This was a very well written story dealing with a human male sheriff and the male shifter who loves him. There is a rich man who wants to kill one of the shifters he does not care who he kills and he wants the sheriff there to witness him do so! What Happens?
Los Lobos was one of those places that Mike didn't go very often. But every now and again, in his position as the Collins Sherriff, Mike had to go, even when it upset his lover Damien. Damien, the mysterious man that Mike thought he was having a fling with. Damien didn't see it that way. Damien knew that Mike was his mate. Unfortunately he wasn't sure how to tell him. Even after Damien claimed Mike, he didn't tell him who or what, he was.
"I'm sorry I'm not a different man. But I swear to you, I mean it when I say I love you. You're everything to me."
But Mike has more problems than worrying about what Damien is up to. He is investigating the disappearance of five men, who, the money in town tells him, disappeared in Los Lobos. Roberts, a business developer whose deals were not always on the right side of the law, was insisting that Mike find out what happened to those men. Turns out Roberts was investigating things of his own - like the fact that Los Lobos was run by werewolves. He wants Mike to help prove it, and eradicate them.
This is only a short book (60 odd pages) and with the investigation there is not a lot of time spent on the relationship between the two men themselves. The investigation itself, once the wolves of Los Lobos found out about it, was solved in a matter of a couple of pages. There was no angst as such, except for Mike getting shot, but even that was glossed over fairly quickly. I think this book would have benefited from being a lot longer so that we (the readers) had a chance to see a relationship develop between Mike and Damien. Going from casual sex to "I love you" is usually quick in a shifter book, but I found it hard to reconcile Mike as a sheriff, having a fling with a man he didn't even know the last name of in the first place.
Naming His Mate by author M. Limages is the 17th book in the Black Hills Wolves series. This is the first time I have read this series and I was not lost. So I would say this book can be read as a stand alone and understood just fine. Mike Hadley is the sheriff of the small town of Collins. He takes his job very seriously. He is brave, fair, and honest. He has a heart of gold and willingness to believe in the truth. But don’t cross him he can’t take you out too. Damien is a werewolf he is also Mike’s mate. Small problem…Mike is not a werewolf. He tries to protect Mike as he investigates the disappearances. He is willing to go against anyone or anything to protect his mate. He just hopes his mate can take the truth when he tells it to him. Over all this is a pretty good story. I did find myself confused in a few places. They are mates but act like long time lovers when they just meet. So sometimes the dialogue just came off as what are they talking about to me. Because how could they say that if they just met. So be willing to suspend some belief here. If you can do that this is a really sweet love story. I liked very much and would read others in t his series. I would love to go back and see what I missed and how it all builds up to this point too.