Looking for a chance to be her own person, Tessa Williams
hopes that Haines, Alaska will bring forth good fortune for
her and the B&B business she hopes to start. However, upon
getting there, she realizes that things may be a little
more complicated than she first hoped. As a cougar moving
into a place filled with wolves, she is hoping for a smooth
transition. And it is... Until Mark Weaver, wolf and owner
of the building Tessa has her sights on for her new B&B
business, tells her that she is his mate.
Thrown for a loop, Tessa isn't ready to simply give in and
be a mate to a man she just met. She wishes to do things
the traditional way and fall in love with Mark first. This
makes Mark's wolfy side growl in disapproval, but Mark
knows that finding your mate is important and he will do
anything in order to make sure she stays with him.
Vivian Arend is a master at writing shifter stories, not to
mention short shifter stories. This is so important to
mention because I don't think that everyone has the unique
ability to write a believable, fun and entertaining love
story in such a tight word count. I thoroughly enjoyed this
story and especially loved the way that Arend was able to
infuse her characters with so much personality. It simply
makes her characters shine in a way that makes them stand
out and become memorable.
Tessa Williams is looking to make her mark outside the
family business, and the unusual landlocked paddle wheeler
she spots in Haines, Alaska, strikes her as the perfect
location. Only the owner is being difficult, refusing to
sell. Still, she’s sure that replacing her written queries
with a little in-person charm is all she’ll need to shortly
have her Eco-tour B&B on the road to success.
Local wolf-slash-owner of said vessel, Mark Weaver, isn’t
hanging on to the landmark building out of spite. There are
more reasons for holding back the sale than are easily
explained on paper. A face-to-face meeting to resolve the
matter only confounds it—when Mark recognizes Tessa as his mate.
But she’s a cat...and cats don’t do insta-mates.
The sexual attraction between them isn’t in question, just
everything else. He wants her. She wants twue wuv. His wolf
can’t figure out what the holdup is. Her cat thinks the
entire situation, and the pack, are rather amusing.
Somewhere in here is the beginning of a beautiful
relationship—if they don’t drive each other mad.
Warning: One hyper cat, one laid-back wolf. Inappropriate
use of permanent markers, and a heaping side dish of cat/dog
jokes. Shenanigans (read: nookie) in front of a roaring
fire. Spiced liberally with sarcasm. Enjoy!