Bear's Heart: BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance (Bear Heat Book 5)

Bear's Heart: BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance (Bear Heat Book 5) by Natalie Kristen

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Authors: Natalie Kristen
CHAPTER
ONE

    Jade Keller straightened her
waitress uniform over her generous, curvy figure and studied herself
in the mirror. Her blond hair was tied back in a low ponytail and
she thought she looked real nice in her spiffy new uniform.
    She blew out a breath and
flashed herself two thumbs up. “Looking good, Jade,” she
said, bouncing on the balls of her feet. “Yeah, I'm good!”
    First day on the job. After
a good breakfast and a shower, she was feeling pretty pumped up.
    She was lucky to have gotten
a job so quickly. She had been in the city only a couple of weeks
but thinking back, Jade realized that she should have made the move
earlier. She should be near her baby brother. After what he had
gone through, he needed someone to keep an eye on him and baby him.
    Okay, fine. Luke wasn't
exactly a baby now.
    Her younger brother was a
strapping, muscly thirty-year-old who was more than a full head
taller than her. But it didn't matter how tall or how old he grew.
She was ten years older than Luke and she would always see him as her
baby brother. And after their parents passed away, Luke was her only
family.
    Luke had gone through a truly
traumatic, terrifying ordeal, but he had told her firmly that he
didn't want her to baby him through it. He needed space and time to
sort out his own stuff and get back on his feet.
    She had to admit that her
brother did emerge from the harrowing experience a stronger, braver,
better man. Only now he wasn't just a man. He was a big, growly,
powerful bear shifter.
    A maniacal doctor had gotten
his hands on Luke when Luke went to the hospital to fix a simple
fracture. The doctor had injected a heavy dose of bear shifter cells
into Luke, hoping to turn him into a lethal weapon for the Mob boss
who had ordered and financed the whole deadly operation. Luke had
been saved by an elite rescue team from the Black Bears Group, a
large, high-profile security firm owned by the Black Bears clan.
    Jade knew that she owed her
brother's life to the Black Bears. The Black Bears saved Luke's life
and snatched him back from hell. When it became clear that there was
no way to reverse the change in Luke, Luke had wanted to take his own
life. He would rather die than become a monster.
    The Black Bears had taken
Luke under their wing and helped him through his Change. They
understood his pain and rage, and they were patient yet tough with
him. Luke had a raging bear inside of him, and Ethan Flint, the
Black Bears alpha, assigned a senior Black Bears lieutenant to guide
Luke through his Change. His mentor would train him to control and
draw on the power of his bear for good. Luke had been a cop in the
city's police force, but he had lapsed into a deep depression after
his Change. He quit the force and he wanted to quit life.
    The Black Bears gave Luke a
place in their clan, a job in the Black Bears Group, and a new life.
They had saved her brother, in more ways than one.
    Jade had never met Luke's
mentor, Dylan Hart, but she had spoken to him once on the phone.
Dylan was really polite over the phone, a real gentleman, and he had
the sexiest, deepest voice she had ever heard. From her
conversations with Luke, she could tell how much her brother
respected and liked Dylan.
    Jade had taken urgent leave
and rushed to the city to be with her brother during his darkest
days. She had nursed him back to health and tried to keep his
spirits up. She had wanted to stay longer, but Luke had insisted she
go back home. Her brother had growled and snarled at her, making
clear that he didn't want her hanging around.
    After meeting with the Black
Bears alpha and beta, Jade finally understood why Luke didn't want
her to stay with him. He was afraid that he would lose control of
his bear and hurt her. Jade understood that it was a difficult time
for Luke, and she would only get in the way of his recovery. If he
really did hurt her by accident, he would never forgive himself and
it would scar him forever. It was better for her to

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