He’s going to pick someone perfectly wrong for him—because fate isn’t in charge of his world!
A stand alone title in a brand-new shifter trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.
As head of security for the family company, polar bear shifter Alex Borealis has intel warning something big is about to happen. His prime suspect? Tantalizing, infuriating Lara Lazuli, youngest daughter of Borealis Gems’ main competitor. But when mating fever hits, he decides she’s the perfect one to turn to. They’ve got chemistry hot enough to melt the polar ice caps, but he doesn’t trust her enough for a permanent connection to form.
Being with Alex is one step shy of torture for Lara. As a wolf shifter, she scented the truth the instant she met him months ago—he’s her mate. But she’s not about to trap anyone into being with her, especially not a man who thinks she’s up to no good. Add in her own suspicions of wrong-doing in her pack and Lara’s caught between heaven and hell.
But tangled sheets lead to real communication, and a bond of friendship forms that neither expected. When Lara asks for help, Alex finds himself living in the pack house, scaring off random Alpha wolves and fighting at her side.
Because the mating fever knows a thing or two about fate and forever.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating mostly from Alex & Lara’s.
While you don’t have to listen to The Bear’s Chosen Mate first – they’re definitely best listened to in order.
I liked this one, but found it to be a little too similar to the last one. This is labeled “enemies to lovers”, but the enemies part isn’t that aggressive and doesn’t last that long. Worked for me as that isn’t one of my fav tropes, but someone looking for that might be disappointed.
There’s kind of a mystery aspect weaved through as Lara & Alex try to figure out what Lara’s sister, the pack Alpha, is up to. Though, there was so much going on that it felt really superficial, even for a novella.
It was an easy listen and I’m looking forward to Cooper & Amber’s story in The Bear’s Forever Mate.
Tatiana Sokolov was great again. Unique voices for all the characters. Delight to listen to her.
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.)
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My Favorite Quotes
If you can’t start out friends, good, solid enemies are an acceptable alternative. – The Bear’s Fated Mate by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #ParanormalRomance #Shifters #BorealisBears #EnemiesToLoversTweet
She ignored everything except savoring the moment. – The Bear’s Fated Mate by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #ParanormalRomance #Shifters #BorealisBears #EnemiesToLoversTweet