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She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.

Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a com
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Published February 26th 2010 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 30, 2013 Richa rated it liked it
*a spoiler free and quick review*

The deed was done. They were mated.

Beside her, he stirred and she sensed him rolling over, his amber eyes staring at her. She made no move to look at him and instead tried to steady her breathing. It was no use. As she inhaled, her breath quivered betraying her emotional state. Despite blinking rapidly, a stray tear trailed down her cheek.


Meet Elise. She is the daughter of her pack's l
Jun 19, 2011 Steffi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, shifter
The Mating by Nicky Charles is a fast-paced, sexy shifter story about an arranged mating, sabotage and finding love.

Elise's father is alpha of their pack. When she comes home from a run with her best friend and hopefully also her soon-to-be mate, her father announces her mating with a shifter-male she's never seen before in her life, Kane. Not to say that Kane isn't deliciously sexy and she instantly feels herself getting tingly all over but she was supposed to mate with Bryan, her best friend
Warning: I read this last night while watching last weeks SNL and realizing how much I miss Amy Pohler on Weekend Update

This book was a freebie on It is pretty good, sometimes free stuff not so much. A werewolf romance, it reminded me a bit of J.R Ward’s series, many of the rules of mating are similar, but for a free book very enjoyable.
Elise is mated/arranged marriage to neighboring pack leader Kane. This is not what Elise had planned for the weekend, but she seems to be a team
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
3.5 Stars

This was a surprising and well constructed story that reminded me why I enjoy werewolves tales...

Run with the wolves
Calling all the wolf pack
When did you go and when did you get back? ~ The Vaccines - Wolf Pack



The bonds among the wolves, the solidarity, the caring, how noisy and nosy they are, are completely endearing to me... Maybe because I come from a large family and they remind me of them. The support, interference, being there no
Jun 17, 2010 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What can I say? LOVED. THIS. BOOK!

I've read some other reviews and I feel that they are unnecessarily harsh. People forget that this book is free and not "free for publicity" but free as in "I wrote it and am self distributing it". I doubt the writer has a team of editors to "edit" the plot, delete sections, etc. to change the story into something that will sell the most amount of copies and appeal to the greatest audience. That doesn't mean it isn't good, it means it's different.

This is similar
Jun 30, 2011 Night rated it it was ok
I liked this book at first. It starts off a bit awkwardly, but draws you into the world of the werewolves nicely. Somewhere around the half-way point it totally loses it and becomes a bad Nancy Drew detective novel. The main character, Elise is so mind-numbingly stupid I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book. Elise actually makes a list of all the things that have gone wrong, but still can't figure out what's going on. The hero is equally stupid. The ending is choppy and has even more ...more
Ann has a dirty mouth
Dec 05, 2011 Ann has a dirty mouth rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Since this book is free, I feel like I should rate it 5 stars. If I had paid $6.99 for it though, I would have rated it a 1 star. It started out good, but the middle section really dragged, there was a lot of exposition and many meaningless misunderstanding MacGuffins(editors note- that is my best use of alliteration in a goodreads review.) Marla was also super over the top for a villian. If she had a moustache, she would have twirled it. However, this is at least as good as that Amanda Ashley ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read. Different from other series that have been written in this genre. In my opinion this book is better than what I've seen from established and published authors. The story moved along nicely and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt that the 2 main characters, Kane and Elise, had great chemistry and the passion between them felt real and not forced. It was nicely written. Looking forward to reading The Keeping and other books in the series. Thanks for the great freebie ...more
S.C. Stephens
Jan 07, 2011 S.C. Stephens rated it it was amazing
A very unique and interesting take on modern day werewolves. The Mating is a hot, romantic novel embedded inside an edge of your seat mystery. Nicky Charles perfectly sets the scene, placing you inside this incredible world of honor and deception, love and duty. You won’t be able to put this one down!
I really liked this book. I fell in love with the world Nicky Charles created pretty immediately. The story starts out fast. There was no dragging and setting up, it grabbed my attention on the first page. I loved how much I hated the villain/villainess and I love that there were surprises at the end that I didn't see coming.

I was so impressed with this story because it was free. Actually the whole series was free. I downloaded all of them immediately without having read one word. I'm amazed tha
For the good of the pack, Elise has been told she will be mated with an Alpha from another territory. Gone are the dreams of remaining by her best friend, the man she had hoped to spend eternity with. Presented in front of Alpha Kane she must do what is expected from her. Within twenty four hours her life has changed, she is mated and relocated to the new pack.

