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Bearly a Lady

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Zelda McCartney (almost) has it all: a badass superhero name, an awesome vampire roommate, and her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine (plus the clothes to prove it). The only issue in Zelda's almost-perfect life? The uncontrollable need to transform into a werebear once a month. Just when Zelda thinks things are finally turning around and she lands a hot date with Jake ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing (first published May 26th 2017)
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
okay, so the weirdest thing just happened. i read a book about a bisexual british were-bear with a vampire roommate and a crush on a werewolf whose love life becomes complicated by the arrival of a fae prince and some lingering feelings for one of her female co-workers at vogue.

and i loved it.

like, howling at the moon loved it. (okay, full truth - i loved 97% of it - the ending kind of blows up into a crazy mess, and i wish this went on for another couple hundred pages, but whatever). TL recomm
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up for two reasons. The author is a badass, and who DOESN'T love Prada-wearing were-bears?

Seriously, Khaw has writing chops if she can turn a Devil Wears Prada/chick lit/candy-coated plus-sized fashionista who has the hots for all the wrong supernaturals into something *I* really enjoyed.

I mean, it's rom-com and talking about *feminine issues* and having *that time of the month* I.E., turning into a Kodiak Bear, and alllllll about hooking up with that special someone(s). And yet I
Another novella coming from yours truly. A LGBTQIA rom-com featuring a bi woman of colour :)


any goodreads reviewer wanting a review copy, let me know !
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This is my first read in more than a week and it didn't disappoint. JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER.

We have a funny heroine that has zero filter. I didn't expected that because I thought it would be serious!paranormal. I like the tone of the story. It hits you on the right spot. The writing rivals Gail Carriger's trademark quirkiness along with Zen Cho's outrageous characterization. It's the perfect short story to get you out of a reading funk.

We have a bisexual fat woc for a main character. I really l
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, r2018, stars-4-0
Having really liked Hammers on Bone, I was intrigued to find out what else Khaw had written. This novella couldn’t be any more different! Instead of a Lovecraftian film noire investigation we are offered a LGBTQIA urban fantasy chick lit - possibly scarier stuff :O)

The author however does something very smart. She took all the much-abused tropes of the genre and amplified them to great effect. For instance, “interest in clothes” becomes a job at Vogue run by fairies, the ‘weight and menstruatio
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zelda McCartney is a werebear with a vampire roommate and a job working for Vogue in this paranormal chick-lit novella. (I really hate the term, but it's deliberate and there's an afterword talking about it). She's got a busy life, between managing her once-a-month Kodiak problem, a challenging workplace and trying to drum up a love-life around those issues. The drama comes when her work and personal lives clash head-on as she has to bodyguard (babysit) a visiting fae while she's trying to kick ...more
This is a completely unique and amusing novella about a werebear, a woman that shapeshifts into a bear once a month.

The dialogue and rhythm of the book are fantastic and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. Zelda is a completely unconventional lead protagonist 1) being 329 pounds, 2) being accepting of her build, 3) being bisexual, and 4) I don't recall her ethnicity being explicitly called out but as she's part of the brown bear species and the cover doesn't have a white lady on it I t
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sooooo different from the other works I've read by this author, which she referred to as Splatterpunk. This novella is funny, and, oddly sweet, as a bisexual werebear tries to go on a date, with less than stellar results.
Danika at The Lesbrary
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! A bisexual werebear paranormal romcom with a fat woman of color as the main character? I couldn't resist. And this definitely lives up to that premise.
Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
Thank you, Book Smugglers Publishing, for my eARC of Bearly a Lady by Cassandra Khaw and the chance to read and review the book early.

I love Bearly a Lady and the main character Zelda McCartney. This book is funny, cute and sexy. It is impossible not to enjoy the characters and their banter, chemistry, and tension. I love the world Cassandra Khaw has created, with shapeshifters, vampires, and fae etc., and I want to see more of it. Seriously, give me more of both the main ship and the world. Not
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
***4.5 Stars***

Many thanks to Cassandra Khaw for providing me with a eGalley of Bearly a Lady in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

I'll have a mini review for Bearly a Lady on my blog LairOfBooks later today but gahhhh! why is this only a novella?!?!? I need MORE! This was the perfect start of summer read filled with diversity. I'm in love with the main protagonist Zelda a plus sized bisexual fashionista Werebear *heart eyes* I'm going to need more paranormal rom-coms in my
Possibly 3.5. I enjoyed this book - it was a lot of fun, and it read bloody fast. Extremely quick, actually, especially after just DNFing a book because it was moving at a glacial pace.

I loved Zelda, I loved Zora, I loved Janine. At some points, I really loved the unique voice, the interesting language others, it was a bit of a parentheses overload, and a lot of didn't seem to like it needed to be in brackets. Then there was the strange bits of dialogue where the use of full st
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zelda is a werebear who lives with her best friend and vampire, Zora, and works at fashion magazine that's not as fabulous as she thought it would be. After lusting after her werewolf neighbor and high school crush for too long, she finally lands a date with him. The only problem? Her fae boss is making her work as a bodyguard for her seemingly charming nephew because Zelda's the only werebear she can latch onto on such short notice.

This short book had me cracking up starting with the opening ch
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

Sparkly, effervescent fun, like Bridget Jones with shapeshifters! I utterly adored Zelda's voice and her were-bear power, and I loved the way she took pride in her size and strength. I had a couple of tiny nitpicks with her treatment of Janine, but they were small and subjective, and I really enjoyed the whole story. In fact, it absolutely saved me on one particularly stressful weekend! This novella is a fabulous mix of witty British chick-lit with paranormal romance, and I'd love to
Xan West
DNF at 9%

The beginning of this book made me uncomfortable. It felt like the reader was being encouraged to laugh at the MCs fatness. I asked around for reviews written by fat reviewers & found this one, which confirmed that this was likely going to be my reading experience for the rest of the book:

I may give this another try at some point, but am DNFing for now.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f-favorites
Khaw's sense of humor, which underlays her Rupert Wong novellas, is on full display here, but, in a change from her usual style, mated to a bubbly and fun paranormal romcom with a gloriously and unapologetically fat werebear protagonist navigating love and desire for a few different possible love interests.

