Shifter Wonderland by Anthology
Published by Indie
Published on: December 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Every year I try to read a few Christmas paranormal books or novellas. This year I found this new anthology of twelve stories, that I decided to read. I have only read four of them, so keep in mind that, that’s all this review is based on.
A Berry Merry Christmas (BBW Bear Shifter) by Christin Lovell
Lora is a single nurse looking for Mr. Right.She starts talking to a man on a dating website. He owns his own gym, is very fit, and handsome. As for Lora, she’s what is considered a big beautiful woman.She’s human and knows nothing of shifters.Stone is a bear, and already has a thing for Lora without ever meeting her. Of course the sparks fly when they do meet. Sweet love story? Of course. However, I had a couple of problems with this story. First, Lora doesn’t have that big of a problem with the shifter thing. I just wish it was more real in that respect. The other thing was the weight thing. The reader keeps being told about her double chin, her huge globes(rear end) and things of that nature. I just got tired of that part of the story. This ended up sweet and sexy, but not my favorite of the four. 3 Stars.
Andre by V. Vaughn
Nessa is a triplet that is attending college. Her sister that attends a different college comes to visit and has big news. Tory’s now a bear shifter and guess what, the other two have the DNA that can lead them to be one too. Not only that, but she has already found her true mate and is now alpha of her clan. He’s one of a group of four brother polar bears that have moved to the area. Nessa is suitably horrified and wants nothing to do with it. When her other sister(and roommate),Ginny,needs her to sing with her band when the usual singer bails, Nessa meets guitarist, Andre, brother to Tory’s mate, and also a polar bear. He’s quiet, talented,and hot,and immediately has a thing for Nessa. This romance was probably my favorite of all of these. I enjoyed the snarky at times dialogue, and also the realism of Nessa not wanting to be a bear, much less have a relationship with one. There’s also a bad guy featured-always a plus for me. Good romance, and it actually made me wonder about maybe reading more in this series. 4 Stars.
Motivation by Elle Thorne
Fiona is a falcon shifter that broke up years ago with the love of her life, Jonah, a polar bear shifter. When they end up back in each other lives, all the old feelings are rekindled. But the real problem is that due to a curse, Jonah’s bear is gone, and Fiona’s falcon is extremely disgruntled, because Jonah sure isn’t telling her what’s up. Both of them now work for a paranormal unit of government investigators.It’s also a unit that will more than certainly fire Jonah if they find out his bear is gone. This story ended up being a thriller of sorts, due to a group of witches that is trying to get their hands on Fiona, for keeps. Seems Fiona’s got a major secret, and it’s also the reason for her dumping Jonah. I enjoyed the action, the thriller aspect of this story, and of course the romance. This is the only author of the group that I have read before, and I thought this was a good and sexy read. 4 Stars
A Dragon’s Gift by Emerald Wright
Tess has come to an estate to decorate for Christmas. Her employer is Clay, a very rich, very ancient, immortal dragon shifter. He hasn’t had the house decorated for a hundred years due to the death of his last wife on Christmas Day. When Tess suddenly gets attacked(sort of)at her own home, Clay takes her into his home. He does that because he recognizes that Tess has the magic in her that is necessary for her to mate with a dragon shifter. This story was full of world building and it was actually pretty intricate for a short novella. However, that being said, I was disappointed in not getting to see the dragon actually manifest. I was also a bit disappointed about a few plot holes-things that aren’t explained adequately. But the thing that absolutely drove me crazy is, Tess’s dog, Rover. Or is it Grover? His name changed continuously throughout the read-except when he completely disappears from the story. He goes with her to stay at the estate and he’s never mentioned again. I found that strange. I also never really got invested in the romance. 3 Stars.
Not a bad way to spend some time this holiday season!