Lumberjack Werebear (Saw Bears, #1) by T.S. Joyce
Series: Saw Bears #1
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Painter, Brooke Belle, is running from her past and hoping that a few weeks in a quaint country cabin will bring her artistic muse back from the brink. But when she lands smack dab in the middle of Asheland Mobile Park, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. Not only has her mentor rented her a dilapidated mobile home in the middle of nowhere, but the trailer park is filled with big, burly, growly, flirty, sexy-as-hell lumberjacks. And one in particular is making her think that maybe she’s landed right where she needs to be.
Tagan James has a lot on his shoulders. As second in a woodcutting crew of bear shifters, he’s got all he can handle keeping his people from tearing each other apart on the job site. But when the beautiful, and terribly human, Brooke Belle lands on his doorstep, all honest and vulnerable and pulling at his animal’s protective instincts, he has to decide whether to boot her out of his park to protect his heart, or take a risk and save her muse.
Every bear shifter knows finding a mate can destroy a dominant like him. But as Brooke shows Tagan just how strong she can be, he’s second guessing everything—including his vow to never fall for a woman.
Content Warning: explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Adult only bear shifter romance.
This was a cute little PNR. Brooke is in desperate need of an escape after she’s mugged. Her mentor rents her a “cabin” in the woods so she can have a retreat. Only the cabin turns out to be a mobile home in a park filled with lumberjacks. Brooke isn’t comfortable driving back down the winding road in the dark, so she decides to stay one night then high-tail it out in the morning. She ends up changing her mind with the help of Tagan, one of the lumberjacks.
Tagan doesn’t know what his mother – Brooke’s mentor, Meredith – was thinking to send Brooke up there. But his bear doesn’t want her to leave. With a challenge on the table for Brooke and his place as second, he knows he should encourage her to go. He just can’t bring himself to do it. As they spend more time together, it becomes clear she’s his mate. How will she react to the news that she doesn’t have a choice? Especially when another werebear, Connor, thinks he’s going to claim her instead.
There wasn’t a lot of depth to the story or characters, which actually worked just fine for my mood. I wanted something light as a palate cleanser between historicals and a friend recommended this series. I zipped right through the story, and though there were parts that bothered me, overall it was just what I wanted – a light, fast read.
I was a bit surprised at the direction the story went toward the end. I thought it would go a different way. If I think too hard about it that’ll probably bother me, but I’m taking the story as it came and letting everything else go. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’ll say it went pretty dark in the last quarter or so. It was strange and unexpected.
Still, it was a good read overall. It was just what I needed between heavier reads.
3 out of 5