Join me today in welcoming the wonderful Celia Kyle and her latest release No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It. Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book as well as my impressions of this sweet yet sexy paranormal read. Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 bookstore GC!
The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it.
Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Celia Kyle's latest release is a fun read with likable characters and a subtle dark edge to it in the issues it deals with. While some of the storyline was predictable there were some surprising turns along the way as well to keep me fully immersed and turning the pages at a rapid pace.
Mia's the new girl in town after inheriting a house and is trying to keep a low profile as her small amount of shifter blood makes it difficult to shift and has her being looked down upon by others. The moment she finds a werebear cub hiding in the pantry her chance at privacy ends and her life changes completely after meeting the sheriff/werebear alpha sent to investigate. Mia is an okay character but not one I completely admired. She was strong-willed and extremely protective of the young boy now in her care but occasionally made poor decisions. I found her especially unappealing in her disrespect of Ty. As an alpha he must be seen as strong and unchallenged, but Mia is a bit too overbearing in her righteous indignation and I found her a bit shrewish at times too.
Ty was definitely a highlight for me as he's just starting to get a grip on his role as alpha. He wants to make the right decisions while remaining fair and protective of those who are in need. He's a kindhearted yet strong and sexy leader which leaves little time for himself and his own needs. It's a precarious balance made even more difficult after he meets Mia. He's attracted to her but not sure he's ready to settle down though he knows she's meant for him. It's a struggle between him and his bear half though on how to win her over and though he doesn't always make the right romantic move it all makes for a sweet and fun journey to claiming her.
Along with the wonderful Ty comes the sweet and endearing werecub Parker. I don't normally like children in stories but he was a sweetheart and brought out unexpectedly delightful parental instincts in Mia and Ty and brought them even closer together. Parker has been through a lot though and has the bruises and internal scars to prove it. His scars and fears of Ty's uncle take us on a dark journey through the werebear culture that is unsettling and full of blood and death. It's a compelling mystery Ty sets out to solve to keep Parker and Mia safe. Through this mystery and throughout the story Ms. Kyle vividly depicts a culture of strength, loyalty, and prejudice that helped immerse me in the story and set itself apart from other paranormal shifter tales.
Along with moments of darkness amidst the were-culture comes unrelenting sexual tension between Mia and Ty. Theirs is a love at first sight connection that requires work to reach their satisfying HEA as well as some steamy interludes. In matters of sex they're in agreement but when it comes to commitment it's a battle of the sexes. As the first book in the Grayslake series Ms. Kyle has laid intriguing groundwork for future stories, along with the promise of Ty's numerous and super sexy brothers. The werebear culture is intriguing and distinctive and has me greatly anticipating the next installment.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Celia Kyle is a paranormal erotic romance author and would like to rule the world and become a ninja. As a fallback, she’s working on her writing career and giving readers stories that touch their hearts and *ahem* other places.
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