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Posted December 18, 2013
Bear shifters are my favorite shifters. Yum. So, when this roma
Bear shifters are my favorite shifters. Yum. So, when this romance went on sale snarfed it up. I am glad I did. I have not read any HavensWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
before and I enjoyed her writing style and character development. The hero is a snarly bear and heroine is on the run but a black belt. This all
makes for good times. All the secondary folk in the book promise great future books. A lovely bon bon read for all of us who love the Bear
Posted July 31, 2013
Provided via publisher for review and blog tour on my blog. No
Provided via publisher for review and blog tour on my blog. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless noted.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For me, even a short form erotic fantasy novella has to have an underlying theme. It can't just be fur and "pillow talk." That just doesn't do anything for me.
I like the feeling of hometown and belonging in small town Montana this book brings up. The perfect place to go when you are running for your life. The worst place to wear Louboutin!
In this day and age, it's hard to believe there could be a place so remote that you could hide a whole town of shifters but, in the world created by Candace Havens in this book, Clarksville, Montana is such a place. It's not backward at all; they have the latest technology and a fully equipped hospital for shifters. And, it doesn't really matter what your shifter type is, everyone cares for each other. One family's pain is every one's pain. So when they adopt Ainsley, she's in the best place. When she gets bad news she gets help from the other folks in the town, even though she is not a shifter, and when some of their own does her wrong they also protect her.
The other thing I like is that while Havens' alphas do have leadership qualities, Ainsley doesn't let her mere humanity get in the way of teaching a few jerks lessons. It doesn't matter what your species is, if the Louboutin fits she'll kick you in the metaphoric, or possibly the real, tush and you will respect her for it. She is an alpha human.
I also likes how Havens builds relationships between Ainsley and Luc's friends. You know someone will slap some sense into the guy eventually. And, there's a central theme of healing from loss, and betrayal.
Issues: Short form erotica is, unfortunately, short. That means in the space you would normally devote to background, world building and relationship development gets spent between the sheets (or up against a wall, in the kitchen, in the,....). So here when Luc goes from no-nope-not-gonnahappen, to oh-yah-baby, there's a little disconnect. And when they have their epic fight it's a little stupid.
But, hey it's not Shakespeare like this isn't an a review in the New York Times (Thank Goddess!). So if you can deal with the form conventions that make LIONS AND TIGERS AND SEXY BEARS OH MY! a little rough around the edges Haven's latest comic release will amuse you. And, the guy on the cover is nothing to groan about!
Posted July 29, 2013
3.5 Animalistic Stars I enjoyed Candace Havens¿ Lions, Tiger
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I enjoyed Candace Havens’ Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! The title alone had me intrigued. This book has betrayal, vows to never fall in love again, the undeniable desire to break that vow, small town characteristics, stubborn women, and pig-headed men. Oh, and of course, how could I forget, humans that turn into animals.
The heiress, Ainsley McLeon, is on the run from her family after someone tried to kill her. She finds herself in the last place they’ll look; Montana. Getting caught in a blizzard, a run in with a tiger and needing her truck fixed, she decides to work at the one bar in town. That bar just happens to be owned by Luc. A bear of a man, he does not want Ainsely in or around his bar, but he has no choice when his big heart wins out and cannot let her sleep on the street. She takes up residence in his place and things go from bad to worse in a matter of pages. The temperature is rising between the two, but Ainsely can never know what Luc is or what majority of the town is. They are shifters (turning human to animal) and it would be dangerous for her to find out that information. But can Luc handle the feelings that are bursting in him every time Ainsely is around? Can he keep his temper in check when his sudden need to protect her comes into play? Could Ainsely handle the truth and will she ever be able to stop hiding from her family?
Ainsely and Luc have such a unique connection and such horrific backgrounds that I couldn’t help but root for them, yet enjoyed their stubbornness is attempting to ignore what is between them.
Candace packs in so many brilliant twists and turns in this story that took me by surprise, but I give it 3.5/5 because I craved more to each of these outcomes where I felt the surface was only scratched. I could see this book being expanded into at least another book to capture all the amazing ideas here. I also wish there had been more shifting happening. Being that shifters where a huge aspect to the story and who Luc is, I was surprised there wasn’t a lot more animals emerging throughout.
Overall, this was a fun read and wonderfully written and I adored the characters!
(I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Posted July 27, 2013
Review: Lions, Tigers,and Sexy Bears Oh My
I like reading paranormal books, but I didn’t understand the purpose of having supernatural elements in Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My by Candice Havens. I loved the beginning and it was even funny at times. Ainsley is a strong willed heroine who is as tough as they come. She was on the run from some unscrupulous people. Who? Well I’ll leave that for you to find out. Although Ainsley is an heiress, she was traveling from California to Montana in a truck that seemed to be on its last leg. Then, from out of nowhere a tiger appears and she ends up in an accident that lands her in a town of--unusual people. Soon after her accident she meets Luc, a “giant bear of a man.” There was a growing tension between Luc and Ainsley, which led to intense intimate moments that were slightly chaotic at times. “No one is who they seem,” but they could have been because the characters “dark sides” weren’t essential to the story. Luc was a strong and protective alpha male; but his ability to help Ainsley with her dilemma that was associated with her family’s business was more related to his past work experience rather than his special ability. I never understood the history or purpose of the people in Clarksville, Montana, and I strongly believe that the story would have been better without the supernatural elements. Ainsley did have a rather unusual and amusing reaction to seeing Luc’s transformation for the first time and it’s true that most of the residents were strong and intuitive, but that’s it. Overall, Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears, Oh My was Okay. Within 164 pages, there were supernatural elements, killers on the loose, and Luc and Ainsley’s developing relationship. There was just so much happening that parts of the story seemed rushed. Rating 2.5/5 I received an e-arc from the publisher for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2013
2 1/2 stars. This novel started out really strong. The scene
2 1/2 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This novel started out really strong. The scene where Ainsley just takes over the barmaid job that Luc denies her is quite funny--actually, every scene with Ainsley sweetly coercing the bar patrons into doing things her way is pretty darn amusing. Her stress eating during times of emotional trauma--especially when she learns Luc's (and the rest of the town's) big secret--made me chuckle. Some interesting tidbits about shapeshifters (Luc having to keep the temperature down in his home during the winter to prevent his body's desire to hibernate from taking over) made the world created here more interesting. Very promising stuff.
However, on the whole I found this novel lacked focus and detail. Once the action of the plot really got underway, it bounced around a lot. High stakes embezzlement, FBI involvement, murderous cartels—readers are given just the barest of hints about these dire proceedings, only to find them quickly resolved with very little explanation. More than once things were mentioned by characters—an allusion to Doc's good news toward the end?—and then never really explained. I couldn't help but wonder if a higher word count wasn't needed to really flesh out the plot and action, because a lot of times it felt like I was missing something. Even their relationship seemed like a lot more telling us about their extreme chemistry and feelings for each other than showing it in action, and it all happens pretty darn quickly. Luc especially capitulated with very little fuss for a guy who had sworn off love and a family.
An amusing couple of hours, but I really wanted more.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 22, 2013
This book is a cute story. The story was a bit everywhere, for m
This book is a cute story. The story was a bit everywhere, for my taste. The book is 165 pages, I think it could have been more and a lot better, if something's weren't left out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.