Series: Walk on Wild Side
Also available: Walk on Wild Side Anthology
Rating: (3.5 stars – I liked it a lot.)
Synopsis: Caden is a wildlife photographer looking forward to spending time isolated in the Alaska wilderness practicing his craft – until he meets Drake. The rough and tumble lumberjack of a man has a reputation for being a grumpy loner, but when Caden gets past the initial awkward meeting, his mind (and other parts of his anatomy) can’t stop thinking about the rustic hunk of a man. When Drake tells Caden they are fated mates and, oh yeah, he can turn into a bear, the functioning brain in the photographer doubts the wisdom of staying in an isolated cabin near this man, while his body seems to have other ideas.
Review: Fated and “instant” mate stories are often drafted with too much of a trope that seems incredibly artificial and unbelievable. For a short story, this author handles the “insta-mate” phenomenon with some fineness and more credulity than many novels. While the pairing was a central theme, surrounding setting and plot devices nicely brought out and reinforced the hesitant yet strong connection between the two, yielding for a pretty decent, quick, and enjoyable read.
Spoiler: On top of a good insta-mate bear shifter story, the author adds a hot lumbersexual and mpreg in a very readable and decently written story – nice work for topics that often veer into incredibly cheesey, simplistic, or sex-focused smutty reads.
Recommended for fans of (spoilers): Bear shifters, lumbersexuals, mpreg, and couples with kids.