Monday, December 7, 2015


Series:  Hope Valley BBW Online Dating App #1
Author:  Ariana Hawkes
Publish Date:   06.08.2015
Publisher:  Luna Negra Press
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Short story
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 12.05.15

Description from the publisher:
The first book in the new Hope Valley BBW dating app romance series

What if your fated mate was just an app swipe away?

Curvy Dina Taylor hates the idea of online dating. It’s something kids do, not 36-year old women, whose boyfriends have left them for the office intern. But her best friend Lauren has a secret she’s bursting to share: there are men out there who absolutely love voluptuous girls like her. All Dina has to do is tap Shiftr, the cute little paw-print app that Lauren has just installed on her phone.

In the time it takes Dina to get over her shock that there are guys who can shift into animals, she’s hit up by Logan – a dark-eyed bear-guy with a torso like sculpted marble and eyes like pools of lust. He tells her that he feels a magnetic connection to her, but before she can tell him that the feeling’s mutual, her clumsy thumb swipes the wrong way, and he’s gone.

Dina is distraught, but Tamika, the creator of Shiftr has a cunning plan that may just bring them together again. Will Dina find the sexy Logan in the midst of the eccentric matchmaker’s beautiful, opulent summer garden party? And will they discover that they’re fated to be together?

This is a short, sweet, steamy read, perfect for a lunch break, bath time, or a little dose of me-time, wherever you are. HEA and no cliffhanger!

This is the first story in the Hope Valley BBW Online Dating App/Shifter-Swipe Left for Love series.  They each stand alone.

Online dating is the way to find someone these days.  It’s how I found my boyfriend (or he found me…)  Dina’s best friend, Lauren, recently found her perfect match, Connor, through an online dating site.  This one is by invitation only.  In fact, each woman matched can only tell one friend, because the hot and handsome men available have a secret that must be kept.  Now Lauren is going to let Dina in on the action.  Shifters are real and they prefer women with dangerous curves.

I thought this was a cute, fun, and quick read.  Though it is a short-story, there is no shortage of development to the characters and the plot.  The story, while a little simple, is sweet and sexy. 

I’ve wanted to read this one for a while.  I’m glad I finally got the chance and I’d definitely like to read the rest of the series.

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

Hope Valley BBW Online Dating App Series:
1.      Dina
2.      Kristin
3.      Melissa
4.      Andrea
5.      Lori
6.      Adaira
Other Books from Ariana Hawkes:
·         Bear Home for Christmas
·         Isabel and the Wolf (four parts)
·         Ravished by the Ice Palace Pack
·         Once Bitten, Twice Smitten

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