BEAR MEETS GIRL
Laurenston has a great feel for how animals, or animal shifters, might act and interact. That insight, combined with a great sense of humor, makes for wonderful scenes such as a huge winter outdoor party for shifters who tease each other in uniquely feline ways. Unfortunately these highlights are sometimes overwhelmed by too many characters, too much detail and too much brawling.
Polar bear shifter Crush is a logical, by-the-book, somewhat OCD cop — and a huge hockey fan. Cella is a bare-knuckle fighter, hockey player, special team assassin tiger shifter who loves to play mind games. When these two wake up intertwined the morning after a few too many jello shots, Crush is appalled and Cella thinks he’s a lot of fun to play with. Things heat up when Cella blackmails Crush into posing as her boyfriend to stop her matchmaking aunts, and they are thrown together professionally to find out who is hunting, killing and stuffing shifters. (BRAVA, Apr., 336 pp., $14.00)