Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review of -- A Bear in Need by Christa Kelley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of --
A Bear in Need: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (The Marked Book 1) by Christa Kelley 

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
Bear shifter Brandon Mitchell is cursed. Destined to lose the woman he claims as his mate, he's lived the life of an arrogant, cocky playboy to keep from getting his heart broken. But deep down, Brandon wants what he can never have: A family of his own, with a few cubs and a curvy goddess of a woman to keep him in line.

He never thought he'd find her in a feisty witch from his past, and now he'll stop at nothing to break his curse and claim her as his mate.

There's just one problem: The woman he wants--the woman he's doomed to lose--is the only witch who can help him, and if he wants to protect her, he'll have to find a way to resist her first.

Liz Malone just can't catch a break. After promising to secure her grandmother's spellbook, she's back in her old hometown and faced with confronting the dark, powerful figure who still holds sway over her life.

If that wasn't bad enough, she gets drawn in by the charm and confidence of her old high school crush.

She never wanted to go back to Star Lake, and yet here she is, setting aside her own problems to help Brandon break a curse so he can take a mate. A mate she just knows isn't her.

How could it be when the only thing between them, after all this time, is a one-night-stand?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 --18
-- Story & characters -- 6
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Usually I like paranormal romance books, but this one, I didn't particularly. It starts off with a rather intense sex scene, and I much prefer to meet the characters and get some story first. It mixes a witch and a bear shifter, which is okay. But the book doesn't pick up speed until you get to about the middle of the book. Plus the book is a bit too wordy in places. Plus, there are parts of the storyline that are just not well enough explained. Overall, it's an all right book, but there are better ones out there.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- intense
Violence rating -- moderate

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