Readers won’t be getting any twenty-somethings in Francesca Hawley’s newest novel. The hero and heroine are independent people and know who they are and what they want. The level of maturity in the story is refreshing, even if most of the conflict in the book revolves around the hero’s parents. The paranormal shifter world is a small part of the story as a whole, which focuses on learning how to live with that one perfect someone, flaws and all.

Forty and alone, Joe Blackwolf — the lead singer and guitarist of rock band The Pack, is not looking for a quick hookup, but his True Mate. As a shifter, his instincts will tell him when he finds the one, and it happens at lightening speed. Mandy Goldwolf is his perfect match — the only problem is that the couple's families are not happy with the pairing. Family obligations and old prejudices are hard to overcome, but Joe and Mandy are in it for the long haul and willing to do whatever it takes to solidify their bond. (ELLORA'S CAVE, Feb., dl., $7.50)

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Dawn Crowne