enemiesTitle:  Enemies
Series:  Protectors of the Pack
Author:  Keira Blackwwood
Published:  September 24, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Sometimes love means taking a bullet. Right in the a–

College student in the morning, coffee shop barista at night. Zoe Roberts is content to live her regular life by her regular routine. Everything goes according to plan until a strange man grabs her in a dark alley. Suddenly she’s not only supposed to believe in the existence of mythical creatures, but become an assassin for them. What could go wrong?

Witt Parker is tired of waiting for the mercenary wolf pack to make their move. But, when it’s finally time to put an end to the Silent Butchers, nothing could prepare him for meeting the she-wolf sent to kill his twin. He could show her the wonders of being a shifter, if only he could convince her that he’s not her enemy.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in this series include:  Bodyguard, Enemies

Read on for my thoughts on Enemies.

loyal-to-the-bearTitle:  Loyal To The Bear
Series:  Second Chance Shifters #2
Author:  Meredith Clarke
Published:  December 13, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Carly Tate lost her father to a shape-shifter when she was five and has hated the shifter world since.

In college, she meets her true love, Henry and her life seems to be perfect. Until she finds that he is a bear shifter and despite what her heart tells her she leaves him without saying goodbye.

Henry still longs for her four years later, and he moves to Boston to be closer to Carly. When he shows up at her apartment she pushes him away, breaking his heart. But his bear knows something is wrong and stays close to protect her. When his back is turned a serial killer takes Carly captive. Henry must race against time to save her life.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in this series include:  Bear Again, Loyal To The Bear,  A Promise To Bear, Her Bear For Life,  Her Bear To Hold,  Her Bear To Keep

Read on for my thoughts on Loyal To The Bear.

her-rogue-alphaTitle:  Her Rogue Alpha
Series:  X-Ops #5
Author:  Paige Tyler
Published:  September 6, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Former Special Forces Lieutenant Jayson Harmon can’t believe that his war scars don’t matter to beautiful feline shifter Layla Halliwell. Why would she saddle herself with a broken man?

But Layla knows that Jayson is a hero to the core, and that only she can heal his wounded soul. So when Jayson is deployed on another deadly mission, no way is Layla staying behind…

Titles in this series include:  1. Her Perfect Mate, 2. Her Lone Wolf, 3. Her Wild Hero, 4. Her Fierce Warrior, 5. Her Rogue Alpha, 6. Her True Match (March 2017)

 Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Read on for my thoughts on Her Rogue Alpha.

hunter-bearTitle:  Hunter Bear
Series:  Enforcer Bears #2
Author:  Zoe Chant
Published:  June 11, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Curvy artist Cleo Waters has inherited an old house by a lake in Linden Creek. With her old life in ruins, she wants to take a break in the lonely forests, restoring the house her grandmother lived in. She didn’t expect that it would come with a secret treasure map — or a sexy, naked man bathing in her pond!

Bear shifter Steven Anders is hunting for a criminal jaguar shifter in the woods of Linden Creek. Steven still wears the scars of the past on his body and in his heart. He has never been fond of company or settling down — until his bear sets his sight on gorgeous Cleo and recognizes his mate. But can he open his heart to love and learn to trust?

When Steven and Cleo decide to follow the directions on the treasure map, they soon end up fighting for survival in the jaguar’s lair. Lost in a system of secret underground caves, is their love enough to show them the way home? And can danger teach them to trust each other despite the ghosts of the past?

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in this series:  Bear Cop, Hunter Bear, Wedding Bear

Read on for my thoughts on Hunter Bear.

mischief-in-a-fur-coatTitle:  Mischief In A Fur Coat
Series:  The Fur Coat Society #3
Author:  Sloane Myers
Published:  August 7, 2016
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Drew Brooks is a man among bears. As a human raised by shifters, he’s used to feeling like the odd one out. So he’s not surprised that Hope, an impossibly beautiful polar bear shifter, doesn’t seem interested in him. But he’s as stubborn as they come. When he decides that Hope is the girl he wants, he pursues her until she gives him a chance. But their sizzling, whirlwind romance comes to a screeching halt when Drew unexpectedly finds himself at death’s door…

Polar Bear shifter Hope Pearsons has been going a little stir-crazy. Thanks to the worldwide war on shifters, she’s gone from a fast-paced life in the big city to being cooped up in the middle of nowhere. She never thought she’d say it, but she wishes with everything in her that she hadn’t been born a shifter. Thankfully, she has new love to distract her. After getting over her initial dislike for Drew, she falls head over heels for his sweeter side—and for his drop-dead gorgeous looks. But her newfound happiness goes up in flames when Drew faces certain death. Everything seems hopeless…until Hope discovers that the fact that she’s a shifter means there’s a possibility she could save Drew’s life…

Drew wasn’t born with shifter blood running through his veins, but Hope is about to bring him closer to being a bear than he ever thought possible. Can she save his life in the process? Find out, in this steamy, action-packed bear shifter romance!

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in The Fur Coat Society series:  Trouble In A Fur Coat, Alpha In A Fur Coat, Mischief In A Fur Coat, Danger In A Fur Coat

Read on for my thoughts on Mischief In A Fur Coat.

protector-of-the-prideTitle:  Protector of the Pride
Series:  Lions of Pride Island #3
Author:  Terry Bolryder
Published:  June 13, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Axel Hunt knows what’s expected from him in life. Find a mate that’s suitable to the oracle, mate her, and rule his country, ensuring peace. But all of that is turned upside down when curvy Lucy comes into his life, drawing his attention as never before. Only problem? She’s his secretary.

