Spurred Fate (Black Claw Ranch, #2)
By Cecilia Lane
Joss Warren packs her bags to head off to the unforgiving wilds of Montana where she’s got a job as the new chef of Black Claw Ranch. Secretly, she hopes to heal her broken heart and learn more about her people. She’s heard about the good folks of Bearden, Montana. They are kind and generous, so people say. But her first run-in with a growly cowboy has her wondering if that’s just a tall tale.
City-girl Joss has never met a man as rugged as Hunter Shaw.
Tall, tatted, and Montana-tough, Hunter made his name riding bulls on the rodeo circuit. Nowadays, the handsome cowboy wrangles cows and tourists at the Bear Claw Ranch. Hunter is as wild and untamed as the Montana lands.
Joss is sure his sultry gaze promises wicked pleasure. But Hunter hides a dangerous side and Joss can’t risk her fragile heart.
Hunter, a bear shifter, understands horses and hard work. Not women. He’s had his heart broken and stomped on one too many times. But there’s something about the pesky, smart-mouthed red-head that wakens his bear. She’s wary though. The gorgeous, curvy girl is afraid.
And maybe for good reason. If he were a gentleman, he’d give his skittish girl some room. And maybe he is a gentleman, but now’s not the time to find out. When traffickers stalk his pretty little mate, his animal ditches all good manners.
His snarling bear is ready to mate, ready for cubs and family. He vows to hunt down any threat to keep his female safe…
Step into the world of Shifting Destinies, where the men and women you meet might just be a little more than human. Their towns are protected by magic, and their hearts are open and ready for love. But watch your step – more than darkness lurks in the shadows.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
SPURRED FATE is the second book in the Black Claw Ranch series. It has recurring characters but can stand alone.
Joss Warren is newly divorced and looking for a fresh start in Bearden, a small town known to be a haven for shapeshifters. Joss has hidden her badger half her entire life and she’s wanting to learn about her true nature freely now that she’s unattached. But things change quickly when she finds her mate in the handsome cowboy, Hunter Shaw.
Hunter is ornery on a good day but he’s been searching for his mate his whole life. Regardless of his violent past and the ex girlfriend who won’t leave him be, the moment he sees the beautiful badger, Joss, he knows he has to claim her. You know, usually, the hero is reluctant to be caught in a serious relationship so it was refreshing to have one who desperately wanted the happy ever after! Yes, he was cranky and fought with his clan quite a bit but he was a bear shifter and a cowboy; rugged and tough. Joss was his opposite…feminine, sweet. But she had a spine of steel underneath that becomes evident the longer she stayed in Bearden. Joss softened all of Hunter’s jagged edges and he was so flippin’ sweet and attentive to her. SWOON! They had a whirlwind romance but it was filled with moments of witty banter and sexy connections.
I also wanted to note the side characters because I loved the extra layer they gave the story. The other bear shifters in the clan and Tansey, Joss’ friend, gave some comedic relief that I enjoyed. Plus, Hunter’s father, Noel who was funny and charming. In the end, I was eager for another visit to this extraordinary shifter town! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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Cecilia grew up in a what most call paradise, but she insists is humid hell. She escaped the heat with weekly journeys to the library, where she learned the basics of slaying dragons, magical abilities, and grand adventures.
When it became apparent she wouldn’t be able to travel the high seas with princes or party with rock star vampires, Cecilia hunkered down to create her own worlds filled with sexy people in complicated situations. She now writes with the support of her own sexy man and many interruptions from her goofy dog.