The Bear’s Chosen Mate

He’s got the fever, and I have to admit, it’s been a lot of fun. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Vivian Arend
The Bear’s Chosen Mate


Note: At the time of this review, the ebook is free on most platforms.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Get mated—or else!

When the meddling, match-making family patriarch lays down the law, Giles Borealis’ three polar bear shifter grandsons agree to follow his edict. Only James, Alex and Cooper each have a vastly different plan in mind to deal with their impending mating fevers. Will any of them be able to fight fate?

Spoiler: not likely!

First up: James, the youngest of the brothers….

He’s going to accept his fate—but only with the woman he chooses!

James Borealis figures if he has to get mated, it should be with someone he already knows and cares about—his best friend Kaylee. But when the mating fever hits, she’s still stuck in friendshipland while he’s ready to move all the way to true love and forever.

Kaylee has heard about polar bear mating fever, but while James has held the starring role in her fantasies for a long time, she’s not about to leap into a permanent relationship that’s all wrong for him. He’s the PR powerhouse for Borealis Gems while she’s a quiet bobcat shifter with massive family baggage. He loves the spotlight; she wants to hide in quiet corners.

But mating fever knows best, and when the storm settles, there’s no use in arguing with a polar bear’s choice.

Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives between James & Kaylee’s.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Arend’s Six Pack Ranch series (also narrated by Tatiana Sokolov) – so when I saw all the books in the Borealis Bears series were less than $3 each on Kobo, I grabbed them.

This was such a fun and easy listen. I really enjoy friends-to-lovers and James & Kaylee didn’t disappoint. The banter between them and between themselves and their animals (James’ polar bear, Kaylee’s bobcat) cracked me up. While there’s a fated mates theme to the story, there’s no doubt that these two want each other for who they are. Yes, there are several steamy, steamy sex scenes – but it’s also obvious that James & Kaylee have a deep and devoted friendship.

There’s some secondary storylines that will obviously weave through the rest of the series, but this doesn’t end on a cliffhanger for the couple. Fairly low angst with most conflict coming from external sources.

I already love Tatiana Sokolov’s narrations. She was great here. Not only giving unique voices to all the characters – but to their animals as well. James’ interactions with his polar bear were perfect. Loved it.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vivian Arend loves to share the products of her over-active imagination with her readers. She writes contemporary, western, and light-hearted paranormal romances. The stories are humorous yet emotional, usually with a large cast of family or friends, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Vivian lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband of many years—her inspiration for every hero and a willing companion for all sorts of adventures.

About the narrator:
Tanya Eby is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing.
(Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Eby’s website.)

You can connect with Tanya Eby here:

My Favorite Quotes

If she wanted him a fraction of the amount he wanted her, this would be the beginning of a fan-fucking-tastic forever. – The Bear’s Chosen Mate by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #ParanormalRomance #Shifters #BorealisBears #FriendsToLovers

every step she took was as if an elastic between her and James grew thin and taut. – The Bear’s Chosen Mate by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #ParanormalRomance #Shifters #BorealisBears #FriendsToLovers

He’s got the fever, and I have to admit, it’s been a lot of fun. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. – The Bear’s Chosen Mate by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #ParanormalRomance #Shifters #BorealisBears #FriendsToLovers

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