Hers to Bear
by Tamara Hoffa
Twenty-five and never been kissed, Jenna Raynes is a beautiful woman with a rubenesque figure often overlooked by men. In the mood for a little honey, the sassy new schoolteacher is stopped in her tracks by one growled word from an alpha bear…“Mine.”
Bern Helms’ inner bear catches the scent of his destined mate. His animal’s desire is drawn to her curves, but Jenna is human, and not lured to him by instinct. Convincing her begins as a sizzling, sweet affair that is soon spoiled by danger. In their small backwater town, nerves are strung taut. Someone is abducting shifter children.
When confronted, Jenna is as protective of her students as a mamma bear. For Bern, all bets are off when the kidnapper’s take Jenna too. Nothing will keep a bear from his mate. The hunters will become the hunted…
“I’ve never had a boyfriend before.”
“I think perhaps then all the men you have met before have been blind and stupid, but I am glad they were because it saves me from having to hunt them down and kill them.” Bern growled.
Jenna stopped dead in her tracks and gazed up at him in stunned silence. He was serious. Bern shrugged his shoulders and planted a kiss on the end of her nose. “I cannot help it. I am a jealous man.”
They continued walking in companionable silence and reached Jenna’s house in a few minutes. She unlocked the front door and Bern held her back from entering. “Let me check the house first please.”
He left her standing on the front porch while he took the bags into the house. She saw the lights flip on methodically throughout the rooms and then Bern returned to the porch. “All clear,” he said and pulled her into the house. He attempted to pin her against the wall and kiss her senseless, but Jenna put her hands on his chest and pushed. It was like pushing against a brick wall!
“Oh no you don’t, Mr. Bear. This honeycomb is closed until I get some answers. Get your furry butt to the kitchen and you can talk while I make dinner. I want to know what the hell is going on around here.”
Bern had the good grace to look sheepish. “Yes, ma’am,” he said and strode toward the kitchen, leaving Jenna to follow that delectable and at the moment, not in the least bit furry backside. Oh yum.
Jenna pointed to a kitchen chair. “Sit. Talk.”
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
This was a good book, I just couldn't love it. I do love me some shifters that are not wolves or big cats, they usually push all my buttons, but this one left a few ...un-pushed.
Jenna is a school teacher who finds herself in the middle of a shifter town teaching the kids in kindergarten. Bern is the leader of the bear clan that holds the town. Some wolves are about too, but its a bear town. Bern smells Jenna as his mate. Cubs and pups from the nearby wolf pack are taken, and Jenna too.
My overwhelming thought for this book is rushed. Totally. And I cannot pinpoint why I think that. It drives me nuts when I can't say what I need you to hear, really does, but rushed is all I can think. The general story line was a good one, with shifters being revelaed to the world some years previous. Bears are usualy solitary creatures so finding a whole town of them was a little different. The blood bonding of the pack Alpha and Bern, again, different, and a good twist.
I wanted to love it, I really did. But can't. THAT ALL SAID, I love the little twist at the end, with Bern's second and the "mad scientist" that one should make for some interesting reading.
I dunno, maybe its just Hoffa's style of writing, I haven't read any of her work before, unless it was in a box set, so maybe its that.
**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
Inside the writer Mind
If you look at my backlist of books you’ll see that before Hers to Bear I wrote contemporary romance. Mostly Western Contemporary, with a little military thrown in. So where did a paranormal romance come from?
If you knew me, the better question would have been, where did the contemporary romance come from! I am an avid paranormal reader. Probably seventy percent of what of I read is paranormal romance, but when it came to writing my muse just didn’t whisper a paranormal story in my ear. Bloody b*tch!
Then one day I was at a friend’s release party, and I’m ashamed to say I don’t even remember whose party it was, but she had several guest authors visiting. One of the authors posted a contest. “If you were to write a shifter novel, what kind of shifter would your hero be? And how would he meet his heroine?”
Hmm, my snotty little muse didn’t take long to decide we would write a bear shifter (we love the big guys) but how would our hero met his mate? Well, bears love honey, right? The scene in the grocery store that appears in Hers to Bear just popped into my head and had to write it down.
From the moment Bern growled “Mine” Hers to Bear just had to be written. Bern and Jenna wouldn’t leave me alone. I was in the middle of writing another story, but I had to stop and work on this one. (Bern insisted) Before chapter one was finished, I had a whole town full of characters and they were all telling me they wanted books too! (Yes, my characters talk to me, no I’m not crazy… well not certifiable anyway)
I had so much fun writing this book! I fell in love with the characters, they became my friends. One reader said “I want to live in Honey Corners and find a bear like Bern.” That is the greatest compliment I could receive. When I write I want to give you an escape. A wonderful place, with people you want to know. I want to make you smile. Make you laugh. Make you cry. Make you forget about the “real” world for a little while.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. I hope I made you smile! Happy reading!
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Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her parents, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She started reading at four years old and has rarely been seen without a book since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is an author, an editor, and reviews/promotions coordinator for Secret Cravings Publishing. Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.
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