Review: Shifters in the Snow

cover-shifters in the snowTitle: Shifters in the Snow
Authors: Jacqueline Sweet, Amanda Jones, Cynthia Fox, Claire Ryann, J.K. Harper, J.M. Klaire, Christa Kelley, Liv Brywood, Auriella Skye, Gen Géricault, Alyse Zaftig, Edith Hawkes, Misha Carver, Suki Selborne, Olivia Arran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Contents: 15 novellas
Available: Now

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A Honeybear Christmas by Jacqueline Sweet
When the Morrissey brothers and their mates gather for a Christmas day cook-off, nothing goes according to plan, and the untimely arrival of the Winter Witch threatens to ruin not just their dinner, but all of Bearfield.

Bears in Wonderland by Amanda Jones
Wonderland Valley used to be a peaceful place for alpha Patrick Ravenmore, but no longer. Someone has kidnapped his fated mate, Cat, and Patrick is imprisoned. He makes a deal with the devil to be freed, and when he finds Cat, she has no memory of him or the life they lived together. Can Patrick convince Cat that he is her fated mate?

Grizzly Bell Rock by Cynthia Fox
When the feisty O’Reilly sisters, Gracie and Catherine, travel over the river and through the woods straight into Mistletoe Hollow and its population of shifters, Two hunky shopkeepers show them the best Christmas presents come with four legs and fur.

How the Bear Stole Christmas by Claire Ryann
When an opportunity to run a friend’s coffee shop for the winter season lands Andi in the path of the surly man that the locals call “the Grinch” will she be able to see beneath his gruff exterior to discover that the California Grizzly never really went extinct?

New Year Wolf by J.K. Harper
Caleb Bardou is a fighter at heart. When he was justifiably stripped of his Pack Guardian status, it knocked him out cold. But with his hard-won mate, Rielle, now by his side, Caleb forges a promising new path–until his arch nemesis threatens to take the shine off Caleb and Rielle’s bright new year.

Before the Hunt by J.M. Klaire
When a wolf shifter with commitment issues teams up with a runaway bride to find her a new groom, the claws come out and the fur flies.

Bearing the Freeze by Christa Kelley
Polar bear shifter Gage Weston, known to the world as the Paranormal Problem-Solver, returns to his hometown to face down the one problem he could never solve: Mending Lily Tisdale’s broken heart.

The Cowbear’s Secret Christmas Baby by Liv Brywood
Forced to hunt down the cowboy shifter who broke her heart, Rachel must convince Brady to help her save the dying son he never knew existed.

The Alpha Warlock Shifter’s Gift (An Alpha Warlock of Kala West Short) by Auriella Skye
It’s Christmas time in Kala West, but with werewolf Danika being forced to marry a stranger and half-breed Blaine’s out-casting from the warlock community, they aren’t in the holiday spirit. When the two realize their past connection to each other, even Florida won’t be a match for the magical heat between them.

Winter Solstice by Gen Géricault
On the longest, darkest day of the year, magic sizzles the snow between cursed bear shifter Clayton Afters and his witchy true mate, Clementine Weatherspoon–but the winter solstice is full of surprises for this fated pair.

The Panther’s Runaway Surrogate by Alyse Zaftig
Surrogate Devanta is on the run, but the baby’s father, a billionaire panther shifter, won’t rest until he catches her.

Bear Naked for Christmas by Edith Hawkes
Christmas in the arms of a handsome stranger, with a furry secret, wasn’t on Katie’s wishlist, but she sure wasn’t going to say no and return him!

Jingle Bell Howl by Misha Carver
When reckless Laney Reynolds defies her parents and steals her mother’s car to go on a ski trip for Christmas vacation, things spiral out of control quickly. Will Nate, the handsome and charming billionaire wolf shifter be able to save her from herself as well as the forces that threaten to harm her?

Snow Leopard Mountain by Suki Selborne
When workaholic executive assistant Cadence takes a business trip to Aspen, she never expected to find herself a suspect in a kidnapping — or to be swept off her feet by Sawyer, a hot snow leopard shifter who might just know how to make her dreams come true.

Found by Olivia Arran
When Alpha Adam Colstone escapes to his winter cabin for some much needed solitude and relaxation, rescuing a voluptuous she-wolf from frostbite was definitely not part of his plan. Waking up in the arms of a sizzling hot stranger, Claire Kendal thought all her Christmases had come at once…but she had to keep on running-didn’t she?


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This collection of fifteen winter/Christmas themed novellas definitely puts the shifters in their season. There are a few wolves, a panther and a snow leopard, but mostly these shifters are bears, mainly grizzlies but there’s also a polar bear added to the mix to keep things interesting. If you love your paranormal romance with fur and claws, then there’s a chance you’ll find something to enjoy here. Or if you’re a fan of any of these authors and existing series.

Personally, this is the first time I’ve encountered any of them and although shifters are usually my favourite paranormal romances, I have to admit that I did get a bit of shifter fatigue towards the end of this collection. Then again, fifteen stories all at once is probably a bit much for anyone. So here’s a breakdown of the ones I remember best.

The Good: Honeybear Christmas was obviously part of a series, using established characters. However, I found the story really intriguing and the characters fun, even if the menage felt a bit unnecessary, coming out of nowhere as it did.

How the Bear Stole Christmas was my favourite of the whole lot. The story is cute and quiet grizzly Dan was just adorable.

Bearing the Freeze was an intriguing second chance romance and I loved that the hero was a polar bear.

The Cowbear’s Secret Christmas Baby had a familiar, well worn story that I often encounter in contemporary romances, but I still enjoyed it and even got a bit sniffly at times.

I also enjoyed New Year Wolf and The Alpha Warlock Shifter’s Gift, but since they’re both only small parts of bigger things they felt a little incomplete. Treat them as appetisers and they may succeed in bringing you back for more.

The Bad: Bears in Wonderland was uncomfortable – I know why he was the way he was, but essentially he was stalking her and pushing too hard for what he wanted. It was not the least bit romantic and those councillors need to die.

The Panther’s Runaway Surrogate really irritated me. Does Devanta not understand what a surrogate is supposed to be? Clearly not since she keeps running off with the baby and argues over his name. Not your child! As for the whole two years before she knows about the shifting… stupid.

Jingle Bell Howl put me off on the very first page. Laney is a brat, her father is useless and I didn’t care in the least what happened to any of them.

The Others: My reaction to the other six stories ranged from okay to a bit dull, or just nice enough without any really memorable points. Which is kind of my overall feeling for this collection. It’s okay.

If you’re a huge shifter fan, or a fan of any of these authors, then this is probably just what you’re looking for. If you’re more of an occasional visitor to the paranormal romance genre (like me) there might not be enough here for you. On the whole I found the stories okay, with a few I really didn’t like and a couple I definitely did, but overall there wasn’t anything here that I found overly memorable or from a world I wanted to know more about. A nice distraction on long, cold nights, but there wasn’t anything here to bring me back for more.


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