The Wrong Mate by Jade Marshall

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Katu Wolves, 3

Finding your mate should be the happiest time in any wolf shifter's life. But what if your mate is the wrong mate?

Raine is finally old enough to find her mate, and she couldn’t be happier. Being in love with Max since the first time she met him, he is the only male that she has ever wanted. Now she has to convince Max that they're meant to be together. Getting Max to accept their mating bond is the least of Raine’s problems, especially with the hunters closing in again.

Max loves Raine, but she can't be his mate. He isn’t worthy. He can’t offer her the life that she deserves, so he leaves. Now he only has to convince his wolf to stay away because he knows he will never be able to refuse her. But when Raine is in danger, will he really have a choice?



After a long shower, I take the time to do my hair perfectly, apply some of the little makeup I do own, and dress in a sundress. I am going looking for my mate, and when I find him, I want him to be incapable of keeping his hands off me.

After leaving my house, I head toward the center of our small compound. People mill about, doing their regular chores and chatting to other pack members. The sun is bright in the noon day. If I wasn’t so hell-bent on finding Max and making him claim me, I might sunbathe. It is a gorgeous day out with not a single cloud in the sky.

“Hey, Raine,” Todd says from behind me.

I turn quickly, losing my balance. Todd catches me before I can go down and helps me to straighten myself. His hand remains on my hip as we face each other. I have no idea how to get him to move his hand without being rude, so I remain where I am.

“Todd. How are you today?” I smile.

“Great. It’s a beautiful day outside, and I am speaking to the most beautiful woman in our pack, so my day is magnificent.” He smiles broadly.

My skin feels tight, and I wish he would stop touching me. I don’t want any other man to touch me except for Max. I keep a smile plastered to my face but don’t reply to his compliment. A feeling of awareness skitters down my spine.

A growl crashes over me, causing goosebumps to pop up over my skin. Todd removes his hand and takes a step back as he glances warily over my shoulder. Letting my gaze follow the same trajectory, I see Max striding toward us.

“I will talk to you later,” Todd spits out quickly before taking off.

I don’t say anything as I turn to face what is a very pissed-off Max.

“What the fuck are you doing?” he says lowly as he invades every inch of my personal space.

“Going for a walk?” I try to sound sarcastic, but it comes out as a breathy question.

“Don’t play stupid, Raine. We both know you aren’t.” Max places his hand on my hip where Todd previously had his. But this is completely different. The light touch burns through my dress, every nerve ending lighting up. Wetness gathers between my thighs from just that small amount of contact, and a mewling sound escapes my throat.

“Fuck,” he rasps as he leans in closer to me.

He inhales my scent before stepping back and removing his hand. He stares at me for the longest time, his gaze roaming first my face and then down the length of my body. It feels like he is memorizing me, committing every detail to his memory for later.

“I can’t do this,” he says before stomping away.


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Great story!
Written by Gothic on 6th Apr 2022

The Wrong Mate never slows down, or loses pace; and there was definitely one major turn I was not expecting, which is epic. I love when a good book surprises me. Max and Raine make for a gorgeous couple, and I'll be going back to buy the first two in this series! I could see the Katu Wolves series continuing even further.

Engaging Story line
Written by Angelique on 6th Apr 2022

An epic read that grabs you from the word go. I loved the characters, their chemistry and the storyline is really engaging.

Max and Raine
Written by Faith P on 6th Apr 2022

Max and Raine have been best friends for the last year. They have been in love with eachother for just as long. Everyone told Max that his mate was going to be Raine. On Raine's 18th birthday he realizes she is his mate. Max decides all on his own that he is too old for her and runs away.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved IT!!! Great Story you have to read it. Jade Marshall is the bomb
Written by Eva on 6th Apr 2022

The one thing I like about reading Jade's books is you can read them standalone or you know where it picks up from the last book. It is fluid. Jade's writing is like a river to me. The bends and flows over the rocks and rough waters allow your mind to take a trip into wonderland. It is no different for Max and Raine. This story started at the end of Not His Mate gives you a taste of their friendship (which everyone kinda guess that it may be something else). So it was no surprise on the day that Raine turned 18 that her smell changed for Max. Now I will not give the whole story away, but if you have been following along in books, you know Max is older and thinks of himself as her best friend. BUT in the wolfy world, we all know that can change for fated mates. They can fight their calling, their smells, the mating attraction, but in the end it either has to be denied or accepted. Max tries his damnedest is all I can say, and Raine loves to tease. The story kept me laughing and reading, but I could not put it down. In the end, he could stand no one being near his Raine. READ the book. You will not be disappointed. Jade, you did it again. Dang girl..

Destined Love
Written by Phyllis J. Wolford on 30th Mar 2022

This is the third book in this series and it continues the intertwined relationship between all the characters. Ms. Marshall tells an interesting paranormal story that in context could be about anything that is going on in the world today. You just need to really catch on to the threads. Max and Raine have known each other for years,Raine loves Max and he thinks he’s to old for her, until she is in trouble then all bets are off. Max finally pulls his head out of his behind and admits that Raine will be his and he takes her. They have a loving and bright future together.