Sunday, September 24, 2017

Book Review: 'Bought By A Bear' by Aria Chase

New author Aria Chase made her publishing debut with her successful series EMERALD CITY SHIFTERS of which BEARLY BREATHING was the initial installment and now BOUGHT BY A BEAR is Book 6. Aria writes steamy paranormal romances and her books are brief but sound and pungent.

Aria has that talent for pulling the reader into the atmosphere of a story so casually that we feel at home as we get to know the characters. For example she opens with, ‘’ Olivia smoothed her little black dress before stepping onto the stage, swallowing down a bout of nerves and trying to quiet the colony of butterflies in her stomach. It didn’t matter how many times she gave a speech; she always had this reaction speaking in public. It would pass within the first few words, but she always dreaded making speeches just the same. Tonight, it was for a fun event, and she hoped that would relieve even more pressure, easing her fluttering nerves that much sooner. When she approached the podium, she looked out at the sea of tables in the ballroom at the Meade Hotel, pleased to see it was a full house, filled with familiar donors, along with others she didn’t recognize. The attendees would have paid a thousand dollars per plate to be at the event, so that boded well for the charity auction raising much-needed funds for their new project. Her voice emerged confident, a stark contrast to the nerves making her knees tremble behind the podium. “Thank you for joining us, ladies and gentlemen. As you know, WishGranters Foundation fulfills once-in-a-lifetime wishes for children who are terminally ill or stricken with a life-changing illness. When I was eight years old, my then-eleven-year-old sister Dana was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is an aggressive brain tumor. It progressed rapidly, and there wasn’t much doctors could do, but I remember Dana being so excited when WishGranters gave our entire family a trip to Disney World. That memory stayed with me, and so when I had the opportunity to come work for the foundation a few years ago, I jumped at it.” Little does Olivia know what is about to alter her life.

The story chugs along, a steam locomotive, and the plot is well outlined – ‘She’s an earnest philanthropist. He’s a billionaire with a dark secret who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is her. When Olivia Thornton agrees emcee a charity auction for WishGranters Foundation, she doesn’t expect to end up on the auction block. That doesn't stop billionaire Jensen Meade from bidding six million dollars for an evening of her time. Olivia is shocked by Jensen’s offer. She’s still recovering from a bad relationship, and the last thing she needs is a man who thinks he can buy her love. But at the same time, she knows how badly the foundation could use that money. Reluctantly, she agrees to go on a date with him. After all, it’s only one night. One look at Olivia, and Jensen is hooked. As a former military-hot-shot-turned-billionaire, he’s used to being in charge, no matter what. But when someone seeking revenge against Jensen sets his sights on Olivia, things get messy. Jensen knows he can win Olivia over if she would just give him a chance. But keeping her without revealing the truth about his past? That’s going to be his greatest challenge yet. And he’s willing to pay any price to do it.’

Nice novel – a comfortable length and involvement for an evening’s entertainment and stimulation. Grady Harp, August 17
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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