5 BEAR Stars
This was so different than what I expected and I think that's one of the reasons why I loved it so much. It was even better than I could have hoped!
This pairing of Bear, who I loved more than King and about equal to Preppy from the get-go, and Thia was refreshing and so honest. I loved the simplicity of how they first meet and the bond that binds them. A connection that one of them holds so dear and the other never even gives it a second thought. Yet when their worlds collide again, at a time when both are so battered and bruised, that first encounter, that bond, takes on a life of its own. It's certainly rife with mistrust, anger and fear but it also pulls them together and forces them to face what's right in front of them.There were moments that weren't easy in this book and if you've read King and Tyrant, you'll know exactly what I mean. I found both the way Thia dealt with the many terrifying, traumatic and life altering things that happen to her in a very short span of time was very realistic. My heart broke for her and those damn shorts!
Thia and Bear are two strong and determined people and it was only fitting that Thia be a match for him. And also Bear helps her heal and when she needs it, escape from it all.
Despite Bear's dumb ass move, these two were good together even when they were fighting and fittingly, there isn't any sex, although there is a beautiful and tender moment shared between these two earlier on, until about 3/4 of the way into the book. And before you balk, it was perfect. You have to read it to understand."We were two tortured souls. Both in more ways than one person should ever have to experience. But we found each other. We needed each other."
"He'd claimed me. Body and soul...in that moment there was no more hiding, no more denying the truth. Bear was right. I'd always been his."
I highly recommend this book! This is my favourite of the series. You must read the first two books in this series to understand and fully appreciate this tale. All I will say is that I pray for retribution and some kick-ass vengeance for some of the characters in this tale. And that ending! I was mad when it ended the way it did and also seriously hankering for the next book.
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**
“I’m going to remember this as the worst time in my entire life. The very worst.” She shook her head. “There is nothing I can do to change that. Girls my age are playing sports, going to dances and parties, kissing boys. And that’s never been me. I’ve had a full time job at the grove and a part time job at the Stop-N-Shop. I’ve done nothing over the last few years except work my ass off and watch my family fall apart. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse…now all this.” She waived around to the house and to me and let out an awkward laugh. She took another hit off the bowl, passing it back to me. Her coughing much less than it was on her first try.
“Ti, how old are you?” I asked, clearing my throat as I ventured into territory I knew I shouldn’t. She was a pistol, even if she was a sad one, but there was a wave of innocence about her that had me both feeling bad for her and salivating for a taste of her.
This is for her, not you. I told myself. It was only a partial lie.
“Seventeen,” She said, sniffling. “Eighteen soon.”
“You ever been kissed?” I asked, her eyes met mine. “And not a peck on the cheek or a brief smack of the lips, but a real fucking kiss? One that leaves you without air in you lungs and your thighs pressing together in search of more?” I said, my voice coming out deep and strained. My cock coming alive at the thought of tracing my tongue along her pump lips.
“Why?” She whispered, and as soon as the words left her mouth I knew there would be no coming back from what I was about to do.
I pushed off the fire pit and pulled her up off the chair, pressing her tits into my chest and my straining cock against her stomach. I tipped her chin up and looked into her confused emerald greens. She followed my thumb with her eyes as I traced her bottom lip. There were too many lines marring her face, questioning what it was I was up to. I knew she would try to pull away at any second, try to stop me. But it was too late for that.
I was beyond stopping.
Just one taste.
“Answer the question,” I pressed.
“No,” she said with a slight shake of her head, and before she could try to argue, I leaned down and pressed my lips to hers.
I was already going to hell.
Might as well enjoy the ride there.
The finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.