Series: Scanguards Vampires
Author: Tina Folsom
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 3, 2010
After Maya is turned into a vampire against her will, vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Gabriel is charged with protecting her and finding her attacker.
Gabriel has never guarded a body as perfect as Maya’s. But while the sexual tension between them rises and the rogue vampire closes in on them, Gabriel can’t allow himself to give into the desire he feels for Maya. He fears to fully show himself to her despite the intimacies they share - afraid she will react like all other women when she discovers the horror he hides.
Will she run from him when she discovers his secret, calling him a monster, a freak, a creature not worthy of her love?
After a rather disappointing second installment in this series, I was quite apprehensive about picking up Gabriel’s Mate. My worries were unfounded, though, because I simply loved it.
The pacing was great, the characters amazing (I adored Gabriel and Maya both individually and as a couple), the plot nice and tight, and the suspense just right. Sure, the villain was obvious from the get-go, but that didn’t deter from my enjoyment. It heightened it, actually, since I was curious as to how the characters would discover the truth, and how it would all end. Let me just tell you, that part of the plot ended perfectly.
The rest was also great. A little bit predictable, a little bit “shortcutted” to fit together (Gabriel’s “handicap” – which wasn’t as bad as he thought, Maya’s “differences”), it seemed a little too easy, but still, it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of this book. The romance was sweet, Gabriel was too cute for words, Maya was his perfect counterpart, the sex was hot...The conflict was intriguing, there were vampires...What more would I want from an erotic vampire romance?
I loved the first installment in this series, but this one joined it on the top-spot. I couldn’t say which book was better, because they were different, Samson’s had more humor (mostly thanks to his predicament), while Gabriel’s had more drama, Samson’s book flowed a little better for me (there was no easy resolutions), while Gabriel had a better heroine (Maya accepted her new life without much trouble, didn’t wallow in denial like Delilah did, didn’t have any TSTL moments), while both heroes were to-do-for, drool-worthy specimens of vampire hunkiness.
What more can I say? I loved this book, Tina Folsom is one of my favorite authors, and I even came to like Yvette and I’m not squeamish about reading her book anymore.