My second book of the year was a #shopmyshelves choice. I got this free novella by Mae Marvel, the pen name for the writing duo of Ruthie Knox and Anne Mare ( who used to write as Mary Ann Rivers) as newsletter freebie.
A small town on the edge of one of the remotest US National Parks a Park interpreter and resident Kodiak bear expert is inspired to create the Fat Bear Bracket after she develops a fascination for one bear in particular and want everyone to notice her awesome bear-ness. While she can do countless interviews about the resident bears once her bracket goes viral, but at the same time she can't find the words to speak to Lauren, her next-door neighbor and longtime crush.
The story was wonderful exploration on being, intimacy and trust-building.
I hesitate to label this a PNR because although it features a love interest that can turn into a bear, Marvel choose to intentionally not focus on the mechanics of that. She changes into a bear and the author encourages you to just go with it, and not overthink, much like Mira is challenged to do.
PNR, Lesbian, White Cis Women. Arborist and National Park Service Interpreter.
Fat Bear Week, mutual pining, big secret, meddling small town, obnoxious friend
No Lore. (as acknowledged in the content notes)
Story about trust, intimacy, feelings to big to name, and relationships that are worth the risk of pain and complications.
Cw: violence, dangerous interaction with Animals.