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The Werebear's Unwanted Bride (Howls Romance)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  350 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
He didn’t want a wife…but he wanted her.

Bear shifter Katrina Hamilton spent her life obeying her father’s strict rules — and chafing under them. While all her friends were dating, Kat had been forced to watch from the sidelines. So when opportunity falls in her lap in the form of a very sexy stranger, she doesn’t hesitate to follow her heart.

Alex Fairchild just wants one
Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published May 8th 2017
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So, I Read This Book Today
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
What is it with women?

The guy picks you up, takes you home, takes your virginity, (she had a good reason for throwing it away, you can't blame her for it) then throws you away like garbage in the cruelest way possible. "That was fun, but I am getting married in a few days, so don't let the door hit you in the backside on your way out." Surprise! The woman you just threw out like Trash? Ha. Jokes on you, dumb-A. She just happens to be the woman the 'rents sold to you to settle that boundary dispu
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
absolutely a weird plot and story!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never Say Never!

Unwanted, wanted, unwanted, oh make up your mind already! Loved this story, absolutely wonderful, served them both right!

Alex Fairchild is really worked up because he has a week left to fulfill his destiny, how bad could it be he's been knowing this day would come his entire life! That doesn't make it any easier, especially when he bumps, literally bumps into the most enticing creature he has ever seen. And she will be his departure from the world as he has known it and man will
While I liked this book and the writing was great, it was a bit too Harlequin-esque for me. There was the OW drama, and the fact that Alex slept with a LOT of women (I'm guessing they were all from his clan, so they'll run into each other constantly. Way to think ahead, Alex). And the fact that he cheated on Kat. I mean he did cheat on her WITH her, but in my book it counts. It makes it hard for me as a reader to ever trust him. He might have done a little grovelling, but I wasn't satisfied. And ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots here to work with

Alex with the burden of knowing for the past 20 years he was to be married not for love but for duty.
Kat learning just days before her 21st birthday that she was to be married to seal a feud.
Edgar not having what he so badly wanted and then, well lets just say you have to read.
Naomi spiteful and out of her league.

So much in such a quick read.
Jennifer Finn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in the Howls Romance series by various authors, this one is written by Marina Maddix. This is a new author for me and I would definitely read more of her work. I wasn't really crazy about the h in this book, she was immature and a bit of a spoiled brat. Alex Fairchild is a bear shifter, his Father is the head of their clan. He's also a very wealthy and successful businessman. His whole life he's known that his marriage was arranged when he was still a baby. The Fairchild ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter, short-story
As this is the first book of Marina Maddix’s that I have read, I wasn’t sure on what to expect. After reading the blurb for this book I was intrigued and needed to one click. I liked this book but I didn’t love it. I understood Kat’s stubbornness but I felt like she dragged it on for too long. I wanted to shout at her to give in and forgive Alex. Although I liked the hero and heroine, I didn’t feel a strong connection between them. The majority of this story is Kat being stubborn and not giving ...more
Cindy Caron
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Maddix has outdone herself with this tale of love...the hard way. She has taken fated mates to a new level with the story of Alex and Kat.
Knowing he will have to marry a stranger for the good of his kind in a weeks time, Alex decides, for the last time, to seek consolance in the arms of a stranger, hopeful for some memories to tide him over throughout what may be a marriage in name only. When he literally runs into the most beautiful woman he has ever laid eyes on after signing documents th
Latoya Wilson
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because...

I gave this story five stars because that's what you do when someone shares a piece of them with you, but I couldn't connect to the story. Not for the lack of drama. Oh no, there's plenty drama, but the characters didn't have a good relationship until they were in bed. The events didn't fit flow for me and weren't relatable. I'd love to ask the author why she chose for Kat's parents to keep her in the dark, and who can make a grown woman stay chaste until her twenties in this d
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a bit too cheesy for me.
Whilst I could really understand Alex’s feelings on being forced to marry a stranger, he had agreed to it and had known it was happening. That didn’t mean he could act like a manwhore and sleep with every female he meets.
When he treats Kat in such a callous way, I was hoping that once she found out she would kick his butt into tomorrow and leave him until he grew up and proved he was trustworthy, but no, we get the usual I love him so it will be fine to trust him.
**Elle**Bee**Double U**
A first for me of Marina Maddix, and while it wasn't the greatest of books, it wasn't the worst book I've read.

