Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Tour for Blind Date With a Bear by Marie Mason (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Those wanting a bit of steam to end their week will find non-stop steaminess in this first book in the Blackwood Brothers series, Blind Date With a Bear by Marie Mason.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this paranormal read along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, e-copies of this book, fun swag, and an ARC copy of the next book in this series too!

When Quinn Blackwood thought it was time to go hunting for his mate, he couldn’t believe fate handed her to him on his very first blind date. His family thought it was an hilarious turn of events since the big bear shifter had been looking forward to sowing a few more wild oats before settling down with his one true mate. No one was laughing when Paige got the wrong idea and believed Quinn was just looking for a good time.
Paige Matthews had finally given into the cajoling of her co-worker and agreed to a blind date with the woman’s brother. Paige admired the family of bear shifters and had nursed a secret crush on the oldest Blackwood brother, Quinn, since moving to town. Even though she’d known the odds were against it, she was terribly disappointed that she wasn’t his true mate. She did however, decide to take him up on his offer of a good time, cause this good-girl craved the bear’s sweet loving.


“You’re very big.”
Oh, baby, he thought, you don’t know the half of it. Her voice was soft and sultry, something you would hear over the phone if you called a sex line. His cock stood at attention. Again. If she kept looking at him like that, she’d soon have a pretty good idea of his size. Her tongue came out to lick her lips and he thought he just might shoot his load in his pants.
“I, um, Deb, didn’t say how tall you were.”
His eyes took on a heavy-lidded look. He needed to hide the effect her voice was having on him. His pupils had no doubt dilated and the golden color of his bear was shining through the natural brown color of his eyes. A bear clawing at the surface, ready to spring into action, ready to mount this woman.
Cherish her.
He felt an unfamiliar stirring inside that had absolutely nothing to do with sex. Did you fall in love with your mate the instant you met her?
“And she didn’t say how small you were.” He grabbed his bear by the throat and yank him back. He had a suspicion she wouldn’t appreciate being slung over his shoulder and carried out of the restaurant for a night of hard, rough loving.
Instead, he needed to get to know her, show her how civilized a bear shifter could be. Then take her home for a night of hard, rough loving. The bear liked that idea. A lot.
She snorted before a smile lit up her whole face and both man and bear basked in the warmth of her expression. Before, Quinn had considered her pretty, now he could honestly say she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
“I’m far from small.”
“Everyone is small compared to me.” He held out his hand to help her from the stool and her delicate hand was lost in his. His mother had once measured his hands with her dinner plates. His finger-span had easily covered the white china and everyone had laughed. Bear shifters were supposed to be big.
“Maybe that’s why Deb thought we would be good together.” Her voice held a hint of emotion he couldn’t decipher.
“Deb knows I appreciate a beautiful woman.” He raised her chin with a finger, making sure she was looking at him before he continued. “Look, I’m a big man. You’re a curvy woman. I think that makes for a perfect combination.”
“You sure don’t pull your punches, do you?”
“Why, because I called you a curvy woman?” If she said one thing about her size, he’d take her over his knee.
“No, because you claim you’re a big man.” Her gaze fell to the bulge in his pants, the bulge she’d put there. Heat blasted him and his heart did a somersault at the spirit behind another sweet smile.
“I always tell the truth, baby,” he grinned. Now that he had her talking, she was turning out to be a little sassy. He liked that. He realized he liked a lot of things about her. He was hard pressed to pick his favorite. The full, pouty pink lips he’d love to see wrapped about his cock or the dark green eyes he wanted burning with passion as he pounded deep inside her. The sultry voice he’d soon have screaming his name as he licked her slit, making her cream all over his tongue.
Okay. He wanted this woman. Any other time he’d be cursing the fact that his big sister had found his mate on the first try and he’d never see the end of her smugness. Now, he wondered what he needed to buy her as a thank-you gift. And how to convince Paige to come home with him tonight so he could show her just how big bear shifters could really get.
Just then, her stomach growled, making him frown. Provide. Protect. The two instinctual mandates all male shifters felt for their mates. He needed to feed her. “Let’s get you fed and then we’ll discuss the particulars.”
Like will I be fucking you at your place or mine?

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As a fan of shifter stories there was much to enjoy about this first book in the Blackwood Brothers series that had a satisfying HEA but left enticing unfinished business left undone for twin brothers, Ryker and Ryland.  From start to finish it was one steamy scene after another as bear shifter Quinn tries to properly claim the somewhat clueless human Paige in humorous yet erotic encounters.  Throw in a bit of suspense from other shifter clans and you have moments of tension amidst all the erotic overtones.

Quinn is an immensely likable hero who's super sexy and charming, if a bit domineering.  He knows it's time to find his true mate but doesn't expect to find her on a blind date set up by his sister, a proven matchmaker.  He's a large man with the tendency to be rough and worries that he'll harm the human chosen by fate as his mate which has him taking his time in claiming her which leaves her doubting her desirability.  Like most men he's clueless as to her thoughts and must rely on his family to help him navigate this life-altering relationship.

Paige is a somewhat clueless, sarcastic, curvy girl who's had very little sexual experience when it comes to sex and relationships as her past boyfriends left her disappointed.  She's excited by Quinn's sexual intensity and wildness and is more than willing to be his one night stand though he keeps trying to convince her he wants more.  She has low self-esteem and in her research she expected him to carry her away at first sight if she was in fact his mate so it's left her feeling lacking.  It takes a near death experience and his grand gesture before she's convinced otherwise in a steamy final scene.

Along with a non-stop steamy romance there's a subtle mystery courtesy of a saboteur to the Blackwood Brother's business.  The villain is rather obvious with his comeuppance occurring too easily and quickly.  There's also mystery surrounding twin brothers Ryker and Ryland as their closeness is starting to fray over secrets being kept and which revolves around forbidden love (a Romeo/Juliet theme perhaps) and has me intrigued by what their futures will bring.  Though the heroine annoyed me at times because of her unending disbelief I still found the main couple compelling with great chemistry.  The shifter mythos was nothing special overall but on a whole this was an entertaining story and an enticing start to a new series.

My rating for this is a B.

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Marie Mason loves romance. Writing, reading –it just depends on the time of day which she loves to do most. Having had a mydrid of unsatisfying jobs, and the gnawing, aching need to be a writer, Marie jumped head first into the world romance, without a safety net nor the ability to swim. She still works as a semi-unsatisfying and is just waiting for the day when her husband turns to her and says “Honey, when are you going to quit your job and write full time.”


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