Third Mate (River Wolf Pack #3) by Rebecca James

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I read through this book in one afternoon, I just couldn’t help it. All of the suspense building from book 1 and book 2 and now I finally get to figure out what happens!!! But lets be completely honest, half of the reason I wanted to read this one so bad is to find out a) is Jax gonna suck it up and find a way to be with David, and b) what the hell is going to happen to Brooks.

I guess this one answered both of those questions. And I have to say… I’m a little bittersweet about it. I think it was very self sacrificing for Jax to pull Brooks into his relationship with David to soften the blow of him leaving. And David’s not stupid, so of course he knew that he’d be leaving. I really liked Brooks as a character, but I don’t feel like I got to see enough of him. That time that he spent with David in the cell (book 2) was as up close and personal as I got to Brooks, and it was so brief that I didn’t have a whole lot of time to really get to know him as a character. So I know that the only reason I liked Brooks so much was because of how much David liked Brooks and the way that Jax and David tried to look out for him. That being said, Jax brought up the concept of polygamy on his own, and he told David that he’d changed his mind about how he felt about it… which wasn’t true at all. At the time that Jax said that he wanted Brooks to mate with him and David, Jax was still completely opposed to the idea. But he did it for David… and while that’s a pretty misconstrued way to show someone that you love them, I have to say that I love that about Jax.

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The way Rebecca James writes these characters includes all of their imperfections… and Jax definitely has imperfections. But none of that matters because he loves David so completely that he would give up everything, including his own happiness, to make sure that David gets what he wants. His resistance to taking the bite is also admirable. It shows that he has a backbone… he’s not an omega. He never will be. And David loves that about Jax.

I mean… when Jax topped…

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And the way David loved it… ugghhhhhh.

I really don’t know how this book could have been better. It was by far the best one in the series. I’m sure we all have agreed to hate a certain Alpha a**hole with four mates, no? I was simultaneously shocked and proud with the way that one turned out.

I loved the way that this book switched between the perspectives of everyone in the pack, rather than just focusing on two wolves. In that sense, I got a feel for who a character was and how other people perceived him, which for Leo, was completely different.

The way that Sam talked about Leo vs. reading from Leo’s perspective was a complete trip. I could’ve sworn that they were two completely different guys, both named Leo. But this is part of what I’m talking about when I’m saying that Rebecca writes from the heart of her characters rather than looking at the story as an author. The Leo that Sam talked about was exactly the way that Sam saw him, and knowing that what Leo thinks vs. what he actually does is different gives him a much more dynamic personality. These are the types of characters that really pull you into their world. I loved this book.

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My hope for the next book (and I’m hoping there’s a next book…) is that we figure out WHAT IS UP WITH THAT HOWL FOSTER KEEPS HEARING and I need a reunion between River, Josiah, and the girls like pronto.

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