Unbearable Love (Shadow Claw #0.5) By Sarah J Stone – Book Review

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Flora Reviews… Unbearable Love (Shadow Claw #0.5) by Sarah J Stone. My thanks to the author, Sarah J Stone (via for the eBook in exchange for joining her mailing list.

What’s Unbearable Love about?

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Title: Unbearable Love by Sarah J Stone
Series: Shadow Claw #0.5
Published by Self-Published on for her Newsletter Subscribers
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
No. of Pages: 158

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Samuel is weary of his immortality. Unable to forge a connection with anyone, the bear shifter wanders aimlessly. However, he doesn’t expect to run into an impulsive witch, especially one being hunted by Hell Hounds.

With the gift of prophecy, Rowena leaves her clan when she realizes that her life is in danger. Having spent three years alone, she expected to meet a bear shifter who would end up saving her, but nothing prepared her for the scholar whose quiet demeanor hid raw and uncontrolled passion.

Dive into the past with Samuel and Rowena, two star crossed lovers, whose secrets might just be their doom.

Source: Gift

I received this Gift for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook

Read: 29th September – 1st October 2017

Unbearable Love is a prequel novella to Ms Stone’s Shadow Claw series. Shadow Claw is a paranormal romance adventure series featuring shifters, witches and vampires. I’m unsure of where this story is set in – here or a new fantasy creation – or what time period.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, however as there is no official blurb for this story, I will just give you a brief outline.

Samuel is an immortal bear shifter and part vampire. He was a member of ‘The Council’, a now obsolete organisation set up to serve and protect the ‘others’ but still adheres to the vows he took. He is hundreds of years old and has been wandering in his bear form, since his wife and children died. One day he finds a cottage in the forest that has magic protection wrapped all around it and his interest in life blooms anew.

Rowena is a witch and has the additional gift of being a Seer, which is a very rare talent. She fled her village 3 years before, when they accused her of causing the deadly storms that her ability had allowed her to prepare for. She has been living alone in her cottage just trying to stay alive ever since.

Who wants Rowena dead and can Samuel protect her from her fate?

What did I like about Unbearable Love?

Sarah J Stone is a new-to-me author and I found her writing style very easy to read. I found myself almost immediately drawn into the story and was gripped throughout. The balance between world-building and introducing our characters was seamless and the tale as a whole had a good pace. I thought that the balance of fighting, passion, humour and sadness was perfect. This can be quite a tricky thing to do in a book of this size.

We got to know our main characters, Samuel and Rowena, personalities and their respective histories within the first couple of chapters.

I felt a connection to them and liked them both very much. I found the subtle humour very much to my taste. Rowena’s very real mix of intelligence and strength was fantastic. She had been through so much. I found myself engaged with her tale from the very beginning.

Unbearable Love had me on the edge of my seat, made me chuckle, caused a few tears to flow and kept me guessing. There is an explicit sex scene in this story. However, the way Ms Stone writes it, made it feel heart-warming to read. She gave us insights into both Samuel and Rowena’s hearts and the growth of their trust and feelings for each other.

So, um, was there anything I didn’t like about it?

Nope, that’s why it gets 5 stars. 😉

So, basically what I’m saying is…

I loved this novella! I think it has it all; mystery, action, humour, romance and passion.

I’d recommend Unbearable Love to those who love fantasy and adventure stories with a bit of romance thrown in. However, due to the explicit nature of a few scenes this is obviously intended for mature (18+) readers only.

Has my review of UNBEARABLE LOVE (SHADOW CLAW #0.5) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links to check it out.

You can’t buy UNBEARABLE LOVE as it’s a free gift when signing up to Ms Stone’s newsletter. However, you can buy all the books in the Shadow Claw completed series as 2 box sets. Available from or through or read for free using your Kindle Unlimited membership.

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Thanks for visiting the blog and taking the time to read my thoughts about Unbearable Love.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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