I have to admit it, the soulmates/instant mates trope totally works for me. It's why shifter stories work so well for me. I picked up Omega Mine because both Goodreads and Amazon kept popping it up as an "if you like this..." suggestion.
Diskant Black is an Omega. Meaning that he has absolute authority over all of the shifters in New York. This is because Diskant can call all shifter forms to him. He is not looking for anything special when he rescues Ava Brisbane from an overeager group of vampires. The moment he lays eyes on Ava, he feels the connection. She's injured pretty badly, so he takes her back to his home and puts her to bed. But once she awakens, they share a heated kiss, and he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is his mate. What he doesn't know is that all Ava wants is to be left alone. Gifted with telepathic ability, she's been trying to escape notice of *anyone* for most of her life. Unfortunately, her ne'er do well brother is constantly in trouble, gambling away most of what their parents left them when they died. There are only two things left, a family cabin and a locket, which Thomas has given to someone powerful to pay a debt. What Ava doesn't know is how powerful the locket is. So, completely freaked out after the kiss, Ava bolts, leaving no trace. Given that Diskant kissed first, and didn't ask her real name, he's in a bit of a bind.
Diskant is single-minded in his pursuit of Ava, using every shifter at his disposal to find her. Once he finds her, he goes about the three exchanges needed to make her his mate, and imbue her with some of his powers. Ava, reluctant at first, cannot deny the attraction, and soon they are making like bunnies. As Diskant discovers Ava's powers, he realizes that his mate might just be the key to winning the war that has come to his doorstep.
Omega Mine combines several elements that I really enjoy: shifters, matebonds, and many options for sequels. Despite the multitude of secondary characters who are featured in the story, Diskant and Ava's relationship builds credibly, if quickly, which is to be expected in matebond stories. The book is also very erotic, Diskant is a dirty, dirty boy, which I also enjoyed. I also liked that Ava was a strong heroine, confident and honest. She doesn't keep things from Diskant, particularly after they connect telepathically. It's an interesting and visceral connection, which strengthened the love story.
My understanding is the next book in the series is with the editor and should be published soon, which is good news for me, as Omega Mine just whetted my appetite for more. If you're looking for an extremely hot soulmate/were story, this book is a really strong choice.
Final grade: B