Raphael, An Incubus' Mate #1 by Toby Wise

Raphael is the first book in Toby Wise's new An Incubus' Mate series. The series is about 3 incubi triplets who come to Earth to open a bakery. Book one tells us the story of Damien falling for his angel mate. 

From the blurb:

Raphael has resigned himself to being the matchmaker but never the match. Dating and intimacy are scary, but there’s something about Damien that draws him in. Maybe it’s the lightheartedness that Damien always projects. Maybe it’s his cute horns and dexterous tail. Either way, before Raphael knows it, he’s longing to have Damien as more than just his friend.

Damien’s a demon of lust who has lived his life thinking short term; serious partners were unnecessary. That is, until he meets an adorable blushing cupid named Raphael. Now friends with benefits, one night stands, and his ‘anyone will do’ attitude doesn’t sound as fulfilling.

Between dealing with corrupt matchmaking supervisors, miscommunications, tripping balls on adult candies, and adorable painting dates, the two realize that despite being opposites on paper, just maybe they make the perfect match in practice.

Raphael is book one in An Incubus’ Mate series. This book features an incubus and virgin cupid, found family, adult candies, laugh out loud moments, tail smut, wing grooming, and of course, a happily ever after!

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙸'𝚟𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎, 𝚁𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚊𝚎𝚕."

My experience with Toby Wise books I've read is that they tend to be short and sweet, so that's what my review is also going to be. I really enjoyed this book and the dynamics between the 3 incubus brothers. I mean, I'm a sucker for incubus books in general, but there was something so fun about a playboy Incubus and virgin Angel cupid pairing that I just adored. Damien may have enjoyed his long list of one night stands, but the moment he sets eyes on Raphael he's a goner. The cupid is just too sweet and draws him in like a moth to a flame. The steam between these two is also hella hot. Let's just say Damien's tail is not afraid to get in on the action. Due to a special gift that Raphael possesses, we as readers are also in the know as to whom the remaining brothers mates are as well. I look forward to Gadreel finding out in the next book!

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Nicole's Review:

Toby is building a pretty interesting world with this series. Angels and demons living in the open! I loved the idea of a Cupid looking for love, and falling for an Incubus.  

The dynamic between Raphael and Damien was so sweet. After some insecurities were resolved, we ended with with a super hot romance! I’m hoping each of the brothers get their own full story. 

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Angel's Review:

So let me start by saying I have read a lot of Toby's books, and I've enjoyed all of the ones I've read. So I was excited to see that he was doing a new series containing not just one incubus but a series based off of triplets who are incubus. 

For Toby to not only add new characters, place settings, plot, but to also have the main characters owning a sweet shop?! Sign me up! Especially cause the name of the shop is so cute! The name of said shop, that the brothers own and run, is called... The Devil's Sweet Tooth, I mean how cute is that?! 

Moving on from the fantastic shop and the cute name, the character were very well written. Toby knows how to pack a lot in a story, these characters started off at one point and by the end of the story, they were at a different point. They learned about each other and grew, along with supporting each other.

I loved that Raphael worked at an animal shelter, and that it was such a prevalent location that the story was set in. Animals are adorable, so to have a main character who strives to pair up animals with their person is so adorable! And unique!!  

I can't wait to see what else is about to come to life within this series. I'm excited to read about Damien's brothers finding their mates, they definitely added A lot of humor to this book. 

I highly recommend you to get this yourself and read it one sitting like I did! 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Jacquie's Review:

I love the way that Toby writes, and I always know I'm in for a good story.

Playboy incubus and virgin cupid? Perfect.

Despite the shorter length, we get plenty of characterization, story, and steam. I'd have liked a little more world-building. Are there other supes out there? for example, but that was just a niggle in a great story.

It's also great to know the next pairing thanks to Raphael's ability to see matches.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lori C's Review:

Our resident Cupid, Raphael is a great matchmaker who feels that all matches are important not just love matches. He works at a pet rescue/adoption center and helps match pets to their perfect owners. Damien is a demon come to Earth with his brothers to make a living for themselves as candy shop owners. He meets Raphael quite by accident as he is singing in the store being silly and doesn’t realize a customer has walked in. The two are immediately attracted to each other, but not quite sure how to move forward. Can Raphael overcome his tendency to be too cautious? Will Damien allow himself to feel more than lust? 

Raphael is a cute feel good story that is a very quick read. The story kept me engaged and I didn’t really want it to end. If I could get the rest of the triplets stories right now, I would definitely ask for them. That’s how I feel after a Toby Wise story, give me more please sir. The stories make me laugh, the characters are adorable, and there is just enough spice to make me happy. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Raphael is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.