Ella is the last of a dying breed of humans that live hidden deep in the forests of Washington State. All of her life, she has heard horror stories about the Others, the beasts that live beyond the safety of the mountains. In ancient times, humans and the Others lived together in peace, but a great battle divided them and the shape-shifting species won the war.
Ty Bearclaw, a grizzly-shifter, is the curator at the Washington State Animal Sanctuary, Research, and Observation Center (WSASROC). A call from a rancher about an unusual animal causing havoc along the borders of the National Forest brings him to the Olympic Mountain National Park. Ty is furious when he discovers that the rancher has placed a trap to capture the creature on government-protected property. His shock soon turns to horror and confusion when he locates the wounded ‘animal.’
Ty finds more than he expects when a human, thought to be extinct, turns up in the trap. What is even more confusing is his bear’s reaction to the female. When word escapes about his discovery, Ty must fight to protect the unusual woman who is more than an oddity – she is his mate!
Can Ty keep Ella alive and safe from a shifter obsessed with adding her to his private collection? Not only that, can he protect her when his own government threatens to take her away from him?
- Original Title:Ella and the Beast
- Author:S.E. Smith
- Rating:7.94 / 10
- Publisher:Published September 5th 2016 by Montana Publishing LLC
Ella sucked in a deep breath as she ran through the forest. She bent forward to duck under a fallen log before straightening again. Her heart pounded with fear, making it difficult to catch her breath. The Others were in the forest. That meant danger. The sound of one of their metal machines could be heard in the distance. Jayden, her best friend and fellow hunter, ran beside her. Ella knew the other girl was just as frightened as she was, but she didn’t let it show.
They turned to the left and ran down a narrow animal trail. Ella moved ahead of Jayden when it became too difficult to run side by side. Bounding over another log, a harsh cry escaped them both when the ground suddenly gave way from under their feet and they fell into a deep pit. When Ella landed, pain exploded in her ankle after Jayden fell on top of it, twisting it at an odd angle.
Ella groaned, rolling onto her side until the pain receded enough for her to ...