Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate
Author: R. Cooper
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Series: Being(s) in Love #3
Heroes: Zeki & Theo
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
I reviewed A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate a few years ago on the blog and really enjoyed it. This whole series I’ve enjoyed so far so when I saw the audios were out, I was really excited about them. Of course, it took a while for me to actually listen to it but I liked getting back into this world considering how many stories there’s been so far and seeing certain characters again. In this one, I loved Zeki and Theo as characters and how they danced around each other. I loved that this was a slow-burn and seeing them work through the misunderstanding that kept them apart.
At the same time, the whole misunderstanding is even more of a frustration for me in audio than it was reading it. It really bugged me how Zeki was treated for something he had no idea he even did. However, I loved that Theo was such an alluring character and a bit shy and withdrawn. He really comes out when Zeki is around and I loved their chemistry together. Listening to the audio made it all the more sweeter when they finally get together.
With this audio, I felt like the big misunderstanding was even more prominent and it made me realize how much I hated that part of the story. Add to that, I wasn’t a big fan of this narrator. Yes, his voice is soothing but his voices were all the same. I kept getting confused on who was speaking and when the POVs would switch. There was no tiny infliction to tell me whether Zeki or Theo was talking and it made me have to rewind multiple times just to understand who was speaking.
Overall, I still enjoyed this story in audio. I love these characters and I adore this world. I wish the author had done a better job of distinguishing the characters voices so you could actually follow along on who was speaking but he does have a soothing voice that was nice to listen to.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*