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The Fake Mate
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
10 posts | 10 read | 5 to read
Two wolf shifters agree to be fake mates but unexpectedly find something real in this steamy paranormal romantic comedy by Lana Ferguson.
Mackenzie Carter has had some very bad dates lately. Model train experts, mansplainers, guys weirdly obsessed with her tail—she hasn’t had a successful date in months. Only a year out of residency, her grandmother’s obsession with Mackenzie finding the perfect mate to settle down with threatens to drive Mackenzie barking mad. Out of options, it feels like a small thing to tell her grandmother that she’s met someone. That is, until she blurts out the name of the first man she sees and the last man she would ever date: Noah Taylor, the big bad wolf of Denver General.
Noah Taylor, interventional cardiologist and all around grump, has spent his entire life hiding what he is. With outdated stigmas surrounding unmated alphas that have people wondering if they still howl at the moon, Noah has been careful to keep his designation under wraps. It’s worked for years, until an anonymous tip has everything coming to light. Noah is left with two options: come clean to the board and risk his career—or find himself a mate. The chatty, overly friendly ER doctor asking him to be her fake boyfriend on the same day he’s called to meet the board has to be kismet, right?
Mackenzie will keep her grandmother off her back, and Noah will get a chance to prove he can continue to work without a real mate—a mutually beneficial business transaction, they both rationalize. But when the fake-mate act turns into a very real friends-with-benefits arrangement, lines start to blur, and they quickly realize love is a whole different kind of animal.
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swishandflick
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Mehso-so

This was... not great. So many plot points were weak, and I don't think she lands the paranormal aspect beyond some surface level descriptions that feel more like bad Twilight fan fic than anything else. The smut was pretty 🔥 though.

Breanne1 I just picked this from Aardvark bc I loved Bride. Now I‘m worried… 1w
swishandflick @Breanne1 I've got Bride on my shortlist! But I've heard much more glowing feedback about it on the whole. You'll have to let me know what you think! I just felt like it leaned too much on the spice to gloss over the paranormal plot holes, haha 1w
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Nessavamusic
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Bailedbailed

This author is just not for me. I‘m also really over all the Reylo fan fiction turned into novels. I‘m also over lack of editing happening in romance. DNF

KristiAhlers Yeah I haven't been able to connect to her stories either. Even though the stories seem to have so much promise. 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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sebrittainclark
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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4/5

Mack and Noah have never gotten a long despite both being doctors at Denver General and werewolves. But when a situation happens where they would both benefit from being in a relationship, they decide the best thing to do is pretend to date each other. Of course, their feelings don't stay fake for long as they spend more time together.

This book surprised me in a few ways I'll put in a comment, but overall a fun, spicy read.

sebrittainclark I didn't read any reviews before picking up this book; otherwise this might not have been a surprise, but this is lightly omegaverse and even more lightly reylo. I don't think it was originally fanfiction, but certainly inspired by some fanfiction tropes. 2mo
Booksofkell I loooved this one! So much fun 😍 2mo
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sakeriver
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
Mehso-so

I don't really know how to talk about a book like this, but it was entertaining? And very smutty. Tbh, I found myself skimming the sex scenes after a while, but the rest of the story was a lot like watching a popcorn romcom, except most of the main characters are wolf people.

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sakeriver
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Next. (Was not expecting to be reading an omegaverse book but my girlfriend handed this to me when she was done with it, so here we are.)

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AardvarkBookClub
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Pickpick

“Lana Ferguson‘s The Fake Mate is the perfect introduction to the wild world of the omegaverse…Whether you‘re new to the omegaverse or a longtime fan, the scorching The Fake Mate will thrill those in search of a book that turns the heat all the way up.”
– BookPage

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nitalibrarian
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Mehso-so

I finished my reading goal for 2023 with this book!

Honestly this book was just OK. The paranormal aspect was underwhelming. And the romance didn't really make up for that.

Meshell1313 🎉🙌📚 4mo
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nitalibrarian
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Look at me reading two werewolf romances in one month. Just starting The Fake Mate.

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SilversReviews
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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“This shifter romance is sure to have you howling from the very first page!”

FULL SPOTLIGHT: https://tinyurl.com/88mnjjsn

@lanafergusonwrites
@penguinrandomhouse

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Kristy_K
The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Mehso-so

I believe this would fall into the #romantsy category, although it‘s heavy on the romance, & the only fantasy is that they are werewolves. Although Noah and Mackenzie do shift once in the book, the majority of the time it was just lots and lots of talking and thinking about being a wolf. The rest of the book is sex. Or that‘s how it feels.

There are funny parts and if werewolves are your thing, then definitely check this out!