A Midwesterner by birth, R.E. spent much of her childhood rewriting her favorite books to include herself as the main character. Later, she graduated on to writing her own books after "retiring" from her day job as a secretary to become a stay-at-home mom. When not playing with her kids, wrestling her dogs out the door, or cooking dinner for her family, you'll find her typing furiously and growling obscenities to the characters on the screen. Her best-selling series Wiccan-Were-Bear, The Necklace Chronicles, Hyena Heat, Wilde Creek, Were-Zoo, Arctic Shifters, Norlanian Brides, Saber Chronicles, and Ashland Pride are available now.
Prancer's Fated Mate (Arctic Shifters Book Three)by R.E. Butler
Kerri’s excited to be able to help plan the wedding of her sister’s friend. Decorating her sister’s middle-of-nowhere cabin and taking some R&R after finally finishing cooking school is exactly what she needs before she starts her job hunt. Unable to sleep, Kerri heads out into the woods before dawn on Christmas Eve to cut pine boughs to decorate
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Kerri’s excited to be able to help plan the wedding of her sister’s friend. Decorating her sister’s middle-of-nowhere cabin and taking some R&R after finally finishing cooking school is exactly what she needs before she starts her job hunt. Unable to sleep, Kerri heads out into the woods before dawn on Christmas Eve to cut pine boughs to decorate the fireplace mantel. It’s cold and dark, but Kerri finds herself enjoying the early morning walk in the woods. Until an unwanted guest in the form of an enormous polar bear intrudes on her quiet morning.
At dawn on Christmas Eve, Sullivan, an arctic shifter, goes with two members of the NPC security team to scout out the location for a close friend’s wedding. Deciding he’s a better hunter in his shifted form, he chooses the polar bear, his favorite of his four shifts. Heading into the woods that surround the cabin, he follows the scent of something amazing and comes face to face with a beautiful woman, who watches him shift back into his human form and promptly passes out.
When Kerri awakens, she feels immediately connected to a man she’s pretty sure she saw change forms from bear to human. She can’t explain why she feels drawn to him, but he can. He’s a quad shifter, part of Santa’s sleigh team, and she’s his fated mate. For a human who never realized that shifters, or Santa, were real, Kerri has to make a choice…fast. Either she’s waiting when Sullivan gets back from the Christmas Eve run, or he’ll leave her behind. Will Sullivan get his Christmas wish for Kerri to accept being his mate and join him in the North Pole, or will this be a blue Christmas for everyone?
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RATING 3.5 STARS Prancer’s Fated Mate is book three in the Arctic Shifters series by R.E. Butler. Kerri’s sister is getting married in her remote cabin deep in the woods and Kerri agreed to arrive early to get everything ready. Kerri has just graduated from culinary school and is anxious to start her career but the timing is perfect to take a few days off from the job search and spend some time at the cabin relaxing while she gets everything ready. Kerri is so happy for her sister finding her true love but maybe a little bit jealous at the same time. She wants that same happiness for herself. So, on Christmas Eve morning as she is walking in the woods before dawn gathering some pine boughs, she makes a wish upon a Christmas star that she might find her own love. Just after making her wish, she hears footsteps, much too heavy for a humans, and looks up to see a huge polar bear standing before her. But that’s not the most shocking part. The polar bear then transforms into a man, a naked man. At this point, Kerri promptly faints. Sullivan is a quad shifter. That means he has four animals he can shift in to. A polar bear, a fox, an owl, and one of Santa’s own reindeer. Yes, he is one of the chosen ones that get to help Santa deliver the gifts every Christmas Eve. Sullivan lives in North Pole City. All residents of NPC are only allowed leave once a year on Christmas Eve and only for the one day. Sullivan has been feeling anxious for some reason, like something is going to happen. He is arriving early at the cabin before his friend’s wedding to scout the area to make sure there are no human’s around. As soon as he saw the beautiful woman walking in the woods, he knew she was his, that she was his fated mate. The connection clicked right in to place. Now all he has to do was wait for her to wake up and convince her to accept him. “Wherever you are is home for me, Kerri. Here or there. You’re the only thing that matters to me.” “You’re my Christmas wish come true.” First of all, I fell in love with this cover. It drew me right in. I love Christmas Paranormal Romance and this sounded so good. So, I think that it’s totally on me that I just didn’t love this. All of the ratings have been consistently high. It might partly be that I started on the third book and not at the beginning so there was some history I wasn’t aware of. I don’t mind instalove at all but I just didn’t feel the connection between these two. I still enjoyed it, though. It was a fun little book. Perhaps I will eventually go back and read the first two to fill in the gaps.
Very much enjoyed it!