The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it.
Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that.
Overall Kyle's shifter books tend to make me happy. I like that her heroines aren't stick figure--that they have some meat on them and (for the most part) don't angst too greatly over that fact. Mia was a little bit of a black horse in this, but some of what her father said to her didn't really HELP matters in that general area. Ty was...well Ty was yummy. Normally the overwhelmingly possessive attitude he displays would irritate me, but it was so adorable here. It wasn't just towards Mia either, he begins to feel possessive about Parker (the bear cub) as well and that's even MORE adorable.
The Alpha Hero doesn't really do much for me in terms of liking a guy in romance. They tend to be overly possessive, overly authoritative and overly pushy. Ty though...I don't know he was kind of cute about it. For instance when Mia and him are talking to his brother at one point Ty just casually nabs Mia and cuddles her against his chest. Or his awkward attempts to woo her.
Mia kind of bugged me after the first talk with her dad. He told her some things which fed into her inferiority issues, but didn't make sense in terms of what was going on. She even admitted what her dad told her vs the reality of things didn't match up. And communication didn't seem her forte.
I loved how Mia was very "MINE" the entire time about Parker. Nothing budged her, nothing could convince her otherwise. She was ready to put everything on the line to keep Parker from people she knew were dangerous and cruel (even before she saw what had been done to Parker). Ty, for his part, maintained as fine a line as he could between being the Leader of his people and needing to uphold their laws and doing what was right. The two things did not go hand in hand most of the time.
In the end this was an enjoyable and fast read. Mia's minor problems aside, the romance worked very well and I look forward to what the next Grayslake book brings.