It took me about an hour to read, and it never stopped being both fun and funny, and it's sweet without being saccharine.
Thank you Cassandra Khaw to the moon and back for the eARC!

I wouldn't have known about this book if not for Sil from The Book Voyagers, so thank you as well!

Bearly a Lady immediately captured my interest from the prologue, where we meet Zelda in the form of a bear. I absolutely adored reading from the first person POV of Zelda, a werebear who turns a bit, well, hairy (and beary) once every month. She also works at Vogue as a temp, although keeps her werebear heritage under wraps. The author writ
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
An egalley was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Bearly a Lady was such a funny and lovely novella. It has lots of content even though it's a novella. I loved every second of it and you all will enjoy it when you pick it up BECAUSE OFC YOU HAVE TO PICK IT UP!!

→ Bi woman of color as MC
→ She's also a werebear!!!
→ Her roomie is a vampire, and they have the best relationship wow
→ Her neighbor is a werewolf who works at a zoo and she has had a big crush
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outrageously fun combination of chicklit, the supernatural, and workplace minutiae. I'm tempted to say I wish it was longer but I suspect the length is actually perfect: the joy and surprise never wear off, and the end is quick and satisfying. That said, I am 100% here for a series of novellas set in this world. Please, Book Smugglers?
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Bearly a Lady is a fun, bubbly romcom about a plus-sized werebear looking for love among a group of potential love interests. I've been anxiously waiting for this story for months since Khaw first spoke of it on twitter and I'm thrilled with what I got. I devoured it in less than an hour and by the end of it, I was hungry for more. I think I'm not alone when I say I'd love to a sequel in the future.
A fun premise but a little disjointed in its execution -maybe could have benefited from having tighter editing or more space to explore the worldbuilding? I loved the humor, the concept, and the characters' potential.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an entirely different experience to These Deathless bones - it's actually really exciting when I find an author I love who can speak in such different voices but maintain such high quality.

"You're not plus-sized. Well, you are. For a human. But you're also actually quite a small bear."

This is a fairly short novella, but it builds up an interesting world - one full of were-creatures (including pandas!) and leafy fae, and vampires who will sacrifice dates with two bisexual firemen to help
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
Cassandra Khaw's Bearly a Lady is the 3rd publication in the Book Smugglers' Novella Initiative. It looked amazing and the blurb —with its Devil Wears Prada meets Bridget Jones meets Teenwolf vibe with bonus Fae — made it sound like it would be just too much fun! And the blurb absolutely delivered. This book reminded me so much of the late nineties/early oughts chick lit I loved and provided me with the same happy feelings at the end of the book that they did. And like many of the books I loved ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, novella
Bearly a Lady is a very funny story about modern relationships. It's set in present-day London and introduces us to Zelda, a young woman working for a fashion magazine. She shares a flat with her roommate Zora. But these two twenty-somethings are no ordinary flat mates; Zelda is a werebear and Zora a vampire.

'It's not fair. Back in high school, Zora was the frumpy one, but now she's the glamorous vampire with legions of glow stick-toting hunks and I'm Winnie the freaking Pooh.'

Zelda has a crush
3 1/2 stars

First and foremost a big thank you to Book Smugglers who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review! You ladies are the best!

Confession time: I don't read a lot of romance, and I've never picked up a "chick-lit" book. (Not that I have anything against these genres at all.) I do, however, read urban fantasy, which is romance and horror's weird love-child. When the author talked about her influences at the back of this book I really appreciated the roadmap, whi
Morgan Dhu
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Bearly a Lady, on the other hand, is supernatural chick lit comedy. Zelda Joshua Andreas McCartney is a werebear, which is hard on all sorts of things, like underwear and dating. Her best friend and roommate Zora is a vampire. And she has, thanks to Zora’s pushing, a hot date with a very sexy werewolf she’s been lusting after for a very long time. And she’s still got a bit of a crush on co-worker Janine. Then her employer assigns her to act as a bodyguard to her visiting nephew, an arrogant, ent ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes I would like another please thank you.

This novella is a perfect storm of humor, lust, delicious rom-com drama. And another example of Cassandra Khaw's skill at wordcrafting. Devour the whole book in an hour and get a glimpse of a world of werecreatures (bears and wolves are just the start), along with Fae and vampires, getting along about as well as you'd expect. The main character, Zelda, feels fully real, in supernatural-occupied London that reminds me of the Craft Sequence with the frenet
Laura AP
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a really quick and fun read I did for #fffebruary. This month I'm only reading f/f romances.

Bearly a Lady does good use of chick-lit tropes while also having a fun setting with paranormal creatures such as vampires, shapeshifters and even fae. It's fast paced and focuses on Zelda's romantinc life and its fat bisexual lead is very fun and relatable. There were a couple of things that irked me the wrong way while reading and I wish the author had focused more on Zelda's feelings and not o
I picked this book up at the exact moment that I needed it. It was everything I hoped for and more. That whole in my heart is now filled with dreams of plus-sized bisexual werebears come to sweep me off my feet.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
The only flaw is that there isn't more of this story to treasure.
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Cassandra Khaw is a senior scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Her next novella NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH is a haunted house story where messy people make really bad decisions.

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