REVIEW: Mates, Inc. – Hurri Cosmo

Mates, Inc. - Hurri Cosmo

Genre: Paranormal, Omegaverse, Romance (short story)

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Congratulations! You have a fated mate!

That’s what the card says. Grey, an Alpha wolf shifter, laughs at it, though. Fated mate? What a joke! He has tried enough dating websites in the few months to choke a horse shifter and he’s done with all of them. Besides, having a mate would mean joining a pack, and that will just bring up a past Grey has no intention of doing.

But Mates, Inc. has an agenda that can not be ignored or put off. Grey has a mate, and the powers that be are determined he’s going to meet him come hell or high water…or a past best forgotten… 

The Review

“Mates, Inc.” is a sweet and funny short story created by Hurri Cosmo that takes place between Hyden’s Law and Graham’s Rescue. She brings us wolf shifter Grey Dymon, who’s dealing with the trials and tribulations of dating websites. 

Grey is new in the town of Whiteridge, with no pack and no mate. He’s been on a variety of dating websites, and every time things just don’t work out. He has attempted dates with Donlan, Aldain from Couterparts Inc. and both Mickey and Jack from Sensual Interludes, and he shares his woeful tales with bartender Kade, who works at Coyote’s.  

Kade Jartusk waits at Coyote’s every day for Grey to come to the bar and share his dating dilemmas. Even though Kade is a little older than Grey, they enjoy just talking and Kade seems to have a crush on Grey.  

As Grey really needs an escape from all the dating website failures, he takes a run at the Stone Argon Reserve.  He faces the reality that he needs and wants to find a serious mate, fated or not.  While taking a rest in his human form, a small wolf comes into the clearing and then takes off like a shot.  Could that have been his “fated mate”?

“Mates Inc., was such a fun story to read! Hurri Cosmo did a wonderful job with the humor in this story. There’s a little mystery with the dating cards received by Grey, and he also has a secret – why he left his pack. There’s an interesting relationship between Alpha Rahn and Kade, and the connection to the intriguing mystery of the Olettis. There’s also a more serious side to the story about the packs politics, the unrest in Tenway and rivals. Jeffrey, Kade’s human boss, is also an interesting character, and I’m curious to see how he fits into this series.

“Mates Inc.,” was a page-turner for me and held my interest, waiting to see what would happen to Grey.  Looking forward to “Graham’s Rescue,” The Oletti Shifters book three!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams. 

 

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