Author: Kate Baxter
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Page Count: 94 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Last True Vampire (Book #0.5)
Heat Level: Hot & Sizzling
Release Date: 5/19/2015
Get lost in the powerful, sexy novella by Kate Baxter where one alpha shifter will do whatever it takes to claim the woman he can *bearly* resist…
Caden Mitchell is the ultimate alpha. Known to most as a smoldering hot billionaire, his secret weapon- the ability to shapeshift into a strong and deadly bear- allows him to be the most ruthless enforcer of the Sotiari, a paranormal organization tasked with keeping the course of Fate on the right track. But when the ailing health of his grandmother leads him back home, the luscious curves of his childhood nemesis will be too much to resist…
Leah Ridgeway never expected Caden to give her the time of day. With his abs cut from stone and powerful, strong arms, she knows there’s no chance he’s interested in her handful of curves. But Caden is tormented by thoughts of her beautiful body. And when evil threatens Leah’s very life, Caden will stop at nothing to keep her safe…and claim her as his mate…
First Impression: Well written,. Both the writing style and the characterization pulled me into the story right away.
Stripped Bear is an excellent start to what promises to be an amazing paranormal romance series by new to me author, Kate Baxter. Given how fast I devoured this novella and how much I loved it, I already know I will continue reading the Last True Vampire series. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s easy to read. And this story is fast-paced and so, so good.
After reading Caden and Leah’s story, I was reminded why I love reading paranormal romance. Kate Baxter’s gift for characterization brings her story people to life on the page, making readers care about and like them. Even when one of them–*cough* the hero *cough*–might be acting a little bit high-handed and be in need of a serious lecture.
“It doesn’t matter who you belonged to before tonight. You’re mine now.”
Final Review: Stripped Bear is a stellar read! I highly recommend giving the novella–and this series–a shot.
Keep In Mind
I’ll have a review of The Last True Vampire, book #1 in the Last True Vampire series, up this weekend, so be on the lookout for that upcoming review.
Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry, and undead.