After leaving her putz of an ex-boyfriend, Riley Gold is going back home. She’s had it with loser men and the only comfort she can handle right now is with her family. On the way home she has some car trouble (running into a tree doesn’t help) and has to seek the help of strangers. She meets stranger and bear shifter Theo Kodiak after knocking on his door. Theo is raising his four year old twin boys in Den County. His wife had been dead for three years and the First Moon Festival is fast approaching where he hopes to claim a new mate; will he be able to keep Riley considering she’s only human?
I’ve read a few of Hines stories in the past and while they’ve been okay, this one really sucked me in. This is a take on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Hines does a fine job with her storytelling. A preschool teacher, Riley has a quirky yet likable character. I found myself sympathizing with her and rooting for her to find where she belongs. She’s a wanderer who can’t seem to find a place where she’s comfortable, can settle down and call home. After the immediate and mutual attraction that she feels with Theo, Riley thinks she’s found that place, but then secrets are revealed and things start falling apart.
What a bear of a man Theo turns out to be! He’s a good father and productive member of Den County. He also happens to drawn to Riley like a bear to honey, but he knows that despite their explosive chemistry she’s leaving as soon as her car is drivable.
I’m not going to burst a bubble here, but there’s no great adventure in this – no high emotions (other than love and happiness), anger or guns ablazing –and the bad guy isn’t a bad guy at all, just a dude who’s made some really bad decisions. Instead of action adventure, we’re on a journey with Riley as she has to do what we all do – finding your happiness where you can.
There’s a pretty hot and heavy sex scene that really burned up the pages and made me a tad bit jealous of Riley – oh, to have that kind of focus put on you, such bliss. And yes, in case you’re wondering the twins steal every scene they’re in, rambunctious yet adorable.
Happy Reading Folks!
Bear’s Goldby Yvette HinesRelease Date: November 30, 2012Publisher: Romance Management, Inc