Friday, September 30, 2016

💗 Review ~ THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME by Kathy Lyons 💗

The Bear Who Loved Me (Grizzlies Gone Wild, #1)
by: Kathy Lyons
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours

The first in a wild shifter series from USA TODAY bestselling author Kathy Lyons.


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?
Lately, I’ve been on a shifter reading binge.  When I read the blurb for The Bear Who Loved Me, I knew I had to read the book.  This book was more than I expected, and I loved every moment of it.

Since the death of her parents and sister, Becca Weitz has been trying her best to run the family bakery and raise her teenage nephew.  After yet another one of their arguments, Theo seemingly refuses to answer her phone calls.  Theo has been getting more agitated lately, but not speaking to her or returning her phone calls has never been something he’s done before.

Becca gets a surprised visit from Theo’s summer camp counselor Carl “Max” Carman and discovers Theo has been kidnapped.  But the surprises don’t end there.  In order to get Becca to cooperate and not get local police involved, Carl has to kidnap her and introduce her to a world she never knew existed.  “Buckle up ‘cause it’s about to get weirder.” Shifters exist and her nephew is one of them.

Leading his clan and putting out fires is what Carl does.  In trying to build a democracy instead of a dictatorship, he has others gunning for him.  When he gets word that a couple of teens are missing, he has to use every resource at his disposal to find the kids and find out what’s going on.

From the beginning, I loved the characters of Becca and Carl.  Their back and forth communication is at times playful and funny.  But when the situation calls for it, they’re serious.  Their love is intense and romantic.  The secondary characters definitely put this book over the top and I loved them just as much as I loved Becca and Carl.  From Mark, Carl’s best friend who is dying, to Alan, Carl’s younger brother and clan lawyer, to Tonya, Carl’s friend and highest ranking police shifter in the area, all the characters added something special to the story.  The mystery of Theo’s kidnapping and subsequent fall out was a little mind blowing.  The Bear Who Loved Me is one of those books that once you pick it up, you aren’t going to want to put it down.

I definitely can not wait to read the next book in the series.

**Received a copy from Forever Yours in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5

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Kathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few.  There is nothing she adores more than turning an ordinary day into something magical, which is what happens all the time in her books. Winner of several industry awards including the Prism-Best of the Best, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Fresh Fiction's Steamiest Read, Kathy has published over fifty romance novels, and she's just getting started. Check out her latest news at

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