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Shifter Romance Boxed Set

(Laid Bear #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  38 reviews
LAID BEAR by Marina Maddix: Curvy Bethany can't believe her luck when her devastatingly hot neighbor Max falls for her. But his secret threatens her future...and her life.

BEARED TO YOU by Tawny Taylor: Curvy city girl Abby is thrilled when a hot, naked man shows up on her cabin's front doorstep and stokes a blaze or two, in the fireplace and in her body...until he turns in
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Published October 28th 2013 by Excessica
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For a 99¢ I say go for it. One or two of the books were really enjoyable. However, this collection is clearly quantity over quality. I wouldn't have finished a few of the books if I weren't reviewing an ARC of the collection. There were Shifter Bears, Cougars, People, Lions, Rabbits, and Housecats… So there is certainly a lot of variety to choose from.

I started to get the feeling that this was a grab bag of "firsts" as in, the first book in a series and the collection was compiled under the assu
Edith Boucher
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bof! Hot romance??? J'ai lu mieux. Si on classe, le "hot" en cote de "x", j'en donne un seul et petit.
Some are 1 star/unfinishable (yes that's a word...what?) maybe one or two were 3 & 1/2. Being pretty generous to give whole set a 3...but they are fun (albeit silly) reads for the most part. I could have rated these separately but honestly don't want those covers and titles showing up on my list... If you want shifter romance done well go check out Molly Harper Naked Werewolf books. For sweet PG13 versions check out Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series. For outrageously unbelievable animal gene ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn by: Marina Maddox's Newsletter
All I can say is, Wow... My favorite authors didn't let me down. The new one's have gain a new fan. Most of the books, you must be prepared for the sequel. The only thing I disliked is that, I for one like to continue reading a series in order. Having to complete the boxed set before I continue on kinds of throws me. Maybe it's just me. :P
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love all the awesome story
This was a really quick read about Bethany, a girl with relatively low self esteem who falls head over heels in lust with her new neighbor Max. Drawn to each other as if my magic (or mating instinct), they connect and there's tons of fireworks. Throw in the fact that he's a werebear and you've got yourself a solid paranormal romance read. There are your typical misunderstandings, self sacrificing behavior, and ultimately a HEA. This read was mostly a love story, with a little smut and
Julie Santos
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, shifters
If you're a fan of shifters, or this is your first read, you can't miss with this giant set of 11 books by amazing authors.

For fans of shifter stories, know going into this bundle that each of these books is unique. They are not "the same story" re-told by different authors with different names/locations/etc. It's a great variety of characters, plot, and voice that you cannot miss out on.

I would love to write reviews of all 11 books, but that would make this incredibly long - so here's just a
Eva Millien
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Eleven great shifter stories that are intriguing, steamy, and sure to set your sense tingling.

Marina Maddox’s Laid Bear: Bethany is a curvy young woman who can’t believe her luck when her hot new neighbor Max falls for, but his secret not only threatens her future, but her life.

Tawny Taylor’s BEARed to You: Abby is a curvy city girl who is thrilled when a hot naked man shows up on her doorstep until he turns into a bear and they are forced to run for their lives.

Celia Kyle’s He Ain’t Lion: A cur
Emsy Van Wyck
Sometimes more isn't better. Two stars for the Shifter Romance Boxed Set an Insatiable Reads collection

I'm a huge fan of bargains, especially bargain e-books having racked up what seemed to be the debt of a nation the first few months I owned my Kindle, that's why I try to find interesting and fun offerings for the Friday posts. So, when I saw that there was a box set of Shifter Romances available from the publisher for review - and that it would be offered at $0.99 for a while - I immediately w
Laid Bear by Marina Maddix ------ 3 stars 3/18/14

Beared To You by Tawny Taylor --- 2.5 stars rounded up to 3
There is so much wasted potential with this one. This could have been a 4 star sci-fi suspense romance but its limitations as a novella ruined that. The unusual premise and original plot bumps it up to a 3.

He Ain't Lion by Celia Kyle ------ 2 stars 3/19/14

Whatever He Needs Her To Be by Elixa Everett ----- 2 stars 3/21/14

Wanted By the Alphas by Dawn Steele ------ 1 star DNF 3/25/14
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this boxed set from NetGalley in place of an honest review.

In this great set you are getting to read different stories by different authors. Some I have read before and some I hadn't. It makes me want to read more by them. We get to read these books by these authors. Laid Bear-Marina Maddix, Beared to You-Tawny Taylor, He Ain't Lyon-Celia Kyle, Whatever He Needs Her to Be-Elixa Everett, Wanted by the Alphas-Dawn Steele, Blind Wolf-Aubrey Ross, Until the Flood-Cynthia Brint,
Marta Cox
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what absolutely amazing value for money this boxed set is! For lovers of paranormal and shifter romance this is definitely a must have. If you are new to this genre then this is an excellent place to start.
There are lots of shifter books available but most to tend to be about werewolves with a smattering of were cats. In this set we get so much more as we even get a sexy werebear!
If you like sexy alpha males then you will be bowled over by this collection but there's a sensitive loving sid
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, paranormal
What a BARGAIN!!! For such a little price, you get 11 books all about shifters, although not all wolves! Bears, cats, and even shapeshifters who can only assume human forms - its all here.

