Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Claiming Christian
Author: Kiki Burrelli
Series: Wolf’s Mate #2
Heroes: Derrick & Christian
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Derrick is an arrogant alpha billionaire poised to take control of his pack. Christian is a good guy who is always finishing last. When their worlds collide, will Derrick be able to protect them both?
Christian’s nice ways have finally landed him in the worst kind of trouble. After agreeing to help his friend, Finn, Christian becomes a target for a sadistic pack leader. He is saved from a beating by a sexy stranger.
Derrick has never been mistaken for a homeless person, but seeing how he met Christian after being passed out behind a dumpster, he can forgive the confusion. What he can’t forgive is how the sweet, sexy man attempts to ignore their connection. Someone has to save Christian from his nice ways.
When Christian agrees to return to his home, Derrick can breathe easily. That is until the pressures of his family and pack threaten to drive a wedge between them. Christian’s nice ways are his worst enemy, but Derrick has already decided Christian is his mate and will hold nothing back while claiming Christian.
The end of book one in the Wolf Mates series, Finding Finn, set us up nicely for Christian’s story. Christian was one of Finn’s only friends and selflessly put himself in danger to help protect Finn. We left that book not knowing what happened to him, only that he’d disappeared and then some months later showed back up on Finn’s front door step with a belly full of pups. That is where I was expecting this book to pick up, but it did not. Instead, it made more sense to pick when Christian took off running for his life, and that’s what we got.
Christian and Derrick’s story started out a little rough. These Alpha’s, both Luke (Finn’s mate) and Derrick, have some serious issues when it comes to being, how do I put it nicely, decent, kind, friendly? They really need a school for manners at the pack house because these guys are really lacking in the basics. Yea, yea, yea, they are alphas and can’t help it, blah, blah, blah, but it still wouldn’t hurt to have some interaction where they were acting like complete jerks.
And I here I thought Luke was a total overbearing buffoon. Derrick took it to a whole other level. For a while I couldn’t even decide if I even liked him. Christian was basically told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it from jump street. I kept waiting for that to change but it really didn’t. At the same time, I never doubted his love and concern for Christian, just the way it occurred was kind of creepy at times.
By the end, I was rooting for both of these knuckleheads. One was too kind the other was a bull dozer. But they both have their reasons, and they were valid, which made the forgiveness factor on my end easier to give. Now, I am looking forward to seeing what is up with Sorrell. In the meantime, I recommend this book and the series to everyone who loves a good shifter, mate, bonding and mpreg story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*