Lebanon gUgh This isoing to turn into one big spoiler filled rant PHonestly I enjoyed the first two books in this series Sure there were a few moments where the plot didn t mesh well or whatever It happens I Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, got over it fairly uickly But I noticed a bad trend happening in the last book that has since carried over to this one In a fantasy book especially in those that build an entirely different world for their readers there s a certain amount of rules that are constructed for the characters to exist in They may parallel the rules of our world and society or they may differreatly It s up to the author to clearly define these rules and help the reader to understand them There are several prominent fantasy authors who have created amazingly in depth worlds with complex rules which they convey with ease to their readers This storyline is meshed with our own world so the rules that overn these characters should be focused on the rules between the shifters and not so much about everything else Which should make it less complicated for readers to understand The trouble I had with this story was that the rules were convoluted and I often ot the impression that the characters themselves didn t understand the rules or necessarily always follow them It drives me nuts when an author screws around with their own rules or worse somehow conveys that they themselves don t have a firm Facing Redemption grasp on the rules but are simply throwing things around willy nilly in order to further their plotview spoiler I ll preface this by saying what I moing to snarl over may spoil storylines in previous books as well I really struggled with this book because I loved both the characters and felt that the story could have been so much Instead I ran into a sad decimation of a character I thought could be interesting the wolf Alpha and a lovely look at some convoluted rules that only seemed to bind the main characters but never anyone else My ripes begin around the time that Trista is attacked by Van Ty and the wolf Alpha According to the rules Trista is allowed to stay 12 hours as a uest Which means she s supposed to be safe for 12 hrs Instead she s attacked by the Enforcer and the Alpha Ty knew that she was under his brother s protection but he ignored it in favor of attacking an unarmed woman I think this rr went beyond the rule breaking because it honestly says a lot about both men that they were willing to attack and hurt a woman who was unable to defend herself or cause them harm Sure she s a hyena and arguably one of the pack members who were forced to evacuate Given their nature and the bad blood between the clans I understand the need to distrust the hyenas In the previous story we learn that Van has a heart for those hyenas that are unable to evacuate such as the mother with a complicated birth or the older man who d just completed open heart surgery If he can see beyond the animal these people shift into to their need for time to evacuate why can t he see that Trista isn t exactly a threat to him He and Ty s insistence that Trista isn t Keen s mate furthered by the decision to remove her from him so that he can just et on with his life is ludicrous and borders on the unforgivable Beyond how these actions reflect on the men s characters they ve broken a rule yet no punishment is forthcoming Instead Trista and Keen attempt to flee before her time is up and unfortunately don t succeed Of course rather than arguing that because she was attacked while under protection she was detained and would have otherwise left or that very fact that she wasn t protected and should be awarded some sort of restitution she basically has to The History of Provincetown give in and allow the wolf Alpha of Redby to force her into a challenge with his Beta Why From what I canather because she s the half sister of the Alphawhich means because the Alpha is dead that she s in charge Maybe Of what exactly I don t know considering the whole clan has been sent off to who knows where Why the Beta has to fight Trista I have no freakin clue it s not like she has any power over the old hyena land Eventually it s revealed that the Alpha has a personal reason for seeing Tirsta deadbut it s still not clear why the Beta is the one fighting beyond a I don t kill
"women you "No you order their brutal deathsand apparently that makes all the difference But what really Captured gets me is why the hell he has the authority to tromp on over to bear territory and demand anything Sure he and Ty have an agreement but that agreement is over the ex hyena territory not Grayslake Why is he there Why does heet to instigate a law against her Now this part forces a mating between the two characters which is fine Whatever It s a tried and true story plot it works and it s not super complicated But it s forced I wish this sort of crap had ended there Next we learn about Keen s deep dark secret When he was 14 and unable to control his bear due to neglect from his family etc he flew into a rage when he found a خاطرات یک زن توده ای girl he was crushing on was screwing another bear He doesn t kill them but he pretty much