At 45, Trace Dakota, a polar bear shifter, had decided that he was never to find his fated mate when suddenly he scents her in his bar, Dakota Dark. Because of his ex-wife, he has a lot of trust issues, but the pull of the mating call brings his aggressive and possessive traits to the forefront. Candace has decided that men are off her agenda for the foreseeable future. She thought she had found someone she could enjoy a relationship with in Chad, but the coyote shifter turned out to be a horny hound dog. It seems one woman was not enough for him. He required two, three or even more. Now all men are dogs, in her opinion. Unfortunately for Candace Trace will not take no as a response to her being his mate.
After running off her dance partner he lets her know he is there and she realizes he is her mate and tries to make a run for it. A human male decides to try his luck and insists Candace come with him to enjoy a good time. Trace's bear wants to kill him and Candace can only stop him by promising not to run. Something she ends up doing anyway. Trace shows up at her door three days later asking her to give them a chance to get to know one another and she agrees. The ex-wife shows up in all her nastiness to cause trouble. Can this new mating survive her, an unknown grown son, and troubled past on both side?
It would be nice if all we had to do was smell someone and know that they are the one for us and that because they are our fated mate we would never have to worry about them straying. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way for humans. I think that is why I enjoy shifter stories so much. Candace was first introduced in Snow's "Bared For Her Bear" (The Wylde Brothers Book 1) and I was hoping that when she met Chad that the mutual attraction would be the forever kind for the reserved wolf shifter. I have enjoyed reading her and Trace's story. I held my breath as they learned to control their territorial impulses and panted over the love scenes. The most vivid emotion was the anger over Trace's ex-wife's actions. That lady needs to be taken down a peg or two. You will be surprised at who delivers the lesson to her. Pick up a copy today as you return to Sweetwater once more.
"The Bear's Reluctant Wolf" can be easily read as a stand-alone, but if you are like me and enjoy reading everything you can about a series and its characters you may want to read about Sweetwater starting with Jenika Snow's Wylde Brothers' trilogy then move on to the Sweetwater series starting with "The Cougar's Timid Little Lynx", Sweetwater Book 1. Enjoy!
Sensual Level: Explicit
Trace Dakota, a polar bear shifter, lives by his own set of rules, and makes no apologies for it. He owns a bar, drives a Harley, and expects compliance in all things. He doesn’t need nor want a mate and is content having one-night stands. But all of that changes when his shy, curvy mate walks into his bar.
Candace Jace, a wolf shifter, doesn’t want a man in her life, but knows she is in trouble when she meets Trace, an overprotective and barbaric biker that thinks he has some kind of claim on her. He seems intent on calling the shots and making it known she is his mate. Is Candace ready for a demanding alpha mate? And is she ready for his ex-wife to come back into his life?
Be Warned: rimming, anal play