I used to do a lot of reading challenges in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. I’ve done A-Z challenges for titles, characters, and cover hunts, the Whips and Kisses game, the Shelfaton, the Around the Country in 50 Books Challenge, and probably some more I can’t remember.
It’s all great fun, and I get a bit manic when I can cross things off a list (For my everyday life I use Habitica.com, check it out if you like crossing things off a list LOL), but the more time I spend writing, the less time I spend reading. That’s not quite true, I still have periods when I read a lot, but it doesn’t happen as often as it used to.
So, I figured I’d do me an A-Z Title Challenge so I get to read and check thing off – two of my favourite things LOL.
For B, I’ve read Bearly Dating by Calandra Hunter. I was in the mood for some bear shifters. I wrote a bear shifter story, so now I figured I’d read one.
Jonathan is a bear shifter who doesn’t want to shift. He has the most annoying family, constantly pestering him about finding a mate and moving back home so he can be closer to other shifters. When Jonathan’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary comes up, he gets the brilliant idea of going with a fake boyfriend.
Eric recently broke up with his cheating ex so when his friend asks a favour – for him to play her boss’ boyfriend for a weekend – he says yes, thinking he could use a weekend to get away.
As often is with fake boyfriend stories, the attraction between the two grows, and when something happens that forces Jonathan to shift, things change forever.
Bearly Dating isn’t a story filled with surprises, but that’s okay. Shifters and pretend boyfriends, how else could it have turned out? I wanted to strangle Jonathan’s mother, though. So annoying LOL.
Jonathan Goddard is a bear shifter with three problems: 1, he doesn’t like shifting and has ignored his bear for years. 2, his family is pushing him to find a partner and settle down. 3, he’s just lied to his overbearing mother that he’s bringing a boyfriend to his grandparents’ wedding anniversary to stop her from setting him up with random guys. The solution? Bring a fake boyfriend and pretend to be in relationship for one weekend, then go back to his happy, single, bear-free life.
Eric Warden has recently broken up with his cheating ex-boyfriend, and a weekend of pretending to be someone else sounds like the perfect distraction from his heartbreak. Pretending to be the boyfriend of a fun, attractive guy like Jonathan will be easy — so long as Eric can ignore his growing, genuine attraction to the other man.
From the moment Jonathan meets Eric, he starts to wonder if maybe they could have more together than just one weekend. But first, he’ll have to deal with his bear who doesn’t want to be ignored any longer and a family that’s already planning their wedding.
Surrounded by dozens of nosy family members, a terrible thunderstorm and an aggressive inner bear, can Jonathan and Eric find a future together, or will they only be bear-ly dating?
This is a 45000 word stand alone bear shifter romance. No cliffhangers.
A-Z Title Challenge 2020
A – All I See
B – Bearly Dating
C – Champagne Kisses
H – Howl
P – Purrfect Harmony
W – Words