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(Bodyguard Shifters #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,581 ratings  ·  156 reviews
A tough bear shifter bodyguard undercover in a coffee shop + a curvy barista with an adorable 5-year-old + a deadly shifter assassin = a scorching thrill ride of a romance!

Tough as nails and hard as steel, Derek Ruger has spent his life in dangerous parts of the world, and has the scars (emotional and physical) to show for it. But this is his most difficult assignment ye
Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published September 24th 2017
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, and no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I have bought this book because I loved it, and I own most of Zoe’s books!

The cover is WOW!! It is my favorite kind of cover with both beautiful beasts on it!

I loved this book because she is a single mom who works her butt off for her family, and she wins all around in the end wit
Sweet alpha shifter meets his mate at a coffee shop..

This novel is a great example of a traditional shifter romance--an alpha shifter who longs for a family, a strong heroine who longs to find someone she can depend on, a villain who threatens to tear them apart, and a meddling grandmother who wants to see them both happy. I really enjoyed this novel because of it's simplicity and heart and found myself unwilling to put it down. There was just the right amount of action and heartwarming scenes b
Ivy Deluca

What can I say? The book title? Totally cracky and cheestastic enough to draw me in.

The story?'s not bad and it's got some themes I'm a total sucker for (characters in peril, forced proximity, on the run) plus bears. Grizzly and polar. I really wish the worldbuilding was stronger and that the love went beyond insta. It's ok, but like crack, I got a taste of the next book in the series and since it drives me nuts not to complete a series this short, yes I'm diving in.

What does this revi
Apr 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Now I am craving Coffee and doughnuts and my own Teddy Bear. You kow the kind you squeeze, cuddle up to and go to sleep with. Ok enough of my ranting. This was a romance book that made you blush but it had plenty of action that put you on the edge of your seat.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coffee Please........

Gaby witnesses what will change her life forever. The only thing good to come of this is the fact that the man they have sent to guard her is one hella hunk and her body is screaming for him to really guard her body in naughty ways.

Derek only agreed to this job because his old nemesis Ghost is involved, but when he walks into the coffee shop to meet his charge, his bear goes all crazy on him wanting to get to his mate, so he can really guard her all over. He never thought t
Judy Lewis
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Bearista
Author: Zoe CHant
Designation: Novella, Standalone, NO Cliffhanger, #ParanormalRomance #BearShifter
Reading Platform: Kindle Ebook Edition
My Rating: Five Sexy Bearlicious Stars*****
Oh my! I loved, loved, loved Bearista by Zoe Chant. It's no secret I'm a Zoe Chant fan and enjoy everything she writes, but this book is definitely one of my all-time favorites! Bearista is a sexy, fast-paced, easy-to-follow, novella-length, standalone paranormal romance filled
Diana Page
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I laughed so much at Gaby and Derek, they sounded a lot like my parents it was eerie !! But other than that it was a really high octane, fight and flight when Gaby witnesses a robbery and Derek is assigned to guard her and her family as the robber is a bear shifter Derek had gone up against years before. Things get hot and heavy between Gaby and Derek and after being tracked to their hideaway by tge Ghost Gaby and Derek fight together to save each others lives as well as Gaby's family . 4⭐'s for ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good, quick, and fun read. I loved both main characters and look forward to reading more of her books.
Stories in Review
Great, fast read. No ow/om drama at all. My kind of book when the H and h are together the whole book.
Ann Hupe
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes, it's brain candy, but it's fun. It's your typical heroine needs a bodyguard because she witnessed a crime, this time involving a psychotic polar bear shifter who shifted right before her eyes. In swoops in Derek, a private securities guard specializing in really bad/boring assignments, still smarting from his last encounter with the very same polar bear shifter, except now this Ghost of a polar bear shifter has Gaby, our heroine, in his sights. After all, don't leave any witnesses, right?

Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun story of a bear shifter meeting his mate while he is her bodyguard. Gaby witnesses a robbery and sees one of the thieves turn into a polar bear! Derek is assigned to protect her and discovers she is his mate. The romance is sweet and Gaby's family is nice.

