Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 5 hrs 3 min
Series: Shifters Unbound #2.5
Published by Jennifer Ashley on November 18, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully naked human male. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.
Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown for safety, where Elizabeth learns that the mateless Ronan, alone in the world, takes care of Shifters who have also been left on their own. Having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is.
But Ronan will only let Elizabeth leave the confines of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth chafes at her restriction, but agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan's long-buried need to find himself a mate.
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I think bears are in my top five of favorite shifters. They are so gruff, strong and protective. Ronan doesn’t disappoint me. He’s exactly what I like in a bear shifter. He has taken in the young bears of the town and is raising them.
Elizabeth owns a store that is pretty popular with the Austin Shiftertown. Not many stores allow shifters inside. It is a great thing that Elizabeth does, otherwise she wouldn’t have had a bear in her store when a punk tries to rob her.
Unfortunately the little punk thief is the brother of a gang leader, who decides he is going to get Lizzy and Ronan for putting him in jail. Ronan is very protective, so he takes Lizzie and Mabel, Lizzy’s sister to Shiftertown to keep them safe.
Ronan’s place sounds so homey. He has all the bears that have nowhere to go living there. Even an absolutely adorable little polar bear.
Ronan and the others from Shiftertown work to try and make Lizzy safe at her store. Ronan does not want her alone. Eventually pieces all start falling together and Lizzy’s past finally catches up to her.
I loved Ronan. He has a huge heart while at the same time being incredibly protective. I don’t know who wouldn’t fall in love with a shifter like that. He’s amazing!
The ending had kind of a twist, where Lizzy’s past comes to grab her, and the reason she was robbed in the first place is revealed. Ronan takes on the battle for Lizzy, to free her from her monsters. They make such a cute couple and Ronan even accepting Mable to live with them in Shiftertown was great.
Bodyguard is a great novella, giving us good action, along with some great romance, in a short amount of time. I loved it and am so glad I didn’t skip this as I do a lot of novellas.
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