I think my biggest issue with this was that both characters were just so stubborn and determined to get the other to see their side of things that they forgot that marriage/mating is about compromise. Kat also drove me nuts and made me want to pull my hair out because of her views on Alex and his life before her. Just because she was a virgin when they came together doesn't mean she sho
Barbara Stewart
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
He didn't want to wife but he grew up knowing that he was already promised to another clan's daughter. Katrina didn't know that she had been promised to someone from another clan. Her parents didn't want her worrying the whole time. Alex went to sign all the papers and decided that day that he was going to find somebody and have one last affair. Little did he know that the woman that he bumped into you was to be his bride. Now he to show her that he's not a playboy and that he really wants this ...more
Pamelia Grady
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Making Peace

How can you bring yourself to marry someone you have never met? Alex faced this very problem - what if something is wrong with her? Katrina had bumped into the most handsomest man she'd ever seen - went on the most amazing date, and already dreaming of a life of them together. That is until she spoke with her late and her world came crashing down. Will they be able to face their problems together? This is a good story of overcoming problems and finding the person for you.
Louise Nunn
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new twist, with a good character driven story

I loved the characters, they were easy to understand. The storyline was interesting, I haven't read a contracted marriage done this way before, and I did love the twisty way it played out. I didn't like the ending, I thought it was just too easy, but the story as a whole is full of dramatic love/hate scenarios and some decent busywork between Kat and Alex.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to the series

Each book in this series is improving. In the Werebear's Unwanted Bride, you have a story of two bears marrying to unite their tiers, or clans. After one last fling before the alter, both are surprised to find the other on their wedding day. A series of misunderstandings ensue and Alex has some work to win his bride. Good story, quick read, great editing.
Keoki Ki`Ili
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arranged marriage

To stop the war two clans had promised their firstborns in marriage and that day was coming up. This story centers around this idea and the emotions both children go thru when it comes time to honor that contract. The twist is the son has known his entire life, the daughter finds out two days before her wedding. There's a creepy stalker and a bitter gold digger in the cast too. It's a good read.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is about a young couple ( early twenties) that have been promised to each other through a arranged marriage since childhood. Alex is a womanizer that decides to have a one night stand before his wedding to Katrina, a woman he has never even met. The morning after, to get rid of the stranger he slept with, he treats her like rubbish. As it turns out that stranger was his brand new wife. It was a good idea that didn't lived up to my expectations. It's a ok story for me. Sorry.
Kristal Holt
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Howl's addition.....

I find these Howl's series books be consistently fabulous! Alex and Kat's story by the wonderful Marina Maddox is another great addition to this series. Plenty of action, and a great storyline. I definitely recommend you give this book a read. Mature eyes only due to mild violence, and of course, hot shifter loving!
Karen Stewart
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed ALEX and Kat’s story. An arranged marriage by their parents.... one has always known of their fate while the other doesn’t find out til two days before their wedding. Two people trying to come together and figure it out in order to keep the peace between both of their clans.
Jo Smith
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a delightfully engaging bear shifter story with plenty of sass & alpha sexiness. I loved the idea of an arranged marriage and the coming together of Alex and Kat. Fully was a most excellent BFF too! It has moments to make you smile, sigh and giggle. A really enjoyable story!
Cindy Hardegree
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Those nights before a wedding can be trouble!

You just never know! Great book with a clever plot. Hot and sexy shifters, sizzling sex. This for me was a fun read and can't wait to read more of Marina Maddix's work.
Deb B
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
just read the first eleven books in this set. they are all short, fun and fast and all standalones. can read one or all in any order. each author takes a basic format and expands it how they see fit. there is no deep heavy reading here
Donna  B Perkins
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slow book

This book ran slow and did not know if I wanted to finish it as it was very slow and hard to get into
Diana L. Shue
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great book

If you're looking for a book that you can't put down this would be the one to read. Well written and I couldn't put it down I have found myself a new author
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read

The whole series has been wonderful but this is at the top of the list. A great well written fast read with a HEA. The characters are real and heartfelt.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story had an interesting beginning but I loved it! I really enjoyed the relationship between Kat and Alex. The story was fast paced and well written.
Izzie d
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this one is my favorite from the series.
Ruth Hambley
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Really enjoyed reading this one. A terrific paranormal romance story. Well written and funny in places. Can't wait to read more in this series and by this author.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The "you cheated on me with me" plot. Lol.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
2.75 stars

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