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review 2016-05-21 04:36
As interesting as the Damon's Mountain series
Bloodrunner Bear (Harper's Mountains Book 2) - T. S. Joyce

I make no bones about the fact that I adore T.S. Joyce. Her Damon’s Mountain series is one I go back to when I am feeling blue, tired, or just want a quick, happy read with a bit of an edge. There is drama and danger, prejudice and bigotry, but there is also love and courage, family and friends.

Now, the Harper’s Mountains stories begin, and the children of Damon’s Mountain take center stage. In “Bloodrunner Dragon” we got the setup, and began to learn what has happened with the children since “Boarlander Cursed Bear.”

 

Everyone we knew as a baby is all grown up. And while they were desperately loved as children, that doesn’t mean that all was flowers and sunshine. Take Aaron Keller. As a child he was, literally, the poster child for Shifter Rights. Bright blonde hair, big blue eyes, and a tinkling laugh that grabbed hearts. He was a poster child all right. But that doesn’t mean his life was all roses. His story began in “Bear My Soul.” Living with only his mother for the first six years of his life, Aaron’s life was, as much as his mother loved him, and as hard as she worked to make him happy, brutal. The bear inside him was a brawler, strong and headstrong, and drove Aaron’s life. Drove him into a cage in order to keep himself, and his mother, safe. Six years before it was a one night stand Cody ran from – from the man, and from the feelings he caused. Not knowing who, or what, he was, finding Aaron was a bear was hard. It worked out, but the time in the cage as a child damaged Aaron, and his bear. Damage that has carried forward into his present life. But in "Bloodrunner Bear" Harper’s Mountain is a soothing change to his life. And meeting Alana has promise – but the war between a coven of vampires with a grudge may cost Alana her life. Which could very well cost Aaron his mind.

 

This has all the potential of the Damon’s Mountain series, and in the first two books? It meets that potential!

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review 2016-05-21 03:42
Strong women characters give it a bump
Bear in the Rough: Bear Shifter Romance (Broken Hill Bears Book 1) - Ariana Hawkes

“Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862)

 

Humans. As Hugo says, superstition, bigotry and prejudice incarnate. When you are ‘different’ it is hard enough. When you are a Shifter? Well, as Shrek put it, “Grab your torch and pitchforks!” Or, in this case, your cops with riot guns. Cause as much as we would like to think that we should all be able to live together, well. It ain’t happening. The humans love watching Shifters fight, MMA style, in the ring, but they certainly don’t want them in their towns. Of course, the Shifters don’t really care. After all, they worked out some really good financial contracts for their shows – so, who cares, right?

 

When Freya Wright was eight, her father disappeared. Walked out the door to “run a quick errand” and never returned. It destroyed her mother, and left a darkness in her own heart. Her mother took her from Washington and moved them to San Diego, but rather than getting better, she lost herself in a bottle. Now, with her mother dead, Freya has a plan to try to cut the darkness in her heart. She wants to walk the Pacific Coast Trail, the 2,659 mi trail up the coast from Mexico to Canada. While she plans to go alone, a high school reunion adds her friends Eloise and Marin to her trip. It will be hard, harsh and brutal, months of hiking over rough terrain in all sorts of weather. There are ups and downs, literally, but also mentally and emotionally. Then, the worst happens, what all women on their own fear. They see what they shouldn’t. And their lives will never be the same. Now, they are terrified, kidnapped and held prisoner. Life and death hangs in the balance, and is beginning to slide to the right.

 

In a lot of ways, this is a standard PR, but at the same time the strength of the women was pleasing, and the ideas behind human/shifter relations was interesting as well. It kept me interested, and left me satisfied. If you like PR with a ‘shifters in the modern world’ bent, give it a try. Free on Kindle Unlimited, or .99 if you don’t have KU.

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review 2016-01-01 04:36
Secrets of the Werebears
Shifter Romance: Secrets of the Werebears 1 - BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (Shifter Romance, BBW Shifter Romance, Bear Shifter Romance, Paranormal Shifter Romance, Werebear Shifter Romance) - Sky Shifter

I read to 49% and realized I was wishing for something bad to happen so that the story could progress onward and I could finally be finished with the book.  I figured it was time to stop wasting time and move on to one of the 200 plus other books I have waiting on my reader.

 

Molly is the heroine.  She's a waitress at a diner in a small town.  She struck out on her own in New Orleans with a friend and it's indicated that bad things happened and she went back to her small town.  Asa is the hero and he's a cook at the diner where Molly works.  He's new to town and is apparently a werebear.  It's not expressly stated by the 49% mark, but he does have a big secret.

 

So, the first 49% is just a bunch of emo back and forth between Molly and Asa.  Molly wants Asa and pursues him pretty hard.  Asa wants Molly but he has this big secret and says he will hurt her.  It's just that back and forth and back and forth between Molly and Asa.  That's really all that happens.  A mysterious guy named Jeremiah does make an appearance and shows an interest in Molly.  Molly entertains the idea of Jeremiah because Asa keeps pushing her away, but there's something "off" about Jeremiah.  So, once I started hoping Jeremiah was a serial killer and would attack one of them, just so something would happen, I decided it was time to throw in the towel.

