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Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter

(Midnight Liaisons #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,118 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Following the page-turning debut, Beauty Dates the Beast, this is the second novel in the fresh and funny new series about a paranormal dating service.

Sarah Ward, the werewolf sister of Bathsheba from Beauty Dates the Beast, and co-owner of their paranormal online dating agency, Midnight Liaisons, is voluntarily traded to a wolf clan in exchange for a kidnapped female were
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Pocket (first published January 1st 2012)
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It's been a long while since I read anything paranormal and I was in an epic mood for a good, steamy romance so I decided to find a worthy combination. Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter hit the spot for sure. It's the second in a series and while I do feel that I missed a few things by not reading the first one, it worked out fine for me in terms of the romance.

Speaking of..

1. A gentle giant.
2. A pretend relationship scenario.
3. An adult hero who is a virgin. OMG
4. Tons of sexual tension.
5. A da
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, virgin-hero
When I heard from the author that this book had a virgin hero, I got excited. Then I heard he was a were-bear virgin hero. My excitement grew. Ramsey is the best type of virgin hero. He is a huge, huge man. Quiet but fierce. All other shifters fear him, even the cockiest of the wolves. And yet this fierce gentle giant has never been intimate with a woman before. Yes, let’s all just take a moment.

Sara Ward was in an abusive relationship six years ago to a man named Roy. Worse, he ends up biting h
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This sequel follows Sarah Ward, the sister of Bathsheba, the heroine from book 1. They co-own the Paranormal Online Dating Agency Midnight Liaisons where they set up supernaturals with each other. If you remember from book 1, Sarah had been abused by her boyfriend who also changed her into a werewolf without her consent. It formed a deep fear of werewolves in Sarah.

In this book, when the wolf clan offers to return a kidnapped were-cougar named Savannah in exchange for Sarah, Sarah freaked out. T
Jane Stewart
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok, but it was put-down-able. I never had the eager-to-get-back-to-it feel.

Many times during the book Sara “assumes” Ramsey doesn’t like something about her, or thinks she smells bad, or thinks he doesn’t want her, or thinks he’s just being polite. I got tired of that. The author was using that for conflict. None of it was true. Similarly through most of the book, Sara assumes Ramsey wants to be with his arranged marriage Nikolina. That was not true, but Ramsey never told her. Those were the maj
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter' by Jessica Sims is book two in the "Midnight Liaisons" series.
It is the story of Sara and Ramsey.
3.5 Stars

I have read the previous book 'Beauty Dates the Beast' and yes that book did start setting the stage for this one...but I felt this book was a standalone book. It took you right to where you needed to be by giving you the last few scene of the previous book.

Sara is a wolf shiftier not by choice. Sara was in a abusive relationship and it turns out he was
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I am such a sucker for pretend relationships turning into the real thing. You guys have no idea. It’s definitely one of my tropes when I’m reading fanfiction and I tend to like it just as much in romance novels, which is why I was so happy about the premise of this book.

This is the second book in the Midnight Liasons series from Jessica Sims (aka Jill Myles) and it follows Sarah, who was one of the main characters from the first book. I liked Sarah in Beauty Dates the Beast and I liked her even
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I want a were-bear!

Well, I want one if he's anything like Ramsey, anyway. He's the strong, silent, stoic but gentle type of man-tree that just....sigh. Yeah, he was lovely. Built like a forest oak, with rare but devastating smiles, he totally won my heart in this second instalment of the midnight Liaisons series, this time featuring Bathsheba's werewolf sister, Sarah.

If you read book one, you'll recall the claim that was made to the werewolves at the end of that book. This book begins just a
Penny Watson
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got into a werewolf-y mood this week, and was desperately searching for a shapeshifter book.

So, in desperation, I splurged on this cute-looking novel by Jessica Sims--Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter.

I discovered that Jessica Sims is also Jill Myles, who wrote my favorite time warp-caveman-dinosaur romance, Island Heat.

Needless to say, this book was the perfect answer to my shapeshifter desperation. It was adorable! First of all, the characters were very appealing. The hero Ramsey is a delic
The story of a Sarah, a scared, small reluctant werewolf and Ramsey, a big, gentle were-bear of a man.

Sarah is stalked by the nearest wolf clan, who want her to join them as they are short on females and do not particularly care about what she wants. Her experiences with werewolves have not been great and she's mightily afraid of them, and in an effort to stay out of their clutches, she and her allies concoct a plan where she pretends to be Ramsey's mate.

Ramsey being the scary alliance's enforce
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just a few things:

1)this is a PNR, written in first person, heroine's perspective throughout.

2) I didn't read the first book but didn't have any trouble following along. However if you want to read book 1 in the ML series, then you may want to read it first, as this (IIRC) spoils the first book.

3) The Hero was much so that i resent not getting his pov....this is one of those books that would have been so so so much better written with the third person narrative...the way its writte
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The local wolf pack is after werewolf Sara Ward, to join their pack and to mate with one of the wolves. To save herself she comes up with a plan to mated already. Were-Bear Ramsey Bjorn agrees to pretend to be her mate. But neither of them expected to actually fall in love.

Excellent follow up to Beauty Dates the Beast. I loved Sara and Ramsey's story. The back story of Sara's past is heart wrenching, and Ramsey Bjorn is exactly what she needs. Even though she doesn't realize it at first. Ramsey
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay while I did enjoy this story it is mostly about the heroine. The Hero was not an alpha, just a nice big ol' guy. He was also a 27 year old virgin.... Really? He wasn't an actual "hero" a nice guy but meh.... It was a good story though about the heroine! I really enjoyed watching Sara come into her own power and overcome her fears! I also really enjoyed the world the author has created, I will definitely continue with this series. I was just disappointed in the lack of romance and the lack o ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
PJV Quickie: I have been singing the praises of this book to anyone who will listen: A strong, silent hero and a heroine turned werewolf against her will with a crazed pack out to steal her – what’s not to love?

