Hook, Line, and Mated by Jenika Snow

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Sweet Water, 7

Easton Pope, a moose shifter, is known in the town of Sweet Water as being a standoffish recluse. But he isn’t trying to please anyone, and the isolation suits him well. Even when he sees his mate and the instinct to claim her rides him hard, he tries to convince himself he doesn’t need her. 

Jessie, a serval cat shifter, has been brought back to Sweet Water due to her aunt’s passing. With her emotions turbulent, running free in the woods as her serval sounds like something to let off steam. But when she meets her mate in the towering form of a moose, she knows she can’t handle being claimed on top of grieving—so she runs, too. 

They’ve both run from each other and their mating. Can Easton and Jessie complete the mating, or will their own hang-ups stop them from being together?

 

Excerpt:

Mine.” The word came from him on its own, as if his animal didn’t give a fuck that he was buried deep, and that Easton was human right now. “You’re mine, Jessie.” But she purred, fucking purred, for him, and that had this low, deep sound of need leaving him.

He tightened his hold on her, not wanting to hurt her, but also wanting her to know she was his. His animal was right there, telling him, demanding that he make Jessie theirs. “Do you want that, Jessie, want to be mine?” he asked, his voice distorted as his animal rose, as the need to shift was starting to break through his human side.

She gasped, and said, “This is so crazy, but yes, Easton, I want to be yours.”

He made another low sound in his throat. “You’re fucking mine.” He ran his teeth over her flesh, loved that she reached out and held onto his biceps, as if she needed stability. He pulled her closer, knew he could feel his erection prod her belly. He couldn’t help it, couldn’t help he was hard as fuck for her. Since seeing her in that diner he’d had this raging hard-on for Jessie, and knew she’d be the only one that could give him release.

“You feel how hard I am for you?”

She nodded, and he fucking loved that she closed her eyes, and breathed out roughly.

“You’re so hard.”

He growled low. “You see what you do to me?”

She nodded again.

“But I’m not going to push you, not make the claiming happen until you’re totally ready for that, baby.”

“Easton,” she whispered his name, her animal right there.  She opened her eyes, and he saw the flash of the feline.

“I won’t be a bastard to you.”

“And even though we don’t know each other, I know you’d never be one to me, Easton. I can sense that you’re a good guy.”

The sound of her heart beating fast, of her honesty, the way she looked at him, shouldn’t have turned him on, but it did. “I might be a good man, Jessie, but if anyone came between us, anyone or anything thought of hurting you, I’d fucking kill them.” He hadn’t meant to be so blunt, but the fact remained he wanted to be honest with her in all things. “That should scare you, have you running from me, because I may not always be that good guy.”

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4/5
Night Owl Reviews
Written by Lisa Jung on 22nd Nov 2016

“Hook, Line, and Mated’s” Easton Pope is a moose shifter. He resides in the town of Sweet Water. Easton is a loner and recluse and figures he will never meet and have a mate. That is until he finds her in the town’s diner. He fights his need to mate, but it’s a losing battle. Jessie, a cat shifter, has been brought back to Sweet Water due to her aunt’s passing. Jessie is emotional over what’s going on in her live and is not ready to mate some shifter, but there animals may have another thought. They’ve both run from each other and their mating. Can Easton and Jessie complete the mating or will their own hang-ups stop them from being together? Jenika Snow writes another short and hot shifter romance. Moose shifter Easton is a bit bull headed like a moose can be. He’s your strong alpha type. Jessie is small, curvy and feisty. She is fighting her mating instinct with Easton. She has had a tough life. Coming back and staying in Sweet Water may be the best decision she’s ever had. But when these two accept their mating, all bets are off. This moose will never be alone again and the cat will have her mate. If you enjoy hot and spicy shifter reads, buy this book. You will enjoy these great characters.

