Get lost in the powerful, sexy novella by Kate Baxter where one alpha shifter will do whatever it takes to claim the woman he can *bearly* resist...
Caden Mitchell is the ultimate alpha. Known to most as a smoldering hot billionaire, his secret weapon- the ability to shapeshift into a strong and deadly bear- allows him to be the most ruthless enforcer of the Sortiari, a paranormal organization tasked with keeping the course of Fate on the right track. But when the ailing health of his grandmother leads him back home, the luscious curves of his childhood nemesis will be too much to resist...
Leah Ridgeway never expected Caden to give her the time of day. With his abs cut from stone and powerful, strong arms, she knows there's no chance he's interested in her handful of curves. But Caden is tormented by thoughts of her beautiful body. And when evil threatens Leah's very life, Caden will stop at nothing to keep her safe...and claim her as his mate...in Stripped Bear.
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Quick Read. Solid; sassy, sexy, and exciting!
STRIPPED BEAR: A BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance
by Kate Baxter
May 19, 2015
St. Martin's Paperbacks
approx 94 pages
#Romance: #Paranormal > #shifters, #novella, #Contemporary
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-- MY THOUGHTS --
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Trouble with a capital T... look at the smirk on that man's face. I know, it's one of the last things you noticed as he's stripping with a big ol' bear behind him, right? *wink* - Nice colors, eye catching. The synopsis sounds a little more serious than the shifter novellas from Milly Taiden and I'm trying to branch back out into the paranormal sub-genre again.
Caden's a total BEAR, in more ways than one. He's a stone-cold enforcer, an alpha male, and is just an overall dominating force to contend with. Leah grew up with Caden and loved him endlessly, until he ruthlessly blew her off and left her behind 16 years ago. Now, a week before she's to marry some boring fool, meddling hands bring them together and activate the mating bond. He doesn't have time to take it slow, his solution is simple: You're Mine. End the engagement. She has no clue what he is, other than mouth-wateringly sexy and arrogantly unBEARable. These two will have to find a way to make it work, and fast, as threats are looming on the horizon!
The characters were well-written are rather enjoyable. I like the slightly different approach that Ms Baxter takes on the supernatural world. Leah's a breath of fresh air. Strong, stubborn and sassy, she does not wilt at the slightest hint of danger. The secondary characters were great. Interaction was amusing as they fought their attraction and bond, then sizzling hot once they surrendered. Dialogue seemed a little repetitive for a while, but smoothed out as they became reacquainted. The plot kept me interested and felt rather full for being a novella under 100 pages, and it flowed quite smoothly. The conflict was barely there with such a simple resolve as the result of a lifetime knowing one another can only manage. There was very little - almost no - predictability. The conclusion implies a happily ever after, but it also leaves much to be answered for. I'd say it's mostly a complete story, but can be added upon. Not bad. Solid; sassy, sexy, and exciting!
Heat Level: 4.25
-- ABOUT the AUTHOR --
Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry, and undead.
-- REVIEWER INFO --
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