Ella is the last of a dying breed of humans who live hidden deep in the forests of Washington State. All of her life, she has heard horror stories about the Others, the beasts that live beyond the safety of the mountains. In ancient times humans and the Others lived together in peace, but a great battle divided them, and the shape-shifting species won the war.
Ty Bearclaw, a grizzly-shifter, is the curator at the Washington State Animal Sanctuary, Research, and Observation Center (WSASROC). A call from a rancher about an unusual animal causing havoc along the borders of the National Forest brings him to the Olympic Mountain National Park. Ty is furious when he discovers that the rancher has placed a trap to capture the creature on government-protected property. His shock soon turns to horror and confusion when he locates the wounded "animal".
Ty finds more than he expects when a human, thought to be extinct, turns up in the trap. What is even more confusing is his bear's reaction to the female. When word escapes about his discovery, Ty must fight to protect the unusual woman who is more than an oddity - she is his mate!
Can Ty keep Ella alive and safe from a shifter obsessed with adding her to his private collection? Not only that, can he protect her when his own government threatens to take her away from him?
©2016 S. E. Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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As always, David Brenin did an excellent job performing this story, and I will forever be thankful to S.E. Smith for introducing me to his talent through her Alliance series.
As for the book itself, I loved it. For someone who reads and listens to many sci fi / fantasy romance books each month, this is such a unique way of approaching the Shifter genre. I read the book on Kindle a while back, and had read it again since then. I don't always buy the Audible for books I've read on Kindle, but as soon as I saw it was available for pre-order, I jumped on it. Imho, the story is that good.
In addition to being a refreshing and extremely enjoyable romance, it truly made the plight of Aboriginal peoples and their disappearing cultures real to me. I think the best books not only entertain, but also function as a telescope and a mirror, teaching us about others with whom we share this world and ourselves. I hope S.E. Smith allows this book to become a series. If so, I'm definitely going to be buying the Kindles and the Audibles from now on.
"Like but not love..."
I liked this story. S E Smith has quickly become a favorite of mine and the combination of her stories and David Brenin's narration is always a winner. Smith has created a fun and unique shifter world where humans are thought extinct until a lone female is discovered. Ty and Ella are likable characters. The storyline is decent. There are several good secondary characters. I just didn't completely "feel" the book. Something was missing for me though I'm struggling to put my finger on it. It was an enjoyable listen and it is worth the credit if for no other reason than to find a new shifter world to play around in.
"Excellent paranormal love story"
This story is so different than your normal shifter romance story. The story is centered around how humanity was almost extinct and forced into hiding. a battle from centuries ago between the shifters and the humans which left a low population of humans, the humans keep their existence hidden by living in the wild. While shifters continued to live believing humans were extinct and a myth in their current century. The shifters mostly live in cities. Until a shifter encounters a human female in the wild. I don't want to give away the story with much detail but This story is a must listen. It has all the emotions one can think of. Fear, love, anger, lust, prejudice, pride, determination ect.. the story also has many funny moments as well. The narration is fantastic as always.
S.E. Smith out did her self again. So credit worthy. I can't wait for the next book.
I thought this story was Ok, but not one of Smith's best works. I'm kind of interested in what happens to Ella's human friend - the girl, & will probably purchase whatever format of the story is cheapest if published. I do like Brenin as a narrator.
A MURDER MYSTERY THAT KEEPS ME ON MY TOES.
S.E. SMITH IS A WONDERFUL WRITER BUT I SEEMS LIKE SHE IS CALLING IT IN LATELY.
"Ella and the Beast"
Great book can't wait for the next set of storys hope they all get to safety
Once again Mrs Smith has captured me with her stories. I love the spin on the story and I can't wait to see what happens next. There's a mystery in there that hasn't been revealed yet
Love the strange new world, am intrigued by the reversal of shifter and human dominance. Can't wait for the next in this series.
"I really loved this story"
David Brenin is a great narrator. He does an excellent job of both male and female roles. The story was unique in how the roles were reversed. Can't wait for the next book in this series. Very strong male and female lead roles and the other characters were great too. It had just enough action, and loved the steamy romance scenes. Great job, and again David brought it to life. Recommend highly. Will be listening to this story again.
"I enjoyed this book!"
This is a great story, enjoyed the narrator also. Would definitely recommend. Hope you enjoy it as well.
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