Book #2 in the Vegas Mates series.
I own an e-copy of this book.
Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done.
Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her?
The power of the magick between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her.
Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late?
I read the first book in this series of novellas a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Tried another free download in a different series by Ms. Shannan and struggled with it. When I returned to this series I was relieved to discover I enjoyed it as much as the first one…so it wasn’t a fluke. I am already well into book three and this continues to be a winner for this author, for me at least.
The series did take a surprising turn though. I thought it was going to follow the group of sisters from the first story as they all found their mates. Sweet, but not that complex. What is it they say about assumptions… Anyway. The story switched to Margaret or one of the Maggies, a friend of the original sisters. The action picks up right where the other story left off and we get to witness the pairing up of Margaret and Scott, a wolf and a bear.
The world is actually pretty well thought out and complex for such short stories. Often in novellas we don’t get the kind of meat that this world has. There is quite a large supporting cast of characters, which will hopefully mean that there are plenty of stories to come. Only criticism I have here is that it was difficult at times to keep the characters straight, especially when you have a group of women that all share the same or similar name.
I liked the tension in this book, the pairing up of a wolf and bear was fun to read about. I loved the difference in personalities between the two types of shifters. Most can appreciate two vastly different families blending together and the antics or drama it would create. I loved Margaret’s family and hope we get a chance to get to know Scotts.
We still have the mess of Sam’s mom to clear up and there was some sad moments in this story. There is plenty left to work out in this world and I look forward to seeing how things play out.