Lucy has never planned to put down roots or settle down. She enjoys the single life and her work, and her sketchy family history don’t give her a lot of hope that the right man would give her a chance. But when she meets Axel Hunt, she realizes two things. First, he’s hot and makes her feel all kinds of things she never expected to feel. Second, he’s hopeless with women and has no chance of winning over a mate when one is picked for him. With only a small ulterior motive, she proposes a win win situation. Date her, just for pretend, and learn how to woo a woman.

But when a make believe relationship turns into real feelings on both sides, how will Axel and Lucy reconcile their love with the needs of a nation? And can the fight the dangers lying ahead?

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

blackwing-defenderTitle:  Blackwing Defender
Series:  Kane’s Mountains #1
Author:  T. S. Joyce
Published:  September 6, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Panther shifter, Winter Donovan, has her life all planned out: claiming marks, marriage, cubs, and pledging to the Red Havoc Crew. But when the man she cares for chooses another, her life gets caught in a tailspin. A new crew announcement could mean a change in her stars, but there is a catch. It’s the Blackwing Crew, and is run by fire-breathing dragon shifters. Not only that, but when she finds her bravery to travel to the Smoky Mountains and apply, the crew has somehow attracted the most damaged and terrifying shifters in the world. And one of those has his sexy eyes on her.

Logan is decisively deadly when it comes to protecting the fledgling Blackwing Crew, but the grizzly in his middle is a monster. He’s here for one reason, and one reason alone – to go out fighting. But the quiet beauty, Winter, has him wishing he could be saved. When the alpha of the new crew, Dark Kane, finds out what Logan really is, the choice of life and death may not be up to him anymore. And now he and Winter will have to go to war if they want a chance at forever.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

grizzly-fateTitle:  Grizzly Fate
Series:  Riverwood #3
Author:  Keira Blackwood
Published:  August 24, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Loving her came as naturally as breathing, as essential to my life as the heart beating within my chest. She accepted my claim, bore my mark. But the greatest challenge to our happiness, to our survival, was yet to come.

One disaster after the next has left small town sheriff Emma Hiller in a stressful position. When the existence of shifters is exposed, tension between the two species grows larger than the small police force can handle. With dark forces closing in, Emma struggles to maintain peace between the humans she’s sworn to protect and the shifter man she loves above all else.

After a lifetime of combat and solitude, grizzly shifter Liam Blake is ready to share every part of himself with another. But before he can, he must fight for his mate and the happiness that they deserve.

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Stone Bear SentinelTitle:  Stone Bear: Sentinel
Series:  Stone Bears #1
Author:  Amelia Jade
Published:  February 9, 2016
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Gabriel is a Stone Bear—one of the the elite shifters trained by the Lionshead Mining Consortium to protect their precious goods. He’s given up almost everything to be the best at his job, including the chance to take a mate. But after meeting his boss’s new assistant, he can’t help but wonder about the possibilities. Gabriel can withstand just about anything a shifter can throw at him in a fight, but when it comes to this strong, gorgeous, and witty woman, he finds himself weak in the knees. Could she truly be the one?

Caia Rowan is tougher than she seems. Hired straight out of school to go through training as a police negotiator, she’s seen her fair share of the ugly side of society. So when she’s offered a job in Genesis Valley, the harsh lifestyle and brutal nature of its inhabitants doesn’t faze her. But the tall, utterly intoxicating, and surprisingly well-mannered bear shifter she’s partnered with has the butterflies in her stomach doing circus acts.

As the pair investigate a series of odd occurrences within the Valley, they find that they can’t ignore the tension growing between them. But one wrong move could cost them not only their jobs, but their lives. The darkness invading Genesis Valley is more perverse than either of them suspected, and it will take the power of their bond to burn it away. Can they survive the journey, or will the brash actions of one doom the other?

 Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

words powerWe all have those trigger words – words that make us cringe – words that lift us up – you know what I mean.  Words that just bring an emotion, a visual completeness to whatever we’re reading.  I had a run-in with a word last night as I was reading the latest Shifter Romance to cross my Kindle.  And, sadly, it wasn’t a good experience but it did make me think and perhaps be more aware of how words affect me.

Let’s be honest here – we all are aware that the majority of Shifter Romance is erotica within a paranormal setting.  Shifter couples are sizzling, smoking hot and not afraid to show us exactly how they enjoy their sexual moments.  And I am totally fine with that – heck, I wouldn’t be reading so many of then if I wasn’t, ya know?

Yet last night I was completely taken out of the moment by one word that was put in the wrong place… for me.  It shattered my illusion of a hot, sexy couple doing one of the most natural acts that any species does.  Suddenly this wasn’t a man and woman expressing their love physically.  It felt crass and I stopped reading at that moment.  I was completely out of their world and into a cringe moment of my own.

Please, don’t get me wrong here – there is no “fault” yet there is “reaction” that is personal to me.  I’m certain that as readers we all have words that are like fingernails on a blackboard to us… they simply jar and make us shudder or take us out of the experience of the story.

So I put that book aside and will return to it in a day or so.  It’s a very entertaining story and I don’t want to miss the conclusion of it – but not yet.  I need to get that hero and heroine back into a loving relationship in my mind and not the situation that one word put them into in my mind.  Silly?  Perhaps.  But it’s also an honest human reaction that I needed to express.  Truthfully, I wondered if there are other readers who react to certain words enough that they are taken out of the story because of them.

There is no right or wrong to this post.  It’s an opinion, a thinking out loud moment of mine.  The truth is words do have power – and for each of us, that word is different.

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