Also in this series: Beauty Dates the Beast, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, Wanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons, #4), Alpha Ever After
Series: Midnight Liaisons #3.5
on February 12th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting
Source: Self Purchased
Nikolina Aasen’s lived a lonely life as a single were-bear female with no compatible mate in their small clan. But when she shows signs of going into heat, her clan decides they need to pick a man who can sire her child. Nikolina has other ideas, though. She’s thinking of someone tall, dark and handsome…who disappeared sixteen years ago. Leif Ludvik left the bear clans behind to go totally, completely wild and bury his grief. He’s been hiding out in bear-form for so long that he hardly remembers who – and what – he is. When Nikolina finds him, she’s determined to make the sexy beast her mate no matter the cost… But will seducing Leif get her the family she's always wanted...or destroy both of their lives?
Nikolina is the only one left in her bear clan that is unmated. She was born and raised in a small and strict bear clan, where rules and obedience are everything. Nikolina is coming into her heat phase, and since the one man she was supposed to end up mated to left and mated a wolf, she has hardly any choices. When she overhears the council talking about her mating with one of the mated couples, she is appalled. She wants love and a true relationship. But there is one bear she can mate with, a bear that left years ago because of a trauma when his mate died. Leif left the bear clan behind, and has been living in Antarctica as a lone bear, only in his shifter form, feasting on penguins. Nikolina goes in search for him, because he is her last hope. Nikolina finds Leif, and she helps Leif come back to his human form and when Nikolina’s mating heat comes upon her, Leif is there strong and willing, and they begin to learn each other. When the council discovers her whereabouts, Nikolina and Leif will be forced to make a difficult choice…stay within the clan or be together and live alone?
Plot and Story Line
This is another great installment into the Midnight Liaisons’ series, it is a novella, but boy did I have a ball of fun with it. I only wish it had lasted long since I fell for Nikolina and Leif quite immediately. Nikolina and Leif are both from the same clan but have had different circumstances. I love bear shifters and I was so thrilled when I saw that this one included both of the characters as bears. Nikolina is a heroine I fell in love with because she was willing to defy the council (which no one ever did unless they wanted to be exiled), and find a mate to love instead of being a ‘concubine’ just to have a child. She wanted more for herself and her child. I loved how she stuck to her guns and stood up to the council and her father when it really mattered most. Leif was a hero you can admire and appreciate. He is gorgeous and built, with long hair and despite appearing to be tough was sweet as a teddy bear on the inside. I love the way he is with Nikolina and trusts what they have together. The writing is amazing, if you have read Pamela Clare, and love her writing, then you will adore Jessica Sims (since it’s the same author). The story was very engaging and had an endearing and passionate romance. Loved every moment and I just couldn’t get enough.
I actually really love the covers for the series, what I like about this one is the golden colors and I love the relaxed and cozy posture this pair have.
Bear Naked is a brilliant addition to this paranormal series. It’s a tale of searching and finding love and fighting for it no matter the cost!! HOT, SEXY AND SWEET!!