Curvy and scarred, polar bear shifter Riley Holland, the girl with the boy’s name, doesn’t want or need a man. Even if she did, her appearance, combined with her tragic past, have prepared her for a lonely future. When a gorgeous wolf shifter walks into Polar Bliss, her family’s coffee shop, Riley allows herself one second of hope…until her worst fear comes true.
Wolf shifter, Nate McCallister, is the new, single sheriff in town, and he has no plans on changing his relationship status any time soon. His looks and job status have always kept him popular with women, but he gave up on dating a long time ago. The moment he sees the beautiful, curvy goddess behind the counter at the local coffee shop, everything changes.
Riley would rather be alone than have a mate who finds her lacking, and when she meets Nate, she does the only thing that makes sense. She runs. Nate knows he messed up, but he’s not going to let Riley get away with running. Once he catches the sweet, guarded bear, she’ll understand exactly what it means to be mated to an alpha wolf.
Shifters are very sensuous creatures and mates never, ever hesitate to how how much their mates are loved physically so this is an adult 18+ reader tale.
Read on for my thoughts on Beary Guarded.
Riley’s story is heartbreaking and to watch her overcome her fears and truly trust in her mate is truly a joyful experience. Nate does everything he possibly can to reassure Riley that she is it for him – he goes slowly, chaste kisses and letting her become comfortable with him seems to be working – until Riley sees something that she misunderstands and instead of standing firm and talking to her mate she once again runs away. Somehow Nate has to get her to understand that she is the only woman for him and her weight is perfect for him, her scars do not matter one little bit to him – it is the woman/bear she is naturally that draws his wolf and fate that claimed them as mates. Riley will have to take a leap of faith and believe in both herself and her mate to find the happiness that she deserves.
Beary Guarded is a good, solid story of one woman’s devastating experience at the hands of one neurotic scumbag – and learning how to trust herself and her mate in order to gain that promising future. From the very beginning the reader is rooting for Nate to win the girl and for Riley to allow herself to be loved and healed. There are sad moments, and blissful ones as well. But despite appearances, love will shine through when two lives are meant to be shared with love. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to any lover of Shifter Romance.
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