Book Review – True Mate by Patricia Logan

Prosper Woods Chronicles #1
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Pages: 202
Characters: Vincent/Romeo
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

True Mate is the first book in the Prosper Woods Chronicles but don’t miss True Knight, the incredible prequel to the series!

When I moved to Prosper Woods, California a couple of weeks ago, I’d had big plans for a quiet life. Let’s just say, things haven’t exactly turned out the way I expected they would. For one thing, as new sheriff, I hadn’t planned on investigating a murder the day after my arrival. For another thing, no one told me supernatural creatures existed. I didn’t believe it at first, but when Vincent Lasco suddenly smiled at me with a mouth full of fangs, things got interesting.

Quiet small town life indeed!

The moment I decided to take Sheriff Romeo Harmon home for a roll in the sheets, I knew hiding my true nature was a huge mistake. Then again, things never turn out the way I expect. The simple life of anonymity I’d hoped to have in Prosper Woods has blown up in my face in the most poetic and spectacular way. Not only that, the guy isn’t even aware that he has secrets of his own. How a guy could have lived all his life not knowing what he was, seems nearly impossible but in his case, I know it’s true.

Supernaturals are everywhere!

The town of Prosper Woods has a couple of new residents who at first glance, seem very unsuited for small town life. Before long though, I realized they were right for the town… probably the only right thing about this weird place. Surprisingly, they fit right in.

Things are about to get interesting!

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I enjoyed this story even more than the prequel, which I also loved. I liked the mix of established yet still new relationship, learning more about Rome and Vincent’s world, and the mystery and action parts of the story. I’m looking forward to more in this series!

The world building is fabulous. I like the slightly different take on vampires, and how Vincent’s history is coming out bit by bit. Rome’s still on a learning curve about the supernatural world, and slowly getting better control over his powers. I like that he and Vincent not only have a great physical relationship but that they talk a lot, and Rome has a lot of questions. I also liked how characters’ personality quirks reflect what kind of supernatural they are, and how Rome tries to guess what everyone is.

The supporting cast is great, and intriguing. Sally totally rocks, and I love Sid and Precious. I’m hoping to see more of Greg, Sam, and the local community as the series progresses. I love the small town community part of the story, and how everyone knows everything about what’s going on etc. Rome is learning how community grapevines work.

I love the letters to the editor that begin each chapter. They’re quirky and amusing.

The plot is interesting and intriguing, with murder, ghosts, and vampires from Vincent’s past. I liked how it unfolds, and that part of the storyline is resolved in this book, but there are still plenty of loose threads to carry through the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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