Mating Dance by Bianca D’Arc

Mating Dance by Bianca D’Arc
Grizzly Cove Book 2
Publisher: Liefde Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (78 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Tom, Grizzly Cove’s only lawyer is also a badass grizzly bear, but he’s met his match in Ashley, the woman he just can’t get out of his mind. She’s got a dark secret, that only he knows.

When ugliness from her past tracks her to her new home, can Tom protect the woman he is fast coming to believe is his mate? And more, will she allow it? Or will she run from him, and the secrets of Grizzly Cove, forever?

As the lone attorney for Grizzly Cove, Tom Masdan is responsible for vetting every person who wants to move to the town. He approved the Baker sisters’ move to Grizzly Cove, and yet, he has not visited the bakery like everyone else in town. Now, with Brody mated to the oldest of the sisters, the Alpha asks Tom to check out the rest of the sisters to be sure they can be trusted to keep the secret of the town.

When Tom stops by to speak to Ashley, his bear sits up and declares ‘mate’ in no uncertain terms. As an attorney, Ashley admires the way Tom thinks, and is also taken with the fact that, besides being smart, Tom is very easy on the eyes. Of course, most of the shifters in Grizzly Cove are fine specimens of male delight, but she finds Tom even more attractive than most. When Tom reveals that he knows about the unfortunate incident that drove the Baker sisters to relocate, he lets Ashley know he is completely on her team, and that unless it becomes necessary, it is her secret to tell or not. When trouble, in the form of one nosy and persistent reporter arrives, the bears of Grizzly Cove decide to rally around Ashley and pay a furry visit to him at his campground, scaring him out of town and keeping Ashley safe. When Tom tells Ashley he thinks they are mates, she lets him know that she is ready to be with him too. Can Ashley accept his bear, with all that mating entails? Will the town accept that these human women are here to stay?

Mating Dance is the next episode of the Grizzly Cove series. I like that this world keeps expanding, and that the loyalty of the community is willing to accept humans as well as all varieties of bears. I loved the small town feeling of Grizzly Cove, and liked learning about the various talents each of the bears is developing.

Tom Masdan is the town lawyer, smart and loyal to the community. He has the responsibility of making sure that the folks approved to move to Grizzly Cove are not a danger to the town and the secret it holds, and he takes his responsibility very seriously. He knew all about the incident in Ashley’s past, and he felt that what happened was not her fault, and felt that she and her sisters would be an asset to the community, and now, having met her and found that she may just be his mate, he will make sure that she and her family is safe.

Ashley Baker is smart, but she is trying to stay out of the public eye after the incident in her past. This town of Grizzly Cove is where she hopes to make a new start, and her sisters support her no matter what. When she finds out that Tom, the town’s sexy and handsome lawyer knows about her past, she is afraid she will have to run again. She is shocked by her attraction to the town lawyer, and stunned when he seems to feel the same about her. I like that Ashley is not afraid to get closer to Tom, and enjoyed watching as these two found out how fast a relationship can move with the right partner.

There are lots of seriously hot encounters between Tom and Ashley, once they get past the initial meeting. I laughed so much at the description the men gave of how they ‘persuaded’ the reporter to leave town when he came looking for a story about Ashley, and how the bears all protected the sisters from the perceived threat of exposure. There are some very sweet moments in this as well, but it is one very hot romance; these bears don’t play around once they have met their mate, that is for sure. I look forward to more in this world, and recommend this to anyone who likes hot bear shifter romance.

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