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Product Details

  • Series: Halle Shifters
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609281225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609281229
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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o “I laughed, I gasped, I cheered and I had an absolute blast reading Bear Necessities. In fact, I wanted to finish this story so badly, I was late bringing my child to trumpet lessons and I was late getting into work all because I couldn’t stop reading.” – Best Book, Whipped Cream Reviews
o “I enjoyed this book very much and for those paranormal romance enthusiasts out there I highly recommend that you follow in my footsteps and read it as well.” Keeper Shelf,
o “I will be returning to reread the story of these remarkable, humorous, and loving characters. Tabby, Bunny, a mystical bear, a heartrending tattoo, loving families, heroes dashing to the rescue, passionate physical attraction…what’s not to like?” Recommended Read, Blackraven Reviews

Book Description

Once a Bear sets his mind something it’s best to stay out of his way. Something’s wrong with Alex’s cousin Chloe, and he’s come to fix it when an enticing scent lures him into a tattoo shop.

There she is. His perfect mate. An inked, Southern-drawled she-Wolf with lime-green hair.

Tabby’s rotten day just got worse. Her Outcast status makes her a target for harassment. When Chloe is left for dead and Tabby is threatened, only Alex can keep his family safe. Giving Tabby the home she needs, though, could cost Alex the self-control he’s worked a lifetime to attain.

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Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts for creative writing, where freedom of expression was the order of the day. When her parents moved out of the city and placed her in a Catholic high school for her senior year she tried desperately to get away, but the nuns held fast, and she graduated with honors despite herself. She's now a best selling author with Samhain Publishing and Carina Press.

Dana has lived primarily in the Northeast with a brief stint on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. She lives with her soul-mate and husband Dusty, their two maniacal children, an evil ice-cream stealing cat and a bull terrier that thinks it's a Pekinese. She's been heard to describe herself as "vertically challenged" and "a lapsed brunette." Dana also suffers from arthritis and can be seen walking with a cane or tooling around in her mobility scooter. Her condition was the inspiration for Belle's hip injury in Steel Beauty.

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Customer Reviews

Humorous, sexy, great story with shifters and really well written.
I couldn't put this book down and read it in about a day and a half.
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I for one cannot wait for the next book in the Halle Shifter series.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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Dana Marie Bell is one of those authors who I either love her work or plain dislike it. I read the Halle Puma series and truly enjoyed all the books. The Halle Shifters series, beginning with Bear Necessities appears to be just as good. Ms. Bell has a talent for creating colorful and engaging characters that you can't help but care about. Her leading men are simply irresistible: sexy, strong, flawed but redeemable. Her leading ladies are strong willed and more than a match for their men. The plots are simple but very entertaining.

The story of Alex "Bunny" and Tabbie is a lot of fun. The characters' chemistry is obvious from the beginning. Being both shifters, they recognize their mates right away and do not fight the relationship. That in itself was very refreshing to me, since reading about fated pairs fighting the inevitable can get old, especially when one of the pair is simpy playing the martyr. Let's face it, if something is fated, it's going to happen, and fighting it will only make more problems in the long run. This is something that Bunny himself points out early in the story. Bunny is perhaps one of my favorite of her leading men. He is hilarious and lovable as only a bear can be. The scene when he first picks her up for a date and sees the condoms had me laughing so hard my husband asked me to read it to him. He ended up laughing too. You can read that scene is the excerpt found on the author's website. "Optimistic" indeed! The "action" in this story comes from the plot itself. There is danger for the characters and they have to rise above their own issues to survive. Of course they rely on each other to do so and that is very sweet to watch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AlexJouJou TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2010
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Bunny and Tabby are a great leading couple. They're funny, with a gritty realism that makes you think they could be any old young girl/boy you see at the Starbuck's counter. From the humorous nicknames (Bunny for a bear?) to the sweltering sex this novel has it all.

To start its much longer and more fleshed out than the Halle Puma series. I found it fascinating that the main couple in this one don't fight their mate bond at all. It is exactly what I would expect of shifters and, honestly, sometimes the old mating game gets old! It is refreshing instead of seeing the run, chase, catch model that Tabby and Bunny know right away they are it for each other. They spend their time getting to know one another and figuring out the various situations they find themselves in.

This novel seems to reflect the author is working on areas of weakness pointed out in reviews of her earlier work - the word building is better here, the back story and politices are more explained, the characters a little deeper. Two words: MORE MEAT. Pun intended.

The secondary characters are a blast! For me this is where the book earns its 5th star. Julian, Glory, and all the others. Even parents get into the mix here. By the end you are as invested in their stories as you are in Bunny/Tabby's. I'm hopeful each of the others is going to be a book in the series. There are some unanswered questions at the end of this one - clearly this is a series that will continue.

A warning: This one is more, shall we say, adventurous as far as sex goes. Not for the faint of heart.

And the cover model - Ooo-La-La. 'Nuff said.
Don't miss this fun sexy shifter romp!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BMW on February 14, 2011
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I'm not even sure how to start off this review so I'm just going to break it down from what I liked to what I didn't.

The good:

The sex, holy crap, the sex! It was amazing. Now I am not typically one to enjoy books with graphic sex scenes, and no it is not because I am a prude or it makes me uncomfortable, I just tend to think the author gets it wrong. Either it is too animalistic and lacks emotion or it is anticlimactic (no pun intended) and lacks passion. The author here however manages to capture both. Its hot with out seeing technical, so bravo to her there.

The characters are very entertaining (a werebear named Bunny, as has been pointed out numerous times, is hysterical) for the most part I would say they are well developed. Bunny is protective and possessive with out being in your face obnoxious about it. Tabby is cute and vibrate and surprisingly relatable. The whole mating thing is gone about differently than most stories I've read containing the same premise. Neither of them fight it or object, in fact they seem to click almost immediately. You could imagine them getting together even with out it, but don't get me wrong, I love the whole mate thing and it is a nice touch.

The bad:

The plot, or lack there of. I just wasn't feeling the story at all, if it wasn't for the amazing sex scenes (uhum, sorry but its true) I doubt I would have finished this. I just didn't care enough about the outcome of the "mystery". And the scenes where Bunny and Tabby aren't in the bedroom dragged for me. I would have liked a little more action (not that kind of action, gutter minds!
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