anna-and-the-bearTitle:  Anna and the Bear
Series:  Shifting Impulse #1 (second edition)
Author:  Aurora Woodlove
Published:  September 17, 2016
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Shifting Impulse is a club where shifters who don’t believe in fated mates find theirs.

Thirty-one-year-old Anna Morison is a sassy, curvy, workaholic attorney who goes to her favorite club, SI, to let off some steam. She finds herself captive in a hot stranger’s arms and she is set on letting him know she isn’t interested.

Stubborn, strong, Alpha bear shifter Adam Ford knows exactly who and what he wants. A relationship with Anna. He’s also very determined to get her to accept she is his fated mate.

Will they find love in each other’s arms or will fear prevent Anna from taking chances?

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 Anna and the Bear.

I am very divided on this story, which if I’ve read background information correctly was this author’s first published work.  I read the second edition of this story which is lengthened and revised from the first.  Because I believe very firmly in being positive about authors, I’m going to be rather careful and precise in my wording on this review.

I am a reader who gets to know and understand characters through their conversations, their dialog with each other.  I found very little of that in this story.  I did find inner conversations, inner dialog that was never spoken but we were privy to.  I could not connect with Anna, in fact even to the final page I rather disliked her.  I admire a strong, independent woman.  Anna didn’t come off as that to me, instead she was more of an angry woman who rarely gave any male a chance to know her – if she never connected, she’d never be hurt.  The moment she started to soften a bit, and I began to think better of her, she immediately reacted with anger and pushed Adam away… yet again.  After a while it became old and I simply accepted that this is how Anna is wired.

I believe the series has potential so I’m picking up the second story.  That will decide if I continue or not.  I’m not being harsh and I’m aiming for polite.  Truth is that not every author or story is going to be a fit with every reader.  I’ll try Ms Woodlove again and see how we fit.

I read this story through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. For ten dollars a month you get access to thousands of really great stories across all genre, and the author gets paid for you reading the story through to the 100% mark. It’s a win-win. Probably the best 10 bucks I spend a month.

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