Book Reviews

Bear's Necessities by Parker Williams

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-January-2023

Book Blurb

Is it possible to fall in love from nothing more than the exchange of emails and phone calls? Dr. David “Bear” Berickza believes it is. Despite the distance and their limited contact, Bear can only think about Travis Michaels, a fellow veterinarian in the small town of Timber Creek, North Carolina. Their weekly chats mean the world to him.

When Bear hears that Timber Creek is in the path of the monster Hurricane Lauris, Bear makes a promise: he will be there to help Travis and his daughter, the smart-mouthed Tina, to save the abandoned animals.

Dr. Travis Michaels is in trouble. The town is mostly abandoned, the people fleeing the arriving storm leaving behind all their important things. Pets included. Travis and Tina are doing their best to find the frightened dogs and cats and bring them to shelter, but they’re only two people against overwhelming odds.

When Dr. Bear says he’ll be there, Travis is doubtful. He’s sure it’s just him and Tina in a race against time. Then Dr. Bear shows up, and Travis has hope. Unfortunately, Lauris doesn’t care for people, pets, or property, and she’s willing to claim them all.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when Lauris hits, Bear and Travis discover that despite their best efforts, it’s going to take more than that to save any lives. Especially their own.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the deaths of animals. While it’s not graphic, the realities of storms like this aren’t downplayed.

First edition published under the title Bear & Travis (Storming Love: One Storm, Twelve Men) at MLR Press, September 2014. This edition has nearly 10K additional words.

Book Review

Even if Parker Williams weren't a dear friend, I still would've wanted to read this book. Why? Well, it involves animals, which I'm a huge sucker for, plus I just like this guy's writing. So, the thought of two veterinarians battling out a hurricane and fighting to save as many animals as possible, sucked me right in.

Even though Travis told Bear there was no way he'd be able to get through to come and help them, Bear is determined. He may only know Travis through phone calls and emails, but he really likes what he knows. Probably too much, but he can't help himself. There's just something about Travis. Bear makes it, just barely, pun intended, and finds the situation even worse than he thought.

Travis is so glad that Bear came to help. It's just been him and Tina, trying to rescue all the animals left abandoned in this rural area when everyone got evacuated. Travis expected no less from the people of this area, as he offers free spay and neuter, and the number of dogs and cats running rampant is still insane.

These three had a rough go of it. I have to say, the author did a really great job showing the reality of going through a hurricane. I've been there, I know. Well, it's definite. I loved Bear, Travis, and even Tina. After the hell they went through, I was thrilled to see them, as a family, get their happy ever after.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 101 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2023
Price $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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