Book Review by Rafa: Bearly a Lady, by Cassandra Khaw

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Bearly a Lady, by Cassandra Khaw
Publisher: The Book Smugglers
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Zelda McCartney (almost) has it all: a badass superhero name, an awesome vampire roommate, and her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine (plus the clothes to prove it).

The only issue in Zelda’s almost-perfect life? The uncontrollable need to transform into a werebear once a month.

Just when Zelda thinks things are finally turning around and she lands a hot date with Jake, her high school crush and alpha werewolf of Kensington, life gets complicated. Zelda receives an unusual work assignment from her fashionable boss: play bodyguard for devilishly charming fae nobleman Benedict (incidentally, her boss’s nephew) for two weeks. Will Zelda be able to resist his charms long enough to get together with Jake? And will she want to?

Because true love might have been waiting around the corner the whole time in the form of Janine, Zelda’s long-time crush and colleague.

What’s a werebear to do?

F/F Pairing
Bisexual Character
Shifter (Werebear)
Fat Character
POC (Person of Color)

Sure, I groaned at that title (admit it, you probably did as well), but how could I say no to that blurb? Well, I’m glad I didn’t. Bearly a Lady was a hilariously cheeky paranormal romcom and a delight from start to finish. It was sort of a shorter, furrier version of Bridget Jones’ Diary if Hugh Grant were maaaaybe a werewolf and Colin Firth were, well, female. Okay on second thoughts, nevermind the analogy.

Zelda McCartney was as fabulous as her name. A fat and sassy bisexual woman – pardon me, female werebear. In London. With a job in fashion. When I wasn’t dying at her romantic exploits and werebear musings, I sort of wanted to be her. But maybe not as hirsute.

Cause yeah, my girl Zelda had issues. The kind that occurred once a month, like clockwork. You might be able to relate. The absurd weight gain. The raging hormones. The unmanageable pelt growth. Well, I’m not sure if you could relate to that last one, but now you have a general sense of what she was dealing with.

The novella was chock full of larger-than-life paranormal characters and even now I’m having a difficult time picking a favorite. Just for the record, I was shipping her and her ultra-sultry vampire roomie right from the start and, well… I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll just sit here with the same mad grin on my face that I had while reading this book. Bearly a Lady had me howling with laughter and highlighting like mad.

If you’re looking for a witty and whimsical pick me up, this is the book for you. My only complaint is that at 20k words, it’s much too short, especially for the suggested retail rate.

Cassandra is a London-based writer with roots buried deep in Southeast Asia where there are sometimes more ghosts than people. Her work tends to revolve around intersectional cultures, mythological mash-ups, and bizarre urban architecture.

When not embroiled in fiction, she writes about technology and video games for a variety of places including Eurogamer and Ars Technica UK. She really likes Coca Cola-flavored gummy bottles. And plushies! She loves fuzzy animals. Her best friend is a woodland bunny named Judy.

She is repped by Michael Curry of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Find Cassandra online at:

You can purchase Bearly a Lady from:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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