Monday, May 18, 2015

Stripped Bear by Kate Baxter {ARC Review}

Stripped Bear
by Kate Baxter

Get lost in the powerful, sexy novella by Kate Baxter where one alpha shifter will do whatever it takes to claim the woman he can *bearly* resist...

Caden Mitchell is the ultimate alpha. Known to most as a smoldering hot billionaire, his secret weapon- the ability to shapeshift into a strong and deadly bear- allows him to be the most ruthless enforcer of the Sotari, a paranormal organization tasked with keeping the course of Fate on the right track. But when the ailing health of his grandmother leads him back home, the luscious curves of his childhood nemesis will be too much to resist...

Leah Ridgeway never expected Caden to give her the time of day. With his abs cut from stone and powerful, strong arms, she knows there's no chance he's interested in her handful of curves. But Caden is tormented by thoughts of her beautiful body. And when evil threatens Leah's very life, Caden will stop at nothing to keep her safe...and claim her as his mate...

I have been waiting on pins and needles for the release of Kate Baxter's novel, The Last True Vampire, for months now so when I saw that she was releasing a novella set in the True Vampire world I may have squealed just a tiny bit. Truth? It was probably more than a tiny bit, but that can be our little secret.

Stripped Bear is about a bear shifter named Cade who goes home after way too long away under the pretenses that his grandmother is ill. Imagine his surprise when Leah, the reason he fled home all those years ago, shows up and sparks the mate bond with just a single touch.

Poor Leah. Cade broke her heart when he belittled her and left town when she was fourteen, and now that she's finally getting her life on track and is getting married in less than a week, Cade shows back up and throws a huge bear-sized wrench in her plans.

I absolutely adored both Cade and Leah and thought they were perfect for each other. Cade is your typical growly alpha shifter who will do whatever it takes to claim his mate... Even if it means kidnapping her the day before she's supposed to marry another man.

And Leah... She's feisty and a bit stubborn but realized pretty quickly that there was no point in fighting what was between them. And let me tell you, what was between them was smoking hot. I mean seriously, there is nothing sexier than an alpha claiming his mate and Cade did not disappoint in that regard.

There was a bit of action towards the end that definitely left me salivating for the rest of the books in this series, and I'm really hoping we get to see more of Leah and Cade in the future. My only complaint? I really wish it were longer!! Definitely a must read for fans of shifter romances.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Stripped Bear through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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