Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair by Lorelei Moone

An Unexpected Affair
by Lorelei Moone
Series:  Scottish Werebear #1
Pub. Date:  Nov. 20, 2015 / Sept. 25, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Narrator:  Patrick Blackthorne
Length:  2 hrs 18 min / 92 pgs
Format:  Audiobook / eBook
Source:  IndieSage PR / Kindle Unlimited
Challenges:  New to You, Kindle Unlimited

My Rating:  
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Romance novelist, Clarice Adler, has lost the inspiration to write ever since dumping her cheating boyfriend. How do you dream up a plot of two people falling in love, when you’ve stopped believing in love yourself? But her deadline is looming, and her career hangs in the balance, so she decides to lock herself away on the secluded Scottish Isle of Skye to finish her manuscript. Upon meeting Derek McMillan there, it seems she’s found her new muse and the words start to flow out of her as if by magic. Clarice falls for him, hard, despite knowing nothing about the man, except that he’s unavailable.

Derek McMillan has been managing his farm and renting out a few holiday cottages on his own for years now. He deals with the occasional tourist for some extra money, but mostly keeps to himself. When he first lays eyes on the curvy beauty, Clarice, he immediately regrets accepting her booking. Lightning strikes, and as much as he tries to deny it, his inner bear knows that she’s his mate. But he’s a shifter, and she’s a human, and the two can’t ever mix, can they? 

In this steamy paranormal romance novella, follow along as an impossible love blossoms between two people, who couldn’t be more different. One might say fate intended for them to meet, if you believe in that sort of thing, but they’re both set on fighting their attraction with everything they’ve got. They’re going to need another push to admit to themselves as well as each other what’s going on…

I'm not usually a big fan of short stories (<100 pages), but I actually liked this one. I do have a harder time writing reviews for these stories, because you can't take say much about the plot w/o giving away spoilers. 

I liked the hero, Derek . He was a bit of a solitary guy, to which I can definitely relate. As a werebear, I thought it was funny that he raised bees. It made me think of Winnie the Pooh and his hunny jar. He really fought his attraction and feelings toward Claire at first because she is, gasp, a human. As for Clarice, I could take her or leave her. She is a romance writer, so I thought that would be fun. I loved that Derek became her muse for the book she was working on. However she is quick to make ridiculous assumptions like thinking he is married, then thinking he betrayed her when she finds out he is not. That whole line of thinking was silly and aggravating to me.

Oddly enough, this was not a story of instalove. They aren't together for the first half or more of the book... but man, then everything happened at lightning speed and left me feeling a little bewildered. Usually this is where the shorter stories start to bother me, but I was able to take this one in the spirit it was offered and just roll with it. If you have an hour to kill, this story is not a bad way to pass the time.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I didn't care for the narrator that much for this story. He didn't sound Scottish enough, or "beary" enough. In fact, his voice stayed pretty consistent throughout no matter which character was speaking. I prefer for my narrators to get into the characters, change accents, inflections, etc. So I ended up dropping the audiobook and picking up the ebook from Kindle Unlimited. That way everyone sounded appropriate in my head, even including the beary growls.

Audiobook Sample

About the Author

Lorelei Moone
Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she's not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.
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About the Narrator

After leaving the corporate world by selling his successful logistics business at age 45, Patrick Blackthorne has been able to devote himself to his passions: sailing, classic guitar as well as making a difference in the world by serving on the boards of several non profits. His first foray into storytelling was nightly reading to his nieces and nephews, but since then he has moved on to bed time stories of a more intimate, grown-up nature. While racing across the Atlantic, he began recording stories to upload for the family while at sea, which he enjoyed so much it inspired the beginning of a brand new career as a professional narrator. Keep an eye out for future releases of his favorite kind of stories: tales of the sensual and erotic.

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