The Bear Project by Doris O’Connor

The Bear Project by Doris O’Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (133 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex, Anal Play, Spanking, BDSM
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed By Tulip

When Animal conservationist Emmi Layne meets bad boy Cole Jackson there is no denying the instant lust between them. She has a thing for bears, after all. However, you cannot build a relationship on awesome sex alone, especially when you live on different continents, and have nothing in common.

Everything changes when Emmi discovers that their night of passion has left her with more than erotic memories. She has no means of contacting him, even if she wanted to, but she hasn’t counted on this bear shifter’s determination.

Cole is not what he seems, and he will stop at nothing to claim what’s his—even if that means breaking all the rules. Can he trust the mating bond to deliver, or will it spell the end of an ancient blood line? With the odds stacked against them, can this unlikely duo find happiness together?

This book was a great paranormal romance. It a little bit of everything to keep me interested in the story from beginning to end.

The book kicks off when Emmi gets stranded in a shifter town and ends up being rescued by a sexy grizzly shifter who just happens to be her mate. Things heat up rather quickly for these two and Cole ends up claiming Emmi in the heat of the moment, so to speak. Then morning came and the second guessing reservations set in for them both. Cole is keeping some big secrets, and this leads to misconceptions that jeopardize the mating bond. Alas, Emmi ends up running back home, only to find out their one night of trysting has lasting consequences.

I liked a lot of things about this book. The plot was really good. It had plenty of surprise twists that kept me guessing about things. It was so well developed that it took me a while to realize that the book was actually part of an already ongoing series. The author did her job well, and it wasn’t hard to catch upat all. More to the point, the story was so well laid out that I didn’t feel like I had to catch up on anything, though I will be reading the book that I’ve missed as soon as possible.

The characters were wonderful to read about. Cole was the perfect shifter hero, strong, sexy and possessive of his mate. I liked Emmi, though I felt that she accepted the shifter thing rather easily. The author thrilled me with the wonderfully descriptive love scenes and the graphic dialogue. She threw in plenty of naughty fun that included anal play, spanking and some light bondage. Lastly, the writing itself was excellent. All of these things combined to make this book a joy to read.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sexy shifter books.


  1. Added it to my list, thanks for the (enthusiastic) review 😉

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