Book: Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me
Series: Unexpected (Book 3)
Publisher: Rawmance Publishing
Publication date: April 27, 2016
Length: 318 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Please note: *This book contains a scene that *could* be seen as dubious consent.*
When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.
When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.
Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? Or can love blossom where only hate exists?
I have to say I truly liked this book! I went into this series unsure of how I actually felt about Prince Gerome since for most of the first part of the series he was standoffish and distant. But he grew on me and I completely understand why he is the way he is. This is the 3rd and final book in the Unexpected series and the longest of the three books but definitely the more complex with in regards to the relationship between the two main characters.
Prince Gerome is put into a very difficult position when Alex, the man pregnant with his child, is kidnapped and the only person that can help save him blackmails him! The Prince is willing to do anything to save them and give Sam back his love Alex. He ends up mated to a man he has never met, one that is being difficult even in the face of the knowledge of the danger the baby is in. Gerome does what he was always taught and tries to control his mate through dominance and power.
Luis is sold by his mother and taken to be mated to the Prince without his consent or even who the man is that he will be mated too. His world is upended and everything he once was is taken from him. What he finds in his mate is fear, hatred, and loneliness. Not knowing what else to do he starts to withdraw from what little life he has and plans to run as soon as given the chance. But Gerome surprises him when he least expects it.
What I found so completely interesting in this story what that the author was able to build this life of fear and hatred between these two mates but also unravel it all so we end up with a true HEA. It was an extremely slow build but there was no other way I would’ve expected to read the relationship that eventually changes and grows between these two. Gerome never wanted the type of relationship his father taught him he was to have, he wanted love and a partner to share his life with. And lucky for him so does Luis. Lucky Gerome had Sam to knock some sense into them or the path they were on wouldn’t have changed. Now along with the growing of the trust between them Gerome is realizing with the help of Luis that mates should not be bought and sold or treated like pets and slaves instead of equal partners.
While the story is paranormal it doesn’t have a lot of “showing” of the vampire side which I would have liked to have more, since you know why read a vampire story even you don’t get to have vampire ways? It definitely would’ve improved the story but I can’t say there was all that many “points” taken away because of this. What I thought truly would’ve improved the story was the resolution of the conflict in the end, not between Gerome and Luis which was handled perfectly, but the other conflict that was happening. It fixed too easily to me and ended too fast. After all that I would’ve liked more of a struggle when it came to fixing it especially for the fact they were vampires, powerful beings and all that.
Overall it was a great story and I am glad I read the whole series! It was more than a love story it was a story of growth for each character and even an underlying lesson of equality!
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