My Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: FF
When dragon shifter Renata returns to her hometown for the holidays, she meets bubbly middle school teacher Celine at the local Christmas market. Her interest is immediately sparked but there’s one problem. Celine doesn’t date shifters.
Can Renata convince Celine to give her a shot or will she start the new year all alone?
Her Festive Dragon Mate is a fated mates paranormal romance featuring a dragon shifter and her bubbly mate. It includes a standalone f/f grumpy-sunshine romance and a dash of steamy goodness. It is part of the Crescent Lake Shifters series.
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
Her Festive Dragon Mate is a sweet paranormal romance read set around Christmas with a bit of heat toward the end. Dragon shifter Renata is not a fan of the holidays, but agreed to help run the coffee stand at the Christmas market. That’s where she meets middle school teacher Celine. They quickly grow fond of one another and it slowly grows into more.
This was a fun romantic read. I liked how Celine and Renata met at the Christmas market and grow closer throughout the book. While it’s a fated mates romance, they don’t know at first whether they’re fated mates and so their dating feels pretty normal. I liked the Christmas setting and it was fun to read about these two. There is a bit of drama later on with a miscommunication issue, but while I didn’t like the drama I did like how it got resolved and how the person who caused it also was the one to apologize. There also is a bit of uncertainty as Celine knows she has a fated mate, but not who and doesn’t want to date for fear of betraying her mate.
I am not a big fan of the whole fated mates concept, but I liked how it was clear that while they’re fated mates it’s still up to them to make the relationship work and both characters realize that. Even so it felt sad the dragons would never feel fully complete without their fated mates, which seemed to go against the whole free will thing again. I felt like I was missing a few details about the whole fated mates things and the lake and shifters, but that’s probably as I jumped in at book 2. Luckily there were enough details for me to piece things together, but I felt like you would understand things better if you read the series in order.
To summarize: This was a fun and romantic read, mostly sweet, but with a bit of drama and heat later on. I liked the Christmas setting and the festive atmosphere and how Celine and Renata met and their connection grows into more. I enjoyed reading about them and their romance. I wasn’t a fan of the miscommunication that occurs, but I liked how it got resolved. I am not a big fan of the fated mates trope, but I like how they emphasized there is still work involved in making the relationship work. I felt like I was missing a few details about how the whole fated mates thing worked with the lake, but there was enough for me to get the gist of things. The epilogue wraps things up well and I liked the ending.