Eventide of the Bear by Cherise Sinclair
Series: The Wild Hunt Legacy #3
Also in this series: Hour of the Lion, Winter of the Wolf, Leap of the Lion
Published by VanScoy Publishing Group on January 26, 2016
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She risked her life to save a human child. Pain was her reward.
All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.
As a grizzly warrior, Ben is ordered to house the pretty werebear until she heals. His littermate abandoned him, his home is empty, and he’s been alone for a long time. Intelligent and sweet and lushly curved, Emma is a delight…even if she is oddly reticent about her past. Although having sworn off females, he’s sorely tempted by this one. Damned if he doesn’t want to keep her, secrets or not.
Females were trouble. Years past, one split Ryder from his littermate. Now the panther shifter is returning to Ben, bringing his cub with him, a four-year-old he stole from the abusive female. To Ryder’s annoyance, his brother is sheltering a wounded bear. A female. Even worse, she’s beautiful and gentle and loving—damned if he’s going to fall for that act again. But when the dark of the moon arrives and death reigns supreme, he’ll discover that not all females are alike.
In a world filled with hellhounds and pixies, can three lonely shifters and one silent cub create a new family together?
I can’t tell you how freaking thrilled I was when I saw that Eventide of the Bear was out. Four years is a long time to wait between books in a series but I fell in love with the group of shifters in The Wild Hunt Legacy Series so I’m just glad we got another book. The series revolves around the town of Cold Creek, a place that does the absolute best job of welcoming lost shifters in dire need of a home.
Emma, a bear shifter and the heroine of our story, had been unfairly banished from her territory and survived three years on her own in the wilderness. Unfortunately, after being gravely wounded by a hellhound she finds herself starving and is caught trying to steal food by Alec and Calum (heroes of the first book in the series, Hour of the Lion). Brought to Cold Creek to recuperate, it soon becomes apparent that she is in dire need of healing from more than her physical injuries. A sheltered upbringing with a self-absorbed mother hated by all in her town and then 3 years alone in the wilderness leaves Emma not knowing how to deal with people. Although lost and naive, she grew on me as her strength of character shone through. By the end of the book, she had completely won me over with her quiet ways as she stole the heart of the entire town.
Ben was my favorite of all three of our main characters though. A lovable and quite funny bear shifter, I just knew that underneath all that humor was a broken heart that I wanted to see healed. Abandoned by his littermate, he made a life for himself in Cold Creek as a Cahir. Ben had to learn that he could be whole again but he also needed to learn how to forgive.
Ryder was the hardest for me to get behind after I learned the history of what happened with Ben. Having absolute crap taste in women, he left Ben for the horrid Genevieve but soon learned that Ben had been right about her the whole time. Instead of going back to Ben though, he left for a different territory. Once someone let him in on the secret that Genevieve had his child and was abusing her, he quickly got his little girl and went in search of Ben. Ryder’s story is not only the story of finding a home but one of redemption. He needed to not only redeem himself to himself but find a way to get Ben to forgive him too.
The journey that these three make as they find their way home is as sweet as it is tough. Lot’s of hurt, fear, and a big secret are in the way of their happy ever after. Thank goodness a very special little girl and the members of the quirky town of Cold Creek are there to hold them up and surround them with their love and support as they find their way home.
Spice’s Rating: 4.5 I’ve Waited A Long Time For This Book Stars
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