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This was a well written, short story that was perfect to listen to in one session.
I'm a big fan of PNR, however, I felt this story was light on the "paranormal" side and more of a contemporary romance. Throughout the story there's "bear" politics; however, there is no bear shifting until the final chapter. However, I still enjoyed the story and really liked both Jane and Vincent, and the attractions between them was awesome.
When Jane is interviewing at the tattoo parlor for an assistance position, Vincent immediately recognizes Jane as his mate and he hires her on the spot. Even though Jane is human and he's a bear, their attractions for each other is instant and grows quickly. They finally give into their desires for each; however, Vincent does not tell her he's a bear until after they've spent the night together. She easily accepts what he is and they decide to give their mating/relationship a shot. Throughout the story, there are several super steamy scenes, that will get your heart rate up.
The paranormal aspect mainly comes in when the different bear clans get together to have meetings. During one of these meetings, regarding a family in Vincent's clan who were killed in a house fire, a rival bear clan knows about Vincent's mate being human and makes comments about how humans should not mix with the bear society. After this meeting, Vincent knows Jane is in danger, and the only way to protect her, is to make their mating official and this is when things start to go bad and then to worse.
I've listened to several books narrated by Addison Spear's and she has a very unique voice that is easily recognizable. She is a great narrator for romances and did an awesome job narrating this story.
Fans of contemporary and paranormal romances, would both like this story. There's lots of romance and drama and while a great deal of this story takes place in a tattoo parlor, it is very tasteful and the tattoos focuses on art.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The Bear's Hired Mate is a short shifter romance with a lot of mating drama and a bit of danger drama. There's an insta-mate connection on Vincent's side with the love coming in a bit later and about as welcome as stepping in something stinky. Takes him a bit, but he realizes that deviating from your life's plan isn't so bad at all when you have a hot, sexy, understanding mate who is more than you ever imagined. There are some sinister bad guys and b*tchy women who come into play, as well as family, friends and coworkers who support Jane and Vincent as they find their way. I liked the story and the characters and I will definitely be listening to more audiobooks from this author.
The narrator performed male and female voices well and had good rhythm and flow. Her inflection was good, and she showed the right amount of emotion for what was going on in the story. Her pronunciation was good. I will look for more books that she has narrated.
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The number of stars I award in the 5-star rating system is based on where I believe this audiobook rates with other audiobooks of the same type, length and general feel-- not where it rates in comparison to all audiobooks of all time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful