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Heartsridge Shifters: Austin

(South-One Bears #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  743 ratings  ·  79 reviews
It's a new world. Shifters are no longer a secret and they're ready to fight for their right to live free.

Everything is different.

Six years ago, the Registration Act forced shifters out into the open and the world changed. Towns were created to provide a safe haven for those shifters who chose to follow the law, and those who didn't were declared rogue.

Heartsridge is one o
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published March 24th 2017 by Arran Publishing

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Heartsridge Shifters: Austin by Olivia Arran

3 stars

Austin is a PNR centering on Austin Ford, a bear shifter in charge of security for Heartsridge, a shifter community, and Leona Kelly, a human who has come to Heartsridge looking for her missing sister.

Overall, I thought Austin was a well-developed hero. Some PNRs tend to make male shifters into one-dimensional he-men who can do little more than grunt and fight. More than once, Austin shows himself to be fairly level-headed and calculating, espe
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Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone
Part of a Series?: Yes
Meeting the Characters
Austin Ford
Brent Casey
Cade Ayers
Nate Dean
Jake Hunter
Leona Kelly
Harper Kelly
What happens?
Austin is South 1's shifters. He is in charge of Cade, Nate, Jake and Brent. All are bear shifters and unmated. Austin knows as soon as he sees Leona that she is his fated mate. Its just the challenge of getting her to know that that is proving difficult.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
So...last night I didn't feel like doing anything except lying on the couch and checking into a story. I have tons of books waiting to be read, but impulsively I clicked buy on this title. I have a bad thing for shapeshifters. And well, this was a book about hot shapeshifting men. It's the inner beast thing, I think. You can guess at my mood last night.

I don't read romance/erotica often, so I was not sure how to compare this story to others. It's a simple read with much naughtiness. The buildup
Gale Albright
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to the start of the Heartridge Shifters. I loved our couple. They were so sweet and cuddly.
♥ Joy Joy ♥
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting, immersive, and left me wanting more (so much so I have ended up reading all the books in the series to date!).

Although an easy romance shifter read, it was also one that included a bit of action/mystery. I do admit that parts of the beginning were a bit iffy to me. Liked it but thought it came off a little clumsy.

I really liked the male main character in this but the female took awhile and even now I wouldn't say I loved her at all. She was just so frustrating and at times
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Great intro to new world where shifters are registered and rules apply to humans visiting their town.
A little angst, mystery and some reluctance by H when he recognises the h as his fated mate, but he also want her to fall in love with him. He wants to fall in love with her too. It was sweet and funny, with lots of potential mates for other books. I wasn't so keen on the communication gap as a plot device, there was enough well developed characters and history to use to make this a stronger book
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Shifter Haven

I have the feeling that Heartsridge Shifters: Austin is merely the beginning of a fantastic series. The world building is subtle, we discover the lore of this world and the vital information as part of conversations not necessarily as information dumps (which I greatly appreciate). The cast of characters is wide and varied – and I already have some favorite secondary characters to watch for as the series develops.

Leona is searching for her missing sister. Harper had come
How have I never heard of this author before? There are so many terribly written shifter books out there, and this one is not only written well, it's really super adorable!

Leona travels to a shifter settlement that her sister had visited the week prior and never returned from. As she's searching around town, she gets caught snooping in the woods by Austin, the alpha for a small band of bears that are in charge of patrolling the area. He quickly realizes Leona is his fated mate, but decides he wa
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Heartsridge—a town of registered shifters is one of several shifter-only towns. Law now requires shifters—since it has come out that shifters live amongst the human population—be registered. The choices: be registered and tracked, live in a shifter-only town or live as a rogue and be considered dangerous. Heartsridge supports itself by acting as a tourist destination. Humans can visit for one week only. Then, they must leave. The only w ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the opener for a new series of shifters who are guardians for a shifter town. Humans are only granted a seven day visit every year. Leona arrives to look for her sister Harper who should have returned home but didn't. Leona is discovered in a forbidden area by Austin who scents his mate in Leona. Austin is the alpha of the South 1 group of guardian bears. He must discover why Leona is there for that he has to gain her trust.

This story was a great beginning if you ask me. Awesome shifters
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this new "world", shifters live in reservation type compounds. Voluntarily they allow humans to visit, but only for 7 days. The shifters of all kinds work together and run their towns as resorts as well as their homes. Thank goodness they still have fated mates, if they can find them. And a plain Jane accountant named Leona, just looking for her sister, can have a wild time with a super hot bear shifter. Alpha bear Austin helps with Heartridge security, when he finds Leona wondering in hi ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leona Kelly is not interested in shiftier's or any man she is just in this town to find her sister that is missing and she meets Austin Ford and sparks fly and she falls in love with him while trying to find her wayward sister oh boy she is in trouble lol. Austin ford's job is to secure the perimeter of the town he is the Alpha of the Bear Team South one and he finds Leona Kelly trespassing in the forest but his bear has other ideas he has just found his mate and she dose not want anything to do ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A girl is out on a mission to find her missing sister. She does find her but she also finds a hot man along the way. One who is a gentleman and offers his help but of course things start to develop and bloom between the two. This wasn't a really long read, but not to short. I feel it was perfect length and lovely writing. There is romance, friends and drama. Which makes a romance far more enjoyable to me. I prefer some plot & twists with the smut not just tons of smut and nothing else.
Truly an e
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book*


I love this authors books, and this one is no different. The storyline was exciting and entertaining, filled with action, drama, and some hot romance. I loved the main characters, Austin and Leona. They suited each other perfectly and had great chemistry. But as we know the life of a shifter is never smooth sailing, and they had to work hard to be together. But true love always prevails, and it does in all th
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Over all I liked this book. It has good characters and a good story line. I only had two problems with this book. The first being that it was not long enough or detailed enough and the second is that apart from Leona's short peeping tom moment, Austin never showed her his bear in bear form. I found that odd, as I have read a lot of shifter books and never once had that problem. But other than those small things it was a good book and I look forward to reading the next one. ...more
Vickey Mcgee
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a Bear

This is a beautifully written story. There is sexual content and some wonderful and memorable characters. Loved it and can hardly wait to start the next. It's fast moving. Austin is a bear shifter who is normally gruff, but finding his mate he shows the other side of his personality. He also has a secret.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Austin and Leona as well as the members of the South-one team, the other team's alphas, and Leona's sister Harper. We learned about Austin's past and got to see Leona's strength. Also, I learned enough about the other shifters to spark my interest in reading more of the series. Well Done! ...more
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the love of shifter romances

I loved this story ,the characters are just so engaging and very believable that you could almost be certain that they are real. I love the chemistry between Austin and Leona is awesome. And how everyone just accepts her and her sister is so amazing. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series,
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Leona and Austin

Good into to a new series. I found Austin to be a shifter to admire and Leona to be a person that out the L in loyalty. Light violence, lots of steamy sex and some laughs. All in all as nice quick read.
Bonnie L Hampton
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great first story

This is a new series and this is the first one. I really enjoyed this story and the characters were fantastic! Well done to the author and let the next story be as good as this one was.
Stephanie Smith
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, great characters, interesting setting... Can see lots of excitement for future books - book two was even better and book three is out soon, so you can indulge in bear-fest of enjoyment!!
Kimberly Walden
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shifter island meets mystery hunt.... hot story!

What lengths would you go to to find your sister? When she travels to a town of shifters to find her sister she finds a man she needs for more then just his help....
Cheryl Viner
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great fast read

I love how well developed the characters are. I also like that the author put in some realistic problems in the relationship due to lack of communication and confidence in both Austin and Leona. It makes the story more relatable for me.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good start

I have been reading all of Arran’s books recently. This is another good start to a new series. I love the world she has created for these shifters and how each character is building.
This was an alright book. Functionally proficient, decent characters. Fair amount of development given the length. I might read the author again but there was nothing about this book to make it very memorable
Joan Countryman
Heartsridge Shifters: Austin (South-One Bears Book 1)

I really liked Heartsridge Shifters By Olivia Arran , I really liked how Austin an Leona fell for each other at first sight a great book . I recommend 18 and up .
Jeannine Hess
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book in a great series

I always recommend Olivia Arran’s books when asked about shifter romance. She writes such a good tale, deftly woven love, suspense and action together.

These books will not disappoint.
starla mcmanigal
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it

This is the start of what could be a very good series, character development is key, and the writer is doing that well. I look forward to moving on.
gail mollencopf
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Very well written and just love the characters. Leona has to find her missing sister. Austin is wandering if he will ever find his true mate. Enjoy a good read
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hooked on another paranormal series, really enjoyed the story.
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