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Chosen Mate

(Crescent Moon #9)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Her past has taught her to be wary…

With an abusive relationship behind her, wolf shifter Leslie is quietly raising her young son in the Kendrick pack. If she’s occasionally lonely, it’s a small price to pay for her son’s safety. And if she’s secretly longing for pack alpha Malcolm Kendrick, well…she’s keeping that fantasy to herself. Experience has made her a realist,
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Published November 19th 2019 by KR Press, LLC
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Terrific little shifter romance.

This story was really good for a novella. One thing I enjoyed about it was that despite being a shifter romance, it was very contemporary and true to life. Malcom is the Alpha of his pack and has feelings for Leslie, but doesn’t want to push her too much because she is getting over being mated to a possessive, jealous and abusive man. Instead of going into detail about the physical abuse, a window was opened to how men like this act and it was so eerily familiar.
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Chosen Mate by Savannah Stuart/Katie Reus

Crescent Moon series, book 9. Can be read as a standalone, but reading the prior book 8 will give a better background on both the hero and heroine, Malcolm and Leslie.
Paranormal romance.

Malcolm is the alpha of his pack. He knows that Leslie is his mate but he needs to give her time to heal after rescuing her from an abusive spouse.
Leslie longs for Malcom but hesitates to make the first move. He’s the pack alpha. Maybe he’s being kind to her the same way
Claire Robinson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "I’m not walking away…" Stars!

Another great little addition to the Crescent Moon Series, novella 9; Chosen Mate gives us Kendrick pack alpha Malcolm, and single mother Leslie’s story.

He wanted her more than he’d ever wanted anything in his entire long life…

Months of slowly courting, Leslie has gotten Malcolm nowhere, so much so, that his attempts have been so subtle that Leslie doesn’t even realize he has been wooing her. Single and definitely ready to mingle, she intimates that she’s had
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I love how this author was able to show a very dominant wolf shifter hold back on that dominance for the better of his mate. It really showed how patient a true mate would be in order to make sure they never harm their significant other.

Leslie was badly abused by her previous mate. She's new to the pack and and is completely clueless to how much Malcolm wants to make her his. He never wants Leslie to chose him out of fear, so it took a lot for him to be patient and wait for her to heal and be
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Quick, sexy read. It may have been a novella, but there was nothing missing or lacking in the story. Malcolm was patient and sly in courting Leslie, maybe a little too sly. Great seeing other peeps from previous stories.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it

Wolf shifter Leslie, has finally gained back the confidence and self-assurance her abusive dead mate had ripped away. The alpha of her new pack – Malcolm has wanted Leslie from the get go, but not wanting to misuse his position as alpha and push her into something she doesn’t want or isn’t ready for, his decided to be there in all the ways that matter for her and her little son. When they finally cross the line the heat between them sizzles off the page, I did like the fact that
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 3-5-stars, netgalley, pnr
3.5 stars

Chosen Mate is a sweet very short story in the Crescent Moon series. Leslie was a pregnant wolf shifter who suffered abuse at the hands of her mate. She now lives with the Kendrick pack where she and her son are safe and happy but she's now ready to move on and find love. Malcolm is the pack alpha and he and his wolf have wanted Leslie since the moment they set eyes on her. Since Leslie is ready to move on Malcom plans to be the one she does it with. Leslie and Malcom were really cute
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This was another cute insta-love, slow burn romance with an alpha Hero who is ready to pull all the stops for his mate and a heroine who’s been burned in the past and skittish to put herself out there for the alpha of her new pack. There’s warm chemistry between the MCs, cute family moments and some danger to spice things up.

