Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE FAKE MATE by Lana Ferguson


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE FAKE MATE by Lana Ferguson.  Here I am in the middle of my summer reads, already looking ahead to fall and winter releases.  I really enjoyed Lana Ferguson’s last book, The Nanny, so I was excited to see that she has a new rom com coming out before the end of the year and that it features wolf shifters!


THE FAKE MATE by Lana Ferguson

Publication Date: December 5, 2023

by Berkley


From Goodreads:

Two wolf shifters agree to be fake mates but unexpectedly find something real in this steamy paranormal romantic comedy by Lana Ferguson.

Mackenzie Carter has had some very bad dates lately. Model train experts, mansplainers, guys weirdly obsessed with her tail—she hasn’t had a successful date in months. Only a year out of residency, her grandmother’s obsession with Mackenzie finding the perfect mate to settle down with threatens to drive Mackenzie barking mad. Out of options, it feels like a small thing to tell her grandmother that she’s met someone. That is, until she blurts out the name of the first man she sees and the last man she would ever Noah Taylor, the big bad wolf of Denver General.

Noah Taylor, interventional cardiologist and all around grump, has spent his entire life hiding what he is. With outdated stigmas surrounding unmated alphas that have people wondering if they still howl at the moon, Noah has been careful to keep his designation under wraps. It’s worked for years, until an anonymous tip has everything coming to light. Noah is left with two come clean to the board and risk his career—or find himself a mate. The chatty, overly friendly ER doctor asking him to be her fake boyfriend on the same day he’s called to meet the board has to be kismet, right?

Mackenzie will keep her grandmother off her back, and Noah will get a chance to prove he can continue to work without a real mate—a mutually beneficial business transaction, they both rationalize. But when the fake-mate act turns into a very real friends-with-benefits arrangement, lines start to blur, and they quickly realize love is a whole different kind of animal.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

17 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    It’s been such a long time that a werewolf/ shifter book made me smile so much — what a lovely premise!!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Honestly, me neither. I did a double take and then thought, well we have tons of witchy rom coms these days so why not a shifter one? LOL.

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    This sounds like it’s a lot of fun – I like that cover, Suzanne. Hopefully there are some laughs along the way:)).

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope it will be a fun one. I did a double take when I first read the synopsis, but then I thought we have plenty of witchy rom coms out there these days, so why not a shifter rom com? Haha!

  3. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I liked The Nanny, so I am sure to read this one. The shifter thing is not my norm, but I am willing to see what Ferguson does with it

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