Mixed Breeds: Bear Facts by Julia Talbot

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Mixed Breeds: Bear Facts by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Jeanette has no interest in all the political wrangling her werewolf pack is doing these days, so she strikes out on her own. She thinks she’s escaping any kind of danger, but being alone has its scary moments, too, like when she injures herself on a remote jog.

Werekitty Neale is happy to come to the rescue, and even happier to bring this sexy lady home to his werebear mate, Zane. The two boys think Jeanette is just what they need to complete their happy family, but is Jeanette willing to take a chance and lose her newfound independence?

There’s a lot to be said for an erotic romance when they are not bound by the rules of normal human society. Throw in the paranormal aspect and relationships form faster, prudish hesitation and coyness is not a game that gets played and an easy acceptance of their natures means that readers get to the good stuff faster. It’s a win-win situation because if you’re short on time and just need that hit of fun and frolic to get you through the day, these types of stories fit in perfectly.

Bear Facts has the additional bonus of a cute and sassy heroine who is simply fun. Jeanette’s sense of the silly and irreverence is what endeared her to both me and the heroes. What is interesting is that she is the way she is in the first place. There’s a lot that has gone on that could have shifted her personality to wary, bitter, aggressive or sour but she’s not any of those things. I liked getting to know her as much as the author let me. It’s like Ms. Talbot condensed the good aspects of the heroine.

The dynamic of a wolf, a kitty and a bear playing house is quite entertaining but the room that gets the most use is the bedroom. It’s there that a reader will see the three bond and get to know the other parts of each their personalities that will either make or break their budding romance. Naturally there is a lot of experimentation and testing of who likes what and who likes to do what to whom, but that’s half the fun of the story. It’s how the relationship grew.

Neale was adorable and perky, and Zane was big, gruff and adorable in his own way. The author used her words to depict what Neale’s role was in the relationship as opposed to Zane. It was helpful because this is the second book in the series and I’d not read the first one. Turns out I didn’t need to. Ms. Talbot provided just enough information to make me understand how Zane and Neale originally got together and pique my interest to read their story without bogging down this one with details or losing me because I didn’t have enough. That’s a hard balance to make in a short story amongst a series, yet she accomplished it.

My only let down was the conflict. It really wasn’t about the relationship per se. Oh, there was a tiny bit of internal angst but it paled in the face of the meaty one that the author teased me with. It had the capacity to be juicier, and to have a more powerful impact on cementing Jeanette’s decisions about her choices regarding Neale and Zane. It fell a bit flat. I wanted that high drama, if only for a few paragraphs, to really sink my teeth into and see how it affected the main protagonists on a higher level than what was delivered. It was too weak for me and I was disappointed. I prefer the heroes and heroine to work a bit harder for their happy ever after. It makes their commitment more real for me.

On the whole, Mixed Breeds: Bear Facts is simply entertaining. It provides a lot of smiles, certainly a few hot flashes and is a pleasant way to spend some time. If you like sexy hijinks with some growls, purrs and fantastic mixed coupling, this might be the book to try.

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