Title: Be Were (Southern Shifters #5) by Eliza Gayle
Author: Eliza Gayle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Reviewed by: Ollie
Rating - 3
Sexual - 4
Take a very alpha mixed jaguar shifter and a dangerous female white cougar on the run and you have an explosive tale of passion, determination, possession and some good old sexy time. Be Were is a fun. quick read with two characters who know what they want and are determined to get it, the only problem is one may need convincing of what they need.
Niki Harris has lived a life of secrets and solitude with no interest in making a change. But an easy one night stand turns complicated and she finds herself marked. Now she has to decide, tell the sexy shifter with a possessive streak a mile wide she’s pregnant and in danger or do what she’s always done–run.
Dean is a drop, dead gorgeous jaguar shifter who has lived a lonely existence ever since his world around him came crashing down and his ability to ever be close to anyone seemed impossible until Niki's arrival.
Niki isn't you average female shifter but a white rare cougar who have reputations of being ruthless, dangerous and loners. On Christmas Eve Niki finds herself alone in a bar until fate places her literally in the arms of a shifter who makes her body burn like an inferno.
Before Niki allows herself to accept this gorgeous shifter who may be what has been missing in her life, she disappears vowing never for Dean to find her again. Unfortunately for Niki she doesn't realize that Dean is just as determined to go after what he knows is the best thing to have happened to him in a long time. The only thing is they both have many obstacles to overcome before they can have any chance of making it work with each other.
I really loved the premise of the storyline and Dean really knows how to make a woman melt. My only problem is the the story did not flow smoothly and was it confusing at times as I had to re-read paragraphs over again to figure out how one scene changed to the next. The other thing that I found a little frustrating is the story did not really explain clearly why Niki was on the run and the implications. Yes we are provided with an explanation, but I didn't not feel there was enough world-building. It felt at times that it waa just thrown out there and that was it. I know this is book #5 in the Southern Shifters series, but it should be mentioned by the author whether this book can be read as a standalone or not in order to understand the world and the background of the characters.
Overall, the characters were very likable and I enjoyed watching them spar with each other even when at times I felt like smacking Niki in the head for giving Dean such a hard time.