Bear Necessities

Dana Marie Bell
Paranormal romance
Available from Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-117-5
July 2013

Tabby hasn't had the easiest of lives, being made outcast at age fifteen left her living mainly as a wolf for eight years for safety before collapsing in Halle where the pumas help her find a home and work.

Alex 'Bunny' Bunsun is a bear on a mission. Something has upset his baby cousin Chloe and he's going to find out who and why. When he finally gets himself to Halle, one of the first things he finds isn't a sad little cousin buy a very sexy little green-haired wolf he is going to make his.

Alex and Tabby are destined mates but that doesn't make their life easy. Tabby is being harassed by a small group of wolfs who know of her outcast status. Alex is a bear and bears live as families not as packs. So he has no understanding of Tabby's fears of families and packs. She is his mate and that is all there is to it. Dealing with Tabby's insecurities is the least of their problems. Tabby's still being harassed even after being mated and someone attacks Chloe meaning that they must work together with the local pumas to keep everyone safe.

Tabby and Bunny work well together. She can keep the big bear in control, who would want an angry grizzly in town? But his heart matches his size and adds a layer of confidence to Tabby she didn't know she was missing. The combination of humour and serious storyline gives this book an added layer that draws the reader in and makes the characters more realistic of small town life.

Although this is book one in the Halle Shifter series and in that sense is totally independent, it is directly linked to Ms. Bell's Halle Puma series and expands the excellent character base from the Puma books. Bringing new characters that are different animal shifters in to the mix works very well. Max and his pumas are welcoming and this only adds to the diversity of the characters already living in and around Halle. The exploits of the female characters are both humorous and appealing I love to see alpha males kept in their places by woman half their size.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Hollie
April 20, 2013

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