As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .
Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . .
Things have been coming to this moment through the whole Realm Enforcers series. Who is making and selling the drugs to kill off all the witch nation and why? And look at that, its Bear’s story, too. Can it get any better?
As I said, this is Bear’s story and is the fifth book in the Realm Enforcers series. The series has changed out romance leads with each book, but the characters are all connected as is the main mystery plot thread so it is best read in order. And if you are just coming to these, it works even better read after the conclusion of the Dark Protectors series since its a spin-off with some crossover characters.
But back to Bear… the loner, secretive and tough alpha shifter of the Bear Nation and head of the Grizzlies MC. Bear has been an intriguing side character since book one. Slowly his secrets have unwound throughout the series and now he encounters a female with a wild proposal and enough secrets to match and raise the ante on his own.
Nessa, too, is not a newbie to the series. She has acted as a Coven Nine Witch Council leader and now she is pursuing a person mission along with a secret mission for her people. I enjoyed how she had this straight up plan and confidently waltzed into Bear’s life to execute it only to discover that cool and collected and well planned she might be, but she was way out of her depth and had met her own match.
Up until this book, I had no idea who was behind the drug making and distribution that was killing off humans and witches alike. I guessed wrongly a few times. Wicked Bite finally foreshadowed enough that I caught on before Bear, Nessa, and everyone else- and it was a shocker.
The romance was set against an action packed story like most of this author’s books which I love. And I really loved this pairing. Bear has been a favorite character through the whole series so I really wanted a good match for him. Nessa and Bear had sparks. They both have secret pasts and keep to themselves in ways. Bear has always been the one to give and make sacrifices and now he has found a female who will give to him and notices his needs. Nessa has found a male who is not intimidated by her and accepts her as is.
I only had one niggle. I was not in favor of the physicality of their ‘courtship’. Most of their love scenes came with hand to hand combat instigated by Nessa like it was foreplay. I make allowances for the fact that these are paranormals, but the violence when you’re not in danger and only trying to prove your a big bad gal or that he was a shifter so liked it rough so you have to kick him in the head to get his attention didn’t quite do it for me.
That said, this book totally lived up to my expectations of Bear’s story and the answer to the big plot thread through the series. I’m not sure if this is the end of the series since the series arc wound up. I wouldn’t mind if it kept going with a new series arc and taking on some of the younger characters. But, either way, this was a good one and I definitely recommend it to paranormal romance fans who love a strong and passionate action plot.
My thanks to Lyrical Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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