The Mating Game by ​​Melissa Snark

The Mating Game
By: ​​Melissa Snark
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Published: June 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Content: M/F, M/F/M,  Ménage, Anal Play, Anal Sex, Oral Sex
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: ​Lexi
Date: August 1, 2014


Two males…two friends…a competition for the right to claim The Heart of the Iron Stone Pack.

An alpha female at her core, Theresa Sanchez struggles to protect her young daughter, but rivalries and politics create volatility in the pack. As Theresa comes into heat, lust and need rule her body. Her pack demands only the most virile male have her. How can she choose only one mate when her body craves two—the virile beta and the man she loves?

Zachary Hunter will do anything to take Theresa as his mate, even if it means killing his best friend. However, Robert Blane is just as determined to ascend to Alpha. Both their beasts howl to mark her flesh, but only one can survive to claim her.

But with enemies circling, they must fight…for the pack, for Theresa, and for a future together.

Single mom Theresa works hard at the diner and struggles just to make ends meet and provide for her daughter Isabel. It doesn't help that her ex-husband and Isabel's father never seems to have money to pay child support. He has moved on and is too focused on his new girlfriend. This situation wouldn't be too horrible if only Theresa were human. She's not human, she's a werewolf.

The pack thrives on hierarchy. In order to be someone of importance within the pack you need to be ranked high, close to the alpha. Unfortunately, due to her circumstances she is as far from the head of the pack as possible. So low in ranking that she believes no other werewolf would want her. Her best friend Zach is third in line. He should really find someone close to him in ranking but that would crush Theresa because she desires him for her own. She just refuses to do anything about it because she doesn't want to negatively impact Zach's status.

Zach and Theresa fight their attraction for each other, not realizing that they both feel the same way. It isn't until the current Alpha announces his retirement that these two are forced to act on their feelings for each other or walk away forever.

This story really spoke to me. My heart ached for Theresa as she tried to do all she could as a mom for her daughter while being taunted by her higher pack members. When Theresa finally decides she's had enough and starts pushing back and challenging some of the other women in the pack, I teared up and cheered her on. While she is fighting for her position in the pack, Theresa and Zach's love story takes off. I loved how unsure they both are of the other's feelings and the chemistry they have is quite flammable. This book doesn't have a lot of explicit sex scenes, it just doesn't need it. The twist at the end is a pleasant surprise. Leave it to Theresa to think outside of the box.

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