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Jumping the Bull

(FUC Academy #4)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Ben Beaufort, badass bison

Everyone who looks at Ben and sees his six-foot-plus, muscular build assumes he’s in construction. Or the military. Or something that requires brawn over brains. In truth, he’s a mild-mannered human resources professional—or at least he was, until he got laid off. Now he’s looking for a second career as a Furry United Coalition agent, to discover
ebook, 91 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Jenn Burke
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Rachel Emily
OK, first off, the acronym FUCN'A is the best thing ever!

Overall I enjoyed this novella between Ben, a bison shifter looking for a new career, and Oliver, the whooping crane yoga instructor who befriends him. Even though this is set in an established world, you can definitely read this one on its own, and I found the whole thing just fun!

Being that this is a 91 page short story/novella, there really isn't too much time to get TOO deep into the characters (which is my usual complaint about short
Joyfully Jay
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Jumping the Bull is a standalone story by Jenn Burke set in Eve Langlais’ Furry United Coalition (F.U.C.) world. The FUC Academy stories are a spin-off of that original series and are standalone stories written by different authors set in Langlais’ world. You can jump in here without having read the main series or any of the spin-offs with no issues.

I grabbed this one for review as I love Jenn Burke’s writing and I am a big fan of non-traditional shifters. So whe
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I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

Jumping the Bull is a fun short romantic read about a bison shifter and a whooping crane shifter that fall in love with each other. I liked reading about these characters and the trouble they go through in this book. It was a fun short read and I enjoyed reading it.

I thought it was well done how even with the fast pace and short length of the book it rarely felt too rushed, although I wouldn't have minded a bit more build-up and
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
short and cute with shifters of all kinds in a police/military training school.

Ben and Oliver get sent undercover and only one bed! fake married! Ben’s inability to recognize that he’s saying dirty things is funny.
3.5 Stars

I confess that I haven’t read Eva Langlais’s FUC (Furry United Coalition) World books before, but I like the sound of JUMPING THE BULL (and I enjoyed Burke’s “Not Dead Yet” series) so of course I jump at the chance to read this novella. And it turns out to be a fun read!

I adored Ben Beaufort - he might be big and badass but he was also soft-hearted, a total cinnamon roll kind of shifter. Oliver Zuraw was his perfect match with his agile and supple body and personality. Theirs was an ins
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Jumping the Bull was so much fun! And as someone not familiar with the FUC world, Jenn Burke did a great job of bringing me up to speed without having to resort to infodumping. Novellas can be very tricky, you have to balance the progression of the story within such a limited number of pages, and the balance here was spot on (perhaps due to all that morning yoga with a certain whooping crane)! Ben & Oliver were two really sweet characters thrust into a situation they weren't quite fully prepared ...more
Sep 04, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
JUMPING THE BULL is now available in print! You can mosey on over to Amazon to order. 🐃
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun. Even though it's set in a previously existing universe, I hadn't read any of the other books and found that I had no trouble understanding this one! In fact, I quite enjoyed it.

This novella might be short but it's pretty entertaining! Jenn Burke has ramped up the camp in this story... and I giggled out loud a few times! I mean really, who would have ever thought that a whooping crane shifter and a bison shifter would team up to solve a crime! The concept itself was in
3.5 stars

Jumping the Bull is a novella sets in Eve Langlais' Furry United Coalition Academy universe. I haven't read any of the original or other books in this universe, but I have no problem immersing myself with the world-built. It's easy to follow and works as stand-alone. Plus point that it's also the first (and so far, the only) M/M romance in this universe. I hope more MM or FF authors jump in to contribute.

Anyway, the biggest problem for me is the length. I think the novella-length is
Jennifer Lovins
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ben is a bison who got laid off from his HR position. He decides to try out for FUC and go to their academy. Fist day he sees Oliver who is a whooping crane. Wants to get to know him. There is an obstacle course that they have to finish under two minutes. Ben knows he is not agile enough to complete it in the time allotted, so he smashes through it. Oliver takes pity and decides to teach him yoga to try and help limber him up. Now they are trying to fight their attraction. Can they fight it or i ...more
4.5 Stars!

What a great book to be my first book of 2021 (technically). I loved everything about this book, from the nontraditional shifters (always a favorite of mine), to the way their animal characteristics shined through in their human form, to the sweet romance, and of course the action and suspense. Jenn Burke has become an author I can rely on and I'm very sad that I wont get to see her write more in this world.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, shifter
Kurang ada chemistry antara keduanya jadi pas baca rasanya hambarrr. Ga ada sweet moment sama sekali dan yang paling penting ga ada yg bilang ILY ke satu sm lain dan endingnya kurang memuaskan. Penjahatnya sih udah mati tp kroni-kroninya apakah masih merajalela melakukan bisnis ilegal ataukah udah benar-benar tamat ga bakal ada ancaman lagi, nah bagian itu yg ga dijelaskan lebih lanjut jadi masih ada unfinished business.

So 3 bintang!
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, m-m, quickies, shifters
Jumping the Bull is my first foray into the FUC world but I can never pass up a title by this author so I jumped at the chance to read and review the novella. Despite never reading books from this universe before, I had no trouble following along and really enjoyed the set-up, characters, and Furry United Coalition premise.

Considering the shorter length of this story, I was impressed the characters were pretty well developed. Jumping the Bull follows Ben, a bison shifter and former human resour
James Wharton
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jumping the Bull is the first foray by Jenn Burke in Eve Langlais' Furry United Coalition Newbie Academy (FUC N'A) universe. It is also the first FUC N'A book to focus on m/m relations.

The book is a fun read and well written. Ben, a bison bull shifter, and Oliver, a whooping crane shifter, are both enjoyable and likeable. At about 90 pages, I felt that the story was just too short.
Elaine Gray
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jumping the Bull is a fun, short, sweet and easy to read book. It's about a bison shifter, Ben, and Oliver, a whooping crane that is involved in a mystery and they fall love. Their characters are likeable and the scenario is very different and I enjoyed it. ...more
angela gunstone
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jumping the bull

Loved the storyline and the characters and couldn't put it down so it's a well deserved five stars and I would recommend this book to everyone
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this adventure with Ben the Bison and Oliver the Whooping Crane. A very quick fun read. I haven’t read any of the other Furry Coalition books, but I’m glad I have this one.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-paranormal
Cute book to read in between. Nothing too deep, but fun enough to take your mind off other things for an hour or two.
Aleana Joy Pearson
Cute light read. Love all the different types of animals. I’ve met heard of a house hippo and had to google it. They are so cute.

Good book hope there’s a next one.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5, really only read this because I adore Jenn Burke.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! Jenn Burke's books are full of wit anyway, and her contribution to Eve Langlais' FUC world did not disappoint! It's on the shorter side (which I love) but she's packed so much in here and built up a compelling and believable romance between Ben and Oliver. I mean, we get to meet Ben's sister (I really hope she gets a book!), and then hang out at the academy, and then there is an undercover mission where Oliver gets to show off his exotic dancing 🤣... it just keeps going from there! ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Cute and funny, this story was quick to read. I liked that it played against stereotypes. I really liked both MCs and though I’d like to know a little more about this world.
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Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.

Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction r

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