Unexpected Mate & Determined Mate by Toni Griffin

The Holland Brothers Series:

  • Unexpected Mate (book #1) – in this review
  • Determined Mate (book #2) – in this review
  • Protective Mate (book #3)
  • Forbidden Mate (book #4)
  • A Very Holland Christmas (book #5)


Unexpected Mate: Holland Brothers 1Unexpected Mate: Holland Brothers 1 by Toni Griffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brian Townsend was having one hell of a week. Rejected by his parents, kicked out of his pack and now his car breaks down on his way south. What else could go wrong? He soon finds out when the police rock up, and the sexy cop turns out to be his mate. What he didn’t expect was his mate to walk away from him, without so much as a backward glance.

Marcus Holland was having one hell of a week. Breaking up with his girlfriend, and then copping an earful from his mother about settling down and having kids. All he wanted was to go home and relax. Little did he know one last call-out on his way home would change his life for ever.

Can Marcus come to terms with the fact his mate is a man or will he risk losing Brian forever. However, not everyone in the pack is entirely happy with this mating.

So what did I think?

This was pure escapism! I don’t read a lot of shifter romance but was really looking forward to this series. I wanted nice, easy reading and that was exactly what I got.

Marcus is one of the Holland brothers. Of the four, there are three gay brothers (what are the chances?) and Marcus who is the odd one out. That is until he meets Brian, his mate.

“Why couldn’t this man belong to one of his gay brothers? Hell, why couldn’t this man be a women?”

What follows is a cute story as Marcus turns away from Brian and then needs to try to win him back. Throw in a bit of drama with a bitchy ex-girlfriend and a nice accepting family – a fun, light read with a happy ending!

On a side note, the only thing I struggle with in this type of story are the weirder elements of sex – a knot at the end of someone’s dick taking hold of his partner’s prostate just seems freaky to me. I need to stop putting too much thought into just how that would work!

Determined Mate (Holland Brothers, #2)Determined Mate by Toni Griffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

So what did I think?

This story continues with the same feel as the previous book only upping the emotions quite a bit.

In Unexpected Mate, Brian had fled to the town and found his mate Marcus, after been banished for being gay. In this story, Jason is running to his friend Brian, after being abused. There is lots of emotional conflict as Jason tries to reconcile his ‘bonded’ feelings for Alex with his distrust of men.

Alex is the Alpha – big and strong – who has to go against all his instincts to give Jason the space he needs to heal.

As with the first book, this series is light reading, perfect for when you want a quick read and don’t want to think too much. Shifters, mating links, communicating mentally and healing through love.


To find out more about Toni Griffin and her books visit her website.

Buy Unexpected Mate and Determined Mate from Amazon.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.