Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ANNA AND THE BEAR by Aurora Woodlove

Series:  Shifting Impulse #1
Author:  Aurora Woodlove
Publish Date:   12.03.2015
Publisher:  Aurora Woodlove
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Grammar/editing:  A – nearly perfect
Goodreads link: Anna and the Bear
Date completed: 09.20.16

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.

July 13 is one of the days when three bear shifters meet their fated mates.

Anna is a sassy, curvy, thirty-year-old, workaholic, corporate attorney who decides to let off some steam in her favorite club, SI. Anna loves dancing, though she only goes dancing around three times a year. This time she finds herself captive in a hot stranger’s arms and she is set on letting him know she isn’t interested. Is that really the case or is she just kidding herself?

In contrast with Anna’s indecision, Adam Ford knows exactly what he wants and is very determined to hold on to his fated mate. He is a stubborn strong Alpha bear shifter by nature and a successful business owner, after all. What happens the next morning leaves both of them baffled.

This is the first 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 first book in the Shifting Impulse series.  They do each stand alone, but I recommend reading them in the order of release.

This book has been re-released with additional content.  My review has been updated based on my re-reading the new version.  IMHO it has moved from a 4-star to a 5-star with no reservations on my part!

I love Anna.  In the re-write, we have received her back story;  she has been hurt in past relationships because she’s not a size 2 (or 4, or 6…).  I can relate with her self-esteem issues that this has caused.  She’s running scared, because being alone is sometimes easier than opening yourself up to the possibility of heartache.

Adam no longer seems as stalkerish, but when a bear has identified his mate, there is no stopping him and that can be misinterpreted in the beginning.  He is more than his alpha-type bear, he’s also sweet, calm, and determined to convince Anna to give him a chance.

Some of the banter between Adam and Anna was laugh-out-loud funny and real.  This is Aurora Woodlove’s first release and I feel extremely privileged to have been able to read it.  I am looking forward to more from this series and this author!

The Shifting Impulse series:
  1. Anna and the Bear
  2. Celine and the Bear
  3. Janet and the Bear
  4. Bearly Furgotten
  5. Christmas Mate (coming soon)

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