The Bear's Chosen Mate

The Bear's Chosen Mate

by Vivian Arend

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The stand alone first title in a brand-new shifter trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.

Get mated—or else!

When their meddling, match-making family patriarch lays down the law, Giles Borealis' three polar bear shifter grandsons agree to follow his edict. Only James, Alex and Cooper each have a vastly different plan in mind to deal with their impending mating fevers. Will any of them be able to fight fate?

Spoiler: not likely!

First up: James, the youngest of the brothers....

He's going to accept his fate—but only with the woman he chooses!

Youngest brother James Borealis figures if he has to get mated, it should be with someone he already knows and cares about—his best friend Kaylee. But when the mating fever hits, she's still stuck in friendshipland while he's ready to move all the way to true love and forever.

Kaylee has heard about polar bear mating fever, but while James has held the starring role in her fantasies for a long time, she's not about to leap into a permanent relationship that's all wrong for him. He's the PR powerhouse for Borealis Gems while she's a quiet bobcat shifter with massive family baggage. He loves the spotlight; she wants to hide in quiet corners.

But mating fever knows best, and when the storm settles, there's no use in arguing with a polar bear's choice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163179626
Publisher: Arend Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Borealis Bears , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,085
File size: 507 KB

About the Author

With over 2 million books sold, Vivian Arend is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary and paranormal romance books, including the Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.

Her books are all standalone reads with no cliffhangers. They’re humorous yet emotional, with sexy-times and happily-ever-afters. Vivian pretty much thinks she’s got the best job in the world, and she’s looking forward to giving readers more HEAs. She lives in B.C. Canada with her husband of many years and a fluffy attack Shih-tzu named Luna who ignores everyone except when treats are deployed.

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The Bear's Chosen Mate 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
green____ 3 months ago
Choosing One's Mate... Oh I loved this story! Sexy polar bear shifters... the brothers Borealis are told to find mates or they lose the family business... James has someone in mind... But she doesn't believe she is right for him. Vivian Arend builds a wonderful story around these characters! I couldn't help but enjoy how the story played out! Left me smiling and wanting more... can not wait for Alex's book!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
3.5 stars--THE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE is the first instalment and novella in Vivian Arend’s contemporary, adult BOREALIS BEARS paranormal, romance series focusing on the polar bear shifters of the Borealis Bears. This is youngest brother businessman James Borealis, and feline shifter / photographer Kaylee Banks’ story line. Told from several third person perspectives including James and Kaylee THE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE follows the friends to lovers relationship between polar bear shifter James Borealis, and feline shifter Kaylee Banks. Patriarch Giles Borealis is hoping to hand over the reigns of Borealis Gems to his three grandsons but in an effort to help things along, Giles blackmails his heirs into finding mates, or lose control of Borealis Gems. James, Cooper and Alex have no intention of tying themselves down with one woman but the mating fever is about to take control. When the mating fever hits, James only wants one woman, his best friend, Kaylee Banks. What ensues is the mating dance between Kaylee and James, and the potential fall out as Kaylee doesn’t feel the urge to mate the same way James feels about his life-long friend. THE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE is a quick, erotic, paranormal read; an introductory tale that hints at a possible threat to Borealis Gems. A character driven story line, THE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE is a fun, sassy and sexy look at shifters in love. A couple of issues: I was hoping for a little more background history with regards to Kaylee and James; and the confusing addition of a shipment of ‘product ‘ from Kaylee’s parents, an addition that appears to come out of left field, without explanation or purpose-perhaps there is something in future instalments that explains this particular story line inclusion.
DarGee 3 months ago
Oh, how I love bears! Big, grumpy, clumsy, single-minded, bears. Faced with an ultimatum, youngest Borealis brother James, knows who he wants in his life. His best friend, and bobcat shifter, Kaylee, has had him lusting after her forever. But things don’t go smoothly, and while James is all in, Kaylee and her kitty need some convincing. There is no question of the heat of the attraction between them, and their emotions are fully involved, but getting fate on their side isn’t easy Sexy and funny, and setting us up with a wonderful cast of characters, this was an awesome read!
LindaBr1 3 months ago
This is Book 1 in the Borealis Bears series. Wow! James’s grandfather has put his foot down and told the grandsons that they need to get mated/married or else! James isn’t ready to settle down and decides he’s not going to fool with it; that’s until he went into mating fever. Now he wants to fool around with Kaylee, who has been his best friend for years. Kaylee doesn’t want to settle down with anyone, especially her best friend. He’s a famous polar bear/man and she’s just a nothing bobcat who shies away attention. This was just a fun book as we see the two interact with each other. Then it gets even better when James’s grandfather tries to get involved. I highly recommend you reading this book if you want a really good and fun book! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Marta Cox 3 months ago
Three and a half I was very excited when I heard this author was writing a Polar Bear shifter trilogy as I loved her Wolf stories and absolutely adored her sweet and sexy Cowboy books. Here we meet three brothers all trying to avoid Mating but with a interfering, meddlesome, not to mention loving grandfather on their case it seems like their carefree bachelor days might soon be a thing of the past ! The youngest brother James isn't too bothered though because he's got his eye on kitty cat Kaylee but as she's his best friend how can he ever convince her that what he feels for her is real and everlasting ? This is hard to review for me because I just didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. It definitely felt like a first in series introducing characters and I do realise that friends to lovers trope is highly appealing to many readers. I think I probably prefer plot driven stories whilst the majority of this was just sexy times with a wee bit of angst thrown in . However that having been said the last third completely ramped up my interest with unusual parcels arriving and a character introduced that has me desperate to know more about her. Unfortunately not my favourite book from this author but it definitely was a sweet and steamy read that I'm sure many will enjoy. This voluntary take is of an advanced copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Arch_Angel 3 months ago
I’m always keen to read anything by Vivian Arend, so a brand-new shifter series was definitely well received. The Bear’s Chosen Mate is the first book of a trilogy about the Borealis brothers who have been presented with an ultimatum by their cagey, adorable and meddling grandfather, as it seems that Giles is anxious for some great-grandbabies! While the storyline about interfering families and forcing one’s hand to ensure mating and the continuation of the species isn’t exactly new; Ms Arend puts a nice twist on the plot with the introduction of a mysterious “Mating Fever” that’s exclusive to bears. This is also a friends to lovers story and highlights the insecurities inflicted by careless parenting and the effect it has on a beautiful and caring soul. With some mystery and intrigue thrown in around the family business, Borealis Gems and their fierce competitor Midnight Inc. and an unusual delivery to Kaylee’s parent’s house; The Bear’s Chosen Mate is definitely and exciting platform to the next in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Jason and Kaylee's story, as they are just the perfect couple, but you have to love a sexy and hilarious ending too, and this one leaves me anxious to see what happens next. Watch out Alex, the “Mating Fever” is coming for you!