Bear Naked and Bite Marks by Jenika Snow

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Bear Naked and Bite Marks by Jenika Snow
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (105 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Melissa Damien, a wolf shifter, has always lived her life to the fullest. She may have a sassy attitude, but she makes no excuses for who she is. But then she meets her mate in the form of a frightening and dominating bear, and Melissa wonders if being mated is really worth it.

Declan Faylon, a grizzly bear shifter, has worked for the Shifter Intelligence League as a skilled killer since a young age. But since leaving the SIL he is now a mercenary. He never needed anyone in his life, at least not until he sees his mate.

But Declan isn’t the only one that wants Melissa. When people start overdosing and are found in cornfields, Declan will have to use lethal training and animal strength to make sure his mate stays safe.

Bear Naked and Bite Marks is the fifth in Jenika Snow’s Sweet Water series. It’s possible to read it as a standalone, but as someone who’s read the whole series so far, I really like the build up of knowing who past characters are. I will say that I didn’t connect with Melissa and Declan as a couple as much as I did past couples. There was a lack of deeper emotion between them that followed me through the whole story. It’s a very sexy and erotic book, and when they were together sexually they definitely had major chemistry.

I did like that Melissa was a strong female character and outside the bedroom, she was willing and able to put Declan in his place. Declan is a male who isn’t used to actual relationships so I gave him a lot of slack for his at times brutish behavior.

I will be visiting Sweet Water again, if she writes more, because while this wasn’t my favorite out of the series, I do enjoy the little escape the stories bring. It’s a very steamy read that will definitely get the engines going, because Ms. Snow can definitely write a very erotic sex scene.

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