For all the Marbles – Grizzly Love by Eve Langlais #review

For all the Marbles – Grizzly Love by Eve Langlais #reviewGrizzly Love by Eve Langlais

Series: #5 Kodiak Point
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on February 17, 2015
Pages: 179
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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This one was for all the marbles or should I say for all the ones who lost their marbles since this one has a mama Grizzly, a psychotic evil mastermind, a Grizzly in love with an already mated hawk, a Hummer load of angry shifters with kill skills and questionable sanity, and weapons- lots of weapons. I have been with this series since the beginning with Reid and Tammy, Boris and Jan, Gene and his Pima, Kyle and his girls, Brody and Layla and now in ‘cub grows up’ style, it all comes to an end with Travis and Dr. Jess. The loveable, playful and confident Grizzly with the big…growl, yep growl brings the series home with this exciting, passionate, and humor-filled final installment to the series.

I suppose one could read these out of order in a pinch, but I really wouldn’t recommend it.

Travis is a ‘proud to wear the t-shirt’ mama’s boy, but even a mama’s boy wants to be thought a worthy male for his mate and to his friends who have all proved they deserve to carry their man cards. Travis gets the tricky job of going on his first mission against an enemy that will take the whole gang to bring down while he woos a mate that puts the ‘its’ in it’s complicated. His bear half is on board even if he’ll have to convince his protective mama who makes even the other males cower in terror.

Jess moved to Kodiak Point to be the doctor and has found a home and place in the community. She is alone because her mate went off to war and refuses to come home. She is well aware that he has been unfaithful and others know it too. Still, she’s mated for better or worse so she can’t give in to the constant temptation of a certain Grizzly that she is not as indifferent to as much as she pretends. Travis doesn’t seem like her type at all the way he never takes anything seriously, but yet he’s the one who wants her, wants to be with her and places himself between her and danger. Time together tracking down their enemy, seeing Travis with his friends and on the mission and dealing with her jerk mate leave Jess with a lot to think about.

I had a really good time with this story. There was so much going on and so many emotions this story elicited from me. Par for the course was the sexy shifters teasing and tantalizing each other and the element of danger that has their inner beasts raring to go. The set up on this one has some lovely bits of subtlety that lead to nice plot twists and surprises. Things get really bad for the good guys and they are by far the underdogs, but I loved the suspense of not knowing how the author was going to work them out of the tight spot and prevail.

I always enjoy that each shifter pair is unlikely and unique and their situations are complicated in their own way. Travis’ brand of complicated is to fall for an already mated female. We all have certain romance scenarios that make us uneasy or even full out don’t care for. The ‘fall in love with someone already in a relationship’ is one of them for me so I confess that I couldn’t see how I was going to enjoy this story, but somehow I did. I had a few moments that made me uneasy, but for the most part it worked. Jess was an honorable lady who took her vows seriously and even sought reconciliation while denying something special with Travis. Travis can’t help who he loves and he only demands honesty from Jess as he waits for his chance with her. Travis and his bear spirit half are ready to do some slicing and dicing to see the way clear for him and Jess, but with Jess, I think the delay of resolving one gone-bad relationship is good because it takes most of the story for her to really learn to appreciate all that is Travis. There is much more to him than meets the eye and I loved seeing all that under the surface stuff right along with Jess.

As this was the final book in the series, I was thrilled to see that several from the previous books get some good page time. The brotherhood feel between the guys was a nice added touch. Seeing some of these big tough bruisers adjust to being family men was a hoot. Reid and Boris as soon to be daddies? Oh yes! The Kodiak point series is wrapped up neatly.

I highly recommend this series to those paranormal romance fans looking for something hot, light and quick with a twisty humorous tone.

My thanks to the author who provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Eve Langlais

~ New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with werewolves, cyborgs or aliens.

I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I enjoy strong alpha males, and shifters. Lots of big, overprotective shifters. I am also extremely partial to aliens, the kind who like to abduct humans and then drive them insane…with pleasure. Do you like something a little darker? Then check out my cyborgs whose battle with humanity have captivated readers worldwide.

I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you’d like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what’s coming next, then please visit me at http://www.EveLanglais.com

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Eve Langlais

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Melanie Simmons

    I love this series and can’t wait to start reading this one. I’ve liked Travis since I first met him and my love has only grown the more I’ve read him in each story. Great review.

    • Oh, I was really excited for this one, Melaine! Getting Travis in the spotlight just makes him even better. I can’t wait to get your thoughts so I don’t have to keep from spoiling. 😉

  • I’ve read a novella in that series (Caribou’s gift) and long to read the rest, Eve Langlais is such a delightful author 🙂

    • You’ll have such a good time with all the stories in this one, Iza. I’ve already claimed Gene the polar bear, but you’re welcome to one of the other heroes. Haha!

  • I have read the first book and loved it. So looking forward to reading more from this author. Great review, you always make me excited to read the books you recommend. Hope you are enjoying your day.

    • Ah, that is the nicest compliment. Thanks, Renee! I can’t wait for you to read the other books- just remember the polar bear is mine. Haha!

  • Rebecca Thomas

    I love novellas and humor is always good!

    • These are great fun, Rebecca! I hope you get a chance to try them.