This book can be read as a standalone. It is book 5 in the Fated Date Agency series, so if you want the full experience, I advise reading in the order intended.
Raymond Fusco and Diago Ayling meet when Diago messages Raymond to meet. Raymond thinks he is coming over for a hook up. Much to his surprise, he tells him he is his mate.
Diago trusted the Fated Date Agency to find him his mate. He is hurt that Raymond is not looking for his mate. He wants to hook up or send him away.
Raymond has been hiding from his past, his family and his addiction. Diago opens all the doors that make him have to face what he has been avoiding. Pain is growth, and with the pain he discovers that maybe he should give his mate a chance.
Diago is just wanting to convince his mate to give their future a shot. He sincerely wants better for his mate and will do whatever he asks of him. Can he be enough to help him get over the pain of his past? With what Raymond is hiding, can they still go forward?
Both men have things they would rather hide. The interesting part of the story is how they solve coming together to create a future. If there will be one. I found the story to be more real and honest than most shifter stories. It faces addiction and loss. I loved that part. I felt real character development and growth and found this to be a great read. I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This ARC copy was given for review purposes only.