For the Bear's Eyes Only by Kathy Lyons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the third installment in a series and if you haven't been introduced to this world yet, I'd recommend starting at book 1. All of the drama and tension leading up to Alan's new life is really necessary in order to understand where he is now and feel the weight of it all.
Alan was kidnapped and experimented on. He began the series as the pack's lawyer, the responsible one, and the only one who didn't shift. He was in a unique position as beta to his brother and as close as a non-shifter can get to being officially part of the pack. After being ousted as beta by his longtime crush, Tonya, he goes off to get a little bit of a break from the pack. While on his own, he ends up getting kidnapped and injected with all sorts of shifter activating serum. This would have been bad enough, but on top of all that, nobody even realized he was gone.
So, welcome to the new Alan - he's got an uncontrollable beast inside that is literally killing him. He can't shift completely, leaving him a foul smelling and ugly beast. Oh, and he also is determined to kill the cougar shifter that did this to him (that his pack managed to let get away). Tonya has some strong feelings about his choices and her bear has an awful lot to say about his new status, too. While most of the books have a little dark edge to them, this one had a particularly large amount of darkness, mostly in the form of Alan's inner monologue. This led to a little bit of a tougher read, for me.
Ultimately, though, Alan and Tonya decide to work together to bring in the evil shifter (especially when they realize she might still be hurting people). We get our promised HEA with some little bonus sprinkles on top. It really felt like the end of the series. Is it?
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