Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Book Review: Defiant Mate by Delta James


Book Description

The sound of a cord snapping abruptly ends her climb, leaving her stranded as an arctic storm bears down. Can Asher find his mate before she freezes to death?

Nicole is done with men. Her husband left her for a thinner and younger model and never looked back. She has worked hard to be an independent, successful woman without a man. Although she is still a curvy woman, she is healthy and loves outdoor activities. Climbing Pyramid Mountain is the next adventure on her list of things she wants to accomplish. So why does she feel drawn to Asher, the know-it-all US Forest Ranger telling her she can’t make her climb?

Asher Wells has found his mate, at last. He should have known that his spirited, fated mate wasn’t going to listen to reason. With an arctic storm bearing down on them, she was hell-bent on Pyramid Mountain for her first solo, technical climb. Luckily he managed to get an emergency beacon into her pack. Unfortunately, something has happened and Nicole has activated it.

Come visit Mystic River, Alaska. A small, remote town that has always been a safe community for different types of shifters. These shifters are gorgeous, possessive, and finding their fated mate is high on their priority list.

Take a walk on the wild side with these curvy heroines, their sexy fated mates, and scenes that sizzle.

My Review

Nicole travels to Alaska where she's picked Pyramid Mountain to be her first solo climb. Thankfully she meets Asher before her climb and he gives her an emergency beacon just in case she runs into trouble up there. Asher is a US Forest Ranger as well a a shifter and tries to tell her that the mountain can be tricky, especially for her first solo. But she is determined to go and when she does, one of her ropes snap and she gets stuck, having to use the emergency beacon. 

The mystery around what happened to her rope to make it snap as well as her finding out that Asher thinks she's his mate was a great story and a great way for these two to get closer and get to know each other better. I thought I knew for sure who the bad guy was, I mean it should be pretty obvious but boy was I wrong. I love when a twist doesn't turn out the way I thought it would and the story keeps me guessing. 

This was a fun story, I loved Asher and Nicole has such a great attitude about everything she goes through. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 


  1. It is always great to be kept guessing isn't it?

  2. Asher is an hebrew name, so it makes me wonder how it got to this american story.
    Anyway, nice story and excellent review!

    1. Asher is a pretty popular name in romance books.

  3. Sounds like it got a good dose of suspense in with the romance and I enjoy when that happens.

  4. I love that Alaskan setting, though solo climbing sounds a bit scary.

  5. Sounds good, nice review.

  6. Sounds like a good fun read.

  7. OH!! I love being surprised by a book and story. That's awesome. Sounds like a good story!

  8. The sound of a cord snapping would have got my attention too, sounds good!

  9. This one sounds good! I love survival type books and add in shifter and I'm there!

  10. I do love it when a story is able to keep me guessing!

  11. You had me at the Alaskan setting.

  12. This sounds like a good one and I like the fact there was a twist about who the bad guy was.


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