tears them apart He s sent off toet retrained which turns out to be a torture session for 2 years I m not even Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) going to bother poking this and wondering wtf happened here and why he hasn t fixed this and the two teens are sent off with their parents to different places Of course this comes back to bite them why wouldn t it considering it just suddenly comes up as a plot point Suddenly the boy who incited the bear rage shows up and he sot this lovely story about how the irl confessed that she and Keen *had plotted to jump him This of course changes everything Why now the original sentence that was *plotted to jump him This of course changes everything Why now the original sentence that was down is invalid Suddenly it s up to this uy to choose a punishment Nothing is said here about The Dressmakers Gift going before the council Nothing is even said about finding theirl and asking her to tell her story again Apparently the author and the characters all forgot about their ability to smell the truth And the fact that there isn t any proof Oh and how about the idea that it s stupid to just believe someone who has a rudge against someone else and allow them to demand punishment without saying a word I m pretty sure they mentioned a shifter council who originally helped decide the sentence or at the very least you d expect they d need some sort of ruling body that can keep things organized and make sure people follow the rulesand wasn t Librarian Note Alternate cover edition ASIN B00MM7XGYWhat should Trista you do when faced with a hunky werebear who can’t decide if he wants to kill her or screw herHalf hyena Trista has spent years rotating between Grayslake Redby and Boyne Falls When the Grayslake Itan the local clan’s werebear leader orders a purge of all hyenas she finds herself fighting to hold onto the hand to mouth life she’s created Her carefully buil.
Celia Kyle ☆ 3 free downloadT up the marvelous bear clan of Grayslake and was then continued with All Roar and No Bite which saw the hyena purge which then has conseuences in this bookI d felt sorry for Keen in the previous 2 books and I m happy that he ot his HEA here This book was full of emotion and backstabbing vengeance and a bear who knew he wanted his woman even when she wasn t sure Definitely the darkest part of the series so far but fills in uite a few details from previous subplots The last Abrams I expected to be so dark and damaged inside was Keen Van did not surprise me in the least Shows the darker historically traditional aspects of clan life in this world but also Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria gives alimpse of how the world is being slowly changed and pulled away from some of the damaging traditions My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at HotlistenscomSo we are back in Grayslake surrounded by bears Keen is the youngest of four brothers Each of his other brothers had a place in the inner circle of the clan Ty the oldest is the alpha Van is the enforcer Isaac is the healer Keen has been functioning as the clan s Keeper He knows the laws inside and out but he has never been officially Running from Strangers given the title He has always felt a little apart from his brothers It has made him a little bit bitterTrista is a half hyena Her father was the old alpha who has caused all kinds of mischief in the area So much that a purge has been called all hyenas must leave the area or be killed Trista has been living a hard life Her father wouldn t let her mother take her out of the area but she was also only allow in the different areas on a visit which limited her time in each area She knew all the laws and fought hard to stay in them If she overstayed in anyone else s territory her life would be forfeitKeen is uickly taken to Trista and doesn t take kindly when his family doesn t treat her well because of her father They don t ever talk to her and learn that her father treated her like crap tooI love the characters that Celia Kyle writes They aren t perfect but their flaws make them better I can see people I know myself included having to deal with some of the many issues that Celia Kyle makes her characterso through Life isn t easy for her characters but I think they are better people for their troubles I also think we see a lot of lessons learned throughout this series And the books are really funny too NarrationKendall Taylor continues to do really well with this series I really like all the voices that she does for each of the characters She has no problems with the rowing cast of male and female characters I think her pacing and tone are really well done I would recommend herI like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review The third book features Keen the neglected baby brother and Trista the tormented half hyena sister to the hyena Alpha The Good The Bad and Everything In Between Solid character writing I started this book because I was in between ARC reads and frankly I wanted to clear off my kindle I was kind of meh about the earlier two books and I didn t have alot of hopes for this one I was pleasantly surprised it was unexpectedly touching the story pulled me in and while there are always familiar elements in shifter romances this one was well done A tortured protective hero I never realized how crappy Keen s family was to him which frankly made me like the heroes from
