4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased Shifter

Bear With Me (The Bears of Falcon’s Ridge) by Susan E Scott

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For months Caleb Falcon has been avoiding a real estate mogul from Atlanta who’s been trying to buy his ancestral lands in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Falcon, a bear shifter and the town sheriff, wants only to be left alone and he’s not looking to make any changes in his life in the foreseeable future. That is, until he stops a big, expensive SUV flying up the mountain road to Falcon’s Ridge and meets its sexy driver, Connor Rhodes. Falcon knows instantly that Connor is his mate, but he also learns that Connor is the son of the real estate developer who’s after his land, and that he hates being in the country with no city conveniences and no electronics that work. A romance between them has no chance of working out.

Connor is struggling with his feelings too, but he’s up for a sexy fling with the handsome, burly cop, and he’s sure he can simply walk away when it’s time to go back home. They both try to ignore their feelings for each other and the passion that has ignited between them, but the urge to mate is growing worse every day, and if Connor doesn’t stop flaunting his body in that skimpy underwear, Falcon won’t be responsible for what happens. They both have to learn to face the truth about themselves and find their own inner strengths before they can come together, and discover that the mutual attraction they feel isn’t just a pleasant diversion, but a love that will change both of their lives forever.


Caleb is a bear shifter who doesn’t quite believe the stories about fated mates. Regardless, he isn’t looking for a relationship and he certainly isn’t interested in some uppity guy from Atlanta who drives too fast and is trying to buy his ancestral land.

Connor is trying to get out from under his father’s thumb. He’d love to be a writer but that doesn’t meet Daddy’s requirements. When he meets the enigmatic Caleb he’s attracted but knows there’s no future there.

When Caleb and Connor give in to their attraction things suddenly get real and fast. Both have to make their minds up quickly or risk losing everything.


This is a quick little fated mate story. It’s full of charming dialog and some sweaty smexy times. There’s nothing ground breaking here but it was well-written and an enjoyable read.

I recommend it and am looking forward to more in the series.

4 of 5 stars


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4 stars Angst Level Audiobook Book coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Exploration Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Hockey Homophobia Hopelessly Crying m/m New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Scorching/high heat Virgin

Enforcing Emory Audiobook by Mickie B Ashling Narrated by John Solo

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Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.


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Emory and Nik become neighbors. Emory is 18 living at home and training for the Olympics. Nik is 20, a professional hockey player in the bush leagues.

This is a case of opposites attract but full of similarities. In their own ways, both fathers are bigoted, though Emory’s dad eventually gets over it and Nik’s dad seriously goes off the rails into psychotic. Nik is engaged to a woman and in denial of his sexuality (and a gay-virgin!) and Emory is super-flamboyant to the extreme and NOT a virgin.

The boys feel instant attraction and though it is fairly dangerous for Nik , they begin a relationship. There is a lot of drama about the families and their approval. Danger surrounding Emory’s Olympic games and his risk as a homosexual in a homophobic country. Danger surrounding Nik’s career (hockey) and his coming out to his father. Lots of steamy sex. Some very sweet and tender moments between the boys. And a nice if unrealistic ending that will make you smile.

I really appreciated that the relationship develops fairly quickly so most of the struggle is the couple working out how they can be together given the obstacles they face.

I enjoyed Nik and Emory but the fathers felt a little too much like caricatures to feel real. Though I enjoyed the resolution it felt a bit rushed at the end and a little too “easy”.

All in all it was a good book and I enjoyed it.


John Solo tries to do a Russian accent and he mostly succeeds. John has a great general narrators voice- good with emotions, timing and his voice is nice to listen to. I think that this is a great way to experience this story and I enjoyed it.

4 of 5 stars


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