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Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She has cats, plays video games, and confesses to reading comic books.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451661819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661811
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Sims lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband. She hates writing a bio, so something cool will undoubtedly go here later when she actually thinks of something interesting to write. She has some cats, but what writer doesn't? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

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I love the main characters.
The book is well written, editing is great, plot is good and the characters just so loveable.
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Oh, I do love a yummy strong silent bear shifter!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) on October 30, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sara's only interaction with werewolves was her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend Roy that resulted in her turning. She's terrified to join the Anderson pack, especially when they make it clear she will be expected to mate, but she won't be going in alone. With help from her pretend were-bear mate Ramsey, she's ready to take the burden of her secret off her sister Bathsheba's shoulders, and help free the were-cougar cousin of Bath's fiance.

Sara's ex did a real number on her self-esteem and courage. Over the course of the book, she gets some of her feistiness back. I'm not a fan of when a character makes unrealistic changes and thankfully that wasn't the case. She makes progress in getting past what Roy did to her and learning what it means to be a wolf while not becoming unrecognizable. Sara isn't a dominate heroine but she still manages to be fun, sweet and has an edge when pushed too far. A combination that I think worked perfectly for her.

Ramsey is what you'd expect in a were-bear. He's big, strong, keeps to himself and if he's angry, you better run. He's also patient with Sara and knows when to push when it came to helping her shift and when to give her space. He cares deeply for her, even if she doesn't always believe it, and turns his home into a proper den for her. I like him as the protector but I love him as the caring man who would do anything for Sara. He's a fantastic hero and my favorite so far in the series.

As for the romance, Sara and Ramsey are sweet together and when she realizes that he has no experience when it comes to sex, she has a lot of hot fun with her huggy bear. Just because he lacks experience doesn't make Ramsey a slouch in bed. The sex was made even better by them having a connection outside of the bedroom.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loves FAB Romance on November 25, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
PJV Quickie: I have been singing the praises of this book to anyone who will listen: A strong, silent hero and a heroine turned werewolf against her will with a crazed pack out to steal her - what's not to love?

Confession: I have been in a book funk for a couple of weeks, and I picked up Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter as a change from all the angsty YA romance I've been reading. Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter is proof that sometimes the "book gods" smile upon you...this was one of the best shapeshifter romances I've read in quite some time! I had not read the first book in the series (Beauty Dates the Beast) before I read Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, but I bought it as soon as I finished.

On to the review then...

Sara is a werewolf who was bitten, not born. She was bitten by her abusive ex-boyfriend who didn't teach her anything about being a werewolf. Due to a set of circumstances that happen in book 1, the ex is no longer around to teach her anything even if she wanted him to. Now she lives with her human sister and her sister's boyfriend, Beau, who is the alpha of a were-cougar clan. Female werewolves are rare, and there is a werewolf pack nearby who wants Sara, against her will, as a mate. To force Beau to give up Sara the wolves have kidnapped Beau's sister and are holding her to trade for Sara.

Sara decides they will agree to the trade, then as soon as they get Beau's sister, they will claim Sara has a mate and therefore is unable to join the wolf pack. She needs a fake mate, so Beau suggests his best friend, a big, scary bear-shifter named Ramsey. Ramsey is a were-bear that was exiled from his clan when he was 15, and has been with Beau's Alliance ever since.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Time Romance & More on November 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter is a fast paced story with snappy dialog and loveable characters. Though I am not generally a fan of shifter novels, I enjoyed the subtle blending of animal natures and human characterization. Sara's turbulent past assaults are handled delicately with an eye toward the honest psychological damage often incurred by victims of such abuse. This is a well-written novel that lovers of paranormal romance will enjoy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vilia on July 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter" is a sweet romance that tugs at the heartstrings. The first in the series, "Beauty Dates the Beast", had a quite a few structural problems but many of them have been resolved this time round. We pick up where we left off in book 1. Timid werewolf Sara has been claimed by a werewolf pack and as female werewolves are rare, the men want to pounce on her like raw meat. Sara decides to be a martyr and volunteer to trade herself for Beau's cousin. The only way to save her from actually having to go through with it all and still get the girl back is presenting someone with a prior claim, namely were-bear Ramsey.

Without her sister mollycoddling her, Sara comes to life. She was forcibly bitten by an abusive ex-boyfriend and has never learned to shift properly or embrace her wolfy side. With Ramsey's help she very slowly gains confidence and deals with her past. While she undergoes huge character development, Ramsey's is even bigger. He was exiled from his were-bear clan and has been living a hermit-like existence (I won't say life as it was barely living). He offers Sara patience, support and makes a proper den for her. Ramsey teaches her to shift so it doesn't hurt so badly and his size helps intimidates the entire wolf pack. She meanwhile helps him come out of his introverted shell and teaches him about romance. The fact he was so inexperienced balances out the power in the relationship and I liked that there was real give and take on both sides.

To literally keep the wolves at bay Sara and Ramsey aka Huggy Bear need to convince them that they are really mated. Her timorous nature makes it hard for even the dense wolves to buy the lie and one of the wolves moves in with the pair.
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