Bear Arms by Lynn Red

ARMS
Bear Arms by Lynn Red
Mating Call Dating Agency #4
Publisher: Yellow Moon Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Heat Rating: Hot
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Rabbit-shifting blogger Alexis Headly just needs to vent about some potholders she screwed up. She feels like her skin is crawling, her scalp is prickly, and she’s about ready to go COMPLETELY nuts… unless she finds a mate.

But where’s a girl to look? Especially one as busy, as neurotic, and as temperamental as Lexie?

For the last five years, bear-shifting soldier Blake Rogan has known nothing but desert. As a jack-of-all-trades mechanic, he’s fixed everything from jammed up helicopter blades to busted ATV treads. But now, as he’s returning home for the first time in half a decade, he’s got something a whole lot trickier to mend: his heart.

Lexie knows she’s on the verge of going batty which is especially bad for a rabbit. That is, until her phone rings and she suddenly finds her ears filled with growly, sexy, bear voice. Could it be? Did Eve and the Mating Call Dating Agency come through for her?

With a bang (and a trip, and a fall and a totally awesome somersault) Lexie and Blake are just in time to save each other from a long trip down the well of insanity… but will Lexie’s uncertainty and Blake’s lingering fear of trust get in the way of something they both know in their hearts they need?

If you’re in the mood for a sugared piece of romance candy then this little novella is the right choice. It focuses on Lexie and Blake, two people who are at a crossroads in their lives where they finally face the fact that they are lonely. So alone that not having someone to love and trust is wearing on them but neither know where to turn. Enter the Mating Call Agency and its were-owl proprietor. For some reason, people believe Eve can work magic and they go to her when they want someone they care for, or love, to be happy by falling in love. Unbeknownst to either Blake or Lexie, they’ve both got someone who cares enough to go the extra mile to give their relationship a chance. The first step is to get them to meet. The rest is pure happy fun.

The plot of Blake and Lexie falling in love is diluted a bit with a concurrent side trip about Eve and her past love. From what I gather, Ms. Red’s intent is to finally give Eve her own HEA eventually. She’s done so much for everyone else in town, she’s sure to be due and I am totally behind that concept. I just felt the level of that foreshadowing was a bit heavy handed and it was a disservice to both Blake and Lexie. Perhaps if the book was longer it would have balanced better with the plot. As it was, I kind of felt shortchanged because I really liked the adorable, quick and quirky courtship that the two protagonists engaged in. I loved how they laughed and held nothing back.

That being said, Bear Arms is a fast read and it’s enjoyable. A reader will find many scenes that will make them smile or smirk. The description of their drowning in the depths of each other’s eyes was quite romantic and the book is filled with delightful sugary sweetness with a bit of tart and sassy thrown in. This is a cute story and I was definitely entertained.

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