Title: In Heat: Mating Call
Author: Felicity Heaton
Series: In Heat, #2
•Publisher: Smashwords (Indie Author)
•Publication Date: December 2007
Opening Line: Erik closed his eyes and let out a long sigh as soft lips teased the bare flesh of his torso.
The English winter weather has no chance of cooling Kim down when her dreams of Erik return, and this time they’re hotter than ever! Having spent the past two years waiting to be in heat again so she can mate with her black panther shape-shifter lover, Erik Blackwell, Kim is excited about the prospect that she’s ready at last. But there’s one thing that she isn’t ready for...
The handsome white tiger shape-shifter that walks into their visions and then into their life, proclaiming himself to be her potential mate too!
Torn between two lovers and unable to stop herself from joining in the carnal pleasures in their visions, will Kim be able to resist the lure of Kristian in real life? Will Erik believe everything that happens or will he see past the lies to the truth and fight for the woman he loves?
In Heat: Mating Call takes place two years after In Heat. Erik and Kim are now living together, sharing an almost perfect life. They are beyond excited when Kim starts showing signs of the mating heat. Everything is right on track until Erik notices a shadow during one of their dream visions. It's another man. Not wanting to alarm Kim, Erik hides this information. During another dream vision Kim notices the shadow man too. The further the mating heat progresses, the more solid the shadow man, Kristian, becomes until one day Kristian joins in.
Because Kim and Erik missed the mating heat the first time, there is now a glitch. They learn that Kristian could interfere with the mating, claiming Kim as his own. Kim and Erik fear that another man will again ruin their mating. Kim is scared that Erik will eventually resent her even though she has no control of what happens with Kristian during the visions. Erik fears that Kim will leave him for Kristian. Kristian does not care what anybody want, his only goal is to make Kim his mate at any cost.
I'm not a fan of love triangles, however that is not why this book only got three moons. Mating Call started out great. There was the excitement of the mating heat, toe curling sex scenes, and two very pissed off alpha males. The entire novel felt like it was set up for this huge battle over Kim and then everything fizzled out at the end. So while Mating Call was on its way to four moons, the ending definitely stopped that from happening. It was not a bad ending, just very anticlimactic.