 

Aside from the boring story, it could've used some further editing to catch some of the typos.

 

DNF.

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review 2015-09-09 04:16
Review - Rapunzel and the Billionaire Bear by Sable Sylvan (The Shifter Princes #4)
Rapunzel And The Billionaire Bear: A BBW Bear Shifter Paranormal Romance Novella (The Shifter Princes Book 4) - Sable Sylvan

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

 

The cover has a polar that looks like he might be swimming and the chest that definitely distracts you :)

 

This is the 4th book in this novella series.  They are completely standalone and HEAs(Happily Ever Afters).  It is for adults only due to the steamy content. 

 

I really liked this story especially the last half.  I did have trouble connecting the first 15 percent, but I think it is because I didn’t like Lorelei.  Once Lance was introduced, and it was more him and Zelda, I was happy.  This is a unique twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale where Sable makes it uniquely hers.  I am really into all the fairy tale twists that are popular right now especially if it involves shifters too!!  Can’t wait to see what Sable comes up with next :)

 

I recommend this story to bear shifter lovers who love a good fairy tale twist where the author makes it her own and unique :)

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review 2015-08-15 22:34
Review - Nothing but Bears by Catherine Vale
Nothing But Bears (A Five Book Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance Collection) - Catherine Vale

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

***I received two of the stories for an honest review and I purchased the other three.

 

A Taste of Honey

I bought this book in January, and I decided to read it first because I could finish it quickly in one night when I started it in the evening as it is about 130 pages. This is for adults because it does have some steamy sex scenes and violence. It does have a nice balance where the steamy scenes do not overwhelm the story at all. This is a complaint my mom has about some books especially when they are novellas or short stories.

Olivia has moments of strength mixed with self doubt due to lots of poor choices when it comes to dating. Cody has an amazing strength considering all he has been through which is a lot, but I’m not going to ruin the story for you by giving any details. You will need to read it. This book is packed with fleeing, fighting, and so much more.

It did not take me long to get sucked into Catherine’s story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I was definitely over much too quickly. Catherine’s style and descriptions were easy for me to get into, and it kept my attention the whole way. I can’t wait to read more of Catherine’s stories in the future.

Awakening the Bear

I bought this book back in April.  This book is part of the Taste of Honey series, and it has about 120 pages.  It is for adults only due to the steamy content and violence.

 

This story is primarily about Ben, but Raven is a significant part of the book too!  You can read the blurb, so I’m not going to restate what happens, but Ben likes to beat himself up and take the guilt where there should be none.  Raven is a kick butt werebear, and I really liked this character.  I love a girl who can take care of herself but will let others take care of her or let them help her.  She rocks.  This story has quite a bit of action, and I enjoyed it a lot.  The ending made me growl though because it didn’t happen the way I wanted.  I hope I see more of Ben and Raven in the future.

 

Bear the Heat

Okay, I saw the cover, and I had to try it :) This is the first book I have read by Catherine Vale, and I liked it a lot :) 

Sonya has amazing strength and determination, but her story wow!!! You will definitely feel for her when you read, but I don’t want to give anything away. Caleb is a sexy firefighting werebear…need I say more! I want one!!! ;)

Catherine Vale is definitely an author that I’m going to have to check out more of her work in the future. Her author bio isn’t lying that’s for sure. I’m definitely going to need more of this series too :) I’m hoping the rest of the fire fighting boys find a girl, but that we also get more of Caleb and Sonya in the future :)

 

Her Two Bears

Catherine’s books always leave me feeling happy when I read them :) I wished there was a bit of action though in this one since they were cops, but it didn’t happen. I like seeing shifters go all caveman protecting their mates. It is always easy to connect with Catherine’s characters and worlds though I can’t help but wonder is Alex’s story published and I just haven’t seen it or is it just part of this story only in minute details. Catherine does an amazing job with the bears sharing Sadie, but the men are not lovers which I was wondering when I started reading this if that was the direction it was going.

Sadie is easy to connect with….well at least for me because I’m horrible at the whole dating men thing, so I get the bad experiences clouding everything in the here and now. Her best friend is honest and tells her like it is which is great when she thinks too much. The boys are….well everything I would want ;) My favorite scene involves water, but you have to read it to know what I’m talking about :)

 

Double Trouble

This is the 2nd book in the series, and while you do not have to read them in order, I think you will enjoy it more if you did :) My suggested reading order is Her Two Bears, then Tigers Tango, and then Double Trouble. There is a crossover, and I was glad I accidently read Tigers Tango before reading this one :) I’m going to have to pay more attention to see which book crossover and connect :) This is for adults only due to the very steamy content with the trio (no M/M stuff, Sadie is the focus). It is of novella length.

Sadie and Peyton are having a major adventure though I can’t say that I’d like to switch places with them. They are strong and feisty!! Danger galore, Sadie is clueless at the start but Peyton has her back, and some major steamy scenes with Sadie and her bears. I do hope Peyton gets a story soon :) This story was packed with adventure, and I enjoyed it!.

 

I recommend this book to all the bear lovin’ shifter readers out there especially if you have read Catherine’s work before and liked it!!

 

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