the earlier books less i will say thatearlier books less I will say that made the entire family situation feel a little real than what s typically portrayed in these books usually the family may exchange some banter but there s never this deep resentment and anger because of past actions and I enjoyed that realistic touch It made Keen come alive in my mind and differentiated him from the other Abrams Other than this Keen s protectiveness of Trista and women in his family in eneral was lovely A long suffering heroine Trista suffers for being a minority shifter half hyena and tortured by her half brother for as long as she can remember Trista and her human mother spent most of her life never staying in one place for too long because of shifter laws No insta love really Part and parcel of shifter romances are the instant connection usually by the hero to the heroine that prompts them to pursue a relationship Keen is attracted to Trista right away and he does his fair share of mine speak but the actual love and relationship builds radually It s when they start to share their pain and Keen stands up against everyone to protect Trista that you see their relationship start to blossom I really liked the fact that this book is about two incredibly likeable leads who find solace in each other As they were treated unfairly you can t help but root for them to stand together and tell everyone else to eff off Deus ex machina in full effect The story was plugging along building towards an tense and emotional climaxand then a plot twist comes along that pretty much wraps up all the problems up in a neat little bow A bit too neatly But I was so invested in rooting for Keen and Trista that I let it work on *ME AND I ONLY SIDE EYED *and I only side eyed a little Standalone HEA Yes it s part of this continuing series and yes you d benefit from reading the earlier books but I don t think it s necessaryThe Bottom LineI think it s my fave of the series an unexpected treat 45 StarsI loved this book I love that Keen was such a hidden treasure This was by far my favorite book so far I loved that He had a dark past and that even though he was strong enough to be an Itan he chose to let others lead as it suited him better even though he was stronger I loved that he was immediately absorbed in Trista and that he protected her I love Parker he s always rowing and ro I find I uite dislike series books that make previous H s or h s jerks Why have the person likable in their book and then a total jerk in a later book That happened with Van AND Ty in this story When you add that to the fact that none of the other characters were really likable either I had a hard time
with this book I really liked the first two books inthis book I really liked the first two books in series and am hoping the forth will be like them Ugh I am not liking these books The shifter sexism racismspecies ism is just too much for me Not enough escapism too much stress and unhappiness I just re read the blurbs and find them misleading they infer a lighter funnier. Aceous half hyena female Keen can’t et out of his head The animal doesn’t care that most bears wouldn’t mind a little hyena tartare for breakfast lunch and dinner Nope it peers at her through Keen’s human eyes and has one thought mateWhen push comes to shove Keen has to decide if he would rather have the family he was born with or Trista the woman who makes him realize that true happiness comes in a lush hyena shaped packa. Here an NC mentioned at the beginning of the book that alluded to a council as well as that The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda group of olduys who decided Parker s fate in the first book I know the author mentioned the alpha of the southeast area as a pretty decent enforcer of rules and The Tomb of Iuchiban given that he s such a heavy weight because of the extent of his territory he sot some power But still it s not enough Everyone has self interests and the world would o to hell pretty uickly if rules and things were decided like this on a regular basis Realistically I m surprised of them aren t dead if all it takes is for someone to pop up and be all he did this I want him dead Sure thing who needs proof Pfft Kill em But here again is where the rules are flexible for the bad uys but not for our heroes A Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) guy shows up and claims someone has said one thing and suddenly he s able to demand that Keen is banished from the clan With Keen s banishment his whole mating to save Trista is destroyed because now neither of them are part of a pack and Iuess this Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow goes back to the whole 12 hours of sanctuary thing Apparently these two laws are retroactive Why not eye roll And hey Let s let theuy who used to be part of the clan but isn t any longer banish Keen Because he s the one with the power and not the Itan