Audiobook Review: One True Mate Series Bundle, Books 1-4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One True Mate Series Bundle, Books 1-4 by Lisa Ladew

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One True Mate Series: An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don’t find their promised mates soon. 

This Bundle Contains Four Full Novels: 

One True Mate 1 

Trevor has lived his entire life believing he was a fraud, but angling for a chance to prove he’s not, itching for an actual fight against the demon he’s prophesied to defeat. Nightly, he dreams about the One True Mates. Do they exist, do they not? He’s drawn to a female, but she doesn’t seem to fit the prophecy, until she leads him right into the home of the demon himself. 

One True Mate 2 

The dragon came to Serenity to fight the demon and it’s the last thing he hopes to do in his too-long life, but then he meets her, the only woman in the world who may be able to handle his love. 

One True Mate 3 

Crew is a powerful, yet tortured, wolf shifter who is convinced he has to live out the visions he sees in his head… true love lost before it has a chance to begin. Crew is about to discover how powerful love really is. 

One True Mate 4 

Cerise is a mystery, and something about her scrambles Beckett’s brain cells. He must figure out who she is to him, and why he’s willing to drop everything to help her. 

One True Mate Series

Shifter’s Sacrifice

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤❤️💜
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😍😚😉🙂🥰
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Trevor Burbank – he is a wolf shifter and works on an all shifter police force. Though most humans don’t know shifters exist or the dark dangers that surround them. He and his shifter clan are dying out because there are no more female shifters and when male shifters mate with humans the resulting offspring are not strong like full blooded shifters and they are unpredictable.

The heroine: Gabriela Carmi (a.k.a. Ella) – her aunt recently died, her mother before that. She had been taking care of her mom, then her aunt for the last ten years. Ella needed to come up with $14,000 in order to save the home and her sister was threatening her because she suspected Ella of killing them for their money. Ella thought she was going crazy, she kept forgetting things and seeing things that weren’t there.

The Story: The Shiften were fighting their nemesis, the demon Khain who was responsible for so many terrible things that happen in the world, which humans wrote off as accidents or terrorism. Khain would commit his crimes and somehow escape into another world with no trace. Khain is the one that killed all the female shifters. Trevor swore that they would one day get their vengeance even if he did feel like a fraud.

The backstory in this book was a bit complicated and confusing, especially at the beginning of the book. There was a prophecy about the ‘One True Mate’ being half angels, and though it was easy to conclude that Elle was one of them due to the odd things that happened to and around her. The whole thing about Cain and what he was doing and trying to do was hard to get a handle on.

This book is told in dual points of view via Solo Narration and was narrated by Michael Pauley. I like his voice, it is deep and resonant though he did read a bit monotone at times. Still he was able to do multiple voices for different characters and I did enjoy the narration and once I understood the world, the story was pretty darn good!

Dragon’s Heat

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Graeme – a 936 year old dragon shifter who moved to Serenity from Scotland to help fight the demon Khain and he didn’t care if he died doing it, he actually embraced the fact that he might die. He works with the wolf shifters on the Serenity police force and is in a coma in the hospital after injuries he sustained in Shifters Sacrifice. Graeme is the last dragon.

The heroine: Heather – she has just gotten some bad news from her doctor and it changed everything about her life and how she saw her future. She is an artist who focused on glass blowing and has been working on creating a glass dragon. She has her own animal rescue at her home, which focused on reptiles, though her real job is working for her family’s mortuary in the crematorium.

The Story: Heather gets a call from a doctor at the hospital saying he has a reptile that is in a coma and is experiencing strange symptoms and he doesn’t quite know what to do. Heather says she can help but must see the lizard. When she goes to see the Doctor, she finds a beautiful beast of a man in a coma who makes her feel things she has never felt before.

This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Michael Pauley who has a nice soft masculine voice, though he is a bit monotone at times, he does a good job. I only wish he didn’t do Graeme with a Scottish accent, it was a bit distracting, though more authentic to the character. I liked this story better than the first. Heather has a good back story and is an interesting character. I wish this was dual narration.

Shifter’s Echo

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Hero: Crew – works for the Serenity police department, an all wolf shifter department that protects humans against the demon Khain. There was nothing Crew wanted more than his one true mate, but Khain had promised that when Crew found her and fell in love, he would take her from Crew and kill her. Crew knew this was his fate as he was a gifted seer who had connected his mind to Khain’s when he was just thirteen years old.

The heroine: Dahlia – she first appeared in Dragon’s Heat when she helped free the cats from the spiders, since she works for the ASPCA. Dahlia dreamed of her own death over and over. She dreamed of herself in a whole different world each night when she went to sleep, and thought she was going crazy at times. Yet she somehow knew that she would die in the real world very soon. She knew that this winter would be her last.

The Story: Since Crew first sent his consciousness into Khain’s he has been a tortured soul. Khain killed Crew’s father and had proven to Crew that Khain had left a bit of himself inside of Crew and could use that to his advantage. Crew was determined to get that bit of Khain out of his head though every time he tried he was hit with intense pain.

This was a very different type of story than any I have read before. Both Crew and Dahlia went to another world when they slept, one where the town of Serenity was called Tranquility and Khain didn’t exist, neither did Ren who in the real world was the god that created the shiften. Crew and Dahlia first meet at a rut in their dreamworlds.

Like the previous two books this one was narrated in Solo narration by Michael Pauley. He seems to be getting better as the series goes on. He is doing better at multiple voices and isn’t as monotone as he was in the first few books. He is showing more emotion in his voice. I liked this story and the multiverse they travelled through. It was very interesting.

Shifter’s Innocent

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The heroine: Cerise – she practically raised her sister Casey, and she was determined to save her and her sister from their “father” Miles, who has been looking at Casey too intently lately and Cerise was never going to let him get to her. Cerise was systematically stealing from their neighbors in order to gather enough money to make their escape from the abuse they suffered. When they were out early one morning as Miles slept off a night of drinking, they found a house with a tunnel to another house and Cerise felt she had to check it out and the man sleeping inside.

The Hero: Beckett – wolf shifter and best friend to Crew from Shifter’s Echo, he also was a member of the Serenity police department. Beckett suffered from nightmares of his brothers death for years and one night while having a nightmare, he is calmed by the girl who snuck into his home. After waking up to see her, she told him to go back to sleep and he did, forgetting he ever saw her.

The Story: Like in the prior books, Cerise is a one true mate, which is a half human, half angel who is capable of mating a shifter and producing young. Each of the one true mates have a different power and has a talisman, a necklace given to them by their “father”. Though Cerise and Casey have been held captive by Miles for years, they had rarely left the farmhouse where they live and are exceptionally naïve when it comes to men. Cerise only knows not to trust them.

The story was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Michael Pauley like the first three books in the series. He has gotten better with each books and I am really enjoying his narration by this point. The stories have also gotten increasingly more interesting as the series goes on. The supporting characters are all terrific and the couples from each previous book has made reappearances in each book as the series goes along.

I liked both characters in this book as well as their back stories. I also can’t wait for some of the books of other characters, especially Trent and Troy, the Burbank twins who have been stuck in wolf form since birth, but who can think and communicate via their minds like the men they are inside. Mac is also a great character and his story should be great. He gives some good comic relief. This book also has a new villain, a Shiften named Grey who was strong and was working for Khain and against the rest of the Shiften.


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