It was well rounded and enjoyable, basically a comfy read. It wasn’t overly angsty or dramatized but instead taking it’s time to form a connection that was believable. I
Marta Cox
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Looking for a quick, sweet and sexy read that will make you smile ? Well this book ticks all those boxes. Leslie has settled with her young son in her new Pack following the death of her abusive ex and as this story begins has no idea the Malcolm, her Alpha is slowly but surely trying to court her. Plus the past isn’t really dead and buried but that fellow reader is for you to discover !
This did feel over very quickly but it most definitely made me feel happy whilst reading it. I didn’t
Mary Kirkland
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leslie got out of an abusive relationship a little over a year ago. She and her mom were able to get her baby out and leave. Her mate who had been abusing her was killed and now she's with Malcolm's pack. Leslie and the rest of the pack are wolf shifters. Leslie has taken things slowly and let herself heal from all she was put through but she's been dealing with her alpha, Malcolm whom she has feelings for but she doesn't think has any feelings for her.

Malcolm is the alpha of his pack and ever
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Chosen Mate by Katie Reus is book 9 in the Crescent Moon Series. This is the story of Leslie and Malcolm. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Leslie came into the Kendrick pack abused women with a young little boy. Now she has grown into a more confident one with is attracted to the Alpha of the pack...Malcolm. Malcolm has been wanting Leslie too but didn't want to make her feel that she didn't have a choice so both have been dancing ...more
A sweet, sexy romantic novella between Alpha werewolf Malcolm and beta Leslie.

Leslie's ex was abusive and she barely escaped with her life. She has slowly rebuilt a life for herself and her son Elijah in Malcolm's pack. As she has grown in confidence she has fallen for the sexy Alpha, never dreaming that he has been slowly courting her for the past six months.

This was short but perfect, loved the way that Malcolm was going slow, trying not to spook Leslie after her last relationship. Loved the
Sandy S
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK:Release Date November 19 2019

Her past has taught her to be wary…

With an abusive relationship behind her, wolf shifter Leslie is quietly raising her young son in the Kendrick pack. If she’s occasionally lonely, it’s a small price to pay for her son’s safety. And if she’s secretly longing for pack alpha Malcolm Kendrick, well…she’s keeping that fantasy to herself. Experience has made her a realist, and they’re far too different to work.

This alpha is about to stake his
Sandy Nikolas
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series! Malcolm has a ton of responsibility as Alpha. Leslie has much to overcome. They are so good when they come together! Malcolm is possessive and sweet. Leslie has had some huge obstacles to overcome. The story to their HEA is filled with a little suspense and drama.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love me some paranormal romance, and Katie Reus happens to be one of my favorites. Gimme. Gimme. The Crescent Moon series is made up of several novellas that are less intense than her usual fare (e.g. the Darkness series). Leslie is coming off a bad relationship - the worst - and Malcolm knows she's his true mate but has to ease into things with her. Malcolm sucks at easing into things. There is a bit of suspense, but this story is mostly about Leslie and Malcolm. It's nice and short. Perfect ...more
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leslie is a single mom, a wolf shifter, who was abused by her ex in some pretty sordid ways when she came into Malcolm's pack at least a year before the story takes place.

Malcolm is the alpha of the pack and knows what she's been through and takes it easy on the courting. As a matter of fact, he took it so easy on her that she didn't even know he was doing it. He treated her with kindness and respect, all while he was holding back his feelings. He didn't want to scare her or come across as
Eva Millien
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leslie is quietly raising her son in the Kendrick pack after escaping an abusive relationship and if she’s occasionally lonely, it’s a small price to pay for her son’s safety, although she’s secretly longing for Malcolm, the pack alpha. Malcolm has been subtly courting her for a year and it’s gotten him nowhere but now that he knows she is ready to move on, he’s determined to make sure it’s with him.

This ‘Crescent Moon’ story is a sweet romance that brings smiles to the readers’ face. Leslie
Nikki Brooks
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leslie has settled back into pack life. She may never forget the hell that her ex-husband put her through but she wants to move on. She has been ready for a while to dip her toe back into romance but sadly the only male who sparks her interest is Malcolm. But as her new Alpha he'd never step over the boundary between them in case she thought he was trying to make her his mate, just as her ex had done!

