Published by st. martin's on January 30, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Shifters
Source: NetGalley, Publicity Agency
Sexual Content: multiple graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Enter a world of smoldering shifters in this scintillating anthology headlined by New York Times bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden with brand-new, never published novellas!
Bearing His Sin
Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.
Bought by the Bear
Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That's it. There's no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter's mate so he can assure his grandmother he's settled down. There's no reason to stay at his place so they learn "more about each other." And there's definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that's hired her.
Xander just needs a fake mate for a week to get his grandmother off his back. But what's a bear shifter to do when the impostor mate he hired turns out to be his actual mate? All sweet, luscious curves and a heart of gold, Xander's not going to let his mate get away. Now all he has to do is show her that they belong together, one kiss and touch at a time...
The Alpha and I
Devon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man—a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man—in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…
Liam Murphy isn't simply a werewolf. He's the Alpha. In a heated battle with a deadly bear shifter, he's moved his pack to the Sawtooth Wilderness in order to draw danger from them. He was hoping to escape his problems—but the last thing he expects to find in the isolated Idaho wilderness was his mate. Fragile and unfamiliar with the violent supernatural world, the only way he can protect Devon is to make her what he is: a werewolf. He only hopes that in the process convincing her to enter fully into his world, that he doesn’t drive away the one woman he can’t live without.
BEARING HIS SINS by Eve Langlais
This one was my least favorite story, where I lost interest towards the end and had to force myself to finish it just so I didn't have to label it a DNF. My main issue was Cole. I really didn't like him. There are books out there with incredibly grumpy and violent people/shifters who have a redeeming quality to counterbalance their attitude. Or the book is humorous enough that the exaggerated violence and prickly attitudes actually fit into the world building-even then those characters still have something else compelling going on with them for you to root for. Cole and this story have nothing to make Cole's behavior and actions okay. Cole is a dick. Anja and her Babushka are much better personality-wise and I enjoyed their combative yet loving relationship. The plot was all over the place with some silly moments that didn't do much to save this story from me waiting to get to the next story in this anthology.
BOUGHT BY THE BEAR by Milly Taiden
This was refreshingly nice romance to read after the previous story. I love the idea of Xander hiring Josilyn to be his fake mate to trick his grandmother. Granted lying to your grandma is not too great, the reason for it is pretty understandable. It was funny to read how Xander starts to realize that Josilyn is his real mate. I enjoyed the fact that Xander wasn't super confident about how to go about this relationship as it made the story seem relatable. This anthology should have been called "Awesome Grandmas" because between the previous story and Xander's grandma, grandams rule in these stories.
THE ALPHA AND I by Kate Baxter
This was another fun story even though there was no awesome grandma like in the other two stories. It had a romantic thriller feel to it and I could see this being expanded into a longer series. I liked the set up where Liam is trying to figure out what happened to him as his relationship with Devon grows. They had some nice banter and it was the sweetest of the three stories in this anthology.
- If you want something a bit longer but still mostly funny, try the Love At Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks; Wanted: Undead or Alive is especially full of werewolves.