who rules thereright At this point I m sort of wondering why they bother having leaders at all With some fancy footwork they earn an extra 24 hrs to love each other and prepare for Trista s upcoming fight with the Beta The others attempt to use this time to contact the Southeast Itan because they suddenly believe he might be related to Tristawhich is reat and all but the way it comes off is that this uy is a big deal So if I m to read this correctly in this world you re only safe if you re powerful or are connected to powerful people If Trista is related to this Norte: A Novel guy he could save her So Iuess you re screwed if you re one of the average little uys and someone doesn t like youMeanwhile the Beta and Alpha attack the Keen and Trista early because they obviously don t need to work within the rules Sure the Alpha eventually will be punished and Van was able to help out eventually but my uestion is why it ot this far Isn t it a little suspect that the Southeast Mi karma y yo guy s second shows up starts spouting off about ruining bloodlines with impure matings Ulterior motive much Shouldn t your first phone call be to him especially as Keen claims to be on a first name basis with theuy and well on the way to being Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved good friends to make sure this shit is on the up and up and not becauseolly The Prime Minister of Paradise gee he might be related to Trista Iuess it all just seems a bit stupid of the heroic side always putting upgoing with this sort of stupid crap And seriously If I m oing to find a second or a Beta I m not choosing someone who is insane or power hungry If they re the strongest next to you and it has to be them because of this kill them or banish them Don t put a person who will actively work against you and attempt to kill you in a position of authority over others Common frekin sense And why the hell is a Bear dealing with a Wolf Isn t there a Wolf version of the all powerful Southeast Itan Most hated line in the book The Southeast Itan is speaking to Keen about the fact that he survived the retraining camps which he admits were wrong and have since been destroyed You could have The Sisters of Sinai guy is choosing Keen as his second so in reality he setting a uy who won t uestion his leader and will never attempt to wrest power from him because that would be wrong Even if the uy was doing evil and despicable things I wonder hide spoiler easily predictable shifter read but it was decent I was in the mood for a ood shifter romance and this had that I didn t love it but it was ok I really like Keens character Unfortunately mia was in this book too much for my preference I just tire of her constantly ranting about language Overall the plot and characters were predictable but I ll probably still ive other books in this series a try Review originally posted at RabidReadscomThis author has been tackling tough subjects with this series The previous book talked about domestic abuse of a secondary character This book is no different The heroine is half hyena In previous books in the series the bear and wolf pack have had very bad run ins with hyenas They decided to run all hyenas out of their territory in a move called a purge Trista is half hyena She has lived a tough life trying to follow rules in a world that she really doesn t fit in Even the hyena pack treated her poorly Once her father died she had the little bit of protection she had stripped from her Her half brother is now in charge of the hyenas and he doesn t like herKeen is seen as a happy youngest brother of the Abrams brothers Looks can be deceiving though Keen had a rough childhood He did something that he now has to live with His punishment was stiff and probably only made things worse Now his bear just wants to kill everyone Add to the fact that everyone keeps treating his fated mate like she is the scourge of the earth Even his family is treating her badlyThis story was interesting Normally this series has been mostly a fun loving series This story didn t have the Dark Passage giggle moments that I m used to in the previous books There were a few here and there Mostly this book touched on some tough subjects It was interesting to see characters that I ve come to enjoy act like bigots towards a new character because of the way the pack of her species had acted not because of her actions Now I read this book before what happened in Paris and the book was written long before this all started But the story does hit very close to home I love Celia Kyle s writing Each new book just seems to be better than the lastI really loved the first book No Ifs Ands or Bears About It which se. T existence is threatened further when aorgeous werebear strides into her life and demands not just her heart but her very soul She’ll think about it but not until her shift ends at sevenKeen seems like a happy American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare go lucky sex and sin werebear but that’s nowhere near the truth In reality his inner animal wants too on a bloody rampage and kill half of Grayslake just because it can After that it wants to claim the seductive curv. ,