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Monday, June 25, 2018

Book Review: Bad Blood Bear By Anastasia Wilde

Bad Blood Bear
(Bad Blood Shifters #1)
By Anastasia Wilde

Lissa Ramsey left home when she was sixteen, escaping her abusive stepfather. She found refuge with a backwoods Bear God cult that seemed harmless—until its new leader, Brother Damien, forced her into a terrifying ritual that unleashed something dangerous and bloodthirsty inside her. Now she’s on the run, staying just ahead of Brother Damien, but unable to outrun the “demon” that seems to be taking over her body. Until a giant, sexy bear shifter crosses her path…

Grizzly shifter Tank Morrison vowed never to rescue another damsel in distress—not after the last one led him into a shifter hunter’s trap. He and his broken-down crew barely escaped the lab where they were tormented and experimented on, and all he wants is to be left in peace. But when he sees Lissa in the local diner, obviously on the edge of survival, something in her calls powerfully to his bear—and his heart.

It doesn’t take Tank long to figure out what Lissa’s inner “demon” really is. When she loses control and gets arrested for assault, he feels compelled to bail her out and take her home with him. But Brother Damien hasn’t given up his hunt for the mate he created. When he brings his shifter army to take Lissa back, Tank risks everything to protect her. Now Lissa has to turn an unbonded group of crazies and misfits into a real crew—and a family—in time to save them both…

Fall in love with the Bad Blood Shifters! Smokin’ hot shifter men with hearts of gold; the strong, passionate women who love them; secrets, lies, and danger; naughty, steamy love scenes—and happily ever afters.

Content warning: This book contains naughty language and steamy scenes, and is intended for adults only.
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Book Review:

* Beware of minor spoilers for this book in this review.

This had a nice overall story, but a few things threw me off. I liked all the characters to a certain degree, but none were memorable enough to make me want to read the other books in this series with their individual stories.

The heroine (Lissa) was kind of strange, in a bad way. She had weird and unrealistic phrasing for things that shouldn't have been brought up in the first place. She also managed to justify her "episodes" as having a tapeworm. Fun fact: tapeworms cause a variety of symptoms but delusions and extreme hunger for rare meat aren't one of them.

The hero (Tank) almost won me over after his stalkerish but well-intentioned actions and then the author threw a wrench into everything. It's mentioned that he's had a true mate before everything happened but she's ultimately nullified because he miraculously also finds a true mate in Lissa. Seriously, what are the odds? ...

Another thing that bothered me is the lack of secret keeping between the "pack" members. They've been through a lot and most have pasts that they won't open up about. Why is it when one person lets another one in on a personal tidbit from their past it, all of a sudden, becomes public knowledge? 

The ending was better than I expected after all the things that annoyed me within this story. A few parts were rushed and based on a big coincidence or two. Overall, it was a solid end for the Brother Damien and Lissa plot point. As ranty and annoyed as this review turned out this was a nice book. If you can overlook what I mentioned in this review then this could even turn out to be an amazing book for you, but it wasn't for me.

Favorite Quotes:

"I'm perfectly aware that life sucks and it's not pretty. You make the best of it. You fight. Or you crawl into a bottle or a syringe and die."

"You survived. You never stopped believing you mattered, that you were entitled to happiness. No matter how little you had [...]."

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