A review by maggies
The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson

emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I'll preface this by saying that apparently I didn't read the blurb closely enough because I did not realize this is an alpha/omega book. What I learned is that, if this book is emblematic of alpha/omega stories, they probably aren't for me. A bit too much emphasis on biological imperatives and traditional gender roles—and I would wager that this book probably has better impulses than most, given the lengthy discussions of nature vs nurture as well as Mack's strength and independence. Ultimately, the whole heat and knotting thing (truly like 50% of the book) just doesn't do it for me, but the smut was smutting. The dual POV was really well deployed, Dr. Martin was a great villain, and Mack and Noah's circle of family and friends felt like real people rather than just devices for their love story. Light, fun, sexy, but I won't be revisiting the alpha/omega world any time soon.

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