Now, I have to say that I didn't love all of them but out of 11 books, is that seriously a realistic expectation? Out of 11 books, 9 of them I thoroughly enjoyed and have new authors to look out for now. As for the other two, I still enjoyed them but somehow they just didn't connect with me as much as the other
I've read He Ain't Lion so far and will review that, I will edit and add to this as I read the others in this boxed set.

He Ain't Lion by Celia Kyle
4 stars
There’s a lot of seriously hot sex, humor and a great story packed into this novella. For the length of the story I laughed quite a bit.

Alex is the typical hot alpha except that he’s fallible and admits it. I really liked him and his inner dialogues. The way he handled Maya and her spunky attitude was great. I also loved Maya’s pet name for Ale
I think this was a good value for the money. The stories were longer than little novellas which was what I was expecting initially. Some I liked some were kind of ehh. There were several stories involving "heavy" girls which kind of bug me. I don't really want all those body issues in my romances, in fact the one I most liked was the lion shifter story where the girl was "curvy" but she never gave it a second thought. No oh he's so hot look at me all curvy how can he really like me blah blah bla ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried writing progress notes as I went through each story. Unfortunately the last few really didn't do much for me and I was honestly just ready to be done. 11 stories, although short May have been slightly over zealous. I can say I didn't care too much for many of these, some were entertaining, others felt like the tried too hard. If you are a fan of paranormal romances that has yet to find some truly amazing series give this collection of stories a read, but since I have gotten tangled into ...more
When you purchase a box set, you never know what you are going to get. In this case some of the stories were very enjoyable while others were just so so. It was a great introduction to some authors who I had never tried before but for some I'm not sure I will try again. Some of these were shorter novellas, while others were just slightly longer. Definitely worth reading some of the stories just for an indication of the author's style. But be willing to skip to the next story if it's not your thi ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of shifter romance and this book had 11 stories included in it.

I haven't read this books when they came out individually but I'm glad I had the opportunity to read them. Although they have a happy ending not most of them have a satisfying ending which made me crave more. Despite that, you'll enjoy this boxed set especially if you're a huge fan of paranormal romance that is about shifters.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and I'd recommend it to all you shifter romance fans!

I rec
L Bongiorno
Individually I would rate these short stories from 1 to 3.5, 3 or 4 of them were partial stories to suck you into buying their partial book series. I hate that crap! I got caught up in 1 because I was able to find the 'series' (really 1 book) at an online library, I will check into one more series... the last story. I really think it should have been called 'Shifter Porn' with 1 Young adult thrown in to confuse things. If you want to read about shifters heavy on the porn and light on plot this i ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They are some amazing books in this box set its very rare i come across bear shifters as most books tend to go wolf but it was a nice change to see different kinds of shifters in this set! if you love paranormal romance you will love this set.

I received a free copy from netgallery in exchange for a honest review
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for bundles, and shifter stories so I snatched this group of stories up while it was on sale for a buck. I recommend it, but some of stories fell flat for me and while they were grouped together because of the shifter theme the style of writing and the heat of the stories varied greatly. Bundles are a great way to discover new authors, and this boxed set is worth a read.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this a bundle well worth the price. You get lions, witches, warlocks, bears and black cougars. The least rating was a three star to me which is an okay read. I am not a professional reader, I read purely for my entertainment. Some of these authors are favorites of mine a couple I didn't know but will visit them again. Enjoyed all around!
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry couldn't give it a five star rating. Most of the stories were excellent but a couple did nothing for me, one I didn't finish. This is unusual for me since I finish a book when I've started it. Only one book I already had so that's good. Would still highly recommend as I found new authors for myself.
I don't really know what to say about this boxset, some stories are good and some are bad, really, really bad!

On the whole it was worth 77p, even if I did need brain bleach after a couple of the stories. I didn't rate or review them at all!
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a slow read trough all the eleven stories. There were 2 or 3 that were better than expected and few that were not so good. Most stories were just OK. They presented a nice introduction to the authors and different take on shifter romance theme. Not a mind blowing read but interesting enough.
FayAnn  Hollcroft
Closer to an average 3.5 for these 11 books in this boxed set. A couple were GREAT but not enough to warrant anything higher. I was really happy to add a couple more authors to my TBR list, they were that good. If you like slightly erotic shifter romances you'll definitely like these.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
Posted all reviews on individual books. Good fun shifter anthology. Found a few new authors to read.
Kristy Dean
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Was a very good collection of paranormal shifter books. I even found a few new authors I love and downloaded some of their series. Was well worth the money.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica
Overall, the entire set of books was a dud for me.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely say that there was a little something for everyone. I liked more stories than I disliked, but the ones I disliked, I *really* disliked. Overall, a decent purchase for $0.99.
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Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans.

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