“it’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick…” (From Amazon.com)
Elsa Bjornberg is tall…deemed “Amazon Ellie” on her home renovation television show, she feels as far from a fragile flower as one can feel. Howard Barr is a bear of a man. No, seriously, he’s a bear. A shapeshifting bear, to be more accurate. Howard has a crush on celebrity Elsa but is too shy to do anything about it. That is, until his employer Shanna Draganesti plays matchmaker and invites Elsa and her crew to come and renovate Shanna’s house. But when Howard and Elsa meets his touch activates a mysterious…and deadly curse.
What I Thought:
I had quite a few thoughts on this book. Firstly, I absolutely love Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series. This installment had the same breath of fresh air humor that I love in all the other books. However, I just didn’t feel a great chemistry between Howard and Elsa. It seemed like Sparks didn’t feel it either and it came through in the novel, unfortunately.
I really enjoyed Howard in all of the previous books and I was excited to see him in his own love story. I was a little disappointed in his character though because he wasn’t so much the aggressive alpha-male as he was the moon-eyed boy chasing after his crush. I still love Howard and yes he’s still Hot…Hunky…Handsome Howard! His personality just didn’t seem to quite match what I pictured from his previous cameos.
What I did absolutely love about this book was the fact that we got to re-visit some past characters. I loved Shanna’s parts in the book. Usually when an author “brings back” a character that previously starred in their own book it’s a walk-in/walk-out type of thing. We readers actually got to hear what Shanna was thinking and how she was struggling with becoming a vampire. I loved being able to see more of her children and we even got a little Shanna/Roman action. I was really pleasantly surprised with this.
All in all, it’s a good romance with good main characters. But it’s the secondary characters that make this book.
Final Review: 3/5.