Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Bearly There
Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: City Shifters #1
Heroes: Jagger Osterman/Kevin Kelly
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 114 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: One surly bear and one bunny boy…what could possibly go wrong?
Jagger Osterman is having a bad day. In fact, he’s not the slightest bit impressed with 2015 at all. His job is on the line, and it’s not like he loves being a marketing wunderkind, but he has to do something to pay the bills. If he had his way, he’d just vanish into the mountains and live out his life as the black bear he yearns to shift into. Unfortunately, Jagger doesn’t have the time to let his beast run. He has responsibilities that he can’t walk away from.
Kevin Kelly could tell Jagger a thing or two about bad days, bad years, and just out and out bad luck. He made the mistake of smarting off to a curandera years ago and hasn’t been able to shake the curse she put on him yet. There’s not an area of his life that hasn’t been screwed up in one way or another. As a pronghorn shifter, he’d be okay on his own in the wild. Sure, there’d be predators, but Kevin had come to realize the worst predators were the human kind.
But he can’t shift. He’s been solidly bound to human form since being cursed.
Two men, both trapped in their own ways. They’re about to find out that freedom comes in many forms.
Review: Kevin was cursed by a curandero (witch) because he was too conceited, now he can’t shift into his pronghorn shape and he’s terminally klutzy. He keeps losing jobs because of said curse and said klutziness, and he’s currently doing a horrible job as a candy-gram singer. That’s where he meets Jagger.
Jagger is stagnating in his current job. He likes it but hasn’t really taken the time to be a bear in awhile and is losing touch with his other half. When Kevin delivers his birthday candy-gram, he’s immediately drawn to him, though he’s not his typical “type”. Kevin is injured on the job and loses his job – sort of because of Jagger.
They strike up a “relationship” stemming from attraction – and a little guilt – that quickly becomes something serious.
When Jagger refuses to acknowledge the reality of the “curse” Kevin’s seeming bad luck seems to convince him otherwise. Together they work to find a cure and in the meantime fall for each other.
This is a cute little shifter story about finding love, being true to yourself and believing that which cannot be touched.
They don’t really capitalize on the “shifter” part of themselves – which makes this mostly about two guys finding each other and a little magic – but it’s still a sweet story.
Recommended for a light read on a rainy afternoon.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*