Waking The Bear by Kerry Adrienne (Broken Chains #1)

Waking The Bear by Kerry AdrienneAvailable: August 1, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance (Shifter) 

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.

Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Every so often, I need a good shifter romance. If that shifter romance has a bear shifter in it, well, that’s even better because I have a huge soft spot for them. When I saw this one on NetGalley available for review I knew I had to give it a chance. Plus, I don’t think I’ve read this author before and finding new to me authors is always a win.

Waking The Bear had a lot of positive high points that I enjoyed. Our hero, Griff is a rough and tumble forest Ranger who had made up his mind not to mate while the area was so volatile and an inevitable war with a pride of mountain lions loomed ever closer with each passing day. Determined to take out the threat, he never saw Amy coming until she had parked herself at his rental property and had moved in on his life. Now the mating instinct was strong, for a human no less, and Griff has to figure out a way to protect his bear brothers and the relationship shy woman who has quickly stolen his heart

Needing time away from the city and her normal life, Amy has decided the mountains are just where she needs to be to escape her past. A bad relationship and bad job, she needs time to think about her next step in life and painting gorgeous landscape for the next two months is just what she needs. Her landlord is definitely a sight, but the last thing she needs is another overprotective guy in her life.

So, like I mentioned earlier, Waking The Bear had a lot of high points. I loved Griff and Amy together, even if she had no idea who he really was for 3/4 of the book. They complimented each other well and the heat between the was steady and mounted with each encounter. Griff went out of his way to prove how unlike Amy’s ex he was while still being there for her each time danger tried to strike. He was strong, alpha and a force to be reckoned with where his enemies were concerned.

However, there were some things that gave me pause….

Amy is stubborn to a fault. Even having been told a bunch of times to stay out of the forest trails because they were dangerous, she sets out several times on her own, and gets herself into trouble. The first time I understood, I get it, you want to prove to yourself that you’re fine. That you know the dangers. That you’re independent. I’m a woman, hear me roar and all that. But the minute I run into mountain lions on a trail? I’m OUT. See ya, won’t be going back in the woods anytime soon. Not Amy, oh no. AND she gets herself into trouble at the local bar too. It’s a damn good thing Griff was keeping an eye on her, because she’d have been dead before the half way mark of this book if he hadn’t.

Griff cries. I’m not all about that either. He never quite got over his families death when he was a kid. I understand that too. I’m not heartless. But….no tears please. Not in a book anyway. I want my men mean.

There isn’t a lot of information on this group of bears. I would have preferred some more time with their leader and the other men who make up the group. I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to hang with them. I didn’t feel like I got that as much as I would have liked. I felt like I knew the mountain lions better than I did the bears, the heroes.

Sticking to the bear nature, Griff sleeps a lot during the winter. I both liked that it seemed more “real” but at the same time I wondered how that would really work. So Griff sleeps pretty much all winter? That’ll be fin for Amy at Christmas. Or when she needs to go get groceries and there is 3 feet of snow in their region with it being in the mountain and she can’t get out of the driveway. Sure, Griff will wake up for short periods, but even in the book with it being spring there is a huge emphasis on how tired he is.

Overall I just liked the book but I will definitely be back to check out book two in the hopes that my reservations disappear as the series progresses.

I give Waking The Bear by Kerry Adrienne 3 stars

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