FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY by Kathy Lyons (November 15, 2016; Forever Yours eBook; $1.99; Grizzlies Gone Wild Book 3)
With what has easily become of my favorite shifter series to date, I am thrilled to see the story of Alan and Tonya finally come to light. These two have been circling each other for some time, with their constant bickering and carrying on, it only stood to ramp up the sexual tension between them. However, we always thought that Tonya carried a torch for Carl, so most readers never thought that Alan was on her radar. Boy were we wrong.
I have to say that Alan's book is so much darker than the first two- mainly because this a man who is out for revenge. He is fueled by hate and anger, and vengeance is the only thing that is pushing him to keep going at this point. Not a trace of love is in his heart- not even for the one woman that he has wanted his whole life- Tonya. The only thing he wants now is to bring down the woman who made him into what he feels is a horrific monster. He doesn't care about anything or anyone else- not his family, and certainly not Tonya. Even though, she definitely cares for him.
To say that I was shocked to see that Tonya was head over heels for Alan this whole time was an understatement. Like I mentioned before- I thought she was courting some unrequited love for Carl, but it was only the position that he could offer her that she wanted- not the man. Nope- the only man for her was the one who currently wanted nothing to do with anyone around him. So, it was her duty to bring him back into civility and show him that he wasn't the monster that he thought himself to be.
Trust me when I say that this book is the most heartbreaking of the three, simply because you see the pain and anger that Alan has to work through. You have to relive his ordeal, through his eyes, and that part just really sucks, because it ain't pretty. To see a man be treated that way- well, it just flat out made me furious. Especially someone as kind and giving as Alan, who had devoted his entire life to the shifter community, and then be mistreated by one. Well, the woman deserved exactly what she got in the end- let's just say that.
When all was said and done, this may have been my favorite book- just because of the rollercoaster of emotions that I experienced with it. It had everything I could've wanted to see happen, so I didn't feel like it lacked anything. Not only the series, but this book, get a blinding 5 star review from me- because they are simply great reads!!
The third book in a wild shifter series from USA TODAY bestselling author Kathy Lyons.
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 its 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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Excerpt FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY
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:
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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