In Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance, Steamy (not Erotica)


Author: Mina Carter
Rating: 3 out of 5 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date:  July 2, 2013 
Recommended Reading: 18+ Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Mehh….it wasn’t bad.  Perfect Mate follows the tried and true formula for paranormal romance.  Big strong paranormal dude meets unlikely heroine and it’s love at first sight.  It’s meant to be! He must have her! There’s danger that he must save her from.  There’s sex.  They might live happily ever after.  Not bad but the author does little to add interest and originality to the story. This book actually reminded me a bit of the New Species series by Laurann Dohner except the sex scenes aren’t as good and the heroine is less interesting.

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SYNOPSIS:  Monsters do exist…and they’re the good guys.

Lillian Rosewood leads an ordinary, boring life working as the manager of a psychiatric hospital. The highlights of her day, other than her skinny hot chocolate, are the hunky guards who work in the secure section. Until a late-night emergency is wheeled in.

Captain Jack Harper is insane, drop-dead gorgeous…and just had his abdomen shredded. Despite the fact they’re not an emergency room, Lillian can’t turn him away and risk a death on her hands. Unable to get the handsome soldier out of her mind, Lillian sneaks into the restricted area to check on him. What she finds is beyond belief. Somehow Jack has managed to heal himself from a near-fatal wound in mere hours.

When one of the doctors, Walker, attempts to rape her, things go from bad to worse. In the blink of an eye, Jack is loose and Walker is dead… and Lillian must accept a truth about her rescuer that will change her world forever. What if the patients aren’t insane? What if their stories of secret government experiments and monsters are true?


THE LOWDOWN: So the story centers on Jack and Lillian.  Jack is a werewolf and Lillian is a psychiatric hospital manager. Once they meet, there is instant trust and attraction.  The rest of the story follows these two as they try to escape danger.  In order to beef up the story, the author, Mina Carter, also fallows the life of Major Antonia Fielding. Toni is a vampire and she is the one sent in to cause all the trouble for our two love birds.  In the mean time Toni meets Darc, another werewolf, who vows that Toni will be his one and only. It is obvious that Carter is setting up her next book to be the love story of Toni and Darc. Problem is, that Toni’s story is sooooo much more interesting than Jack or Lillian.  Instead of flipping back and forth between the two plot lines I would have much preferred to just stick with Toni.

My other problem with the book was that it was super predictable.  As I said before, the story follows the typical paranormal romance plot line.  However, the author does little to make her characters more interesting or the plot more original.  This could be forgivable if the author just wanted to put more sex in the book.   I have noticed that similar to video porn, book porn, or erotica barely bothers with a plot in order to bring you interesting drawn out sex scenes.  That’s fine.  Sometimes I want erotica, sometimes a good story is more important.  There aren’t a whole lot of authors who can pull off both great sex and great stories.  The thing is, Carter failed to deliver both.  The story is flat and the one sex scene was cut and paste from a million other romance novels.  Let me break it down for you:

He’s so sexy and manly.  Oh my, he’s so big.  Will he even fit?   Lucky for me he goes down town to lady town.  He’s so much better than any of my former lovers.  I’ve never come so hard, but wait he gets down to business, and oh my goodness I didn’t even know I could have an orgasm from missionary sex.  I love him.  Tomorrow I will be sore in places I never even knew existed.  Aaannnd scene.

Sound familiar?  Of course it does, because every mediocre romance novelist seems to write the same scene with a few embellishments. Not terribly thrilling, which sum up my thoughts for the whole book.

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