Claimed by Her Bears by Doris O’Connor
Publisher: Evernight Pubulishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/F, BDSM, Menage, Anal Sex, Spanking, F/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Take one very human girl. Add three bear shifters and one BDSM club. Shake well…
When Goldie Lockwood tumbles into the arms of the new CEO, she falls head over heels in lust with the enigmatic Dom. Interested in the lifestyle she might be, but Jason Stanhope seems way out of her league.
Jason’s bear wants nothing more than to bend Goldie over his desk and claim her right there, but that wouldn’t be appropriate. This bear shifter comes as a package deal—three for the price of one. As the oldest of triplets, his mate will also have to submit to his brother and sister.
While Goldie responds beautifully to his training, will a weekend at the club be one step too far, or can she be the sweet sub the siblings need? Revealing their bears might very well make Goldilocks live up to her name.
Goldilocks scent has been caught by not one but three bear shifter Doms. There’ll be no running when they catch her in their bed.
I’ve read some pretty imaginative versions of fairy tale rewrites in my time but the premise of this one caught my attention for it’s originality. I think it was the inclusion of a sister bear as opposed to three brother bears. How would the author develop a relationship between Goldie and Cat since Goldie would be mate to all three? I expected some F/F interaction but I wandered about how they would treat her outside of being a mate and sub as well as human. My interest was piqued and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
The story opens with some pretty serious sexual tension once Jason literally gets his hands on Goldie. That whole opening scene was both hot and entertaining partly because his bear really really wanted out to play. Like most fated-mates type stories, Goldie has very little control over her reactions when Jason is near. She appears to be a confident woman with only book knowledge of the BDSM world but accepts Jason’s challenge when he gives her “homework” and then proceeds to check her progress at his discretion. That part was a little odd but I chalked up his choice to examine her so intimately in a not so intimate setting to the fact that his bear needed the constant contact and ability to keep her on edge.
Next I met Jacob. Like his slightly older brother, he’s serious about being obeyed but I could tell right away that Jacob would be the more lenient Dom. Yes and no. He is a giving lover but he doesn’t let her get away with anything any more than his brother would. I liked Jacob, though. He represented safety for Goldie and this world she’d stepped into was on the harsh side of scary. She needed him.
“Cat was intense at the best of times.” That was an understatement. I’ve never had a dominatrix fantasy and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Having said that, just like Goldie needed the difference in personality that Jacob provided to the group, she embraced what Cat could give her as well. It took longer to warm up to the idea but once she saw beyond the exterior, saw the woman underneath, it made accepting her mates a lot easier.
This is not a light BDSM book. It’s not a fluffy shifter book, either. Bears growl. A lot! And they like to bite. A lot. Goldie’s reactions to everything she’s subjected to is pretty realistic. Being a part of their world is overwhelming and surreal. I had pity for her but at the same time I expected the intensity that comes with mating a shifter.
Readers who look for the fated-mate type books with an edge should check this one out. It’s a very naughty twist on the classic fairy tale that took this reader down a rabbit hole full of surprises.