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Ella is the last of a dying breed of humans who live hidden deep in the forests of Washington State. All of her life, she has heard horror stories about the Others, the beasts that live beyond the safety of the mountains. In ancient times humans and the Others lived together in peace, but a great battle divided them, and the shape-shifting species won the war.
Ty Bearclaw, a grizzly-shifter, is the curator at the Washington State Animal Sanctuary, Research, and Observation Center (WSASROC). A call from a rancher about an unusual animal causing havoc along the borders of the National Forest brings him to the Olympic Mountain National Park. Ty is furious when he discovers that the rancher has placed a trap to capture the creature on government-protected property. His shock soon turns to horror and confusion when he locates the wounded "animal".
Ty finds more than he expects when a human, thought to be extinct, turns up in the trap. What is even more confusing is his bear's reaction to the female. When word escapes about his discovery, Ty must fight to protect the unusual woman who is more than an oddity - she is his mate!
Can Ty keep Ella alive and safe from a shifter obsessed with adding her to his private collection? Not only that, can he protect her when his own government threatens to take her away from him?
©2016 S. E. Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Christina on 02-22-17

Pure Genius

As always, David Brenin did an excellent job performing this story, and I will forever be thankful to S.E. Smith for introducing me to his talent through her Alliance series.

As for the book itself, I loved it. For someone who reads and listens to many sci fi / fantasy romance books each month, this is such a unique way of approaching the Shifter genre. I read the book on Kindle a while back, and had read it again since then. I don't always buy the Audible for books I've read on Kindle, but as soon as I saw it was available for pre-order, I jumped on it. Imho, the story is that good.

In addition to being a refreshing and extremely enjoyable romance, it truly made the plight of Aboriginal peoples and their disappearing cultures real to me. I think the best books not only entertain, but also function as a telescope and a mirror, teaching us about others with whom we share this world and ourselves. I hope S.E. Smith allows this book to become a series. If so, I'm definitely going to be buying the Kindles and the Audibles from now on.

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By Kristi on 02-26-17

Like but not love...

I liked this story. S E Smith has quickly become a favorite of mine and the combination of her stories and David Brenin's narration is always a winner. Smith has created a fun and unique shifter world where humans are thought extinct until a lone female is discovered. Ty and Ella are likable characters. The storyline is decent. There are several good secondary characters. I just didn't completely "feel" the book. Something was missing for me though I'm struggling to put my finger on it. It was an enjoyable listen and it is worth the credit if for no other reason than to find a new shifter world to play around in.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By claude on 08-06-17

Fantastic story line

Fantastic story line. Loved the book and notator. I k look forward to more books with same story line.

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By halina owens on 02-03-18

good turn around

loved it . found it funny and liked how every descriptions of items scene PEOPLE

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By sue on 05-19-17

good story

Where does Ella and the Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

a 7 really enjoyed it

What other book might you compare Ella and the Beast to, and why?

the Alliance series love them to

What about David Brenin’s performance did you like?

yes very good narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes especially when it started to get heated

Any additional comments?

want more stories

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