Reviewed by Jen B.
This is a Series Review of Two is Never Enough Series (Books 1 – 2)
This is a cute series about different werewolf matings where either an Alpha finds his two mates, as in book 1, Needing to Breathe, or two mates finding their alpha, as in book 2, Claiming Their Mate. There isn’t anything too heavy or earth shattering in either one, and both kind of lack any sort of real depth to the storyline. Each can be read on their own, as there wasn’t any connection that I could make between the two, other than their both being werewolf menages.
If you enjoy menage or shifter stories with alpha males but where all parties are treated equally, this would be a good one to try.
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TITLE: Needing to Breathe
SERIES: Two is Never Enough #1
AUTHOR: B.A Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Omnilit / All Romance
LENGTH: 92 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2015
Orphaned and scared, these cubs need an Alpha…and so do their caregivers.
Cast out of their wolf pack, Jock and Gus are skinny and wild but surviving okay out in the Colorado mountains. Winter is on its way, and Gus isn’t sure what they can do to stay warm and fed. To add to their problems, they’ve adopted a litter of abandoned wolf cubs, and suddenly there’s not enough food to go around.
Archer, a forest ranger and Alpha wolf, finds Jock and Gus in time to save them from Jack Frost, and from themselves. The moment he meets the two young males, he wants them, and he sets out to convince them to stay. Jock understands that Archer is what they need, but Gus intends to fight Archer every step of the way. He has to—it’s in his genes.
Can Archer keep this new family safe, from the elements and each other?
This was a cute story about Jock and Gus who are lone werewolf mates trying to survive on their own after being cast our of their pack. They find a litter of actual wolf cubs whose mother had been killed by a trapper. Archer, is the Alpha wolf who tracks them down in search of the the trapper who killed the wolf mother. He quickly realizes Jock and Gus are his mates and wants them to be their own pack. Gus takes some extra convincing, as he is afraid Archer will take Jock away from him. But, once Archer convinces Gus that Jock will still belong to him, but that both of them will belong to Archer.
That is pretty much the story in a nutshell. It is cute, but pretty simple and straightforward. Other than getting Gus on board with the plan, there isn’t really anything else giving these guys any trouble. The writing was a bit choppy in places, mostly due to the short, monosyllable conversations. Unfortunately, we don’t really learn very much about any of the other werewolves, packs or anything really to do with their being werewolves. These are just three wolves who end up living together in a somewhat secluded setting. The wolf pups were cute, but they felt like more of a filler than a necessary part of the story.
All in all, this was a cute afternoon read that fans of shifter stories would enjoy.
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TITLE: Claiming Their Mate
SERIES: Two is Never Enough #2
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Omnilit / All Romance
LENGTH: 130 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2016
He’s here on vacation. They’re here for him.
Samson and Dane are werewolves who act as guardians of their pack. They’re also lovers, but they both long for the third person they know will make their home whole. Their Chosen.
Ryan has no idea he’s even a werewolf. He’s visiting rural New Mexico and Colorado to write horror novels, not get it on with the two hottest men he’s ever met. So why can’t he keep his hands off them, and why is biting suddenly so hot? Can Samson and Dane convince Ryan that he’s like them, and that he needs to leave his city life behind?
Book 2 in this series brings us Ryan, a writer looking to cure his writer’s block by heading to a mountain cabin. Before he reaches his destination, he is noticed by Samson and Dane, two werewolf mates who are Enforcers in their pack. They immediately sense he is their mate, or their Chosen.
Ryan is apparently a werewolf who doesn’t know he is one. He has yet to shift or show any signs of being wolfy, but Samson and Dane can sense the wolf in him. They immediately start working their charms to lure the unsuspecting Ryan into their bed. Ryan leaves before they can convince him that he is theirs and all that that entails. So, they track him down and basically start over or continue with their claiming ritual.
This story was a little bit more involved than the first. It can easily be read as a stand alone, as I didn’t see any connection with any of the wolves, packs, etc. from one book to the next. We learn some more about the pack and its makeup, positions, etc., but other than the issues with Ryan coming to grips with (a) being a werewolf; and (b) having two alpha mates, and the entire pack panting after Ryan when Samson and Dane let him get away before finishing the claiming ritual, there isn’t much else to the story. We did get to meet the other set of Enforcers and their Chosen, who seem quite interesting, but most of the time is spent in the bedroom.
I enjoyed this one a little more than the first and believe it to be another enjoyable afternoon shifter story.