Melissa Damien is a wolf shifter and she lives life to the fullest. She has a wonderfully sassy attitude. She is not a young pup or an old dog either. She does not expect to find her mate and she is not even really looking. She also does not back down. Declan Faylon is a grizzly bear shifter who works for Shifter Intelligence League as a skilled killer. Declan did not expect to find his mate but when he spots Melissa he is not willing to let her go. The sex scenes were hot and steamy. The chemistry between Declan and Melissa is blistering. I loved that Melissa was not willing to fall all over herself and mate with Declan just because he demands it. Bear Naked and Bite Marks is the fifth book in the Sweet Water series by Jenika Snow. While this book is part of a series it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. I found this book well written. The main and secondary characters were fascinating and appealing. Overall, this was a great book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Sweet Water, 5
Melissa Damien, a wolf shifter, has always lived her life to the fullest. She may have a sassy attitude, but she makes no excuses for who she is. But then she meets her mate in the form of a frightening and dominating bear, and Melissa wonders if being mated is really worth it.
Declan Faylon, a grizzly bear shifter, has worked for the Shifter Intelligence League as a skilled killer since a young age. But since leaving the SIL he is now a mercenary. He never needed anyone in his life, at least not until he sees his mate.
But Declan isn't the only one that wants Melissa. When people start overdosing and are found in cornfields, Declan will have to use lethal training and animal strength to make sure his mate stays safe.
Be Warned: spanking, bondage, rimming
“The way you’re looking at me is very dangerous, female.” His voice was low and rough, like sandpaper moving along her body.
“And what way is that?” She was playing with fire, tempting his beast that flickered right in front of her, but she loved every damn minute of it.
“Like the way I’m looking at you. The look that screams you need me as badly as I need you.” Her heart pounded so hard that she felt like it would burst right through her ribcage. He moved closer, so close that she smelled the sweet berry flavor of the wine on his breath. His eyes were lowered and trained on her lips, and she felt them part under the weight of his stare. He was so ruggedly handsome, so masculine and raw, that Melissa wasn’t going to deny herself the one thing she wanted the most: him. But before she could lean forward, kiss him, and run her hands over all that muscle that was barely hidden beneath his clothes, Declan was talking in that rough timbre of his again. “As much as I like the fact that you want to take control,” he lifted his gaze from her mouth and to her eyes, “I’m not a male that takes well to submitting to others.” He leaned forward, and all she could do was sit there, motionless, waiting for this potent male to have his way with her. And God, Declan was so going to have his way with her. She could see it in his eyes, and feel it in his words. “Just tell me how much you fucking want this, too, Melissa. I want to actually hear you say it.”
His breath brushed along her lips, and a small sound left her. Melissa liked submitting in the bedroom, but she had done so with her mind still controlling the situation. But here, now, she felt very helpless with this very dominant bear. Her mind and body were already in submission. She wanted to feel him slide his cock deep inside of her. He would be huge between his thighs, that she had no doubts about, and Melissa ached to feel the stretch and burn of Declan claiming her.
“Tell me you want be to do filthy fucking things to you.” He slid his hand over her thigh, along her hip, and up her side to rest right by her breasts. “Tell me you want my hand prints on your body.” He slid his hand over her breast, very slowly, giving her time to stop him if she wanted. When he covered the mound a moan spilled from her. “And tell me you want the bite marks of your mate covering your lush flesh.”
“You know I want that, and so much more.”
He applied pressure to her breast, curled his hand around her sensitive flesh until a sting of pain filled her and mixed with the pleasure. She let her head fall back slightly, and instantly Declan had his mouth on her exposed throat. God, she was going to come before he even fucked her.
Declan groaned deeply against Melissa’s neck. She even tasted sweet. He flattened his tongue and ran it up the length of her neck, over and over again until his bear was appeased. Her breasts were more than a handful, and her nipple was a rock hard bead in the center of his palm. His cock jerked against the zipper of his jeans, and he felt wetness coat the tip. He wanted her, and he was going to have her. She wanted this, told him as much, and he sensed her wolf relinquishing its power over to him. She may butt heads with him, but he knew in the bedroom she would submit to him fully. “You have no idea how hard I am right now, baby.” She moaned, and the vibrations that came from her neck went right to his mouth.
“You’re probably as hard as I am wet.” Her words had a low rumble leaving him. His bear pushed forward, coming to the surface, and kicking his human out of the way. Right now his grizzly wanted a taste of their mate.
“I want to see your ass in the air, want to spread your cheeks and look at the cunt that is mine now.” He pulled back enough to look in her face, but she was already watching him.
