1. Last Hit
  2. House of the Rising Sun
  3. How to Hang a Witch
  4. Sweet Revenge
  5. A Mate For York
  6. Total Surrender
  7. Egomaniac
  8. Blind Faith
  9. Watch Over Me
  10. Cream of the Crop
  11. Soul Awakening
  12. A Walk in the Woods
  13. Forgotten Sins
  14. At Last
  15. Forever and a Day
  16. Lucky in Love
  17. Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor short story
  18. Every Little Thing
  19. Head Over Heels
  20. Simply Irresistible
  21. The Sweetest Thing
  22. Always on My Mind
  23. The Proposal
  24. The Proposition
  25. Something About You
  26. Love Irresistibly
  27. Bah, Humbug! A Christmas Street Novella
  28. The Marriage Merger
  29. Holiday Sparks
  30. Fall For Me
  31. Not Planning on You
  32. The Marriage Mistake
  33. Practice Makes Perfect
  34. Weekends Required
  35. Wallbanger
  36. The Marriage Trap
  37. The Marriage Bargain
  38. Reckless
  39. The Liar
  40. Russian Tattoos Obsession
  41. Review of The Tourist of Zenda
  42. Review of A Rather Lovely Inheritance
  43. Review of An Angel’s Purpose
  44. Review of A Demon’s Promise
  45. Review of The Obsession
  46. Review of The Billionaire’s Instant Bride
  47. Review of The Glittering Court
  48. Review of Effortless
  49. Review of Just The Way You Are
  50. Review of Schooled in Magic
  51. Review of Inception
  52. Bad Night
  53. Review of The Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride
  54. Review of Delirium
  55. Review of The One
  56. Review of The Prince: A Novella
  57. Review of Mr. Hollywood
  58. Review of The Elite
  59. Review of A Royal Pain
  60. Review of Her Royal Spyness
  61. Review of The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee
  62. Review of The Professor Woos the Witch
  63. Review of The Gargoyle Gets His Girl
  64. Review of The Werewolf Meets His Match
  65. Review of The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
  66. Review of Alpha
  67. Review of About That Night
  68. Review of A Lot Like Love
  69. Review of Weekend With The Tycoon
  70. Review of Waiting For You
  71. Review of A Christmas Date
  72. Review of Spying in High Heels
  73. Review of Just The Sexiest Man Alive
  74. Review of Taken By Tuesday
  75. Review of Falling Into You
  76. Review of Plus One
  77. Review of Stripped
  78. Review of Absolutely Unforgivable
  79. Review of The Selection
  80. Review of It’s You
  81. Review of Thoughtless
  82. Review of Fifty Shades of Grey
Friday, February 23, 2018
  1. Last Hit
  2. House of the Rising Sun
  3. How to Hang a Witch
  4. Sweet Revenge
  5. A Mate For York
  6. Total Surrender
  7. Egomaniac
  8. Blind Faith
  9. Watch Over Me
  10. Cream of the Crop
  11. Soul Awakening
  12. A Walk in the Woods
  13. Forgotten Sins
  14. At Last
  15. Forever and a Day
  16. Lucky in Love
  17. Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor short story
  18. Every Little Thing
  19. Head Over Heels
  20. Simply Irresistible
  21. The Sweetest Thing
  22. Always on My Mind
  23. The Proposal
  24. The Proposition
  25. Something About You
  26. Love Irresistibly
  27. Bah, Humbug! A Christmas Street Novella
  28. The Marriage Merger
  29. Holiday Sparks
  30. Fall For Me
  31. Not Planning on You
  32. The Marriage Mistake
  33. Practice Makes Perfect
  34. Weekends Required
  35. Wallbanger
  36. The Marriage Trap
  37. The Marriage Bargain
  38. Reckless
  39. The Liar
  40. Russian Tattoos Obsession
  41. Review of The Tourist of Zenda
  42. Review of A Rather Lovely Inheritance
  43. Review of An Angel’s Purpose
  44. Review of A Demon’s Promise
  45. Review of The Obsession
  46. Review of The Billionaire’s Instant Bride
  47. Review of The Glittering Court
  48. Review of Effortless
  49. Review of Just The Way You Are
  50. Review of Schooled in Magic
  51. Review of Inception
  52. Bad Night
  53. Review of The Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride
  54. Review of Delirium
  55. Review of The One
  56. Review of The Prince: A Novella
  57. Review of Mr. Hollywood
  58. Review of The Elite
  59. Review of A Royal Pain
  60. Review of Her Royal Spyness
  61. Review of The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee
  62. Review of The Professor Woos the Witch
  63. Review of The Gargoyle Gets His Girl
  64. Review of The Werewolf Meets His Match
  65. Review of The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
  66. Review of Alpha
  67. Review of About That Night
  68. Review of A Lot Like Love
  69. Review of Weekend With The Tycoon
  70. Review of Waiting For You
  71. Review of A Christmas Date
  72. Review of Spying in High Heels
  73. Review of Just The Sexiest Man Alive
  74. Review of Taken By Tuesday
  75. Review of Falling Into You
  76. Review of Plus One
  77. Review of Stripped
  78. Review of Absolutely Unforgivable
  79. Review of The Selection
  80. Review of It’s You
  81. Review of Thoughtless
  82. Review of Fifty Shades of Grey

