Title: Loaded for Bear (Shifter Hardball #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Cheyenne Meadows (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 — 192 Pages
Polar bear shifter Graham Tundra can’t believe his bad luck. Not only is he traded to another baseball team midseason, but he’s also teamed up with Trigger Mallow: widely considered the best player in the game—but with the worst attitude.
Trigger is on the fence about Graham. As a grizzly bear shifter, he’s relieved to have another ursine on the team, even if they are different species. The problem is Trigger is in the middle of his natural mating season, and Graham looks too damn good to pass up.
What begins as friends with benefits shows potential to grow into a deeper connection. If only they can put aside their differences, learn to trust, listen to their feelings, and realize it’s more than just a bear thing.
I enjoyed book one in this series because it was light hearted and funny to boot but I liked this one better because it was not given that these two men would come together and there were things that they had to work out.
Trigger could not have a more perfect name that is for sure because his personality has a short trigger and can go from not saying anything at all to biting someone’s head off in an instance. But regardless deep down Trigger has a soft side and when he lets that soft side out, watch out because he is going to blow you away. I think that a lot of Trigger’s problem is, he is lonely and has not connected without anyone on a personal level. He has friends and teammates but as far as someone he lets in his everyday life, he has not had that. I believe that Trigger was the perfect person and bear for Graham.
Graham is the exact opposite personality wise then Trigger. He is laid back, likes to be around others and he is a people pleaser. The thing is, if you get on his bad side he can be scary. But that is a rare thing. I don’t think Graham is comfortable with telling others his sexual preferences because his old team tormented him and left him not being so confident about being gay and out in baseball. But Trigger is able to break his tight lippedness about being gay and these two men connected on many different levels.
The old saying opposites attract is definitely the case in story because they are definitely opposite personality wise but they bring out the best in each other and they build the other up and their personal insecurities start to heal because of the other. They make each other stronger and give each other the confidence in different situations that they may have been secure in before meeting each other.
This was an amazing read and cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out and see what this team gets up to next.
Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance
novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the
genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally
for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick
wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in
college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any
good at it.
I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing
dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse.
A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing
site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories
others wrote, not only making some wonderful close
friends from the experience, but also, really learning to
write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short
stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a
writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to
revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.
Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters,
quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone
can get into. When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy
working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as
a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of
course, reading romance novels.