Mary and the Bear

True Mates Series

Mary Elizabeth is a twin, not an identical twin but a twin none the less. Mary Elizabeth’s sister, Babs, is tall and slender with long blonde hair while Mary Elizabeth is short and curvy with brown wavy hair. Mary Elizabeth always knew that Babs was their mother’s favorite but it was only reinforced when she remarks at Babs’ funeral that why couldn’t it be Mary Elizabeth who died instead of her beloved Babs.
Mary Elizabeth is use to things like this. Everyone thinks because Babs looks like an angel that she was one. Instead, she was far from being angelic and usually Mary Elizabeth either covered for her or was blamed for her. In fact, Babs died on her way to meet her married lover. Babs’ husband, Charles, use to be Mary Elizabeth’s finance until he met Babs. Mary Elizabeth was use to Babs getting everything while she got
Within a day after the funeral, Charles has called telling Mary Elizabeth that he married the wrong sister and he would now like to correct that AND her mother calls telling her that as she’s over 30 and is obviously never going to get married and have children, it’s her duty to come home and take care of her aging parents. Neither option is one that Mary Elizabeth wants to consider so when her friend and boss, Keisha, calls and offers her a promotion and a job in another state, Mary Elizabeth accepts even after Keisha tells her an amazing story about marrying a werewolf. 
A new job in a new place is just the way for Mary Elizabeth to become a new woman. She plans on buying clothes that emphasis her assets. She is looking forward to living a life where she isn’t compared to her sister and doesn’t have her mother informing her about all the things she’s doing wrong.
Hugh Mosely owns the only apartment that’s for rent in Refuge. The apartment is above the local diner and Hugh works in the dinner. The first thing you notice is Hugh is huge, really huge. He’s not fat, just very tall and built like a linebacker. Hugh is retired from the military and his dream was to open a dinner. He’s done that and now is looking forward to finding a mate and having some cubs. To do this, he needs to find anther werebear to mate with or find his “One”. Werebears are rare but finding your “One” is rarer.
When Hugh finds he is attracted to Mary Elizabeth, he is unset. This attraction to a human was not in his plan. Mary Elizabeth finds herself wanting to spend time around Hugh but she doesn’t have time to start a relationship. Things get real interesting when Mary Elizabeth gets invited to a pack party given by Keisha and Hugh is definitely jealous.  The pack gets the message but does Mary Elizabeth? And could Mary Elizabeth really be Hugh’s “One”? Better still, when is Hugh going to tell Mary Elizabeth that he’s not exactly human?
This book was a delight to read. The characters were fun and interesting. The situations were probable and humorous. It was easy to get involved with the story and impossible to get bored. Hugh and Mary Elizabeth’s story was the primary story but a couple of other stories were developing giving the impression that this is part of a series but it can definitely stand alone. It was as if the other stories were teasing you into wanting more and made the primary story in a community context where more than one thing is happening at any given time. 
Because Mary Elizabeth’s family was part of this story, her character is fairly well developed. You have an idea of how she grew up and what influences her behavior. While you don’t get as much detail with the other characters, you get enough to know who they are, though not all of their background. A lot of the characters intrigue you enough that you hope they get their own story; like why is the resident vampire attracted to a werewolf without her knowing about it and who is it that left leaving the local sheriff waiting on them to return. 
This book would be a great story to read while curled up on a winter’s afternoon or while spending a day on the beach. The biggest problem would be loosing track of the time because this story moves in such a way that you can loose an entire afternoon without realizing it and not missing it.

Book Blurb for Mary and the Bear

Mary Elizabeth’s life is spiraling out of control. Her twin sister, Babs, was killed in an automobile accident. Her bereaved brother-in-law has decided now is a good time to renew their college romance and her healthy, domineering mother is demanding that she move back home and slave, ah, make that care for her. What’s a woman to do? Get the heck out of Dodge! She jumps on the promotion offered by best friend, Kiesha Morgan, and moves to Refuge, NC. The last thing she wants or needs is a man. She’s got enough going on in her life.

Hugh Mosely owns and operates Refuge’s only eating establishment. As a favor to Alex Morgan, good friend and alpha of the Raven Pack, he agrees to rent the empty apartment above his diner to Mary Elizabeth and keep an eye on her. Hugh is also a were-bear who's actively searching for a mate, a she-bear ;he can breed with and continue his nearly extinct species. Despite his nearly overwhelming, instant attraction to Mary Elizabeth, he has no interest in human females.

Unfortunately (or is that fortunately?) for them, the true mate bond doesn’t care about personal agendas. Watch as they both get caught up in the Mating Fever and try to fight their way out.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2008 4.75