect, the orgasms and everything working so perfectly was just too unrealistic.
I did like these characters better than those in Bar Mate though, which surprised me.
Out of Place Mate (Shifters & Bikers #4)
Synopsis: Sean Quaid’s brothers don’t think he is very shifter-friendly. He certainly does not seem happy that they have both married and haven’t been showing up to work. Victoria Bensen wants nothing more than to cool him down and get him to stop making such a scene at Gunther’s Bar.
When she drags him to the staging room at the back of the bar, she doesn’t know that it will be Sean bringing down her barriers, not the other way around.
My Review: Probably my favourite of the lot, Out of Place Mate sees eldest brother, Sean Quaid come to Gunther’s bar in search of his lost brothers. The other two Quaid brothers mated with wolf shifters in stories 2 and 3 of the bundle (Bar Mate and Mate by the Music).
Sean meets damaged wolf shifter, Victoria and I’m sure you can imagine what happens.
The characters in this story have more background and characterisation than in the others. I would like to read more about them.