#BookRelease: Bear's Shadow by Desiree L. Scott @dlscottauthor

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Bear’s Shadow (Vendetta Series Book 2)

Author Desiree L. Scott

Genre:  Paranormal

Kindle Edition, 140 pages

Published October 2nd 2017 by Lavish Publishing, LLC


Nikki Calhoun is on the run, fueled by terror of the shadowy world she had married into. Desperate to survive and nowhere to hide, Nikki turns to the wolf shifter pack of her childhood but it’s hard for her to trust anyone, even the people closest to her.

Enforcer and bear-shifter Bret Axel receives a call from his cousin who manages his Portland nightclub about suspicious activity. After obtaining the approval of his Alpha, he travels to Portland. Two nights later, screams of a woman shatter the silence of the dock and with the help of his cousin, they save her from being killed.

A twisted tale of hunter and prey, two worlds collide as Bret falls for the human and then struggles to convince her that they are meant to be together. It’s up to him and the Crescent Ice Pack to get to the bottom of the brutal acts of one man. Will Nikki survive the wrath of her estranged husband or will the murky world of Edward Calhoun destroy her and any who try to help?

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Bear's Shadow is Book 2 in the Vendetta Series. The story thrusts us right into the life abuse that Nikki, the heroine, is enduring at the hands of her husband. She is able to escape, and in her attempt to get help, she ends up in Bret's nightclub.

Even though, Nikki and Bret haven't met before, Nikki has history with Bret's wolf pack family. Despite the years of abuse, Nikki's inner strength hasn't completely died and it comes out in her stubbornness and sense of determination.

Bret is a gentle giant and I liked him very much. He is a beta in the pack, but he's still a bear, so his gentleness and caring was sweet. The romance between Nikki and Bret is likewise sweet and develops evenly over the course of the story.

The story is quite dark, dealing with some heavy stuff like spousal abuse, sex trafficking and general violence. For a 140-paged book, I thought the story made a good attempt in dealing with these issues within a romance setting.

One main issue I had with the story was the level of focus on Nikki's husband. I'm usually not the biggest fan of books that start with the heroine still with her (soon-to-be) ex. In this case, it was understandable, because the husband is an integral part of the plot and even gets some scenes written in his POV. While it was interesting to read the scenes in his POV, I didn't think this was necessary. The main question I had about his motivation is answered through dialogue in a scene written in Nikki's POV.

There was also one issue that raised a brow. Nikki's ex had been watching the wolf pack for days and somehow didn't realise they were shifters. I found this odd. While the author mentions that they shifters have been discrete, their actual shifting seemed to have happened without any special precautions taken, so I would have expected someone watching the place closely to notice.

I would also have liked to see a few little more scenes of Nikki and Bret, which would have upped the sexual tension.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and would likely check out the Book 1.

Crescent Vendetta - Book 1 of the Vendetta Series

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Desiree L. Scott has been writing since she was sixteen years old. There have been many influences within her life that has set her on the path that she cannot help but walk. A few of those influences consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines my own writing but they have indeed influenced her desire to live outside of her own world and to create the thrill of her dreams.

Desiree lives on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with her ten-year old daughter, with the wonderful addition of four dogs. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps her creativity as she sits on her top deck with her laptop and coffee close by.

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