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Book Review: Bearly There, by Bailey Bradford

Bearly There - Bailey Bradford

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One surly bear and one bunny boy…what could possibly go wrong?

Jagger Osterman is having a bad day. In fact, he’s not the slightest bit impressed with 2015 at all. His job is on the line, and it’s not like he loves being a marketing wunderkind, but he has to do something to pay the bills. If he had his way, he’d just vanish into the mountains and live out his life as the black bear he yearns to shift into. Unfortunately, Jagger doesn’t have the time to let his beast run. He has responsibilities that he can’t walk away from.

Kevin Kelly could tell Jagger a thing or two about bad days, bad years, and just out and out bad luck. He made the mistake of smarting off to a curandera years ago and hasn’t been able to shake the curse she put on him yet. There’s not an area of his life that hasn’t been screwed up in one way or another. As a pronghorn shifter, he’d be okay on his own in the wild. Sure, there’d be predators, but Kevin had come to realize the worst predators were the human kind.

But he can’t shift. He’s been solidly bound to human form since being cursed.

Two men, both trapped in their own ways. They’re about to find out that freedom comes in many forms.

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Book – Bearly There

Author – Bailey Bradford

Star rating – ★★★★

No. of Pages – 114

Cover – Nice

POV – 3rd person, dual POV

Would I read it again – Probably

Genre – LGBT, paranormal, gay

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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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For me, this was quite a fascinating read. I look forward to more books in the series, but there were a few issues with this one that stopped it from being as fantastic as it could have been.

I loved that we got to see the story both Kevin and Jagger’s POV. Kevin is such a sweet guy, so determined and self-sufficient, despite being beat down ever since he was cursed. For all that he’s right about Jagger being dense sometimes, and disbelieving of his curse, he’s also a good character. Strong, dominant and protective, he’s everything Kevin needs. Jagger has a bit of an ego on him, that grated on my nerves sometimes.

For me, the sex was the let down, as were the slightly ridiculous and extreme ‘accidents’ caused by the curse. I think both were overdone, for such a short story, that it became a little tedious and exaggerated after a while. The sex was secondary to the sizzling emotional, primal chemistry that Kevin and Jagger shared. I could easily have lived without half the sex scenes, which were a little aggressive and rushed for my liking.

As for spelling/grammar, there are a lot of mistakes, though this is an ARC. Still, I always mark up what I see in case it helps. The problems were small, but did affect the flow of the reading:

“left arm put” instead of pit

“strong, wiry and strong”

“see the inside the creepy”

“something on your stomach” instead of in.

Also, using “tits” for a man is a complete no-no for me. Ever! I let it go in this one, purely because it was only used twice in the whole story. It still really put me off, though. As did the last 6% of the story being adverts. I was looking forward to an Epilogue or something, to finalise the story, but the ending came kind of suddenly.

Overall, the story had a really good plot and world building. There are great characters and I look forward to reading more about the series. The curse was a nice, new addition to the shifter world. None of the shifters actually shifted until the very end, which was disappointing, but hopefully each book will deal with that differently.

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Favourite Quote

“I asked questions and you evaded. If I freeze to death out here waiting for answers, you’ll have to live with the guilt.”

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