Sunday, September 7, 2014

All Roar and No Bite by Celia Kyle

Title: All Roar and No Bite
Series: Grayslake, 2
Author: Celia Kyle
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
Word Count: 70,000
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Who needs claws when you’ve got a baseball bat? Lauren Evans sure as heck doesn’t.
Human Lauren has a protective streak a mile wide and one immediate goal in life—get her best friend out of an abusive household. If that involves a little bat-based redecorating, so be it. Unfortunately—or fortunately—a certain sexy-as-hell cop breaks up the fight before she has a chance to really get going. Grayslake police officer Van Abrams is too hot for his own good, and his handcuffs make all those wonderful places tingle. Too bad he, you know, arrested her and stuff. But then he becomes overbearing, demanding, and commanding. Suddenly Lauren finds herself in his arms, in his bed, and mated to his werebear butt. What’s up with that?
Werebear Enforcer Van Abrams doesn’t want anything to do with humans. He’s got reasons, and they’re damn good ones. He doesn’t need to explain himself to anyone, especially the curvaceous, luscious, gorgeous, human Lauren. Then, his bear decides Lauren is his mate and Van’s anti-human feelings abandon him. He still hasn’t figured out if that’s a good thing. Of course, when danger rolls in from Boyne Falls and joins with a powerful prick from Grayslake, Van realizes that, human or not, Lauren is his.
Van hopes he can kill their enemies and still make it home for dinner.
Warning: This book contains bad guys (more than one) being bad to good girls (two if you’re counting), and one group of humans who sorta end up… dead. Unfortunately, all that comes with a lot of blood, tears, and balls of fur. In this one, boy bears really do drool and human girls rule (and kick ass). We also learn that you can never have enough baseball bats, brake fluid, or fire pokers. Just sayin’.

I loved Lauren.  She was so protective of her friends and her friends were so protective of her even if she was unaware of some of their protections.  She came from a background that didn’t lend itself to trust but loyalty she knew.  She would fight the devil for a friend and unfortunately the devil had a pretty face and strong hate for Lauren.  And then she met Van, a shifter whose bear fought him for control at first scent.  I adored Van.  He was a shifter with tons of responsibility and he took them seriously, perhaps a little too seriously.  And now he has Lauren, a human, who calls to him at a primal level.  I loved the struggle Van began even before he met Lauren to move past his angst and prejudice against humans.  Fighting his bear as he comes to accept who and what Lauren is beginning to mean to him was well articulated by Celia Kyle in All Roar and No Bite. 
I thought Ms. Kyle gave us a wonderful return to Grayslake.  This addition can be read as a stand-alone as she gave us two strong and vibrant characters.  The chemistry between Lauren and Van felt real as they worked together to understand their differences as well as their similarities.  I loved how protective they were of others, as well as each other, even as the moved past their fears.  I am looking forward to seeing what else Ms. Kyle has in store for her Grayslake series.

                           Four twinkling Stars

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