Friday, October 21, 2016

3.5 Wine Glass #Review for The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons

31433740Title: THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #1
Author: Kathy Lyons
Format: Kindle, 304 Pages
Published: Forever Yours (September 6, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses


Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on "normal." Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she's known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who've gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He's learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?

Linda's Thoughts:
"Stay strong," said the detective. "They respect strength."
What the hell was she supposed to do? Break a chair? Bench-press a Volvo?

THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME by Kathy Lyons is a fun and sexy paranormal romance. It’s the exciting first installment in a trilogy about HOT grizzly bear shifters who are struggling to keep their inner monsters under control. The shifters need their mates to help them find a peaceful state between their animal and human sides so they don’t go feral. This is the story of Carl Carman, the Maximus alpha of the Gladwin Grizzly Shifters Mid-Michigan Clan, and Becca Weitz, a human who is blissfully unaware that there are paranormal elements in this world. She is raising her sister’s son and running a bakery.

Carl stepped up as Maximus eight years ago after he'd finished college. He has grand dreams of innovating and being smarter in how the clan operates, but he is meeting resistance from clan members. He definitely does not want to be like his grandfather and uncle who held onto power by terrorizing their own clan – including Carl. He’s under pressure to mate and knows he should mate with a willing, powerful she-bear. BUT, the human, Becca, both calms and excites him. Will she give their relationship a chance?

Becca has been raising her nephew since he was a baby. She’s an expert at decorating cakes. But, her life changes big-time from the normal she craves when her teenage charge goes missing. Can things get any worse? The answer is a big YES as she’s kidnapped and shockingly learns that her nephew is not a human, but a were bear!

Carl and Becca make a great couple. Their interactions are sweet, steamy and feisty! Their alliance was dynamic. They certainly had a set-your-sheets-on-fire chemistry, but Becca craved normalcy and Carl was an alpha male with a clan who depended upon him. When push came to shove, Becca certainly showed that you don’t have to be a shifter to be ferocious!

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this entertaining read:

She tilted her head up to look him in the eyes. "No diseases, right?" she asked, before she lost all reason. "No weird shifter thing I should know about beforehand?"
"All human normal," he said, his eyes dark and intense as he looked at her. Then he flashed a wicked smile. "Though my endurance might be legendary."

He didn't just want to mate with Becca, he wanted her to orgasm around his dick for a decade.

A roll of five condoms unfurled from her hand. "I found these in your bathroom."
"Did you check the expiration date?" God knew it had been a while since he'd needed one of those.
She nodded. "We're okay, if you're okay."
"Baby," he growled. "We're headed for something exponentially better than just okay."

I met this author at the Coastal Magic Convention at Daytona Beach earlier this year and have been dying to read one of her books since! I finally did and really enjoyed it! Kathy’s writing is fluid and the plotline is captivating. Plenty of action sequences and suspense galore make for a well-rounded read. I can't wait to read the next book, LICENSE TO SHIFT, which is already on my reader! If you enjoy sensual shifter romances loaded with thrills and chills, I’d highly recommend that you check out THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME!

Suggested Reading Order: 
The Bear Who Loved Me (Book #1)
License To Shift (Book #2)
For The Bear’s Eyes Only (Book #3) – Coming 15 Nov 2016!

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