4/5
Long and Short Reviews
Written by Tulip on 21st Feb 2016

I enjoyed this short but sweet paranormal story. This story was mostly centered around the relationship between Easton and Jessie who were both very lonely. The story opened with both of them feeling a bit lost and freaking out when they realized they were mates. So their uncertain relationship provided the drama but other than that there wasn’t a good deal of conflict for the story. That being said it was still a satisfying read for me. This was a short story that was well written and had an easy pace. The main characters, Easton and Jessie, were likeable and I had me hoping they would take a chance on each other. It was a romantic story of two lonely people finding their own special someone at the least expected time in life. Lastly, the intimate scenes were sensual as Jenika Snow is known for writing. To sum it all up I’ll say that Hook, Line and Mated was a quick and enjoyable read. It is a good addition to the series.

5/5
A Mating Meant to Happen
Written by M. Smith on 2nd Jan 2016

Easton isn't looking for a mate, neither is Jessie. He's seemingly content to be alone while she's grieving. Their first meeting isn't even an actual meeting as Easton left the diner before introducing himself. I was kind of baffled by that. His reaction wasn't typical of Alpha heroes in paranormal romances. They're more "See mate, meet mate, claim mate", you know? I don't even know how he walked away. He struggled with staying or going, so nicely described by Ms. Snow, that there was no doubt in my mind leaving was indeed hard to do. That doesn't mean the whole mating thing was easy for Jessie. Grieving the loss of her only relative, the only support she'd had for most of her life, she wasn't in the right mind space to focus on a mate. She admitted as much and it was...hard to read for me. But I love that Easton knew something was wrong before actually knowing. He gave her space and time, wanted her to tell him when she was ready. "I just want you to know I'm not going anywhere, and that when you're ready I'm here." (Easton, Kindle Loc505) Aside from Easton's willingness, uncomfortable as it made him, to step back and let Jessie set the pace for the relationship, I loved (really, really loved) that this was not an insta-lust/insta-love romance. It has its place in stories, for sure, but it didn't have a place here. Ms. Snow let the relationship develop naturally, put both Easton and Jessie in out-of-comfort-zone situations so they could learn to be comfortable with one another, let them work through their individual hangups before the claiming. And that moment? Not the sex, but the claiming, the marking? It felt right. It was beautiful and right. Jessie's grief and mind space. I wasn't expecting to understand both as deeply as I did. When I read this story in November, I'd just lost a cousin. She was young and left behind a very young daughter. I cried while reading this story the first time. Jessie's grief was so palpable and it mirrored my own. Her disconcerted state of mind was how I felt for weeks after hearing about my cousin. And every now and then, I still cry about it, my heart still aches, and I lose focus of the everyday because I'm thinking of her. That was Jessie as she grieved. And I got it. And it connected me to this story more than my love for paranormal romances. This was more than I expected. Some may argue it's because of what happened that it is this way to me. I'm okay with that. The greatest stories I read are the ones I connect with, ones that touch my heart, ones that soothe my spirit. Yes, I was broken when I read this but I don't think I would appreciate it as much as I do if I wasn't. Truthfully, I can't read this story, and I've read it several times since then, without remembering my cousin. Not the loss, but the good times. Her laugh, her smile, her incredible straightforwardness. I still get teary-eyed when I read this story, I know that'll get better, and I'm okay with that too. Ms. Snow, I loved and enjoyed this story. I know you didn't write this story just for me but it felt like it. Thank you so much for penning it. You'll never know how much it means to me.

5/5
Love me some Sweet Water!
Written by Not Another Damn Blog-Blog on 24th Nov 2015

I love the Sweet Water series, and I'll be honest I was skeptical about a moose shifter, I've never read of a moose one before but man did Easton shock me, I think I have a new fave leading man in him. He was everything Jessie needed and more. This book was perfect in every way! I loved it, and eagerly anticipate the next in the series!

4/5
Mates?
Written by Melissa Q on 24th Nov 2015

Easton oh Easton, I want me some of Easton. He has never wanted a mate, he is known for being a cold, arrogant pissy man moose. Jessie was a serval cat shifter and wasn't ready for a mate. She hasn't had the best life, but she had Brenna. When Brenna passed away, Jessie had to come to Sweet Water to sort out Brenna's things. When Easton laid eyes on Jessie, he was torn. He wanted to go to her but changed his mind and ran. The first time Jessie saw Easton she freaked and ran. Finally when they opened up to the idea of being mates, it was HOT! It really left me wanting more of Easton and Jessie. Oh and did I mention this book is HOT?

