Matt Long has had a hell of a six months. Hiding out like a hermit in the little cabin at the top of the mountain, fighting with his brothers, drinking himself under the table, and sleeping all day. When he isn’t roaming the woods as his bear, Matt is wallowing in misery and guilt.
Running out of time, and with a nasty ex literally nipping at her heels, Leila Harold makes a desperate move. She bribes her way into Beatrix’s Buxom Beauties, a mail-order bride service. She just needs a way out of town. But, when Leila opens the door to the small cabin deep in a pine forest in Landing, Wyoming, instead of finding her intended, she comes face to face with a giant grizzly bear. Lovely.
Matt had forgotten all about the mail order bride website. It was a drunken mistake. He tries to scare her away with his bear, but she just seems more annoyed than anything. She’s not new to the shifter game.
Both, however, are new to the magnetic pull of finding one’s true mate. They try to fight it, but it’s no use. Not even a cranky bear like Matt can run true love away.
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 Rancher Bears series include: Rancher Bear’s Baby – Rancher Bear’s Mail Order Mate – Rancher Bear’s Surprise Package – Rancher Bear’s Secret – Rancher Bear’s Desire -Rancher Bear’s Merry Christmas
Title: Rancher Bear’s Mail Order Mate
Series: Rancher Bears #2
Author: Candace Ayers
Published: August 13, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars
Matt was devastated at his father’s death and destroyed by the terms of his will. His family believed that Matt was more interested in the money the ranch made and the material things of life. They were so totally wrong, but then Matt had never corrected their assumptions, never told his father just how much the ranch meant to him. Now it was too late, or so he believed. He’d removed himself to a cabin away from the main ranch and let himself and his bear go wild. In one moment of soberness he’d had a great plan to find a mail order bride to take care of that stipulation in the will – but when Alex and Elizabeth came up pregnant, he knew his claim to the ranch he loved was useless. The absolute last thing he ever expected was for his mate to arrive at the cabin and swat his bear on the nose without a second thought.
Leila was desperate and determined to escape an abusive ex. She may have bribed her way into Matt’s life but it was the best thing she’d ever done. Okay, the guy may be a grumbling bear, with an attitude… but she instinctively knew he was hers and she was in this for keeps. She knew shifters, she wasn’t afraid of him. What she was afraid of was being sent away but she’d do everything in her power to change this bear’s mind.
I liked Leila’s spunk. She took no sass from Matt or his bear – and he deserved everything she did to bring him to his senses. I do have to admit that I found it ironic that Alex treated Matt’s mate exactly as Matt treated Alex’s mate at their first meetings. It was honestly, uncomfortable to see a character I liked act the jerk.
I enjoyed the second story in the Rancher Bears series. An interesting story, it is a short one but definitely sexy moments, a bit of danger and one bear with an attitude finds his perfect mate. Looking forward to picking up the next story in the series.
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