E-Originals, March 8, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

The steamy relationship between the two protagonists is effective. Recommended for fans of the series; new readers should begin with the first title

Week ending March 8, 2019

Lyons, Kathy. Taming Her Mate. Forever Yours: Grand Central. (Grizzlies Gone Wild, Bk. 6). Mar. 2019. 272p. ebk. ISBN 9781538762165. $3.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
In the Detroit sewer system, a citywide disaster is already in progress. A mysterious poison has been added to the water supply, with a range of dangerous side effects. Among the human population, the drug causes hallucinations and illness. For the members of the secretive shape-shifter community, the drug is highly addictive and causes hybridization, an ill-defined condition whose symptoms include aggression and madness. Grizzly bear–shifter and Detroit Police detective Ryan Kennedy is determined to identify the culprits and stop the spreading chaos. Deep within the sewers, he confronts two potential suspects and sustains life-threatening injuries. Francesca Wolf, the daughter of the local werewolf alpha and herself a hybrid, manages to rescue him—but in the process, she is forced to inject him with the drug in order to save his life. Now the two hybrid shifters, wolf and bear, must work together to save the city and bridge the growing divide between shifter clans.
VERDICT While the larger story comes across as overly complicated and somewhat silly, with limited character development and comic book–style violence, the steamy relationship between the two protagonists is effective. Recommended for fans of the series; new readers should begin with the first title, The Bear Who Loved Me.—Lindsay Morton, P.L. of Science, San Francisco

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