Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: The Bear Who Loved Me, Alpha Unleashed
Also by this author: The Bear Who Loved Me, Alpha Unleashed
BEAR ON THE PROWL
Life as Alan Carman knew it is over. After he was captured and tortured by a mysterious enemy, the lawyer's latent grizzly-shifter DNA was triggered. The old Alan is gone, and in his place is a terrifying vicious beast that lives and breathes for revenge. He will track down the person who did this to him-and it'll be the last thing he ever does.
Tonya Kappes refuses to let Alan run headlong to his death. A bear-shifting deputy-and the Gladwin Clan's beta-Tonya faces Alan with one weapon: the love that's lingered between them since they were kids. But the idealistic man she knew has changed...into something raw, primal, and unbelievably sexy, igniting every lustful cell in her body. And, if Alan can't learn to love the beast inside himself, maybe he can love the animal in her . . .
The Grizzlies Gone Wild Series
Book 1: The Bear Who Loved MeBook 2: License to ShiftBook 3: For the Bear's Eyes Only
I got hooked on this series and haven’t been able to stop. For the Bear’s Eyes Only was probably the book I have been LEAST looking forward to because I just don’t care for Tonya at all. I haven’t liked her from the very beginning. I liked Alan, but I wasn’t super excited to get his story either.
The book starts with a bit of a flashback. Alan has just come back to town, has his law degree, and is planning to help out his brother. Tonya is a cop struggling with being an assertive female in a male dominated profession. While I think Tonya could have been a sympathetic character, I just thought she was a bit bitchy. I think part of my feelings about her stem from her behavior in book 1. She was kind of pushy about getting with Carl and I didn’t like that at all. She is just so power hungry that it was a bit disheartening.
Alan, the alpha bear’s brother, isn’t a shifter. He has always felt inferior because of this. However, he is a lawyer and does whatever he can to help his pack. He tries not to let the inability to shift make him feel ‘less than’ but when you get an insight into his thoughts, you can see it really does impact him. However, in this book, he gets attacked and as a result, his latent shifter DNA is activated. He becomes focused on revenge and is a bit savage. He is hurt that the clan didn’t even realize he was missing (happened in the previous book). Tonya decides to seduce him to get him to come back because she knows he has always had a thing for her. I REALLY hated her after that. Yes, she eventually realizes that she loves him, but it was just one more nail in her coffin for me.
This book left me split. If I was rating it based on the heroine, Tonya, it would be a 1 star. If I based my rating on the hero, Alan, it would be a 4 star.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: shifter, friends to lovers
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series (you really need to read at least book 2 to fully understand)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, Tonya and Alan end up together, but I still hate her so it wasn’t really an HEA for me! « Hide Spoiler
Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads, Legal Wolf’s Mate by Eve Langlais, Lover Unbound by JR Ward…then you will probably like For the Bear’s Eyes Only!
He stared at her and shook his head. “You think because I’m not fur and claws right now that I’m tame? That I won’t tear right through you if you try to Tase me again?”
She held up her bare hands, spread wide. “I don’t want to hurt you. I want to talk to you. Come home with me. Please. There are…things we need to talk about.” She’d almost said more. She’d nearly told him about how much her bear was right now pulsing with want. How his scent was oddly compelling even at its worst. About all the confusion that he created inside her. But she was on an open mic with Mark on the other end. She just couldn’t force herself to be that vulnerable with another man listening in. So she swallowed the full sentence and settled for pleading.
He was still stroking her jaw, the caress of his thumb gentle and soothing. Hell she was so tired right now, a little tug from him and she’d melt into his arms. It didn’t make sense. She was a rational woman, and Alan wasn’t the easy man she remembered. He was volatile and dangerous. But apparently that made her grizzly wet and needy. Maybe she did have a thing for monsters.
“When was the last time you slept?” he asked.
She shook her head. “Not until you’re safe.”
He tugged her closer with just the edge of his nails. They weren’t claws just then. There was no pinprick to his touch. Just the blunt edge of his fingers tugging her forward and she went willingly. “I’m not the one in danger,” he murmured.
“Bullshit,” she answered. But that was as far as she got before his mouth was on hers. Hot. Possessive. Desperate. It was like he was taking everything he could get before it all disappeared.
She met his tongue with her own, arching her neck and dueling with him. Her hands found his shoulders, and she gripped him, dragging him closer or holding on to him for support. She wasn’t sure which. And while her heart exploded into a feverish beat, her mind ceased yammering. It had been full of words and strategies, ways that she could convince him to come back with her. But at the first press of his lips, they were silenced. This was what she wanted. This was what they both needed. So she kissed him back, and in the midst of his desperation, she tried to reassure him.
Yes, she said with teeth and tongue. Yes, I want you, too.
Then he was gone.