Bearly in Control by Milly Taiden
Series: Shifter Undercover #1
Published by Montlake Romance on December 13th 2016
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For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires.
After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction.
The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was Bearly in Control of my eyeballs all through this story, as they kept rolling this way and that with all the bul–antics going on. This is the thing with bear shifters stories, they are either fantastic or an epic fail… and you can imagine where this one fell on that scale for me.
It started out ok, with some issues with the lack of proper world building, but you know, it was nothing truly terrible. Little by little though, things start to make less and less sense, there are a gazillion loose ends and unexplained stuff happening and the lines kept getting cheesier and cheesier (for example the whole rat thing).
Charli is a veterinarian with an incredible gift: she can talk to animals. Well, she can talk to them and they can talk back to her while she is in physical contact with them. When she is called in to look at a wounded bear she’ll have the surprise of her life when the trailer is bear-less and a naked hot guy is standing there. A naked hot guy who happens to be a were-bear but has amnesia after a head bump and can’t remember anything…not even that he is a bear.
Anyway, besides being a veterinarian, Charli was asked to be part of a special police task force who’d deal with possible shifter related crimes when the human police can’t crack weird cases. Her teammates are all policemen that are also shifters. Now here was one of the major issues I had with the story: they sucked. For some reason, the author decided to paint them all as amateur detectives and even though most of the things going on were obvious they didn’t put it all together until the very end. I’m not trying to say I’m a genius and usually have the plot all figured out by the first 5% of a book, but a lot of stuff going on was so evident and their not figuring it out earlier put them in a very lame light.
In between the crime’s “mystery” and the weird circumstances around amnesiac-werebear that Charli named Barry, we have the romance. Barry’s bear decides that Charli is his mate and Barry really likes her, so they become a couple. Even though he has amnesia and can’t remember if he has a family, a girlfriend or is gay. Their attraction is very powerful, and they have hot sex, including butt stuff on the very first time.
By this time I’d already thrown the towel with this book but I was hoping the end would have some answers about Barry’s identity and the mastermind behind everything… well, no such luck with this, people! The story finishes in a lame ass HFN with Barry still not having the faintest clue who he is, the people after him and in charge of the investigated crime are still at large and absolutely nothing gets resolved.
In less words, I didn’t really enjoy Bearly in Control. I made it to the end on sheer will force and stubbornness not to DNF an ARC I’ve accepted. I know authors put a lot of themselves in their stories and I really don’t like to give bad reviews… but this once I’m sorry to say, it was just too much.
Rating: 2 “Bearly there” Stars
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