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To Reject a Mate by Poppy Ireland ~ Review


I’ve never in my whole life read such a mind-blowing introduction to not just a new series but also such a uniquely captivating world.

I’m floored by the creative liberties this duo not only imagined, but they were so fantastically detailed that everything came to life before your eyes. Once I started, there was no chance of me stopping until I read every magical word.

Nicole and her father are both new to Redwood University. Her father was offered the job of a lifetime, and Nicole couldn’t pass up the free tuition and being close to her dad. She’s a sassy human surrounded by supernaturals. She garners attention from different supes; some want her and others want rid of her. Only one can make her tingle by being near.

Alexei has mastered a broody alpha-hole like no one else. He’s weighed down by the expectations of being the next alpha, but he can command those around him with a change in his tone. Which basically means there will be vanishing panties because this man is an alpha extraordinaire. His quick temper and sharp tongue might make the wolves in his future pack cower, but he’s no match for his feisty human mate.

The connection between Nicole and Alexei moved through them like a firestorm the moment they met. They were perfect for each other. It’s just that she’s a human, and he’s the future alpha. I loved the banter, along with the push and pull between them. She was gentle and considerate of others, but she was also sassy and not afraid to challenge the big bad alpha.

If you’re looking for an insta-everything this isn’t the book for you. This is an intricately woven story with many moving parts. This is the type of book the word “spellbinding” is meant for. Within a few words, I was plucked straight from reality and placed inside a world with shifters, witches, warlocks, and fae, and that’s where I stayed. My mind was spinning, my heart ached, my tummy fluttered, and anything and everything the characters felt flooded my veins as though it were my reality.

I loved the dialogue between the characters. Clever and well-placed sarcasm that made me laugh out loud. Sometimes the words cut like a knife, digging deep and unforgivingly.This duo has meticulously placed every word to lay out this new world, and the fact that this is merely the beginning fuels my book-loving soul. I can’t wait to see what happens next, not just with

A little warning:

When you dive into this, don’t plan on participating in real life. Not even a little. Not even at all. This duo has woven this story together with literary magic that will have every part of you consumed by the Redwood University world.

To Reject a Mate is my first top read of 2023 and a new all-time favorite. A spellbinding introduction to the Redwood University series and a helluva debut Teeming with vehement chemistry, a broody alpha hero, a sassy heroine, tantalizing twists and turns, ALL THE FEELS, steam, and an ending that will take your breath away,

One of my favorite things about paranormal/fantasy romance, especially when it’s a new author to me, is opening the book and knowing the possibilities are endless. They can make their own rules in the world they create. Shifters, vampires—come on, remember the ones that sparkled? I can assure you that this duo’s vampires don’t sparkle.

The important part is that whatever rules are set inside the world need to make sense (not in a real-life way) and that anything that’s laid out as fact or a rule as part of the fictional world stays consistent.

About the book

𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗼 𝗯𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁… 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆’𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.

Attending a small college in the middle of nowhere was never my plan, but when I was offered free tuition and the promise of an excellent education, that plan changed.

It would’ve been nice to know I would be one of the only humans on campus.

It’d be even better if a certain bossy shifter didn’t claim me as his fated mate.

Alexei is arrogant, acrimonious, and the worst A-word of them all: an alpha.

But I can’t deny the way my body responds to him. No matter how many warning flags are waving around in my head, we gravitate toward one another. It’s primal. Passionate.


Because regardless of what the fates think, or the supposed destiny we share… Alexei and I could never be.

So, if Alexei won’t reject our bond… I’ll have to do it for him.

*To Reject a Mate is the first book in the Redwood University Trilogy. It cannot be read as a standalone and ends in a cliffhanger. If possessive heroes, who occasionally turn into wolves, and sassy, headstrong heroines are your jam, you’ve come to the right place. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride into this exciting new paranormal world.

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