Scarlett and the Bear (Fairy Tales with a Shift) by Cara Wylde

Scarlett

Scarlett and the Bear is the next book in the Shift Your Fate series by author Cara Wylde. This fairy tale is a re-imagined telling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Scarlett is amazing at throwing her father’s hunting knives. She practices everyday and never misses her mark. While practicing one day, a strange man approaches her. He learns of the wolf-shifter and the hell he is putting the villages through. She lives in a place called “5 Villages”. All five villages used to have their own names but since being taken over by the wolf-shifter, they all are named collectively. Each year, a tribute of sorts, is chosen from one of the villages and this year is Scarlett’s villages turn.

All the eligible people gather in a group. The mayor spins all the names until he feels that they’re mixed up enough. He pulls out a name and it happens to be Scarlett’s. She is in shock while her mom begins wailing immediately. The men close around Scarlett so she can’t run but she’s too numb to think of doing anything.

That night, she is escorted into the woods. After they reach the clearing, she keeps walking on her own since the townsfolk are too scared to go any further.

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This is a short book with around 60 pages. So it doesn’t take a long time to read. It’s a cute story although I thought part of it was rushed. I would have liked for a couple scenes to have been longer but it’s good the way it is. I love reading Cara’s works and this one is no different. I never have been a huge fan of Little Red Riding Hood but I do like her version.

60 pages

99 cents on Amazon Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

***I received a PDF version in exchange for my opinion.***

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Bear Unbound (Shift Your Fate #1) by Cara Wylde

Bear Unbound

Amazon Description: Beautiful, curvy Amber is ready to reclaim her freedom. She’s had enough of her husband’s lies and she’s done with his family’s weird rules. She’s getting a divorce, and she’s taking her 8-year-old daughter with her. Oh, and she’s determined to stay away from men. For now at least. But her best friend, Rebecca, has other things in mind. She takes her to the one place where Amber can find what she’s truly looking for: Shift Your Fate. Instead of advising her to leave her past behind, the empath Kassandra reminds her there was someone else before her ex-husband, someone who could have made her happy, if only she had given him a chance.

Tyler Atwood lost contact with Amber ten years ago, when she married Stephan Castell. He had a choice to make then: tell her the truth about her husband, or step aside and leave them be. He chose the latter. Amber wouldn’t have believed him anyway. Bear-shifters? An Assassins’ Guild hunting supernatural people? On second thought, it was better if she never knew. Now, Amber is back into his life. Being with her puts both of them in danger, but how could he resist? She’s always been the only woman who could tame his bear.

Bear Unbound is the first book in the Shift Your Fate series of standalone novels. What you should expect: hot, steamy scenes, growly Alpha males, beautiful, curvy heroines, and well-deserved happily ever afters. Intended for readers 18+.

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Amber is married to Stephan Castell and they have an 8 year old daughter together, Ava. Amber is tired of Stephan’s cheating and lying and the lack of treatment from him and his family. She leaves with Ava and goes to her best friends place in New York. Ava thinks they are on a mini-vacation shortly before school starts. Becca and Amber go out to lunch with Ava one day. Becca takes Ava home and suggests that Amber step into the office across the street and talk to Kassandra. Talking to Kassandra brings up Tyler, one of Amber’s old friends that she used to talk to and then they just quit.

Amber messages Tyler and it sets them off on a whirlwind of adventure and romance. But Stephan isn’t going to let Amber go without a fight. Amber wants nothing more than to be rid of Stephan but after she learns what Tyler says, how will she feel about Tyler as well? Or any of the others for that matter when other stuff comes to light?

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Cara Wylde is no new author to me. I’ve read plenty of her books and always liked them. This one is no exception. Although, I do think that parts of this were rushed. I think there could have been more backstory on each of the characters as well. Overall, it’s still a good story. I can’t wait for the next book in the Shift Your Fate series to find out how this whole thing plays out.

I do like that on the Amazon page, it CLEARLY states that there are other books in the set and what they are. Too often authors don’t include there are other books in there and you are disappointed when you realize the story is short but there’s over 300+ pages. This story itself, in PDF format is 175 pages. It’s available for 99 cents on Kindle and free with Kindle Unlimited.

***I received an advanced copy in PDF format in exchange for my honest opinion.***

SPY GAMESĀ®!: ISIS MOLE BREAKER by RICHARD PORTER

Spy Games

I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion.

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We first meet Angela as she is unloading her laundry baskets to go into a laundromat to do her and her sons laundry. She hated going there but had no choice in the matter. She only went when she absolutely had too. (I’m like her in this way as I wait until almost the last of my clothes are dirty before I do them. I HATE laundry.)

Steve is first seen at the laundromat sitting in the spot where Angela normally does, in between two washers. The seats in front are normally taken by a mother and her children while the seats in the back vary on who is there. Steve goes to vacate the chair for Angela but she declines. His load of very few things finishes up in the dryer. They have some smalltalk where Angela lies and says she is at the laundromat every Saturday.

When she shows up on Saturday, guess who is there and waiting? Yep, you guessed it. Steve. Angela notices that he’s washing the exact same things as the previous visit and comments on it. He admits to not having enough dirty clothes to do and that he grabbed the clothes he hadn’t put away yet. They start talking and he eventually asks where she works. He already knows the answer but wants to see how honest or how dishonest she will be. She isn’t TOTALLY dishonest when she tells him in a government building.

He pushes to know where exactly and she doesn’t feel comfortable giving him that information.

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There’s a lot of action and adventure in this book. It’s fast paced and a great read. The ONLY negative thing I have to say for the pdf version I received is that it doesn’t seem to be edited properly. This is one of my pet peeves and I almost quit reading a few pages into it but I am GLAD that I pushed myself to ignore the formatting and editing and to read it. Once I got past that issue, I had no other issues with this awesome read.

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$2.99 on Kindle

175 pages