Finding her way though is an uphill battle when loyalties are questioned, despite her growing feelings for Kane, will he trust her enough
Kami Dodson-Perry
May 12, 2013 Kami Dodson-Perry rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Let me start off by saying to everyone that Nicky Charles is a very good writer. She is also very generous because all of her books are free. You can find them on Smashwords.

This story is about Elise. She grew up in a wolf pack & is now 19. She never really paid to much attention to the politics of the pack. She should have because she is told that she is to marry an Alpha, Kane, of a Northern pack to make an alliance & keep the peace. She never met him before & it is happening in l
Apr 30, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes PNR
Another great one from Nicky Charles and what makes it even better is that this and the others in the series are free from Smashwords. The only thing Nicky asks is that you make a donation to your local animal shelter or foodbank which in my opinion is a lovely and thoughtful thing to do

Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am regretting that I left it so long before actually picking it up and reading it. Like the first one I read (0.5 in the series) I was once again up until the early h
May 02, 2010 Jasmine1 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story and very hard to put down. It centres on a naive young girl who is abruptly wrenched from her home (and the boy she loves) and dropped into a new pack where she is mated to the Alpha – a man she has never met.

Unlike many present day heroines who are almost caricatures (kick-ass, smart mouthed, unbelievable clever etc – honestly, how many 18 year old are REALLY that put together???) Ms. Charles has chosen to keep Elise (the young girl) more down to earth. She’s sweet a
Sep 03, 2013 azerjaban rated it did not like it
I can't even explain how much this book pissed me off. Especially because I couldn't stop reading it. Even when I wanted to reach in, tear open the heroines belly with my bare hands and dance in her blood... I still couldn't put it down.

Oh Elise, how much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways:

1- You're so very very stupid. Calling you naive is like calling Gollum special, it's a huge understatement. You actually made lists, Lists!, of everything going on around you and STILL couldn't connect th
Aug 08, 2013 Jenna rated it it was ok
I was amazed at the high ratings for this book. Kane sounded like a real alpha - tough, loves his pack, disciplines when needed, etc.

But Elise for an alpha's mate??? She was young, helpless, weak, and most of all DUMB. You are a freaking werewolf AND the daughter of a pack alpha and you didn't bother to learn werewolf physiology? Or history? Or basically anything else? She's 19 and couldn't even get a job as a waitress without her mate stepping in to ask a favor of the owner. She's the alpha fe
Apr 24, 2013 Cat rated it it was ok
Despite reading a friend's review of this book, I decided to forge ahead and read it myself.

This book is definitely YA with sex in it. There is absolutely NO suspense (I'm fairly sensitive and I try to give authors the benefit of the doubt, so for me to say that there is nothing mysterious or suspenseful is sad). My biggest disappointment about this book was that everything was so clearly spelled out and yet the 'heroine' of the book was so slow and oblivious.

As for positives, I do like that the
Jun 08, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Elise, a werewolf, comes home one day to discover that her father has picked a mate for her -- Kane, the alpha from a neighboring pack. Within hours, she has to set aside a lifetime of feelings for another man and give herself to a stranger. Hours after that, she's leaving the only home she's ever known, and meeting a new pack that has been having some...well, let's just say difficulties.

This book got off to a pretty good start, although why we needed a flashback twenty seconds in was beyond me.
Apr 11, 2013 Pandionhalatius37.6 marked it as to-read
I have just discovered a burning desire... To give a book, specifically this book, negative stars. I'm not even gonna go there. This should be on a shelf with that one Nora Roberts book I read thinking it was fantasy based on the cover. Apparently, there is a market for HORRIBLE literature with lots of bedroom scenes. It was like the rest of the book existed to put a few dozen pages between make out sessions. I could have told you that Marla was guilty of everything. It was blatantly obvious. ...more
Jul 07, 2013 liirogue rated it did not like it
This was a bad book on so many levels. I am absolutely shocked at the high ratings.

Let's start with the factual/giant plot holes. An oil company cannot force you to let them drill on your land if you also own the mineral rights. The pack has owned this land for over a hundred years and they were supposedly going to be forced into signing a lease. They are out in the middle of nowhere and probably the only mineral owner out there. This is a completely made-up boogey man.

