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Book Review-The Heir Apparent’s Rejected Mate by Cate C Wells

by | Jun 2, 2022 | Book Reviews, Quickie Romance Review | 0 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book


Fate made a huge mistake when she mated me to Cadoc Collins. He’s the heir apparent. I’m a scavenger. My people are so low in this pack, we don’t even rank.

I should have known better, but for one night, I let myself forget the facts of life in Moon Lake. Cadoc Collins might be powerless to resist me, but he’s not going to claim me, either.

A pink line on a stick makes it a much bigger problem than my bruised heart.

I’m eighteen, knocked up, and publicly rejected by the future alpha. And this baby in my belly? It might as well be a target on my back.

Lucky for me I’m a scavenger. My kind are good at finding things, but we’re great at getting lost.


The fate of Moon Lake rests on my shoulders. I can’t claim the scavenger female.

The pack is on the verge of a revolt, and a mating so controversial could push our warring factions into open conflict.

All I need is time. I’ll do what’s expected of me as our future leader, and when the politics are sorted, I’ll do right by the odd little scavenger.

I’m the heir apparent. She’ll be there when I’m ready.


The Heir Apparent’s Rejected Mate is a wolf shifter romance. No cheating. HEA guaranteed. Intended for adult readers only.

My Review

I will be honest and say that I had high expectations of this one and while I enjoyed it, there was still a sense of disappointment. This was one that I just wasn’t feeling any chemistry or romance at all and it’s such a shame because I really felt it in the first book, and the trope and setup of the story here really intrigued me and I was curious to see how the situation would be handled. So I do think I am being generous with my rating here, and it was a solid read. It really was a page-turner (most times if its a page-turner it’s a 4 star automatic for me since that is such a large aspect of my rating system). Still, I do think there could have been more focus on the chemistry between these two, I just wanted so much for their story, and it was a struggle to read this one because I just wasn’t feeling it at all, and just wanted to get to the ending and that is NOT how I like to read my books. There were definitely some positives to this story and the overreaching series plot was really fun, but honestly, the ending was such a letdown. I wanted it to be a kick-ass ending and while it was in some regards (this heroine saves the hero and its badass) i also felt like it just ended abruptly and we didn’t really get to see a truly satisfying outcome as what I would have expected from this one. But I definitely am intrigued by this series and what the author has implemented. I am so curious about book three and what we will get with that one. I really really hope it’s the story that I think it is. *crossing fingers*

Overall I found this to be wildly entertaining, with some unique takes on a shifter romance with plenty of depth and layout of character growth…..definitely one I can easily recommend!

Title: The Heir’s Apparent Rejected Mate

Author: Cate C Wells

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Length: 426 Pages

Amazon| Goodreads| StoryGraph| Literal Club

Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 3.5

Story Itself: 4

Character Development: 4

Writing Style: 4

World Building 4

Feels + The Romantic Heart 3

Pacing 4

Plot 4

Cover Art 3

Ending 3

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Five Packs

The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate-Pub 2021 #1 in the Series

The Heir Apparent’s Rejected Mate-Pub 2022 #2 in the Series

The Lone Wolf’s Rejected Mate-Pub 2022 #3 in the Series

About The Author

Cate C. Wells writes everything from motorcycle club to mafia to small town to paranormal romance. Whatever the subgenre, readers can expect character-driven stories that are raw, real, and emotionally satisfying. Cate’s into messy love, flaws, long roads to redemption, grace, and happy ever after, in books and in life.

Along with stories, she’s collected a husband and three children along the way. She lives in Baltimore when she’s not exploring the world with the family.


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