Bear shifter Jake Hunter is the resident psycho of team South-One. He lives his life by his own set of rules, screw the consequences or what anyone else might think. His rules are simple: no one is allowed to get too close. The reason? Because they might die. So why is he even wasting time thinking about Harper and what it would be like to be with a woman like her? Because he’s a fool, that’s why.  

Harper Kelly has adjusted pretty well to being a newly bitten and turned fox shifter. No more traveling the world, chasing the perfect picture. She’s stuck in Heartsridge with the rest of the registered shifter population, and she’s fine with it. Honest. Or, she would be if it wasn’t for a certain man winding her up, flashing his chiseled abs and a whole lot more, his eyes daring her to do something about it. Oh, and he happens to be her neighbor. Temptation in a wood clad cabin, only two minutes from her own front door? She’d be knocking on that door with a bottle of something and a smile on her face if it wasn’t for two things. One, it’s Jake, who won’t even have a civil conversation with her. Two, she has the strangest feeling that he might be her fated mate. A booty call would be fine. But, love? No thank you.  

Unfortunately, Fate has a way of taking things into its own hands and Harper has a need to prove herself as useful. Throw in Jake’s overprotective nature and inability to relinquish control, and the pair might find themselves fast reassessing their options.  

And let’s not forget the Purists who are trying to destroy Heartsridge. They’re still causing all kinds of trouble. 

But, when a man who won’t let anyone get close and a woman who’s been burned by love before finally stop running from the truth, anything can happen. 

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

The author strongly suggests that South-One Bears be read in order as events and people flow from one story to the next.

Titles in the South-One Bears series include:  Heartsridge Shifters:  Austin – Heartsridge Shifters:  Cade – Heartsridge Shifter:  Brent – Heartsridge Shifters: Jake

Title:  Heartsridge Shifters:  Jake
Series:  South-One Bear Shifters #4
Author:  Olivia Arran
Published:  July 8, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There is so much going on in Heartsridge Shifters: Jake that I simply don’t know where to begin.  I guess with the most obvious – Harper and Jake.  I don’t believe it’s going to come as any grand surprise to anyone but Harper and Jake themselves that these two are Fated Mates.  Trouble comes into play when we realize that neither one wants to be mated.  Oh, fun times and getting down and dirty are great, but commitment… no thanks, not for me.  Ah, it doesn’t quite work that way, but try telling that to two extremely stubborn, bull-headed shifters.  Right.  Harper might have been forgiven for her oversight for she was recently accidentally turned to a fox shifter so she’s still got a learning curve – Jake has no excuse at all, except his own personal reasons that he shares with no one.  But he’s going to have to start sharing or risk losing his mate.  We’ve seen the prankster Jake previously.  Soon we’re going to see what actually makes Jake tick and it’s heart breaking.

Jake and Harper coming to terms with each other is only a part of this amazing story.  We learn more of the other members of the teams, there are surprises, danger, questions answered and even more left to be solved later.  As I mentioned, there is a lot going on in this story, and it’s far more enjoyable for you if you learn those things yourself by reading this story and this series.

Every time I finish one of the stories in the South-One Bear Shifters series I think I’ve got a good handle on happenings in the series… right up until I start the next story.  That is what brings me back, and will continue to have me reading Olivia Arran’s works.  I never have a freakin’ clue what’s coming next and that’s the way I like it.  I love surprises in my stories, I want to go “what the heck just happened” and often.  If that’s the style of story and series that you want to get caught up in then I’d recommend this series and this story, Heartsridge Shifters: Jake to you.  You’re gonna love what you find in these books.

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