Mimi’s Review of For the Bear’s Eyes Only by Kathy Lyons

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I’d like to thank Forever Yours for not only allowing me to participate in today’s blitz event, but also for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. =^.^=

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Rating: paw4

Publisher: Forever Yours

Date Released: November 15, 2016

Series: Grizzles Gone Wild #3

Goodreads Description:

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 . . .

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Review:

Of all the books in this series, I feel this was the best. For those fans of this series, I think this is the book most of us have been waiting for, and I am happy that it didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy Paranormal Romance, are really into Shifter novels, or are big fans of Lyons’s writing, you’ll certainly not want to miss this book.

Tonya is one of this characters that surprised me greatly in this series. When I first met her in book one I wasn’t sure I would like her because she came across as too much of a hard ass. Yes, she’s a cop, I get it, but she rubbed my fur wrong and it took a while for me to warm up to her. The second book in the series I would say was her turning point for me where my feelings toward her are concerned. I started to see this other side to her character which was softer, open, and easier to connect with. She was still a hard ass, but it was tempered more. In this book, I feel she’s truly come into her own as a character in the series. There’s been so much growth for her that I can say with confidence that I like her immensely. She’s tough as nails, straight shooting, and tells it like it is, but also very much a woman, not just a cop.

Alan, meanwhile, has always been more of a background character. Because of his standing within the Gladwin Clan, we don’t really get to see much of him in the first two books. He’s there, but he’s never been center stage, so I’ve not been able to get much of a feel for him until now. And because of this, he’s a hard character for me to settle feelings on. Part of me likes him, and another part of me felt that he was just too much of a jerk. Now, to be fair, given what happened to him in the second book, he’s got a lot of trauma to work through, so his behavior in this book is justified, but it doesn’t mean that I was able to enjoy him as completely as I would like. I had sympathy for him for most of the book, and also wanted to swipe him with my claws a few time too. He’s hurting, he’s angry, and he’s looking for revenge, so he has that bad boy vibe to him most readers will love. Myself, I like the bad boy, but I was put off by his arrogance and purposeful cruelty toward Tonya and the other Gladwin members. I’d say his saving grace for me liking him was at the end when he steps up to take care of the children. That was huge, and it helped soften his character and made him easier to respect after everything.

The overall pacing of this book was much smoother than the previous two books. It didn’t feel as though there was much lagging between moments, I never felt the need to skip ahead, and the action scenes didn’t seem to be as rushed with the exception of the final scene. I feel as though Lyons’s finally reached her stride with this one as far as the series is concerned, and I suspect that should she decide to continue with this series and introduce new characters, it will only get better. It truly has been a pleasure watching this series grow over the course of all three books. Yes, I had my doubts from the first book, but I’m happy I stuck with it and gave each follow-up novel a chance. Should this prove to be the final book in the series, I feel that Lyons’s gave it a satisfying ending, though I will say that this is the only part of the book that felt rushed. The end of Elisabeth was too quick. I’m not saying that I wanted to see her suffer, but I kind of wanted to the final fight drawn out more.

In the end, this was a surprisingly well done story that is the perfect cap to what is an intriguing series. If you were like me and unsure if the series was worth coming back to, trust me, each book gets better, and this one will definitely leave you happy for sticking with the series. My appreciation for the first two books has increased now that I’ve had a chance to read the full series, and I suspect that if I were to ever read these books again, I would enjoy them much more than I did the first time through.

So, when all is said and done, I encourage you all to give the Gladwin Grizzlies a read and discover for yourself just how great the series truly is. If you can binge read the series back-to-back, I promise that by the end you’ll enjoy the journey as much as I did. Honestly, for my first foray into Lyons’s writing, I would say that I am pleasantly surprised and am now curious to see what her other books are all about. =^.^=

Excerpt:

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.

About the Author:

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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 KathyLyons.com.

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