Book Review: Saved by the Alpha Bear

review-cover-saved by the alpha bearTitle: Saved by the Alpha Bear [Alpha Bears 2]

Author: Emilia Hartley

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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Guided by her pack leader’s blind hatred and deceitful ways, Savannah is under the impression that Tom and Nick Brewer are unfit for being shifters. She’s forced into befriending the bears, gaining their trust and using it against them. Afraid of what her pack leader Lucas would do if she refused, she accepts the task and does her best to win the alpha bear brothers over. However, she’s surprised to find that the brothers aren’t the killers that Lucas had made them out to be.

Tom’s always been cautious, especially when his friends and family’s lives are put on the line. That’s why when Savannah applied to work at the Brewer Mechanics, he was immediately on guard. She was attractive, he could admit that, but he couldn’t understand why a shifter was applying to work at his shop. There could be no way this was a coincident. It didn’t help that not only was she was practically handed the job by Jo – Nick’s human mate – but Jo was also trying to push the two of them together…

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Saved by the Alpha Bear by Emilia Hartley was a fun and entertaining read. The book was well-written with an easy flow to the narrative and clearly defined characters.

My only real complaint is that the book was a bit too short for my tastes, and as a consequence, a bit rushed. Although I liked the romance between Tom and Savannah, I wish I’d had a little more time to watch their relationship grow and get to know them.

Overall, it was a quick, delightful read, and anyone who enjoys shifter romances will probably enjoy this one as well.

Book Review: My Best Friend’s Bear

review-cover-my best friend's bearTitle: My Best Friend’s Bear [Wild Ties 1]

Author: Eva Thorne

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Bear Shifter, Erotica

Rating: 3 Stars

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Sandra Brown is a recent college graduate stuck in a drifting life. Her days are spent reading about hot guys while her best friend Gem is out dating them. That all changes when her best friend brings home a mysterious and sexy stranger, Daniel Harrison.

At first, Sandra believes that no man as sexy as Daniel would ever give her the time of day. But as time goes by she learns that there’s more to Daniel than there appears to be. Daniel is a bear shifter with a dangerous past, and Sandra might be just the woman to heal his wounds.

This is steamy and sassy romance that contains no cheating, has no cliffhangers, and finishes with a happily ever after that will put a smile on your face and send tingles through your body. It’s the start of a new series but stands alone as an exciting read for anyone who could use a little more romance in their life.

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My Best Friend’s Bear by Eva Thorne was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There were some definite positive qualities to the story… but by the same token, there were a lot of negatives as well.

The book was… well, poorly written if I’m honest. There were numerous typos,  one or two tense problems, and a few formatting errors. They were a little distracting, but not to the point of absurdity—it just made me wonder if the editor that looked over this book really took enough time to properly look over the book. The typos were pretty blatant, and not easily skimmed over, so I feel like even though I received a copy of this book pre-publish date (by about a week), they really should have been cleaned up before hand.

Technical issues aside, the writing seemed a bit rushed, even clunky at times. The sex scenes especially were awkward, sort of skimmed over, and littered with an array of replacement words, as if the author had tried hard not to say the same thing the same way more than once. Look, there’s only so many ways you can describe the same body part… and the more attempts an author makes to rename that body part on one page, the more obvious it becomes that they’re trying too hard to do so. Coupled with the fact that the “romance” was little more than thinly veiled erotica… well, it made the sex scenes sound awkward and not genuine.

Don’t get me wrong though, for all the nitpicky roll-my-eyes moments that the book gave me, it was actually an entertaining read. I really liked the main character and her strange, talkative and humorous voice. She made the narrative fun and surprising, and it was nice seeing a book of this particular genre trying to throw in some humor. I also liked that the main character was a bit of an underdog, and though she wasn’t a skinny, beautiful, sex-bomb like her roommate, she was able to hold her own and eventually learn to appreciate herself—even if she wasn’t perfect.

While not the end all, be all of a romance novel, this was a short, easy read that kept me entertained—and there’s not much more I can ask for. It certainly had it’s fair share of problems, but I’m willing to give it a little leeway because this is a new author. It’ll be interesting to see how the author’s work will evolve as time goes on. Though the book isn’t going to be for everyone, it makes a great light read for someone looking for something fun to devour in a few hours… just try not to take the typos seriously.

Book Review: Bear King’s Curves

 

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Title: Bear King’s Curves

Author: A.T. Mitchell

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Erotica

Rating: 1 Star

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Lyla Redd has just stolen her last precious artifact from the Klamath Bear Clan. The curvy smuggler got away with it before, but she doesn’t know serious danger can arrive anytime in big, dark, and very muscular packages.

When werebear Alpha Nick Tunder lays eyes on the voluptuous beauty he’s been sent to kill, he realizes the mission is a bust. Taking back his people’s treasure is the easy part. Keeping Lyla away proves much harder, especially when she pursues and ends up in his bed for a thorough spanking.
Then the other Klamath bears find a human woman on their turf. Fur and claws fly as Lyla is sentenced to a darker fate.

Soaring passions hide much to explore, just like the mysterious artifact that brought them together. Deep love, lust, and an answer to their woes in an ancient royal bloodline are almost in reach, if only they can put the pieces together and their hearts on the line.

Destiny makes very strange bedfellows and beautiful fated mates…

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I read this book as part of the Fated Mates Box Set, so I am planning to give a review to each individual book in the set, and then the set as a whole at a later date. There are twelve books in the set, and it is currently for sale on Amazon for $0.99 at the time this review was written. This is book 4 of 12.

Did. Not. Finish. I greatly disliked this book. From the outset the narrative came across as so feminine, and weak that I was surprised to find that the character being portrayed at the time was the main male lead—and a grizzly shifter. The dialogue was unnatural and hokey throughout the first three acts that I read, and the narrative was no better. It came across as juvenile and flashy, but with no true substance. There was a multitude of spelling mistakes, missed words, and improper punctuation.

The character’s actions didn’t make sense, and seemed overblown and dramatic at best. The main female character, Lyla came across as crass and more than a little self-destructive. By the time the main couple got together and Nick was forcing Lyla to get drunk, I was ready to throw in the towel. The behavior of this couple was not healthy in any way. They manipulated and forced their way into situations in a way that made me sick to my stomach. I genuinely hated them and couldn’t find a redeeming quality in either of them. I was disgusted. I honestly don’t have anything positive to say about this book, so I’ll keep this short.

Overall, I didn’t like this book. I’m sure there’s people out there who’s tastes this will fit, but it isn’t me. Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? Only to those who enjoy raunchy erotic fiction with a side of BDSM and near-rape. It wasn’t my cup of tea.