This novella felt like filler. The story was very similar to others in this series, nothing fresh or significant in terms of the overall arc. I think Maria was supposed to be a feisty independent woman but she caved quicker than an ice-cream on a summer footpath. Ellison was TGTBT and a bit boring. He's been desperate for a mate forever and has had his eye on every woman in past books but Maria was the first one to like him back. So I didn't get that same Mate/Mine feel that I've got from previous books. Looking forward to Tiger's book though.