Protective Mate by Toni Griffin

Title: Protective Mate

Series: Holland Brother’s 03

Author: Toni Griffin

Genre: Shifter/Fantasy

Length: Novella (130pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (3rd September 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2Heart

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Within the space of two years Zack lost nearly everyone that had ever meant anything to him. After his parents are killed in a car accident and his best friend succumbs to cancer, Zack is left alone in the world with only his eighteen month old daughter.

The ultra religious and homophobic grandparents, however, will do anything they can to try and take his daughter away from him. To stop this Zack packs up and moves to a small town in northern Victoria.

Simon has known he was gay since he was fifteen. With this fact firmly entrenched in his mind he had resigned himself to never being a father. Walking into his house one afternoon he is shocked to find not only his mate, but a two year old calling his mate Daddy.

Is Simon ready to be a father? Can Zack open his heart after so much hurt and risk loving someone else?

Review: Ok, I was really enjoying this book, the storyline is one we all empathize with, the in-laws or parents trying to take a child off a gay man and trying to do it in or out of the law. We have Zack moving to start a new life with his cute daughter Hayley. We also had sexy shifters who find their destined mates.

This story was really good, Zack was thoughtful about what Hayley needed as well as what he wanted and the effect on Simon’s mom when she found out that she was now a grandmother was touching.

What we didn’t really need was the twist near the end, I hate to say it but too many authors have gone with this plot recently and it only really work’s if it affects the entire species and not just a select few, especially when no one even knows or it’s a big secret.

All in all it was a very good book and I would recommend this to anyone who loves family, shifters, hot sex and a pretty decent storyline.