4/5
Love shape shifters
Written by Melissa Q on 23rd Nov 2015

Easton oh Easton, I want me some of Easton. He has never wanted a mate, he is known for being a cold, arrogant pissy man moose. Jessie was a serval cat shifter and wasn't ready for a mate. She hasn't had the best life, but she had Brenna. When Brenna passed away, Jessie had to come to Sweet Water to sort out Brenna's things. When Easton laid eyes on Jessie, he was torn. He wanted to go to her but changed his mind and ran. The first time Jessie saw Easton she freaked and ran. Finally when they opened up to the idea of being mates, it was HOT! It really left me wanting more of Easton and Jessie. Oh and did I mention this book is HOT?

5/5
Great book
Written by Natalie Kirkland on 23rd Nov 2015

I love this book great story line and perfect ending :) amazingly written love it :)

5/5
Sweet Water Hottie!
Written by Rhonda on 23rd Nov 2015

Easton and Jessie! What a perfect couple. He didn't want to be mated but had no choice once he scented Jessie. She had a lot to work through and I'm so happy to see he gave her the time she needed. I love the little town of Sweet Water and was happy to see others from past books. It was fun getting caught up on everyone so far. Loved the book and love Jenika for writing more in this series.

4/5
Another solid addition to the Sweet Water Series
Written by Confessions or a Serial Reader on 23rd Nov 2015

Another solid addition to the Sweet Water Series! Hook, Line & Mated goes to show that the Moose' is the most stubborn creature in the animal kingdom! Like usual, its always great to see the alpha fall in love!

5/5
Can a moose shifter be an alpha powerhouse?
Written by Linda A. Wager on 23rd Nov 2015

Would you ever think s moose would be a crazy alpha? You would if you saw Easton at 6'7". A muscular mountain that decided the best path for him is solitary. His company keeps him busy and away from any social life. He doesn't want that, he minds his own business and expects everyone to do the same. Jessie is alone after her aunt died. She came to Sweet Water to settle her aunt's estate but didn't have any idea where her path was going afterwards. Both paths changed when Easton finds Jessie in the diner. There's no doubt she's his mate after he detected her delicious scent. The only problem was Easton doesn't know how to handle this, so he walks away. Unfortunately for Easton, his moose has other plans. I loved this book. I'm a huge Jenika Snow fan. After reading this book I'm going back for the other 6!

4/5
Another great shifter book from Jenika Snow
Written by J. L. Johnston on 23rd Nov 2015

Jessie and Easton are both shifters who live a life of solitude. Easton is a moose shifter and Jessie is a serval cat. They are mates but neither one is ready for it. Jessie just lost her aunt and is in morning. She's having a hard time getting her emotions in check and the last thing she needs is a mate. Easton doesn't want a mate he's perfectly content to live his life in solitude. Will these two stubborn shifters even give thier mating a chance or will they stay in solitude forever? Jenika Snow does a great job writing about different shifters and each one is completely different. Hook Line and Mated is a great story of two stubborn characters trying to overcome thier shifter instincts. It's a dual POV so the reader gets a great insight into each character's thoughts and feelings. You can't help but feel for these two and hope they allow themselves a HEA. I loved each second of this book and the passion they felt once they allowed their guards down.

5/5
Love this series !!!
Written by Amazon Customer on 22nd Nov 2015

One of the first shifter series I ever read and my first experience with this author. I love how the books are stand alone but always contain other character we've come to know and love. In this story a new character with long time roots to Sweet Water is introduced. I love moose shifters and not a lot of authors write about them. Their story is sweet and touches a cord in the hearts of others who know the kind of aloneness that both Jessie and Easton know. Frankly though Annabelle is getting on my nerves. It's been months if not into years. She's a shifter for cryin out loud. Get the hell over it. Even people in that series have been abused but finding their mate helped to heal them. At this point I don't care whether she ends up healed or not. At one point I wanted her story. Now? Not so much. Don't really care about her drama.