Second, just how big is th
Sofia Lazaridou
Apr 10, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
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ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Nov 05, 2013 ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Wow!!! What an awesome find! This book was fantastic. I was endless looking for a book similar to the Phoenix pack and North wolf. Sexy alpha shifters, and some very steamy love scenes, but especially I love to read about the pack politics and dynamics.

All i have to say is keep writing books like this!

Anna Erishkigal
Jun 07, 2012 Anna Erishkigal rated it liked it
I'm a bit of a tough reviewer, but keep in mind I went back to B&N to actually BUY the next book in the series to find out what happens to Ryne (who I assume is the next story due to the epilogue) throughout my critique and was pleasantly surprised it is being offered for free. I provide feedback other than 'that's nice' so the author can improve their craft.

This book gripped me from the beginning and sucked me in. The dialogue flowed, there was just enough werewolf history to make it believ
Apr 01, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
***** a few minor spoilers *********
Just to warn I'm not all that good with reviews, so I hope I am not just whittering on lol...

This book was recomended by you lovely ladies here on Goodreads! I was using this book to pass the time, (while waiting very impatiently to order Lover Unleashed lol) so I was't expecting that much. But omg I loved it so much! I really love Kane, I think he is so caring, understanding, and lets not forget SEXY as hell lol. I loved his possesive side that we see a few
If you are looking for a steamy werewolf story this is the one for you. The story is about Elise, the daughter of an Alpha. When Elise gets home from a run, she finds that her father has arranged for her to Marry a neighboring Alpha, Kane.

Elise is entering life in a new territory and a new pack. Everyone seems very kind and open armed with the exception of Marla..

While Elise and Kane are trying to establish a relationship, there are many obstacles in their way. Kane is blinded by his life long f
Feb 20, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible
"Cults are forms of organization in which the members of the group submerge their will and their lives to some degree to the wishes of the leader or leaders, who, in turn, live or benefit off the member’s needs or weaknesses in a selfish way. A cult, therefore, is a form of human society in which a leader abuses people, either in an overt way such as raping the women, or in a subtle way, such as bossing people around, murdering those the leader does not like, and so on." All happens in this ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Anya rated it it was ok
However promising I found the first chapter, the rest of the story didn't quite meet my expectations.

Overall the writing felt a bit choppy and somehow "forced" (whenever the characters were talking, it felt as if their lines didn't "flow" - I have no better way of explaining this - it just felt a bit off from time to time; maybe it's because English isn't my native language).

And please don't get me started on the mental development of the characters. Or should I rather say: lack of development
Jun 01, 2012 Jwezi rated it really liked it
Wow!!! what a nice free read from Nicky Charles.
I've been ignoring this for months and just had the chance to read it.

Glad that the storyline was interesting and that is why I was hooked up at the beggining...

I always go gaga over this type of paranormal *hot, *alpha-male

Elise being forced to be mated to the New Alpha Kane and was forced to loved with a new pact was interesting.

I was amazed how the author describe everything thoroughly and I like how the story line flowed continuously
Jacqueline Rhoades
Oct 04, 2012 Jacqueline Rhoades rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a light escapist read
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Saw the reviews by Brenda Demko, Amy Softa, CarolDee, Megan and D Thomas
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters were believable. Yes, the plot was light weight, an age old story of misunderstanding and mistrust. I don't consider that to be a bad thing. Sometimes, that's exactly the kind of book I'm looking for, something relaxing that will take me away for a little while without frying my already over-taxed brain. Not every heroine needs to be kick-ass and I found Elise to be refreshing and believable as a sheltered and therefore naive ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
NTM author so decided to try THE MATING back in 2010. I think that this book may appeal more to YA/NA readers or those just starting to read PNR.

Not too bad for a free read, but I didn't find it particularly romantic or suspenseful. Main characters were a bit on the bland side and cardboard-ish and IMO, their romantic relationship was developed rather awkwardly. The plot became very predictable, with little guessing as to the "baddies". And unfortunately, I had a huge eyeroll moment towards the
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Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and
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Law of the Lycans (8 books)
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“You know, Elise, sometimes our lives have moments of great disappointment. It's difficult at the time, but we have to move beyond.” 58 likes
“Kane: So, what should I do?
Helen: Are you looking for another slap on the head? Hook up that wonderful connection you now have with your mate. Go find her, explain how you feel and then have some great make-up sex!”
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