Book Reviews

One And Only Bear (Grizzly List 2) by Julia Talbot at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Firefighters / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-August-2017

Book Blurb

Sometimes a bear is more than just a bear.

Oscar is a socially awkward bear who’s not like the other bear shifters in Colorado. He’s a white spirit bear, and he works as a phone psychic. When he decides to try the Grizzly List weekly, he’s only looking for a friend, knowing love isn’t in the cards for him.

Firefighter Patrick is an outgoing grizzly shifter who’s happy to meet Oscar and give him whatever he needs, as long as Oscar doesn’t need a mate. Patrick doesn’t believe in fated mates. Can these two teach each other that what they want and what they need aren’t the same thing?

First Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks, 2016.

Book Review

After enjoying ‘Bear Wanted’, the first book in this highly entertaining series, as much as I did, I was looking forward to reading ‘One and Only Bear’.  With a white spirit bear shifter who is socially awkward and an outgoing grizzly shifter who is extroverted, there were bound to be some issues. Like Lane and Fin in book one, Oscar and Patrick meet via the “Grizzly List”, a website specializing in personal ads for bears and those who are looking for them. But Oscar only wants a friend to cuddle with, not thinking he is all that attractive, and Patrick only wants some fun, although he is interested in doing way more than cuddling. It sounds potentially complicated right from the beginning, so while still shaking my head a little, wondering how this was supposed to work, I jumped right in.

Oscar is an unusual shifter – he is a white spirit bear. The fact that he works as a phone psychic made me grin, it is just too perfect. Oscar is quite happy to stay at home and live online, but he is lonely. He finally gets up the courage to put an ad in the Grizzly List weekly, and gets a response, he is super excited and close to hyperventilating from dread at the same time. It takes him a while, but Patrick is so patient that Oscar begins to open up, only to fall in love. Not something within their agreement. And when Patrick finds out Oscar has begun to think of him as a mate? The idiot runs for the hills and Oscar is left with a broken heart.

Patrick is a grizzly shifter, a firefighter, and he loves being out with friends. He thinks someone “just wanting cuddles” is sad, but the ad sounds interesting and Oscar sounds cute in the first few phone calls, so Patrick keeps moving ahead. They have fun, but when Oscar balks at being out with too many of Patrick’s friends at once and mentions mates – not something Patrick believes in for bears – Patrick panics and breaks things off. Biggest mistake he ever made – but how is he supposed to fix it?

If you like stories about unusual bear shifters and the grizzly shifters they fall for, if you think two men with opposite social needs meeting and falling in love might be interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that is as sweet and hot as it is angsty and fun, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 95 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-January-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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