4 Alaskan Grizzly Shifter Stars
So I’m about a week or so late in reviewing this.
And before I get started, I should probably just go ahead and call myself out by saying:
This “review” is going to suck.
I have been feeling very, VERY lazy lately.
I think I did too much “socializing” last weekend.
And now my introvert ass is in recovery mode.
For realz though.
Book reviewing has also seemed to fall under the category of “things that require too much effort for Val to tackle” this week.
I keep trying to unlock my “get up and go,” but alas, I have been met with not so stellar results.
I felt like this series, especially book one, deserved at least a little somethin’ somethin’ so here we are.
I apologize beforehand. Like I said, the brain cylinders are not firing correctly at the moment.
1) Takes place in Alaska
This is one of my favorite settings to read about.
It’s dark/light practically all the time depending on the time of year.
Towns can be super “off-grid.”
And there is wildlife – LEGIT wildlife – EVERYWHERE.
Thus, I love reading about this place because:
a) It’s so different from where I live.
b) I feel like this gives characters license to be super fucking weird for no other reason than ALASKA.
2) It’s about shifters…grizzly shifters
If you follow my reviews at all, then you know that I LOVE shifter books.
They are my PNR kryptonite.
And this one was about Alaskan grizzly bear shifters.
Now, I have read books about bear shifters before, but this series just seemed to grab me more than others.
For one, you can tell the author really did their homework on Grizzly bears as there is a lot of cool information on them.
Also, the bear shifters in this book REALLY adhere to legit bear behavior.
For example, the main character in this book, Ian, is a bear shifter with two other brothers (they are triplets); however, the brothers can’t spend that much time together as adults because their “bear sides” are just too dominant and they find it difficult to be around each other.
The main behavior this adheres to though?
Obviously, bears hibernate, and so does our main character here.
I can’t recall others bear shifter romances (that I have read, anyway) mentioning the characters dealing with hibernation.
Thus, this made for a really interesting added element in this story that I think set it apart from other bear shifter romances.
I guess you could say it was different than your average bear shifter romance.
LOL, wow that was stupid.
Anybadjoke, I like the hibernation factor.
3) Arranged Marriage Scenario
After a hugely failed relationship and a broken heart, the main female character here, Elyse, decides she needs a practical, no nonsense relationship with someone who will help her out on her homestead.
Thus, she puts out an ad asking for a husband – thus the whole “husband fur hire” title. Ian unknowingly answers this…call and our story goes from their.
I really liked Elyse. She is an “off the grid” homesteader who works her ass off.
Now, I can’t say that I “related” to her in THAT aspect, as the thought of living without Taco Bell, Netflix, and internet access makes me want to curl up in the fetal position.
But I related to her in the sense that she was a tough cookie who focused on the practicalities of life.
Anyway, I’ve said this before and I will say this again, me loves the arranged marriage trope and I always will.
So you add that, the setting, the bear shifter/hibernation element, the great writing, and the palpable connection between the H and the h?
And you have a happy Val.
So if you like all that shit too, you will probably like this book too.