When you’re in trouble with the mob, there’s only one thing to do: Assume your twin sister’s identity, escape to a tropical island resort, and lay low while enjoying a generous slice of beefcake courtesy of the World Mr. Shifter pageant. At least, that’s wolf shifter Laura Smith’s strategy. She didn’t plan on finding the most gorgeous man at the resort behind the bar… or guess that he would be her one true mate! But as long as he thinks she’s her sister, giving in to her heart means blowing her cover. 

Bear shifter Tex Williams knows he’s unlucky in love, but this is ridiculous. A woman he met once years ago turns up again, and suddenly she’s his one true mate? Why didn’t he recognize her at first sight? And why does she deny their bond now? 

Things heat up, in and out of the sheets, when someone tries to poison Laura and Tex has to risk everything to protect her. Can Laura learn to trust Tex as the attempts on her life escalate? Is there a hit man among the hunks? Between the hot guys and the hidden agendas, this is one wild week at Shifting Sands Resort!

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 Shifting Sands Resort series include:  Tropical Tiger Spy – Tropical Wounded WolfTropical Bartender Bear – 

Title:  Tropical Bartender Bear
Series:  Shifting Sands Resort #3
Author:  Zoe Chant
Published:  August 26, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Tropical Bartender Bear brings us back to the lovely shifter resort and more romance for one of the staff members.  We’ll also get to catch up with other favorite members of the resort, but a few are off on other adventures and we’ll have to catch up with them next time.

Tex has been one of my favorite secondary characters.  If you’ve seen the movie Cocktail then imagine the bottle tossing bartender in shifter form.  *grin*  Yeah, Tex can toss ’em with the best.  He’s a good listener, and years ago he lent an ear to one lovely guest.  No mate signals but a really nice girl if a bit drunk and befuddled.  Fast forward a few years to another location and the return of Jenny… but this time his bear is crooning “mate”.  How is that possible?  How could he have missed that connection years ago.  No matter, she was here now, she was his and he’s not about to lose her again.

Laura was the bad twin of the set.  Well, not really bad but certainly not the perfect twin like Jenny was.  Once again one of her screw up decisions has landed her in hotter water than she ever imagined possible.  Her solution, make herself over into the good twin and escape as fast as her wolf could move.  She didn’t expect to find her mate, and she set out to ignore that fact because there was no time or place for mates in her life now.  But one stubborn bear, and one determined stalker were about to change her mind.

I enjoyed Tropical Bartender Bear, it was fun to head back to Shifting Sands Resort once again.  Laura and Tex make a fun, sexy and at times frustrating couple.  The danger following Laura is very real, but not always from the source she suspects.  Watching them overcome her reluctance to claim her mate and fight off the bad guy was a sexy, delightful experience.

If you love Shifters then this story and this series is a perfect match for you.  Sexy times, mystery, and a solid romance.  Hard to ask for more.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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