Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Mate Call
SERIES: Dragon Men #5
AUTHOR: Amber Kell
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 126 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2016
King Zeir had it all, a prosperous kingdom, a fated mate and the love of his people. But when his mate dies he goes half mad with grief and transforms into his dragon form. Unable to get past his sorrow, he pines for the love he never fully knew. Colton Lanx has known nothing but travel. His parents flew from planet to planet, never settling down. Becoming a navigator was an easy choice to make until an error by his captain forced him down to the planet Dragait. Two men joined by destiny have to overcome their past if they wish to build a future together.
Colton wanted to visit the planet of Dragait, but not like this! Working as a navigator aboard an exploratory ship should have been a dream job for someone who liked to travel but getting stuck with a self absorbed, incompetent Captain who’s meddling nearly gets him killed wasn’t what he signed up for. Meeting the reclusive King Zeir almost makes up for the crash landing and subsequent injuries. Almost. Zeir has spent years mourning the loss of his mate and when a newly awakened dragon lands in his kingdom, the last thing he expects is for his own dragon to start claiming the man belongs to them. Between the surprising identity of his newest house guest and the fallout from the crash, Zeir will have to decide whether he’s willing to take a chance at finding happiness because he’ll be risking more than his heart if he does.
Oh, I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally get Zeir’s story! He’s been mentioned before in earlier books and I always wanted to see him get his happy ending after the hand that had been dealt to him. Let me start off by saying that I loved Colton! Right from the start of the book his introduction set the tone for the type of person he was and he really made an impression. I really liked that he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, despite the trouble he’d be getting into for doing so, and the fact that he took the time to do what he could to save lives despite the urgency of the situation speaks of his character. Zeir was a bit different than I’d originally pictured; more insecure in regards to his own instincts than I expected him to be, and more willing to offer Colton help than I originally thought.
There was a nice balance and compromise between them both that I liked though I do wish I’d been able to see them interacting as dragons more since it’s such an integral part of their natures. I also wish he’d spoken to Colton about his lost mate before the inevitable confrontation with Colton’s parents but I’m too disappointed with the way that worked out. There was a nice resolution to the situation that started the story (though I’m a bloodthirsty little brat and wanted to see Jael at least get punched) and all in all things ended on a high note and with a nice little happily ever after.
I love this series! You get hot men, dragons, fated mates and a fistful of happily ever afters at the end. I’ve adored every book so far and if any of the above mentioned items sound like something you’d enjoy reading, I’d recommend giving this one a look. You don’t have to read the books in order but I recommend checking them all out anyway since I’ve enjoyed every one.