Confession: I have been in a book funk for a couple of weeks, and I picked up Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter as a change from all the angsty YA romance I’ve been reading. Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter is proof that sometimes the “book gods” smile upon you…this was one of the b
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

This was such a quick and enjoyable read! I actually enjoyed it more than the first book and I can’t really pinpoint the why. Maybe it’s because I like to see a heroine that has gone through abuse take charge of her life and not let things “happen” to her again. Maybe it’s the fact that I LOVE a big brooding hero, tough on the exterior, who is also a sweet teddy bear on the inside and … a virgin!

We met Sarah in book one when her human sister, Bathsheba, was dedicating her whole life to prote
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at

First Impression:

I want a bear shifter of my own!

What I liked:


What’s not to like about a sexy, strong and silent were-bear? Ramsey is the everything that Sara needs. Protector, friend and sexy mate all rolled up into one.

Sara has been in hiding from other sups. She was turned against her will into a werewolf by her abusive boyfriend. But at the end of book 1, Beauty Dates the Beast, Sara’s secret about being a werewolf is out of the bag and
Aly is so frigging bored
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Very sweet book. I really like this author.s style.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sims-clare-myles
Sarah and Ramsey

Sarah was a little bit too weak for my tastes.
This was better than the first book IMO - original plot, interesting characters and better quality prose. I'll gladly continue with this series.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Glad I stuck with this series. This was much better put together than the first one. I loved how forthright both of the main characters were (each in their own way). I also love a Heroine who demands answers and kicks asses. The werewolf clan was super creepy and sometimes veered towards giving me the heebie jeebies. The author portrayed them as generally complete creeps but then would through in a few "good" ones as to say #notallwerewolves. It seemed forced to me to take all the possessive, ab ...more
My heart ached so much for all that Sara went through and what she continued to go through in this book. The Anderson wolf pack (minus Connor) were horrible people and I was so happy with how this ended! Sara and Ramsey were such a cute/odd couple. He gave me some iffy moments because he was just so quiet that it seemed like he was remote but that definitely wasn't the case and I loved how Sara was able to bring him out of his least a little bit!
Ok. Didn't live up to my (limited) expectations. Lots of potential, some enjoyable bits.

Bought as part of audible escape package.
Anne Odom
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, sexy
This book is much more enjoyable than it's pretty poor choice of title. I tend to like a bit more humor in my romantic adventure tales, but if you like yours more on the dramatic side, you'll like this one.

The first chapter is a little rough - throws a bunch of info at you at once and made me wary of how the book was going to go. It steadies out, though, finding a smooth pacing as it continues.

The male lead hit a soft spot for me -- the soft-hearted "humble giant" archetype is one of my favorite
Lover of Romance
Ever since Sarah was turned, she has been on the run with her sister, hiding from those that would capture her because she is a wolf shifter. Now circumstances force Sara to go forward with a plan that is daring but dangerous. Sarah must convince the pack that she and Ramsey are true mates. Sarah suffered abuse from Roy, the shifter that turned her, and ever since has had a fear of being touched, and now she must prove that she is mated to a were bear, and scares her more than anything even thou ...more
Dotti Elrick
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter picks up right where Beauty Dates the Beast leaves off. There is a lot of backstory thrown into the first chapter so a new reader should have no trouble picking up the story.
Sarah is a werewolf in hiding, she was turned against her will by her abusive boyfriend. Her only interaction with wolves is what she experienced at the hands of the one who turned her. Sarah and her sister killed him and went on the run, hiding from other wolf packs for the last six years.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: were-shifter, 2013
Sarah Ward, a female werewolf, would do anything to not join the local werewolf pack. When events happen that force her hand, her sister's man helps the situation by having his bodyguard/friend pretend to be Sarah's mate. Still jumpy after an abusive ex-boyfriend, Sarah isn't looking for romance. This alone had me intrigued on what was going to happen.

Ramsey is a were-bear and not someone that anyone would want to mess with. He's the perfect man to help Sarah avoid the mating attempts of the loc
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
Originally posted at:

This novel is my favorite in this series. I don't understand how it went unreviewed for the last 3 years. I've reviewed most books and novellas in this series and yet my favorite one got left out for some reason.

I liked Sarah very much because of how strong she is even after the universe conspired against her for so long. It was also cute to find out at the end how Ramsey had always admired her from afar, even before they got 'stuck' together.

I adore Ramsey. He's one of
Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, I have to admit--I was thinking this was going to be more in line with the first book in the series--light and frothy with just a dash of dark thrown in. But this book has more depth to it than its predecessor. I am speaking specifically about Sarah, our MC. She is still trying to recover from a very abusive relationship--one that resulted in her turning into a were-wolf. While I don't like quite how quickly the author tied things up, still, I liked the way that she has Sarah trying to cope ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but think it might have helped if I'd re-read the first book in the series.

This book is told exclusively from Sara's point of view. Sara is a human who was turned to a werewolf by an abusive ex-boyfriend and unhappy about it. Consequently she'd never "made friends" with her wolf and it has caused problems. On top of that the local pack is forcing her to join them and to effectively become their mate. In steps Ramsey to play her mate and save her from the wolves.

I liked Ramse
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Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She hates writing a bio, so something cool will undoubtedly go here later when she actually thinks of something interesting to write. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

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