Swan and the Bear by Eve Langlais
Series: Furry United Coalition #2
Published by Eve Langlais on December 9, 2011
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
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Screw honey, this bear craves chocolate.
Mason, a true ladies man and a big teddy of a bear, is on a mission to protect the shifter community. Who is he to complain if that task requires him to guard FUC’s tech wizard—a curvy mocha hottie who knows how to bring him to his knees.
Jessie has no patience for a bear who flirts every time he breathes. Despite his appeal, and smoking good looks, she refuses to give in to his charm. She can’t because this swan princess is already promised to another.
When an evil mastermind sets his sights on her, will one playful bear be enough to save her feathery tail from danger? And if Mason manages to steal her heart who will save him from her daddy—the not-so-nice swan king?
Warning: Giggling is a strong possibility as are snickers, snorts and full out, belly laughs. This humorous, erotic romance also contains scenes of extreme hotness, titillation is expected so make sure to have spare underpants on hand. Please note, a poor unsuspecting playbear was turned into a monogamous husband during the making of this story.
Swan and the Bear is the twelfth (12) book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the second book in the Furry United Coalition (FUC) series by Eve Langlais (I’ve read book three already). This book is currently on sale at Kobo for $2.99. I am a long standing Eve Langlais fan so I did not discover her via Scribd.
NOTE: This book is no longer available via Scribd.
I’ve read a book in this series before so I’m aware of the basic world building – meaning that missing book one hasn’t harmed my ability to enjoy the series.
Like books one and three, Swan and the Bear pairs two different species of shifters together in unlikely pairs that work really well. Unlike the other books, there are [major] family issues as well as an interracial relationship.
The characters don’t really have much growth: Jessie, the heroine, is rather prickly (a little too prickly) and stays that way but Mason, the hero, makes some growth: he started as a play
boybear but evolves into a one-woman bear by the end. Speaking of “playbear,” I have to admit that the word grated on my nerves by the end of the book.
One of the things I wasn’t a big fan of in Swan and the Bear was the relationship that Jessie has with her father. Jessie is the Swan princess but has a piss poor relationship with her father. The relationship issues are framed around the idea that Jessie’s father is angry at her because he feels she doesn’t act like the princess that she is…but I didn’t buy that, it didn’t feel real to me. The biggest reason it felt off was that when Jessie’s father comes to save her, all he really cares about is forcing her into a [shotgun] marriage (he was embarrassed she was sexing [Mason] below her class) instead of showing concern about her health and well-being. It felt like Jessie’s father treated her like…someone he didn’t care about in the least, not a disappointed father. In the other books I’ve read in this series, this is the only one where the parent’s where so removed from their children.
I also had some worldbuilding/technical/just why? questions: is Jessie the only black swan or are there others? Are all of the swans in Jessie’s flock black or are most of them white? The reason I ask is that Jessie has an issue with her large butt. If she is the only black swan/person in a group of white swans/people then I could seen it being a sore point but if the entire group are black swans/people…large butts are considered good. But Swan and the Bear was written in 2011 – before the Beyonce Butt Revolution. Now all the girls are doing their squats, deadlifts and hip thrusts. 😉 Baby Got Back. lol
All in all, Swan and the Bear was a quirky and fun addition to the United Furry Coalition series.
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