“Your bear…” Her desire was piqued, and he grinned like the wild animal he was. Yes, his bear was the one taking control, and it would be all the sweeter. He didn’t want to talk anymore. All he wanted was them naked and on a bed with him between her thighs. Declan took her mouth again, fucked her between her lips with his tongue, and groaned deeply.
“The things I’m going to do to you will have you screaming out my name and begging for more.”
This Sweet Water novella is an intriguing and riveting shifter romance. Wolf shifter, Melissa Damien has a sassy attitude and lives life to the fullest. Bear shifter, Declan Faylon is a mercenary and a loner. But someone else wants his mate and he will have to use his lethal training to save her. This fast paced and smooth flowing keeps the anticipation building throughout with suspense, action, and romance. The reader feels like they are part of the story with the author’s descriptions and details that inspire vivid images and capture the imagination. The scenes are well orchestrated and believable and the strong compelling characters are easily related to and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning. The instant attraction between Melissa and Declan explodes from the pages and the sex scenes are hot and steamy, but the relationship has sparks flying in every direction as the couple’s personalities clash. Melissa’s attitude provides some humorous and sassy dialogue and the reader can’t help but fall for the alpha bear of few but bossy words. The conflict with the drug runners and the stalker after Melissa adds depth and spice to this fiery romance that keeps readers entertained from beginning to end. And while I wish these stories were a little longer, I did enjoy the quick and erotic read that takes place in a small town full of shifers, hmmm… I think I would like to visit more often.
Bear Naked and Bite Marks is the fifth in Jenika Snow’s Sweet Water series. It’s possible to read it as a standalone, but as someone who’s read the whole series so far, I really like the build up of knowing who past characters are. I will say that I didn’t connect with Melissa and Declan as a couple as much as I did past couples. There was a lack of deeper emotion between them that followed me through the whole story. It’s a very sexy and erotic book, and when they were together sexually they definitely had major chemistry. I did like that Melissa was a strong female character and outside the bedroom, she was willing and able to put Declan in his place. Declan is a male who isn’t used to actual relationships so I gave him a lot of slack for his at times brutish behavior. I will be visiting Sweet Water again, if she writes more, because while this wasn’t my favorite out of the series, I do enjoy the little escape the stories bring. It’s a very steamy read that will definitely get the engines going, because Ms. Snow can definitely write a very erotic sex scene.
Melissa Damien has watched her closest female friends find their mates and settle into mated bliss. At thirty seven, she is ready to give up on ever finding a Mr. Right of her own and decides to settles for another Mr. Tonight. She stepped into the bar Dakota Dark never realizing her life was about to change forever. Declan Faylon, former military and former agent for SIL, was looking for sexual release right up until the moment she walked through the door. The full-figured wolf shifter had his grizzly ready to surface and claim the beautiful woman whose scent was driving him crazy. When Melissa walked out the door after sensing someone watching her, Declan followed. Let us just say his attitude did not endeat him to Melissa and she left Declan knowing he would eventually find her and she would have to deal with their mating. Then there is the shifter who has decided he would make a better mate for Melissa and isn’t about to let a grizzly shifter claim what he thinks should be his. I love that Melissa isn’t afraid to put Declan in his place and make him show her that she is worth the effort to woo her affections. I also admire Declan for pushing himself outside of his comfort zone to give her what she wants. When push comes to shove, both go for what they want. But Ms. Snow throws in a curve ball with the crazy that has decided he can defy the fates and take what he wants and no one is going to get in his way. Can Declan keep her safe or will the threat to their mating win and destroy their chance at a happily ever after? Bear Naked And Bite Marks is the fifth Book in the Sweetwater series, but can very easily be read as a stand alone. I have enjoyed Jenika Snow’s books for some time. This series is a shoot off of her Wylde Bears series and they are mentioned in the book. If you want an better insight into the town of Sweetwater and the shifters that live there, begin with the Wylde Bears and then onto the Sweetwater books. Each book, although are romance books also include a bit of suspense and intrigue. Whether it is presently happening or re-occurring from the past. There is always an element to keep you glued to the story line and waiting for the next one to come. Pick up a copy for yourself and you will soon see what what is so addictive about this author’s style.
I really loved Declan and Melissa's story! These two were so feisty. I loved Declan and how he wouldn't take crap off anyone. Melissa tried to be a hardass, but she was actually really sweet. This was a great story!!
Declan and Melissa's story was amazing! I just love Melissa's sassiness and Declan's is the epitome of Alpha male. The clashing between the two on their first meeting and realization of being mates was priceless. The raw animal lust that Declan has for Melissa is super hot. His use of dirty language is enough to turn any woman into a jumbling mess. Add in the little twist at then end of the story and it makes for another great read! An exceptional book to add to an already amazing series! Way to go Jenika Snow!