Ellie Cartwright is at a crossroads in her life. Fleeing the cold life her parents had laid out for her, she goes to stay at her friend’s ranch in Wyoming. It’s everything she’d hoped it would be: beautiful landscapes, endless peace and quiet to determine her future in, and cowboys. Gorgeous cowboys. One in particular, Jake Montgomery, catches her eye.

Jake is a grizzly shifter, loving his quiet life on his family’s ranch, content with life. That is, until Ellie burst onto the scene and into his heart. He knows she’s his mate. Now all that’s left to do is convince her to stay… And hope that she can accept the grizzly in his middle.

But it seems like someone in Wyoming wants Ellie gone. With someone threatening her life, will Ellie run, leaving her heart behind her? Or will she and Jake face down whoever is out to get her, and prove that love can overcome all?

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 Bear Claw Shifters series include:  Starry Night Sky – One Sunny Day –

Title:  Starry Night
Series:  Bear Claw Shifters #1
Author:  Grace Brennan
Published:  May 11, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Starry Night Sky is such a fun romance.  Ellie is a strong character, even if she doesn’t completely believe that – yet.  She’s been handed a devastating blow to her ego and her emotions, now all she wants is an escape to a place where she knows at least one person is on her side, her best friend Kendall.  What she finds at Bear Claw Ranch will be so much more than a temporary escape, it will become her refuge and the place of her heart.

Jake’s seen what losing a mate does to a man, to a bear in his twin brother’s eyes every single day.  But that doesn’t stop the longing in his heart to find that one special woman meant just for him.  He’s a bit taken back when he first meets Ellie, his bear is shouting ‘this is her’ but his head hasn’t quite caught up with his bear’s certainty.  A bit of time, and some threats to his mate will soon change Jake’s mind.  Now all he has to face is telling Ellie his truth – and that scares him more than anything he’s ever dealt with before.

I enjoyed Ellie so much.  And if you can create a character who loves one of my favorite authors, and mention a fantastic book by that author as your heroine’s favorite shifter book — then I’m sold on the rest of the story.  I absolutely loved that touch of “reality”, especially since most lovers of shifter romance would recognize that title and that cover description in a heartbeat.  *grin*

Starry Night Sky gives us an interesting family of shifters to get to know, and an intriguing mystery to solve as well.  I’m not certain if it will be a thread woven throughout the rest of the series, but it looks like that could be the case.  I enjoy and respect when at least part of a thread is answered in a way that leaves more to be discovered.  Ellie is a sweetheart, and Jake is one heck of a romantic cowboy – who doesn’t need lessons from shifter books.  I had fun with this couple, and with this story – and that is the main reason I read Shifter Romance.

I’d happily recommend this first story in the Bear Claw Shifters series – and I’m already waiting for the next one to be released.  If you’re in the mood for an interesting story, some very sexy moments, an underlying mystery and the discovery of a new author all in one place – then Starry Night Sky is something you should be picking up, right now.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Available for the Kindle