Book Review: Battle Within

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Welcome to the tour for Christina Mattingly's Battle Within. A shifter romance with bite!


Battle Within (Claimed: Emma & Ryder)

Publication Date: October 26, 2022

Genre: Shifter Romance

Emma, a sound mage, needs to get away from her fast-paced life as a magical nightclub owner in the city, so she decides to visit her brother’s small mountain town for the winter. After years of living without long-term commitments or consistent relationships, she’s ready to settle down and find something real.

After finding herself in her roommate’s bed, what she thought was a one-night stand turns into a big mess when she discovers Ryder’s wolf imprinted on her, irrevocably claiming Emma as his. He’s just the kind of guy that she could see herself settling down with, but Ryder doesn’t want anything to do with a relationship with her.

His wolf’s possessive nature won’t let Ryder leave her alone so she can move on, but with Ryder pushing her away at every turn, their relationship seems doomed to fail before it’s ever had a chance.

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My Review

What a way to start out this book with Emma crawling into Ryder's bed. I love Emma's brother, Blake. He brought humor to this story, and it was nice that he did not get all macho with Ryder. He acknowledged that Emma is entitled to her own choices including who she sleeps with. 

Emma's ability as a mage to manipulate sounds is intriguing. I liked those elements of her gift was featured throughout this story and not just the wolf shifter aspect.  The chemistry shared between Emma and Ryder is spicy. Each interaction seemed to get more and more intense. The battle that Ryder had with his wolf was very intriguing. I have read many wolf shifter books and they don't always touch on the two sides. This is a really good book. 

About the Author


Christina Mattingly enjoys spicy romance novels with strong characters and phenomenal world-building.

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