Genres: Romance, Novella, Shifters (Bear/Wolf), BBW
Curvy and scarred, polar bear shifter Riley Holland, the girl with the boy’s name, doesn’t want or need a man. Even if she did, her appearance, combined with her tragic past, have prepared her for a lonely future. When a gorgeous wolf shifter walks into Polar Bliss, her family’s coffee shop, Riley allows herself one second of hope…until her worst fear comes true.
Wolf shifter, Nate McCallister, is the new, single sheriff in town, and he has no plans on changing his relationship status any time soon. His looks and job status have always kept him popular with women, but he gave up on dating a long time ago.
The moment he sees the beautiful, curvy goddess behind the counter at the local coffee shop, everything changes.
Riley would rather be alone than have a mate who finds her lacking, and when she meets Nate, she does the only thing that makes sense. She runs. Nate knows he messed up, but he’s not going to let Riley get away with running. Once he catches the sweet, guarded bear, she’ll understand exactly what it means to be mated to an alpha wolf.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Beary Guarded” Polar Bliss Book Two by Ruby Shae is a very quick sixty-one page read about shifter instalove.
Here we get the story of wolf shifter Nate Mcallister who is the new sheriff in town. Nate is not looking for a relationship. In fact he has very little hope that he will ever find his true mate, until the day he goes for a cup of coffee.
Riley Holland is a very insecure and emotionally guarded Polar bear shifter, with good reason. Riley has been through traumatic experience. Not only does she fear men but because of her curvy size and looks she’ll never find her true mate. So she believes.
When they meet for the first time, Nate is shocked and Riley is scared. It truly takes some tender loving care as well as a lot of patience on Nate’s behalf to break through Riley’s fears and guarded heart. That being said, for the short amount of pages in this novella, I was tapping through my Kindle pretty quickly, eager to get to the HEA. I loved watching Riley and Nate find love with each other. Even though, as is typical with mates, intense feeling of “true love” is the trope for this story, it was not an easy coming together. If I had a complaint it would be that I wish the story was a bit longer. Riley and Nate were likable from the beginning to the end.