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Bear Necessities

Bear Necessities - Dana Marie Bell This is the first book in the Halle Shifters series by Dana Marie Bell. I originally got this book because of the love I have for bear shifters from Shelly Laurenston's Pride & Pack series and I wanted a bit of a fix waiting for the next book to come out. It seems many authors have done the werewolf and werecat thing, but so few have done werebears. So when I find one, I have to check it out.

We are introduced to Alexander "Bunny" Bunsun, a bear shifter, as he is traveling with his cousin Ryan to the small town of Halle, Pennsylvania. He plans on checking in on his cousin and then heading back to Oregon to look for a she-bear and maybe settle down. But before they even locate their cousin, Bunny wonders into a tattoo shop and scents his mate. Tabitha "Tabby" Garwood is a wolf who has been been Outcast by her former pack and spent 8 long years living and running as a wolf. She has only recently settled into town and is finally making a place for herself among the Pumas who live in and run the town.

The story is told from their two viewpoints and switches back and forth. It was quite a bit raunchier then Shelly Laurenston's series, but didn't center around sex. The plot line is rich with details and there is something of a mystery to be solved concerning why another wolf is trying so hard to harass Tabby and her friends. Bunny and Tabby's romance moves quickly, but as it is explained to Tabby's human friends, you just know your mate and you really want to be with them, staying away hurts.

I believe that I this series is tied to another series by Ms. Bell, the Halle Puma series, but I didn't really feel that I missed anything vital by not reading this other series. Though I will say, that I will probably start the hunt for the other series, because the dialogue was great and the plot line moved at a nice pace. It was a very enjoyable read by an author I had never read before. I am giving it 3 stars on Goodreads, because it was a fun and fast read.