If you have not yet read the Vegas Mates series, and you are looking for a great holiday paranormal/shifter read - this may be just what you are looking for. Krystal Shannan did a great job of giving relationship details as needed to follow Tess's story. It wasn't a re-hashing of previous books, but just enough to help me a bit.
Tess is royalty in the wolf world, so she's a bit worried when she finds out that a bear is her fated mate. I loved the way the characters related to their animal - especially Tess. She had full converstaions with her wolf and they even seemed to have different personalities and goals at times. They truly were two creatures living as one. And when you throw a fated mate into the mix - well, her the animal side gets a bit vocal about having her way.
Patrick seemed to be the strong quiet type. He was fiercely protective, but didn't crowd Tess either. He let her come to her own conclusions and decisions - which was definitely a good move. There's a few dashes of excitement here and there - lots of hot sex - and tons of true love in this story. Add that little splash of Christmas magic and it is just perfect for the season.
*This book was received in exhange for an honest review*