Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review of Bear by MariaLisa deMora

Bear by MariaLisa deMora

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As much as I enjoyed reading Mica and Slate, Bear is by far my favorite of the series to date – despite the fact that I cried like a baby several times throughout the book. As with the previous books in the series, Bear can be read as a standalone as there is minimal overlap of scenes, but if you’ve read the previous books it will give you further insight to various incidents the occurred.

Consistent with Ms. deMora’s writing style, Bear tells us the story of how Rob Crew becomes Bear and how his life led him to the Rebel Wayfarers Motorcycle Club. Rob’s story is both joyful and heartbreaking – to find love at such a young age and to know it was a love with staying power only to have it ripped away so unexpectedly had me in freaking tears. I was devastated for Rob when he learned of the accident and shredded when he returned home on bereavement leave to tend to the house. The author did an excellent job of making me feel Rob’s love for his wife and daughter – he was a good man who loved his girls deeply – and it was her ability to make me connect with Rob so easily that caused me to cry for him several times while reading Bear. As such, I was tickled pink when Eddie entered the story, even if it was only from afar in the beginning.

Even though Eddie and Rob had an instant connection, an instant spark, they didn’t act upon it for years and when they did they took a long time to get to know one another before they moved to intimacy. This was due in part to Rob’s unwillingness to risk his heart and expose it to potential loss again, but it had more to do with Eddie’s refusal to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Eddie refused to get involved with a biker because she didn’t want to be part of that world anymore. Thankfully, she could only resist Bear for so long and their feelings for the other made for some really loving and hot sex scenes.

As with the prior books in the series, Bear contains a lot of action and suspense, but the primary focus is on the relationship between Bear and Eddie. I enjoyed that the characters realized that the initial spark between them was attraction and didn’t try to claim they were in love. Ms. deMora does a wonderful job of infusing her characters with traits and experiences that go a long way to making them feel real. Eddie’s musings over the bite she received from a student with autism succeeded in cementing my preference for her within the series (yep, it’s happened to me on more than one occasion). Again, I loved the touches the author provides of the other characters and how she continues to develop Mason’s story within the series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, but even more so for Mason’s book.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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