Enter the world of Shifter Town with the first book in this captivating new series by Amazon bestselling author Novalee Swan.
A bar. A game of pool. A bet…
When grizzly shifter Bear Reid arrives in Rosewood, Tennessee, he doesn’t expect to find a luscious redhead waiting tables and fending off barflies with sugar-coated threats. She’s a ray of sunshine in purgatory and he wants her. Bad.
So he buys the bar.
Kelly McKenna has a head for numbers, but she takes one look at her enigmatic new boss—all malt hair and whiskey eyes—and finally understands what it means to crave. Eventually, sweet flirtation leads to a not-so-sweet game of pool. And a bet.
Winner takes all.
But there’s something Kelly doesn’t know about Bear. A secret that could destroy her trust and her heart forever.
Bear Temptation is the first book in Novalee Swan’s Shifter Town series. It features her trademark heat and emotional intensity and is perfect for readers who love sexy shifter romance and small-town charm.
THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, BEAR TEMPTATION BOOK 1 BY NOVALEE SWAN, FREE AS OF 6/16/21. THIS READ IS FREE FOR KINDLE APP. AND HAS NO AUDIBLE ANYTHING. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.
Sentence One: “Sugar. . . if you don’t want to lose that hand, you better detach it from my ass before I detach it from your arm.”
THOUGHTS: Great opener for so many reasons. First, we, the reader, are starting with action, movement and dialogue. These factors allow for instant reader immersion. The more natural the dialogue? The quicker events move. Pace is a MUST when opening this way. If an author opens with action then instantly moves into an info dump or movement lull? IMO, they’ll lose reader interest just as quickly as they’ve gained it. Let’s make sure the pace keeps on, shall we?
Sentence Two: The soft threat was issued like an invitation for sweet tea on the porch, and it was accompanied by a smile that was both saccharine and steel.
THOUGHTS: I love EVERYTHING about this sentence because it truly encompasses the southern woman. For real. They’re a polite kinda vicious most people don’t understand. As a character trait? I totally dig it. And that last part? “was both saccharine and steel?” Best line I’ve come across in a while. Fits perfect. It’s wonderfully accurate and the visual is easy as hell to come by. Also? It would seem the movement is still on par.
Sentence Three: From a dim booth in the corner of the bar, Bear Reid watched the redheaded waitress, hands full with a tray of long-necks, stare down the drunk redneck who was simultaneously touching paradise and courting death.
THOUGHTS: Another brilliant line. Love the original sound of “touching paradise and courting death.” Movement is well on it’s way. I’m an impressed and happy reader so far. (Plus? A redheaded waitress? In a bar? That’s quite the drama setup all on it’s own, right?)
Sentence Four: Bear’s jaw flexed, but he didn’t move.
THOUGHTS: I like a man with self-control. When they lose their temper? Drama is usually too tame a word to describe what happens next.
Sentence Five: Across the crowded taproom, he heard the redneck telling her to lighten up–that it was just a little harmless fun.
FINAL THOUGHTS: To be honest? I didn’t need to read THE FIRST FIVE© before hitting download. I trusted this author’s ability to take me on a great adventure instantly, and I hope you do too. If not? This paragraph should help A LOT, but if you’re not a big shifter world fan? I don’t know how happy you’ll be with a book that literally has ‘shifter’ in the title. I will comment on this book when I’ve finished it. Don’t worry. I’m very good at keeping updates spoiler FREE. So go forth, curious readers. Book adventure awaits.