Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CELINE AND THE BEAR by Aurora Woodlove

Series:  Shifting Impulse #2
Author:  Aurora Woodlove
Publish Date:   02.01.2016
Publisher:  Aurora Woodlove
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Aurora Woodlove (in exchange for an honest review)
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Goodreads link: Celine and the Bear
Date completed: 06.20.16

Description from the publisher:
Shifting Impulse, or SI as the regulars call it, is a club and one of the few places in the world where shifters are destined to meet their fated mates. Before they were born, their souls set a date and a place for them to meet. Humans call these meetings coincidences and think they are random. Some humans believe in coincidences and others don’t. The same goes for shifters. They have heard of fated mates, but sometimes even they find it hard to believe they exist.

After an awful day and several lost rounds of darts at SI, Ryan Ford, Adam’s twin, bumps into his fated mate, Celine. Here’s the catch, Ryan’s not in the best of places. He’s struggling to get his bear under control and keep his life and business afloat.

Ryan doesn’t believe in his mother’s concept of fated mates, meaning someone you’re supposed to meet because their presence stirs up everything you want to hide under the carpet and pretend doesn’t exist. She even thought this person appears into your life when you least expect it and heals some of the hurt you carry inside. Cute story, but not Ryan's type.

Being the bold, commanding yet curious Alpha that he is, Ryan uses Celine’s birthday as an excuse to talk to her. They both need answers. He can’t explain his fascination for her and she is intrigued by the attention this man gives her and the reasons behind his birthday present.
Celine James only wants to live a peaceful life and has been doing just fine on her own. Deciding the hot guy who gets her a present for her birthday is only looking for a one night stand, she gives in thinking one memorable night is enough.

Celine is in for the most adventurous and also most terrifying time of her life as Ryan’s bear does more harm than good. Will the man listen to his inner bear?

This is the second book in the Shifting Impulse series and it is a standalone with NO cliffhangers and a "happily ever after". It contains explicit language and sizzling hot scenes that might set your Kindle on fire. Intended for readers 18+.

This is the second book in the Shifting Impulse series.  Each does stand alone with the commonality of the club and some characters.  They can be read in either order, since all events happen during the same time frame and each bear has met his fated mate on July 13th.

I love both Celine and Ryan.  Celine is so naïve, but she’s decided to take a chance when Ryan offers her a birthday gift.  After all, curvy girls don’t often get a chance to spend time with guys who look like models.  Ryan has his work cut out for him when his gift triggers one of her greatest fears, but no path to happiness is ever smooth.  I loved Ryan’s intuitiveness and calm reassurances to ease Celine’s fears.  Of course, Ryan has his own traumas to overcome in his quest to claim his mate.  I find this true to life.  We all have fears, pasts, stumbling blocks, etc.  The key to a happy life is finding a way past/around/through those trials, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll have that special someone to walk the path with you.

I count myself lucky to be on here at the launching of a new, gifted story-teller.  This is only the second book offered by Aurora Woodlove.  I’m looking forward to many more in the future!

The Shifting Impulse series:
  1. Anna and the Bear
  2. Celine and the Bear
  3. Janet and the Bear


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