Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate
Author: R. Cooper
Series: Beings in Love #3
Heroes: Zeki & Theo
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Zeki Janowitz has returned to his hometown of Wolf’s Paw to start his wizarding career. Unfortunately, Wolf’s Paw, a werewolf refuge, follows centuries of tradition and shuns human magic and a very human Zeki. He knows he’s in for a struggle, but a part of him has always belonged in the mountain town, or rather belonged to Theo Greenleaf. Years away at school haven’t lessened Zeki’s crush on the quiet werewolf. When town gossip informs him Theo still suffers from his mate’s rejection and does not date, it does little to ease Zeki’s embarrassing feelings. He decides now’s the time to get the man he’s always wanted.
Werewolves usually don’t recover from losing their mates, and Theo barely pulled through by focusing on his love of baking. It’s a daily struggle, and Zeki’s return to Wolf’s Paw shatters his peace. Theo doesn’t know what to think when Zeki attempts to woo him, talking about his wizarding business and settling in town for good. It’s like Zeki doesn’t have a clue how his words years before left Theo a shell of a werewolf.
Beginners in love, Theo and Zeki must seduce each other with a bit of heavenly baking and magic.
Zeki’s had a crush on Theo since they were teenagers but when he moved away to college, he left Wolf’s Paw behind completely. Now, years later, Zeki’s back in Wolf’s Paw with no job and no idea what he’s going to do with his life. Unfortunately, his first day back Zeki learns that Theo was rejected by his mate and almost the entire town hates him. That doesn’t stop Zeki from trying to get to know Theo and as they get closer, Zeki learns just why the town hates him.
I really liked Zeki and Theo as characters. Theo was so shy and innocent, I found him so adorable. I loved that he felt so strongly and pushed all that emotion into his baked goods. At the same time, I liked that Zeki was so confident and not willing to give up on Theo. It was nice to see them taking it slow and finally get the chance they hadn’t gotten before. It was sweet, though, that Zeki was so easily able to understand Theo after all this time and so quick to defend Theo.
My only issue with this one is the whole big misunderstanding. I can understand why it was a big misunderstanding, however, I didn’t like the fact that pretty much everyone was blaming a human Zeki for rejecting Theo when there was constant mentions of how the humans didn’t understand the weres ways so they didn’t always know they were mates. I was a little annoyed that NO ONE thought to think that Zeki, as a human teenager, didn’t realize what he actually did. Instead, they just assumed he knew what he’d done and made him an outcast because of it.
In the end, though, I really enjoyed this one. I liked that Theo was the shy one and Zeki was the more confident one. I wished people would have been more understanding about Zeki as a kid but that was my only hangup. I can’t wait to read about the Sheriff and Littlewolf. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for something sweet with a little bit of angst!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*