Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Amended Soul
Author: Kate Steele
Series: Mated Heart and Soul #2
Heroes: Jamie Hardin/Jed Matranga
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 176 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Jamie Hardin has been both blessed and cursed. His first marriage was ideal until his beloved wife’s passing. His second became a horror story that resulted in his sixteen year old son disappearing from his life for two torturous years. Now divorced and reunited with Rio, who has since become a werewolf and mate to Mick Matranga, Jamie has begun a new chapter in his life.
Uprooting himself and his adopted son, Jack, to be near his eldest child, Jamie is looking forward to reestablishing his relationship with Rio, and setting up his optometry practice. What he hadn’t counted on was a very sexy werewolf taking more than a shine to him.
Jed Matranga has made it his business to alleviate the guilt Jamie feels for the hardships Rio has endured, and to raise his spirits along with certain body parts Jamie was sure had given up the ghost. Though far from objecting to the heat between them, Jamie is unsure he deserves to be happy again. It will take a very determined person to show Jamie that old hurts can be laid to rest, and new delights should be embraced without reservation. For a very simple reason, Jed has appointed himself to be that person; Jamie is his mate, and accepted or not, Jed will do everything he can to return the joy to Jamie’s life.
Review: This is the sequel to Altered Heart, and I’d definitely recommend reading these in order. Technically, I suppose you could figure things out if you didn’t, but it just wouldn’t be as rich an experience.
The story literally takes off where book one left us, with the barbeque at Rio and Mick’s house and Jamie and his son coming to visit.
Jed realizes right away that Jamie is his mate, but he knows Jamie has never been with a man and doesn’t want to push him… but he does anyway. Jamie reacts in both hot and cold ways, sometimes flirty, sometimes reserved, but the connection is established.
As Jamie settles in to his new life, he has Jed there helping him remodel his house to fit his new business, and remodel his life as he becomes attracted to a man for the first time and a werewolf’s mate to boot.
I was very psyched to see this sequel because I enjoyed Altered Heart so much! Jed is a great character, fun, witty, snarky… Jamie is harder to love, he’s guilt ridden and sometimes acts a bit too much like an old fuddy duddy.
There were some world building issues that confused me in this story – mostly about the difference between mate bites and “turn” bites – and also the aging process and what’s going to happen to Jamie as he ages if he doesn’t become a werewolf… stuff that I didn’t really understand.
Jamie was also enough of a downer, that at times I was pretty frustrated with him – he just seemed to keep giving these mixed signals that would drive someone crazy. In the end, when he does finally commit to his new feelings, it felt a bit rushed and out of nowhere. Also, Jack is never really part of the story and his absence was felt.
Another missing component was any serious hurdles. Yes, Jed did have to “win” Jamie’s affections, and yes, Rio did have some initial objections, but those were fairly well resolved even at the beginning, so there wasn’t much “struggle” for our MCs. This made the waffling even more annoying, because it was only Jamie’s own feelings that really kept him from immediately giving in to the allure.
So, though it was a good story, it wasn’t as good as book one and though I liked it, I didn’t love it.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*