Title: Bearly Ever
Published: 1st April 2015
Author: Olivia Gayle
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Olivia-Gayle/e/B00SUSMJOO
Ever Jackson came to Arcadia to track down her missing sister, but was immediately met with suspicion by the strange residents. Nobody’s willing to help her search, but she’s determined to get to the bottom of things. Even when a pesky town sheriff decides to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong, lawman or not, Ever isn’t leaving Arcadia without her sister.
Aidan Tucker preferred humans stay out of his Shifter town. They’re a danger to his world, especially nosy ones like Ever. His job was to get the girl off Shifter land…until he got a whiff of her, and realized with a shock that the little spitfire who won’t back down from a fight is both human, and his mate.
The human might get herself killed, so Aidan tags along even though she doesn’t want his help. But there are secrets in his town that go beyond mere shapeshifting, some that even the Sheriff doesn’t know, and Ever Jackson may be right in the middle of trouble…
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – a book with an animal on the cover. Interesting mix with how the story flows as it switches between Ever and Aiden, following each individually on their journeys and then together when they meet.
Ever is in Arcadia for one reason only, to find her missing sister. After being in the small town for less than a day she is starting to get a bit of a complex. The first four apartments she visited to rent were a complete miss as every person who saw her took one look, sniffed and told her the place was already taken. Fifth times the charm it seems as it goes by without an issue, well she told a little white lie about already having permission to move in from Sheriff Tucker but she knows she wont be there long so isn’t too worried.
Aiden is the Sheriff of his small town, which he loves. Being a shifter town he needs to keep the peace between the locals and keep outsiders away. Something he finds hard to do when he is face to face with Ever for the first time. Especially after getting a good sniff and realising she is his mate, a human of all things. He could have handled it a bit better though. He sees her on a demolition site where a house was, which she says was her sisters, and after getting her scent his first point of action is to get her somewhere safe. When she refuses to come quietly he arrests her. Yep definitely a bad mood when you read her reaction. She might want Mr Tall-Dark-and-Yummy, to the point of calling herself Ms. McHussypants later in the book but she doesn’t go quietly. Only calms down when Aiden admits to messing up and agreeing to help her find her sister.
After getting called to his father Marshall’s house they find some video footage showing Sonya was kidnapped. It’s now a race against time to try and find her when its clear there are people out there that want to keep her and what they have been doing hidden.
Loved the moment when Ever sees Aiden shift for the first time. Shell shocked would cover it when seeing a big bear, one that helped you escape a crumpled car crash mind you, turn back into a human. But she can’t deny the pull she feels when she is near him. Even in her sleep she wants to only get closer to him as he calms her down. She opens up to him about her past. Accepting him as he is, knowing that he accepts her too. She is very interested in his kind. Asking all kinds of questions about them and how a human can be turned. When he mentions a mate something stirs inside her. She hopes he will find her soon even though in thinking that she feels her heart break. When they finally come together though – fan me down – they are hot. Connection straight off the bat but with clues to finding her sister bringing more mayhem its a wonder if they will get their HEA.
Interesting mix of characters and I liked the dynamics of the town. Always interesting reading new authors perspectives on a shifter world. Story goes a bit dark with what her sister Sonya goes through but hopefully she will pull through it. Great start to the series though. Leaving you with just enough intrigue to keep you hooked to want to read what might happen next and with whom.
4 out of 5 stars