A Mate For York is a paranormal romance by Charlene Hartnady. This book is the first book in “The Program” series. To date, there are 7 books in all in the series. This is a vampire romance, each book in the series deals with finding a mate for a specific vampire, like in this case it’s about York. Book two is A Mate for Gideon and deals with Gideon, the vampire, finding his own mate.

 

A Mate For York

While I tend to prefer books in the contemporary romance genre, it’s nice every once and awhile to venture off in another direction. This book, A Mate For York is a paranormal romance which isn’t really clear on when the time is, but it’s pretty much modern day.

What we know for sure is that in this world Vampires and humans co-exist – sort of. The humans are very well aware of vampires but they live off on their own in castles or some little community all their own. They don’t exactly tend to intermingle.

This book doesn’t really go heavily into explaining much about the world that York lives in. we are only able to pick up bits and pieces throughout the book. We know that there is a nightclub where vampires hang out but that humans aren’t allowed in, however, humans know about the place because they do try and get in. We know that York lives in a castle serving his King as an elite guard and it’s about 15 minutes just outside of town.

These are the kind of tidbits we pick up on throughout the story. It’s somewhat informative but not really in-depth enough to know much about the world itself.

One of the reasons I really dislike reading paranormal romances is because often times the author spends so much time telling you backstories and trying to build up the world that the main story itself gets lost. That without a doubt isn’t a problem with this book. However, I think the author could have spent a tiny bit more time telling us something about the world. I don’t know, even if just a page or two more – I think that would have helped the story a lot.

What we do know about York and other Vampires like him is that the author has decided to make them like dogs.  It’s very awkward and off-putting when you get to those parts of the story where the vampires talk about mating, “rutting”, being in heat and so on.

Admittedly I haven’t read a lot of Vampire stories, but this is the first time I’ve found an author who wrote about them as if they were some animal species. It was very weird to me. They way they kept talking about how they need to scent her just read wrong. Sniff, smell or sense her would hat been more fitting.

“I can scent your arousal” is a perfect example of what I mean. And because talking of “scenting” someone is used so often in the book, it’s something that really stands out.

Another thing that stuck out is how she went out of her way to make both the human and vampire characters confused about things like for example when the female character didn’t understand what the guy meant when he referred to her being “in heat” and I hated how they repeatedly referred to breasts as mammary glands.

It was just all very cringe-worthy.

The premise was good. It really was. It was just the little things that made the book not live up to its full potential.

The dialog was another problem.

A normal person would say something like “Hey! How’s it going?”

But in this book vampires apparently didn’t believe in contractions and that makes for an awkward read. “How is it going? I am doing fine. Thank you for asking. How are you doing?”

Overall the book was okay. It had a lot of potential and if you catch it on sale, by all means, I suggest you pick it up but I wouldn’t say pay full price for it.

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