Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: For the Bear's Eyes Only, Alpha Unleashed
Also by this author: For the Bear's Eyes Only, Alpha Unleashed
WHEN AN ALPHA MEETS HIS MATCH . . .
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?
The Bear Who Loved Me is my first grizzly bear shifter book!! I enjoyed it for many of the reasons I love most shifter books: interesting characters, family dynamics, and fated mates!
Becca is a normal human woman who is raising her nephew, Theo, after her sister (Theo’s mom) died a few years before. Unbeknownst to Becca (and Theo) is that Theo could be a bear shifter. Thankfully, Carl, the Maximus of the nearby clan knows and watches out for Theo as he gets close to the age he might shift. Then, Theo disappears on day. Carl (aka Mr. Max), thinks its related to his first shift and tries to assure Becca that Theo will be okay. However, as time passes, the shifters come to learn that they are in WAY more danger. Someone is hunting the young shifters and they take Theo hostage.
You don’t get to see any of the story from Theo’s view; the focus is on Carl and Becca. Becca reacts to learning about shifters just like I expect. She is sure they are crazy and she has to escape! It seemed much more realistic than some people’s reactions! Carl starts to feel an attraction quickly and his bear wants to claim Becca. While she feels the overwhelming pull to Carl, her brain is telling her its crazy: they hardly know each other, Theo is still missing, and this will end badly. So they have a bit of a rocky back and forth. The both want each other; they just aren’t sure how to make one another fit into their lives when they are so different.
The Bear Who Loved Me has a great cast of characters who I suspect will get their own books soon! I really enjoyed Becca’s character. She is kind of an ‘everyday people’ person. Her actions throughout the book felt genuine. I also thought Carl was great. He is burdened by being the clan’s Maximus. He doesn’t want to be the brutal tyrant his uncle was, but it seems that the people in the clan won’t respect him unless he is. All the action and tension in The Bear Who Loved Me leads to a quick read that was totally enjoyable! I really am excited for the rest of the series!
Side note: Carl is like the least sexy name ever and I struggled with it as the hero’s name. Can you imagine shouting CARL during sex? I can’t (maybe that makes me a snob?!). Thankfully, he goes by several other names, so it wasn’t overly distracting to me.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: shifter
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: standalone (book 1 of a new series of interconnected standalones)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes, after Becca moves back to Kalamazoo, Carl eventually comes to propose and get her to move back to Gladwin. No epilogue because there will be more books in the series (about different couples) « Hide Spoiler
The Bear Who Loved Me