Bearly There (Book 1 in the City Shifters) by Bailey Bradford ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Bearly-ThereTitle: Bearly There (Book 1 in the City Shifters)

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/01/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

One surly bear and one bunny boy…what could possibly go wrong?

Jagger Osterman is having a bad day. In fact, he’s not the slightest bit impressed with 2015 at all. His job is on the line, and it’s not like he loves being a marketing wunderkind, but he has to do something to pay the bills. If he had his way, he’d just vanish into the mountains and live out his life as the black bear he yearns to shift into. Unfortunately, Jagger doesn’t have the time to let his beast run. He has responsibilities that he can’t walk away from.

Kevin Kelly could tell Jagger a thing or two about bad days, bad years, and just out and out bad luck. He made the mistake of smarting off to a curandera years ago and hasn’t been able to shake the curse she put on him yet. There’s not an area of his life that hasn’t been screwed up in one way or another. As a pronghorn shifter, he’d be okay on his own in the wild. Sure, there’d be predators, but Kevin had come to realize the worst predators were the human kind.

But he can’t shift. He’s been solidly bound to human form since being cursed.

Two men, both trapped in their own ways. They’re about to find out that freedom comes in many forms.

General Release Date: 1st March 2016

My View:

If you are a reader who can’t get enough shifters, you will certainly want to check out Bailey Bradford’s latest, Bearly There. If the title doesn’t give it away, one of the shifters is a Bear. The other is a pronghorn, but he can’t shift. (Yeah, I totally had to look that one up!) So you have a predator/prey pairing. That makes for some interesting interactions between our two main characters. Add to that dynamic the fact that Kevin (the pronghorn) thinks he is cursed, and that he can’t actually shift, the story had enough intrigue to keep me interested.

What the story lacked, however, was something to take it to the next level. It was interesting. It was entertaining. It was mostly solid. It had it’s head-scratching moments.

One such head-scratching moment is the fact the Jagger seems to move from one state of mind to another without transition. He didn’t want to see Kevin again, and then suddenly he is trying to stay out of his pants long enough to get something done. He doesn’t believe in the curse and then suddenly he is researching curse breaking. There was a little more transition than that, but all these turns felt very abrupt — almost like there was relevant action happening off-page.

The story is entertaining enough, and if you love shifters and love Ms. Bradford, it will be a couple hours well spent.

Links

Bearly There (Book 1 in the City Shifters) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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