Malcom recognised Leslie early on as a potential mate but she was in no fit state, mentally,
Susan Underbrink
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to NetGalley and KR Press LLC for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is book 9 in a series. It reads well as a stand alone. No cliffhanger. This is a cute story. It's pretty short, a very quick read. It's Malcolm the alpha and Leslie's story. I found it funny that he thought he'd been courting her for 6 months and she was unaware! 3.5 stars
Heather andrews
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Malcolm can be a tad bit impatient, "he leaned over, kissing her again. “Tonight needs to get here faster,” he growled against her mouth." I liked this quick read, I liked Malcolm.
Nov 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Isabella - Madly in Love with Books
Fast, fluffy, sweet read, but not at all memorable. Perhaps I will check out the rest of the series, when I am in the mood for some light and quick PNR.
T.M. Payne
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Chosen Mate (Crescent Moon #9)
Author: Katie Reus, Savannah Stuart
My Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts

I was beyond thrilled that we were finally getting Marcus and Leslie's story.
And this one is action-packed. I always love it also when an author brings characters into the newest stories from older ones. Marcus knows exactly what Leslie endured and although he has wanted her for over a year he has been slow and subtle. But does Leslie want that?
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting my request for an ARC of this book.

I really liked this story! It was short, sexy, and sweet!

I also went into this novella not having read any of the previous books in the series and I was fine. Now, I'm interested in hunting up the other books in the series. :-)
A Klue
If you are looking for a very quick wolf shifter romance fix, this 139 page novella may make that choice pretty easy, folks. You really can’t go wrong with Malcolm, an alpha protective, caring, understanding leader of the pack wolf shifter hero, who has already fallen for the widow, single mom heroine before you even start page 1. Knowing the spousal abuse Leslie has suffered in the past, he has respectfully waited patiently for a long time for her soul to heal before making his move.

You get
His Beloved!!!

Alpha of the Kendrick Pack, Malcom Kendrick wanted the single mom and fierce she-wolf, Leslie since the day he laid eyes on her a year and a half ago. He's been secretly and quietly courting her but she didn't seem to catch onto his intentions. His brother Hudson ( WOLF'S MATE ), who was also his second-in-command was playing matchmaker, trying to push him and Leslie together. He gave her all the space she needed in order to heal, now he knew that she was ready to move on, he was
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I don't think that it really mattered. I certainly didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not having met the characters before.
It tells the story of Leslie and Malcolm, who are wolf shifters. He is the alpha of their pack and knew from the moment that he met her, that Leslie would be his mate. She has been mated before, but that relationship was abusive and as a result, Malcolm is taking things very slowly. As they begin to
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This series is fantastic and so super quick to read! You can jump in and out of the series as needed, because it's pretty much standalone for each book. While the larger group of characters and world building does grow with each book, I invite you to start wherever you want in the series - as long as you start it!

This book was about Leslie and Malcolm. Leslie has a bit of a darker past, in that she joined the pack after being rescued from an abusive mating. She and her mate had an idyllic
Sandy Kelly
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 9 in the Crescent Moon series and I would read the previous book or 2 at the very least as it introduces this character and the situation she used to be in. That being said, in this one we get Leslie and Malcolm's story. Leslie went through an abusive relationship and is just trying to raise her son the best she can while learning how to move on and become the person she used to be. Or as close as she can come. All the while she is secretly crushing on the pack alpha Malcolm, even ...more
NICUnurse Stephanie
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t review a lot of shifter books. They just aren’t my thing. But I adore Katie Reus’ writing, and I like to support my favorite authors in any way(s) I can. So occasionally I will review books that I wouldn’t normally choose to read otherwise. And Chosen Mate by Katie Reus is a shifter novella. It’s part of her Crescent Moon series but absolutely can be read as a standalone (as it’s the only book in this series I think I’ve ...more
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Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. ...more

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Crescent Moon (9 books)
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  • Saving His Mate (Crescent Moon, #4)
  • To Catch His Mate (Crescent Moon, #5)
  • Falling For His Mate (Crescent Moon, #6)
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