This is a quick read and is a sweet romance with a bit of heat.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Shifter Haven

Bearista is fast paced, full of danger, charm, steamy moments and a couple who are so right for each other. When Gaby set off for her early morning shift at the coffee shop she had no idea that her life was about to change drastically. Witness to a crime, she’ll find herself witnessing more than bags of money being tossed out of an armored car… she’ll watch the man chasing her turn into a polar bear right before her eyes. When the detective in charge of the case brings
Ingrid Stephanie Jordan
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Bearista
Release Date: #AlreadyReleased
Author: Zoe Chant
Reviewer: Ingrid Stephanie Jordan
Serial: Standalone, No Cliffhanger 
#PRN #GrizzlyBearShifter #PolorBear
My Rating: #5Stars☆☆☆☆☆
     Wow Ms. Zoe's books just keep getting better and better. Every book I read of hers is fantastic. This is another story that catches you from the first page, ties you up and takes you on the ride of your life.
     Gabriella Diaz aka: Gaby is a human single mom taking care of he five year o
Elaine Kirby
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cops & Robbers!

Gaby Diaz is a daughter, a mother, a student & a Barista. One day while walking to work she sees a robbery & just about the time she notices it the robbers notice her & start shooting & running after her. She does make her escape but not before she sees one of the robbers turn into a polar bear.

Derek River is a grizzly bear shifter & a friend of the policeman in charge of the investigation of the robbery that Gaby saw. The policeman, Keegan, calls Derek in to protect Gaby until th
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabi and Derek

Gabi is on her way to work at 4:30 in the morning and witnesses a crime in progress. When one of the men sees her and chases her she sees him turn into a polar bear. She gets away through the back door of the coffee shop she works at. Her boss calls the police.
Derick is a bodyguard who is a bear shifter. His friend from the police department called him in to guard Gabi. When he sees her he realizes that she is his mate. She is very stubborn and doesn't want to go to a safe house.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story

Setting: Unnamed city + rural Contemporary
Genre: Shifter Romance
While walking to work early one morning, Gaby witnesses the robbery of an armored car. One of the robbers comes after her when she runs into the alley to go into the back door, and he turns into a polar bear. The police lieutenant in charge of the investigation calls Derek, a grizzly shifter, to be her bodyguard. Gaby refuses to go into hiding because she needs to keep her job to support her 5 year old son & mother, and
Lynn Vincent
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal stories
Take one large grizzly bear and put him in a coffee shop and what do you get a bearista. This is Gaby and Derek's story. It is one great read with humor romance and mayhem thrown in.
Gaby Diez is a single mom taking care of her 5 year old son and mother. While minding her own business on her way to work she witnesses a robbery. As if that isn't bad enough one of them chases her and changes into a polar bear.
Derek is a grizzly bear shifter called in by Keegan to protect Gaby. He is sure the po
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
*WARNING* contains explicit adult sexual situations
Derek is a bear shifter and a security guard. Derek has a good friend on the police force who he helps sometimes, so when Keegan calls and tells him Ghost is back, Derek goes. Derek has tangled with Ghost before, so this time he needs to be sure the criminal polar bear is caught.
Gaby works 2 jobs, takes college courses, is a single mom, and takes care of her disabled mother. When Gaby sees a robbery in progress on her way to work, she tries to c
Darla Taylor
Single mother, Gaby Diaz is working as a barista while going to school, taking care of her disabled mother, and raising her 5 year old son. When she witnesses an armored car robbery on her way to work one morning, she's thrown into a world she's never known as she watches one of the robbers turn into a polar bear. Bear shifter, Derek Ruger, has seen a lot of the world and has the scars to prove it but when he's asked to guard Gaby he's not only up against his nemesis, he's found his mate and she ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Where are the puns?

