“The Fake Mate” by Lana Ferguson: Pure Romance, Shifter Twist

Mackenzie Carter has had some very bad dates lately. Model train experts, mansplainers, guys weirdly obsessed with her tail—she hasn’t had a successful date in months. Only a year out of residency, her grandmother’s obsession with Mackenzie finding the perfect mate to settle down with threatens to drive Mackenzie barking mad. Out of options, it feels like a small thing to tell her grandmother that she’s met someone. That is, until she blurts out the name of the first man she sees and the last man she would ever date: Noah Taylor, the big bad wolf of Denver General.

  Noah Taylor, interventional cardiologist and all around grump, has spent his entire life hiding what he is. With outdated stigmas surrounding unmated alphas that have people wondering if they still howl at the moon, Noah has been careful to keep his designation under wraps. It’s worked for years, until an anonymous tip has everything coming to light. Noah is left with two options: come clean to the board and risk his career—or find himself a mate. The chatty, overly friendly ER doctor asking him to be her fake boyfriend on the same day he’s called to meet the board has to be kismet, right?

  Mackenzie will keep her grandmother off her back, and Noah will get a chance to prove he can continue to work without a real mate—a mutually beneficial business transaction, they both rationalize. But when the fake-mate act turns into a very real friends-with-benefits arrangement, lines start to blur, and they quickly realize love is a whole different kind of animal.

In “The Fake Mate” by Lana Ferguson, the novel is pure romance with a shifter twist with sparkling banter and lots of humor. The characters’ witty banter and jokes will keep you laughing and enjoying the complications of their relationship. 

One of the things that I love the most is the intriguing voices of both characters and their sensual sex scenes. The intriguing twist of fake mates in a shifter relationship is intriguing. Noah and Mackenzie both struggle with the idea of even having a relationship but once the lines blur, the romance steams up quickly. For readers who love sensual and spicy sex scenes, this novel will keep you glued to the pages. 

If you love romance, “The Fake Mate” by Lana Ferguson will have you loving the pure romance with a shifter twist. The sparkling banter and comedic elements will make you laugh and the complications between the pair will make you read long into the night.  

Rating: 4 out of 5 shifter heats 

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