Review – The Bear Project by Doris O’Connor

bearprojectWhen Animal conservationist Emmi Layne meets bad boy Cole Jackson there is no denying the instant lust between them. She has a thing for bears, after all. However, you cannot build a relationship on awesome sex alone, especially when you live on different continents, and have nothing in common.

Everything changes when Emmi discovers that their night of passion has left her with more than erotic memories. She has no means of contacting him, even if she wanted to, but she hasn’t counted on this bear shifter’s determination.

Cole is not what he seems, and he will stop at nothing to claim what’s his—even if that means breaking all the rules. Can he trust the mating bond to deliver, or will it spell the end of an ancient blood line? With the odds stacked against them, can this unlikely duo find happiness together?

Cara’s Review

Well, here I am stuck in a quandary.  The Bear Project, the second book in the Projects series, tells the tale of Emmi Layne and Cole Jackson who meet after Emmi’s tour bus takes off without her.  As a bear shifter, Cole immediately recognizes his mate, and wastes no time in her seduction.  From a purely erotic perspective, this book is a hot, sizzling, smoking five.  Hands down.

However, I had a few issues with the storyline.  For example, time moves oddly- there is one scene where Emmi is talking to a friend, and then two sentences later, she is consoling said friend who was crying after having some sort of altercation in the yard.  What? When was there time for that to happen?   I was also unsure of some of the “rules” around shifters- it seemed at some points that humans knew about shifters, and then didn’t in others.  Either way, Emmi handled the news that Cole was a shifter without even a blink.

So, for the rating?  As I said, the erotic/sex portion of the story is super-hot, a definite five.  I had some issues from the story itself, and would give it a 3/5 rating.  So, do I average them?  I’m not sure, but based on the fact that I am intrigued by the series, and want to read the first one (The Orgasm Project …sounds like fun!) and can’t wait to read Maria’s story (hopefully it will be out soon) I decided a 4/5 was in order.  After all, how many books do a good job of making you interested in reading the other characters stories as well?

I’d recommend this novel to those of us who love hot alpha shifter male loving.  You know who you are.

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