To be honest, I mostly downloaded this book because of the title. I was hoping for many more puns, but the book was sadly lacking.
The romance consisted of "hey, it's my mate, let's get it on and talk dirty! Yay, love!" With a side of instant family.
Light on character development, making it hard to really connect with the characters. That has the silver lining of having characters not developed enough to be annoying though.
The book was supposed to be about him going undercov
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful enjoyable read with great characters.
It is so nice to get a well written and paced story with a sensible heroine you can genuinely like.
Gabriel, Gaby, is one put together woman with straight priorities in her life. Family first and working hard to improve her lot in life.
Even when the action is taking place she did not act stupidly and thought out what to do without being a hindrance to the hero Derek. Loved her.
Derek was just such a sweetheart as well as being capable and likeable.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A witness to a crime

Gaby hasn't had the easiest life. Left pregnant by the deadbeat dad, and taking care of her disabled and widowed mother, apparently wasn't enough for Gaby to have to struggle with. No, she had to witness a crime in progress on her way to work. But for her it was a blessing in disguise. She met Derek. Derek is hired to protect Gaby from a polar bear shifter only known as the "Ghost" because he is set on erasing the only witness to his crime. But Derek isn't just her bodyguard;
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet shifter romance - body guard protector, protecting a witness and yet find love!

Body guard Derrick as called in by his friend Kiegan a fellow shifter and cop. Kiegan had a job to protect the witness from from Ruger (Derrick) rival. His rival Ghost was a polar bear shifter that they had a calm st deadly run in that room while for them both to heal. The witness Baby not a damsel in distress but a stubborn, independent woman that was loyal and devoted to her family. Putting everything for her
Crystal Watson
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.

I absolutely loved this book it was so cute. When a witness sees a man robbing a store she thinks that bad but then he changes into a big polar bear. Is she losing her mind does she tell the police. Lucky for her the captain is a shifter his self and knows his cops can't protect her so he calls in his old buddy Derrick. Gaby is immediately taken with the talk, tan, and gorgeous man. Derrick doesn't think twice in helping Keagan with a bodyguard assignment when he learns his old f
Hsu Lee
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC - I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest!
Gaby just wanted to make enough money to support her son + mother.
When she witness a crime, all of her plans got out the window.
Derek was assigned to protect Gaby against Ghost.
Ghost is a paid assassin.
Once Derek meets Gaby, he knows she is his mate.
Now all bets are off.
Ghost will never harm his mate.
Even on the run, Ghost is able to track Derek + Gaby.
It is time to end this once and for all.
Will Derek
Lindarhc Robson
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bearista a love story with a twist

Gaby was going to work for the early shift when she saw a robbery. Then one of the men took off after her and changed from a man into a polar bear. She managed to get to the shop before he caught her. When the police came they phoned for a bodyguard for her. Derek turns up and stays with her until she leaves work and they go into hiding in a hotel. Then they have to go on the run with her mother and son. Keegan gives then the use of his remote cabin. I’m not goi
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another well written, well plotted paranormal story by Zoe Chant. Truly charming and magnetic characters throughout the story from our true soulmates Derrick and Gaby to Keegan (cop shifter extraordinaire) to Gaby's son Sandy and her mom, Luisa. Solitary bear shifter Derrick is ready to face his nemesis the awful Ghost when the nasty bear shifter threatens a human. That human, Gaby, is a hard working single mom who is the witness of the Ghost's latest crime. When Derick agrees to protect ...more
Deb Diem
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bearista is a fun paranormal shifter romance by Zoe Chant. Ms. Chant has provided readers with a well-written book populated with outstanding, lovable characters. Gaby works at a coffee shop to support her small family and goes to school at night. When she witnesses an armored car heist Derek is assigned to protect her and ends up protecting her whole family. Gaby and Derek's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I enjoyed reading Bearista and look forward to reading mo ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bearista by Zoe Chant is the action packed, paranormal romance about bear Shifter bodyguard Derek and his fated mate Gaby. She witnesses a bank robbery and requires protection. Little does she know that that one viewing is going to open a whole can of worms and a romance that will curl her toes (and yours). Miss Chant once again creates memorable characters who have the reader squarely in their corner as they fight for life and love. A standalone PNR with a satisfying HEA. Highly recommended.
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Zoe Chant loves writing paranormal romance. Over a cup of tea (or something stronger) she whips up sexy tales of hunky heroes and adventurous heroines to tantalize and satisfy her readers. Sizzling hot romance, no cliffhangers!

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