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Bound by Shadows by Kathy Lyons
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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?
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This book was previously published as The Bear Who Loved Me. Okay before I get into the review let me say that I wasn’t thrilled about Carl for a hero’s name. I don’t know Carl seems more like the villain for me. That is why I shaved a half star off. Although it really should be a full half more like a little slice off. I just cringed every time I mentally said his name.
Becca is your normal every day, run of the mill human who is raising her nephew Theo. The thing they don’t know is Theo may be a bear shifter which could lead to some issues. Carl however does know and as Theo gets closer to the shifting age Carl has been watching him. When Theo goes missing on what should be his first shift Carl reassure Becca that he is okay. The only problem is that he has actually been kidnapped and is in trouble.
Becca reacts to learning about humans pretty much the way most humans would act. She thinks they’re all crazy and I mean come on! she’s also feels a pull towards Carl but since she thinks he’s a nut she’s not sure what to do. Carl feels the same pull but worries that his clan won’t accept a human. He’s the clan’s Maximus and must do what is right for everyone.
They both struggle and I felt their reactions were genuine. They felt real and not as made up as some characters can seem. All of the characters in this book are great and I certainly plan to check out the other books in the series. One thing I would have liked, even if it had a page or two, was Theo’s point of view. We don’t get that and I understand why but it would have been nice to get just a little snippet of what he was going through and felt.