Book Review: The Mechanic’s Mate by Mikea Howard

August 30, 2015 3 Bullet Rating 1 ★★★

Book Review: The Mechanic’s Mate by Mikea HowardThe Mechanic's Mate by Mikea Howard
Series: The Diesel War Series #1
Also in this series: The Seer's Secret
Published by Soulmate Publishing on August 26, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Shifter Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
Amazon three-stars
Abused and on the run, Sadie flees through the woods. For the first time in her life, she craves the blissful silence of nature. Her sire and mate is a monster who hid his inner evil all too well. Her skills as a mechanic now useless, intolerant to the noise and pollution of the city’s diesel engines thanks to her new werewolf status, Sadie’s only hope is the ex-pack of the monster she escaped. But will they accept the dieselhead mate of a rogue?

Domek, the Blue Wolf alpha, has caught the scent of the rogue he’s sworn to hunt down. But he’s shocked to find it attached to a frail, damaged city girl, the most beautiful creature he has ever seen. The desire to take care of her is fierce . . . unexplainable.

How can he protect a woman who has tied the fate of her mortality to the life of a rogue he must destroy?


The Mechanic’s Mate by Mikea Howard is the first book in The Diesel War series. With great world building and smooth writing, the only thing that didn’t work for me was more of a personal preference than a story issue.

I absolutely loved the world building in The Mechanic’s Mate. Set in a an entirely unique world where mechanics and technology caused coas to the shifters and fueling the Diesel War. Post war lines and treaties are holding, but are still not a guarantee. Howard creates a world so vivid even the slang is unique. I loved this aspect. The writing felt natural and smooth, making it a pleasant journey.

What didn’t work for me was the relationship between Domek the Alpha and Sadie. Sadie is a natural submissive and it carried over to her transformation into wolf. This personality type is always a hard one for me to relate to. With her inability to deny her Alpha’s direct order joined with her previous abuse, I just couldn’t enjoy their HEA. A piece of me constantly felt uncomfortable with this dynamic, no matter how well written.

The main characters may not have worked for me, but Howard has multiple saving graces. The secondary characters added much entertainment and were just as well written as the main protagonists.

The world building is certainly not only what worked,  but created an unforgettable gritty place that I will continue to visit. There is no doubt I will be reading the next installment in this series and I *hope* I know who it is about…

I rate The Mechanic’s Mate 3 out of 5 Bullets!

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I received The Mechanic’s Mate directly from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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