A Mate for Gideon is a paranormal romance by Charlene Hartnady. This book is the second 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 Gideon.
After reading the first book in the series I found myself wondering what was going on with York and his lady love. The book cut off kind of short. I figured if I read the next book in the series, we would get an update on York and Cassidy. Turns out I was wrong. Barely a mention of York and there wasn’t any update on him. This entire book focused only on Gideon and his human female love Jenna.
Like the previous book in the series, this one had a lot of awkward, stiff conversations without the use of contractions. It also had more than a few typos, for example, when the king says, “It could have costed both of your lives.” Costed, really?
The biggest problem I had with this book is that is felt so rushed. They couldn’t wait to get you from point A to point B. So much so that it made the story confusing and as a result, you couldn’t really get behind the couple because you didn’t really get their backstory.
I won’t get into my problems with the domestic violence part of this story. I think many others have already covered the subject quite well. Let’s just say it was poorly researched and executed and leave it at that.
Another thing that really annoys me is that in every book in this series the author makes sure to put in big, bold letters it’s a standalone story. But it’s not. They are all part of a connected series and like all books in a series, one leads you to the next and then to the next. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series so many things won’t make sense. So why does the author insist on advertising every book in the series as a standalone book?
Go to Amazon and see for yourself. It says “Standalone Vampire Novel” on every single book in the series. Is the author confused as to what “standalone” means?
A Mate for Gideon
7.8 out of 10 - 7.8/10
Have you ever wanted to date a vampire?
Human women required. Must be enthusiastic about interactions with vampires. Must be willing to undergo a stringent medical exam. Must be prepared to sign a contractual agreement which would include a non-disclosure clause. Limited positions available…
Jenna has a few skeletons in her closet. One of which is tall, dark and gorgeous. He also happens to be a vampire with a grudge against her. She’s made mistakes and has done things she’s not proud of. The time has come to take charge of her life. The opportunity to do just that comes along in the form of an acceptance into the infamous vampire program.
Would she like to date a vampire?
But not just any vampire, her vampire. That is, if he’ll ever forgive her. With such a dark past, she worries whether she’ll ever be able to confront him and in so doing, bare her soul to him. It would kill her to see the disgust and contempt in his eyes when he finds out…her heart clenches and her eyes mist at the thought.
Gideon is almost brought to his knees, when he realizes, that Jenna is one of the females that’s taking part in the dating program.
No! Not his. Not anymore.
What the hell is she doing here? With all he knows about her, there’s no way that she was able to meet all the minimum criteria required for acceptance. Not a damned chance! He’s not interested in her…or any human female for that matter. That said, he also refuses to just stand by and watch her get seduced by one of the victorious ten, elite males. His only option is to find a way to expose her as the deceptive female that she is.